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All Grain Brewing / Re: Lautering Time
« on: October 13, 2010, 07:56:41 PM »
I agree with the above. I did notice that the manifold design matters for batch sparging. Simpler is actually better. A basic kettlescreen type drain cover is less prone to getting stuck than a full-blown manifold that covers the tun bottom (but which is more conducive to making fly sparging more efficient). That's because you're draining the tun, not "sparging" the grain. Denny's simple water hose SS-braid deal is probably the lowest cost and easiest solution.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software
« on: April 15, 2010, 04:07:26 PM »
I've used Promash for a few years and just started using Beersmith this year. Both are equally useful for documenting brew sessions and tracking inventory, but Beersmith's output is a bit nicer for sharing with others.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 08, 2010, 08:36:09 PM »
Cary, IL - deep well in Fox River valley aquifer NW of Chicago (either that or an old limestone salt storage cavern)

pH 7.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 666
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 1.11
Cations / Anions, me/L 12.3 / 11.8
Sodium, Na 55
Potassium, K 4
Calcium, Ca 106
Magnesium, Mg 53
Total Hardness, CaCO3 486
Nitrate, NO3-N < 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 27
Chloride, Cl 146
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 361
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 296

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