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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:55:48 PM »
I emailed Joe about where and when to use Brewtan-B and dosage. The following is Joe’s response.

I recommend using 1/2 tsp per 5 gallons of the water that you would use for the mash and sparge as well as 1/2 tsp per for a 5 gal batch of beer in the boil.  This gives you both protection from oxidation through iron chelation (by mash addition) as well as clarification (by boil addition).
Add the 1/2 tsp for the mash directly to the water.  Dissolve the 1/2 tsp for the boil in a small amount (1/4 cup or so) of your brewing water then add it to the boil 15 min before the end of the boil.  You can use this in conjunction with other fining agents like Polyclar or Whirlfloc, but be sure to add the Brewtan B at least 1 min before the other agents.
The official usage is ~4g/hl of wort. 

Tom

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:55:56 AM »
hopfenundmalz, I agree on that sticky, seeing that I graduated in the upper 85 percentile of my high school class, and my age    ;D

and Big Monk, the information was extremely helpful, now onto adjusting my spreadsheet….

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:54:53 AM »
Thanks for the reply denny and clearing up my confusion, good to know that both the mash and the spare are treated separately, also I use weights because I’ve already got the gram scale out to measure the brewing salts so I will keep going with the Brewtan B.

According to the web there are 26.417205 gallons per hectoliter, so if I have 9.5 gallons mash water and use 2gm per hectoliter I get .72 grams for the mash water addition, Big Monk, would that be correct?  denny sounds like in your mash water your using 7gr/hl if 1 teaspoon = 5gr, closer to what Yeast is recommending and ynotbrusum your using about 1.5 gr/hl in your strike water (13 gallons), closer to the data sheet, just checking to see if my math is correct.

ynotbrusum, thanks for the tip on hydrating.

thanks everyone,

Tom

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Ingredients / Brewtan-B dosage amounts confusion
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:25:17 AM »
So I’m getting a bit confused on the dosage amounts, maybe I’m just thick headed. I have read some say you treat the MASH water, others say the STRIKE water, can I assume strike water is the TOTAL water used, mash and spage, and the dosage is split and added to both and others say BATCH size? I do 8+ gallon batches, so if I only treat the mash water at a rate of 2gr/hl and I’m mashing in with 9.5 gallons I would use .72gr. My SPARGE water amount is 7 gallons, do I treat this with an additional .53gr of Brewtan B or would all of it go in with the mash, .72gr + .53gr? Lastly, in the boil, do I treat the wort amount in the BK, about 9.5 gallons or the BATCH size, 8 gallons?

Thanks

Tom

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help us out and win cool stuff!
« on: October 31, 2017, 05:56:44 AM »
Just did the survey and in the two areas where you make selections by selecting a 1 to 10  I keep getting the following error "Please don't select more than one response per column" so I had to select 10, 9, 8 and so on to get it to go through. Also on the Brew files what's your favorite show it says to select 1 - 10 but there are only 7.

Tom

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Dry hopping
« on: April 14, 2016, 04:35:23 AM »
I buy women's knee highs for about .37 a pair.  They work great.
I do the same, but my source for them (Walmart) dried up. Where do you buy yours?

thanks

Tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: Speidel spigot sanitation
« on: February 10, 2016, 06:58:27 AM »
I have 6 Speidel 30Ls. I have 6 brand new spigots for them because I have never used them. I rack with an autosyphon.
If your not using the spigots, how did you plug the holes in the Speidel or bottling buckets? Whatever was used I assume is sanitary and does not give any off flavors?

thanks
tom

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 26, 2016, 12:25:45 PM »
Finally got a response today. This from Erika at Beverage Factory

For the item you are asking about "SHANK4-ASC”, it is all stainless steel, the shank and tail piece.

I also asked if it was possible to order just the shank without all the other parts, mine seem all fine, she answered with “We only have the shank with all the other parts included”.
Hope this helps you out. I got a great deal from them about 4 years ago, plated shanks with 525SS perlick’s for a combo price of $25, could not pass it up. So if I have to swap out the shanks for $21 each, I believe that's still is under what the faucet alone was going for.

Tom

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:59:03 AM »
I sent Customer Service - Sales at the Beverage Factory a question on the makeup of this product, once I receive a return message I'll post it.

Tom

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Brown inside shank
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:28:08 AM »
They are not stainless. Price would be about $10 higher and it wouldn't have a welded tail piece.
Looking at Beverage Factory, they are showing an all SS with fitted tail piece just like the plated type.
All SS Contact 4 1/8" Long Shank with Nipple Assembly - 3/16" I.D. Bore Model:SHANK4-ASC ($20.95)

http://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/faucets/stainless-steel-shanks/KCSHANK4-ASC.shtml

Tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: TDS Meter
« on: November 12, 2015, 06:55:29 AM »
If you are one of those lucky ones that use tap water to brew, a TDS meter can be an dictation of a change in the water due to seasonal changes or other causes.

Thanks  hopfenundmalz, I'm very lucky to use lake Michigan water, so if there is changes seasonally, how do you fix a problem. Fixing the pH is starting to make sense to me, so is there a "TDS for Dummies" document that can get me to better understand?

Thanks everyone for your reply's

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: TDS Meter
« on: November 12, 2015, 06:30:14 AM »
Not to sound way stupid, but as a homebrewer, how does a TDS meter help me?

thanks

tom

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anti oxidation ideas
« on: September 08, 2015, 05:49:40 AM »
thanks for the info, I'll check out my local LHBS's.

tom

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anti oxidation ideas
« on: September 08, 2015, 05:29:05 AM »
For all my IPAs and American Pale Ales I use ascorbic acid to help prevent oxidation. 

Good tip, where are you guys buying the ascorbic acid?

thanks

tom

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Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Contact
« on: July 01, 2015, 05:57:00 AM »
I just received a response from Randy at BC products, gave him this posting address, maybe he will respond here.

tom

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