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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n Water Pale Ale Profile
« on: May 30, 2016, 07:03:33 PM »
Because of the large amount of calcium (and the magnesium) added to the water, its common to need to add alkalinity to the mashing water to avoid pushing the pH down too far with the Pale Ale profile. This is the result of the Residual Alkalinity effect. An important fact to remember, is that the native water of Burton also has a huge amount of alkalinity, but the huge calcium and magnesium contents result in that water having its RA near zero. 

Don't rely on chalk to provide your alkalinity. Use the baking soda exclusively for that.
That was my issue.  With the high calcium content, the mash pH would have been like 5.2.  I think the little bit of chalk pushed the calcium up to match the profile without dropping the pH.  I am new to this so my thinking my be off.  I can rework without the chalk for another beer but sounds like Denny suggests the bitter amber profile. Guess he may know a thing or two about this recipe. Back to the drawing board.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n Water Pale Ale Profile
« on: May 30, 2016, 12:19:25 PM »
Reviving this thread. I am brewing Denny's Wry Smile Rye IPA.
I am planning on using the pale ale profile but reducing the bru'nwater sparge volume by my boil off  (1 gal).  To hit this profile, building on RO water,  I am adding gypsum, calcium chloride, Epsom salt, baking soda and a tiny bit of chalk.  That is a lot more additions than I have used before.  Does that sound right?

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Ynotbrusum, I will pack and ship next weekend. Sorry for the delay. Life got in the way!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:11:03 AM »
Well, Carquest (my UPS shipper) called. UPS admitted they lost Joe's package. Now they are beginning the battle to get me reimbursement. Not holding my breath. Meanwhile, sorry Joe. But your swap package will be way late. Unless I simply bow out and Hickory ships to Joe.

I'm bummed.  I was excited.

I'm still working on packaging mine. In the sense that I need to get to it.

Working long hours the next week or so.
No big hurry.  Your previous picture has me excited.  I still need to get so parts to get my beer gun operational so I can ship to # ynotbrusum.  Did I just use a hash tag??

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water profile for Belgian Saison?
« on: April 20, 2016, 10:10:24 AM »
I have only used "yellow dry"  for 2 different saisons. What differences are noted between the dry and balanced profiles by those who have used both?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruity aroma to a pale ale
« on: April 10, 2016, 12:04:42 PM »
That's what I was thinking. If it was 1.030, I would be very careful with those bottles.  You may have some bombs in your possession!

That would contribute a significant sweetness to your beer as well.

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Do the AHA Forum beer swaps count as dumping? :o
You may think so when you receive my beer from the swap!

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Beer Travel / Re: Boston in May
« on: March 25, 2016, 11:41:53 PM »
There is a brewery across the street from Fenway.  Boston beer company I think.  Great beer and food.  Highly recommended it!  Also +1 to the "t" recommendations. You can get anywhere and it's part of the Boston experience.  My favorite city  by far.  GO SOX!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pumps and pelllet hops
« on: March 25, 2016, 11:05:30 AM »
I just got a chugger and have used it 3 times.  The first time I put candied ginger in at 10 min and it clogged my pickup tube in my kettle solid so I never could get it going.  The second d time it did clog a little when I threw my whirlpool hops but I lifted the pump higher than the kettle (to backflush) and it worked fine.  Last weeked, I stopped the pump when I put the flame out additional  for about 20 sec to let the pellets break up and no problems at all.  Huge time saver during chilling!  I pumped to the fermenter as well so it saved me a 48 pound lift into my chamber.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: pH woes
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:51:51 AM »
Ok, recalibrated with fresh solutions and brewed a table saison.  Estimated mash pH was 5.2.  Measured was 5.06, first running was 5.23 and post boil was 5.20.  The beer was supposed to be about 5 SRM but looks darker so my some of my grains my have had higher Lovibond ratings than expected. I put in the low end of the ranges (used 1 lb of Munich malt which has a 9 to 19 L range )  this may account for some of the error.  My other thought was my collection method.  I doughed in, let it rest 10 min then skimmed my sample from the top of the MT.  Should I have stirred first?  Also what should I expect in pH changes from the start of the mash to the end and then after the boil?

FWIW I let it ride without adjustments and hit my target OG on the head.  Before I knew what I was doing, I was adding twice as much lactic acid than I did here to mashes and the beer came out good.  My efficiency has seen a huge jump since attempting to hit a proper pH.  I was 76 percent on this beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Single hop columbus APA
« on: March 18, 2016, 11:08:41 PM »
I am drinking this now and I must admit that I did not have any high expectations. This beer is dangerously drinkable and VERY GOOD!  I would brew it again just as is.  Only there are so many other hops to play with.  Thanks to all for the tips!

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I have a inkbird and a johnson.  The inkbird was way cheaper a way easier to use.  It also controls heat and cool at the same time.  The Johnson can only do heat or cold and you have to take it apart and move some ity bity jumpers to change its function. I use the inkbird with a 8.0 cf freezer and tape a fermentation wrap for heat if needed to the fermenter.  "The little black box" that Marshall mentions on his website looks cool but the guy makes a few at a time.  I put my name on his waiting list 2-3 months ago and haven't heard back.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You Might Be A Homebrewer If....
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:15:04 AM »
I was VERY surprised when my girlfriend informed me that she does NOT find the airlock blub blubs extremely relaxing...
Is there anything possibly more gratifying? I open fermented a saison recently and the lack of the "bulb blubs" was somewhat of a let down!

You might be a homebrewers if you know what (airlock) bulb blubs are!

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Exactly.  Where is this thread going? 

Either way, I would most definitely buy a t-shirt with any of those images on there.  I could just see all the people at work asking me who the hell that guy is on my shirt?
Definitely one of the more entertaining threads I've read in a while!   I loved the ninja reference as well!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner performance
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:01:40 AM »
I had a defective regulator from bayou on a KAB4.  It would trip as soon as gas started flowing.  It wouldn't stay little at all when tripped.  I guess yours could be stuck partially tripped.  I seem to remember reading frequently that their regulators were not very good quality. They sent me a new one and it works fine... for now.

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