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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nagged About Brewing
« on: June 12, 2017, 02:41:27 AM »
My wife swears by my brewing. Actually, she swears at it.

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I am new to Bru'n Water. I have only 5 brews so far with RO/water salts. So far so good. I have been using " yellow balanced " with blonde ales and one Pilsner. Seems fine to me. What will the difference be using pseudo boh pils vs yellow balanced as in the taste of my beer?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Question
« on: May 29, 2017, 04:15:07 AM »
I am on well water with a water softener. You can bypass it but mine is so old I am afraid to turn the valve to bypass anymore. I went with RO water and Bru'n Water and have noticed a huge improvement to my beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Washing Yeast.
« on: May 24, 2017, 03:45:43 AM »
I have heard at least 12 times. I have never gone that far yet since I constantly brew different styles of beer.

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Ingredients / Re: Funny Stuff in Package of Hops from Hops Direct
« on: May 21, 2017, 03:43:15 AM »
What's it taste like?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Tips and Gadgets thread
« on: May 21, 2017, 03:40:10 AM »
I direct my chiller water into my pool.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 12, 2017, 04:34:00 AM »
Since I live in Canada, yea, getting fresh yeast is hard to do. I don't mind a month or 2 but 114 days? Should of got a discount. It would be nice to make Wyeast in Canada.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:29:01 AM »
Since I live around 2 hours from Toronto and have no lhbs, this is the downside of online ordering. Yes, they have everything I want, but there is a downside of fresh yeast. I just received my yeast ( Wyeast 1335 II ) from one of my frequent homebrew shops that I order from. Manufactured Jan 15 - 2017. That makes it 114 days old. 100 billion cells? Yea, far from it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting Fridge question
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:35:01 AM »
39 F here in Canada. I had to turn on a wall heater because it was too cold. I ferment in my basement and it was 59 F. It's May isn't it?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Used Bru'n Water For the First Time
« on: April 06, 2017, 06:08:51 AM »
I cleared up my blonde ale and carbed it up. It is a very clean but kind of bland. My water profile was " yellow balanced ". I want more flavour. Do I just use more hops and some specialty malts, or try another water profile. I am new to this, so I don't know what any other water profile to choose. I am going to make a Pilsner soon and want to to be hoppy and malty. Other than this very minor problem, Bru'n Water is a great program and I should of used it a long time ago. Thanks Martin.

Cheers,

Swampale

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Infection in 5 Years
« on: March 22, 2017, 03:49:20 AM »
My ESB went south last December. I really wanted it for Christmas. My last one was back in 2012. Stunk my basement up when I dumped it for hours. Whew!! I seem to get a bad one every 5 years or so.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Disasters
« on: February 09, 2017, 05:55:49 AM »
I boiled my yeast starter in my 1 L flask on my stove many years ago. I didn't let it cool down enough before I added it to the sink with ice cubes. It cracked in the sink and that was the end of that flask and the yeast. I only boil in ss pots now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation for nitro
« on: January 29, 2017, 06:31:05 AM »
I carb with CO2 @ 5 psi for a few days and then push with Nitro at around 22 - 25 psi. I used to just use Nitro for a few days @ 30 psi but the nitro tank emptied too fast. This seems to work out okay.

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I don't like sour or brett beers at all. I am still an old school brewer ( since 1979 ). I only brew stouts, porters, bitters, etc. I live in Canada and 12 packs of Craft beer are around $26.00. Six packs are around $14.00. That is the #1 reason I homebrew. #2 is I love to brew beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration Date Dry Yeast
« on: December 21, 2016, 05:16:37 AM »
I have an un-opened 500 g brick of Maruibrew 514, best before says June 2014. I plan on doing some higher gravity one gallon brews after Christmas. Kind of nervous about using it, I got it for free though. I am thinking on using double the amount I would normally use for a 1.080 triple. Should I rehydrate it first?

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