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Yeast and Fermentation / a couple questions from a newbie
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:10:00 PM »
This is my second batch of beer.  The first one went pretty smooth.  My second batch seemed like a comedy of errors.  I brewed a  witbier.  It is this witbier that I have a couple worries/questions about.  After struggling through the brewing process I put 5 gallons of wort in the fermenter and went to bed.  In the morning when I checked on it, it had started fermenting.  A 2 inch head of foam and bubbles through the blow off tube.  Well, its 10 days later and there is still a layer of foam on the wort and I have noticed any bubbles in the last 5 days and the wort has a slight greyish color in it. (the grayish color may be my imagination)  Just wondering if this is normal for a wit?  My second question: I ferment in an unheated garage in a freezer with a heater in it.  Well the heated got unplugged and this morning when I noticed it the temp was down to 40 f.  Is this going to have an adverse effect on the beer?  thanks for any help


All Grain Brewing / Use of RO water
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:12:06 AM »
I am getting ready for my first home brew, ordered an all grain kit from mail order, all the eqiupment is ready and then I read Palmer's "How to Brew". Now I am at a loss.  I don't have a water report yet.  But I do have access to RO water, I use an RO/DI filter for my aquariums.  So My question.  After just the RO my tds is 6ppm after the DI it is 0ppm.  Could I use the RO water and build the water profile from it assuming all parameters are zero?  Or should I just wait until I get my water report.  Just an aside, I have well water that has a tds of appox. 650.   And no we don't drink the water without filtering it.

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