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Equipment and Software / ph Meters
« on: August 10, 2010, 08:31:43 PM »
My ph meter will not calibrate any longer and I am assuming the probe (hee, hee; I said probe) has gone out and needs replacing. The meter is an Oakton 35624 that I have had for about 5 years. I took exceptional care of it and I have gotten a lot of miles out of it. This is a discontinued model but the replacement electrode is still available from Oakton for about $60. This is the only meter I have had and I am not familiar with what is out there available. I saw another thread with a discussion on different models. Any opinion on replacing a electrode versus just getting a newer model?

Equipment and Software / Ranco Controller
« on: June 15, 2010, 04:31:08 PM »
Ok I have had another Ranco Controller crap out on me. I bought both about three years ago. The first one stopped working about this time last year. I replaced it with an analog controller. My first analog controller is at least 6 years old and works great.

Anyone else had issues with the Ranco controllers? Anyone know if they can be repaired?

Beer Recipes / Roggenbier
« on: February 03, 2010, 05:03:24 PM »
Has any one made a Roggenbier and has a good recipe to share. I took a look at the one posted in the recipe area and it looks good. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Ingredients / Campden Tablets for Chloramine Removal
« on: January 19, 2010, 05:55:17 PM »
I have read a few things about using campden tablets (potassium or sodium metabisulphite) in tap water to remove chloramines but I cannot find any articles with hard data on if and how it works.

Does anyone have some solid information they could share? Has anyone had their water tested by Ward Labs after using campden? Can Ward even test for chloramines? Does the potassium or sodium metabisulphite have any effects on the quality or taste of the beer?

Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 Yeast
« on: January 14, 2010, 03:40:17 PM »
I have only used this yeast a couple of times now and want some feedback from people who have some experience with it.

I brewed a blonde ale 11 days ago and pitched two packages of the yeast after rehydrating in a half cup starter. The thing kicked off extremely fast. I had full fermentation within 12 hours or less. In three days the vigorous fermentation stopped. I still have it on the yeast and will probably rack it off this evening. The FG is a little lower than I wanted compared to when I use WLP001 but that's fine.

I will be brewing an American Amber this weekend and was considering putting the new beer on the US-05 yeast cake. Let me know your experience of reusing US05. The yeast is cheap but then again so am I.  :)

Other Fermentables / Simple Cider
« on: January 11, 2010, 12:53:25 AM »
I recently made a three gallon cider using a pastuerized apple cider I purchased at a local grocery store for $4.95 per gallon.

The recipe was really basic. Three gallons of juice, Cote De Blanc yeast, 1.5 tsp Pectic Enzyme Powder. After a week of fermentation I added a large can of frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed). It fermented pretty well for another two weeks. I racked to a secondary and it was really clear. OG was 1.040 before the concentrate addition. After 4 weeks it was .99. I racked into a three gallon keg and sorbated. I then back sweetened with a cup of brown sugar in a simple syrup. I chilled and forced carbonated and have been drinking it since New Years. It is crystal clear and tart. I really like it and have started another batch with an organic apple juice.

It is difficult to find good apple juice down here in Texas and harder to find homebrewers that make ciders.

Ingredients / 5.2 pH Stabilizer
« on: January 06, 2010, 10:06:24 PM »
I would like some feedback on the use 5.2 pH Stabilizer. Any opinions one way or another would be appreciated.

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