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All Grain Brewing / Cologne Water Profile in Bru'n Water
« on: October 22, 2018, 12:11:11 PM »
I ran the latest Bru'n Water update and noticed Cologne in the water profiles section. Is this good for brewing a Kolsch or similar light ales?

Ingredients / Bought 2-3 Year Old Hops
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:45:20 AM »
I ordered some Spalt and GR Northern Brewer hops and the lot no. said 2015 and 2016. What gives? Do homebrewers not rate newer hops or is it simply " first in and first out " LHBS practice. I would like 2017 hops please.

General Homebrew Discussion / German Perle Hops Review
« on: March 07, 2018, 02:51:47 PM »
I am thinking on buying some Perle hops in bulk. I will be brewing Pilsners only with them. How do they compare to other German hops? I can't find a lot of reviews on these hops. They certainly have been around for a long time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Making a Yeast Starter From 2-row
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:45:37 AM »
I can't find any DME in my city, so I am thinking on making a yeast starter from 2-row. Can I use well water and don't worry about my PH? I don't have a PH meter. Or do what I do when I make beer, Bru'n Water, RO water with brewing salts.

General Homebrew Discussion / Lager Won't Clear
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:45:24 AM »
This is my 6th brew using 100% RO water along with Bru'n Water. They all have been good beers and clear very well even without gelatin except my lager. Today is day 8 with gelatin and it is still very hazy. I can't figure it out. My ESB cleared almost bright without any gelatin at all. Is it the yeast? ( WLP833 ) or the recipe? Canadian 2 row, along with 8% munich 6. No pic, but it looks like pea soup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:29:01 PM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Used Bru'n Water For the First Time
« on: April 06, 2017, 01:08:51 PM »
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.



General Homebrew Discussion / Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: November 28, 2013, 01:03:08 PM »
I am not a cheap person. I love serving my homebrew to guests. However, when we have guests for the weekend, it is always up to me to serve beer. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it. But when I go to their house, they expect me to bring homebrew or store bought beer. Something is wrong here. My thought is if you come here for the weekend, at least bring a sixer of good Craft Beer since our small town doesn't have the variety of big city beer stores. Now they are bringing friends to stay for the weekend now. To me, I would never, ever go to friends house for the weekend without at least bring something unique to drink. How to other homebrewers deal with non-homebrewing guests/visits?

Ingredients / Using Toasted Wheat Flakes
« on: November 19, 2013, 01:19:46 PM »
We have a brewery here who brew an organic Kolsch. They use Pilsner malt and toasted wheat flakes in their fantastic beer. No amounts though. I am thinking something like 92% Pils malt and 8% toasted wheat flakes. Am I using too much or too little wheat flakes? I have never used them before.



All Grain Brewing / Pernament Haze In My Beer
« on: August 28, 2013, 10:14:33 AM »
For the first time ever I have got a pernament haze in my beer. Basic blonde ale recipe which I have been brewing for years. Tastes good, but Gelatin does absolutely nothing. I have always had good luck clearing my beer. The only thing that may have something to do with it is my maybe faulty digital thermometer. I changed the battery and it still is shutting off and on and I am not sure about the accuracy. I am looking for another one though. I have a floating thermometer which I will use until I get a new one. Two batches in a row now and it is really frustrating. I can't figure out what is causing it.


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