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Ingredients / Should I freeze my pumpkins?
« on: November 23, 2009, 08:49:06 AM »
I know that it is a little late in the season to be brewing a Pumpkin Ale, but something has to go into that empty keg.

I am planning to bake the pumpkins, scoop out the "meat" and add it to my mash.

I know that wine makers will freeze their fruit, thaw and freeze again to aid in the breakdown of cell walls in the fruit.

Would this process help with my Pumpkin Ale?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water
« on: November 17, 2009, 09:57:57 AM »
I'm guessing that's from your utility? The calcium range is HUGE, so nailing that down would be a good idea. In general, though, you can probably just dilute with distilled or RO to get the bicarbonate in the right range for lighter beers. You'll probably have to add some carbonates to brew anything really dark. Then add chloride or sulfate to emphasize malts or hops, respectively.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter15-1.html
http://seanterrill.com/2009/08/08/water-water-everywhere/
http://nomograph.babbrewers.com/

Thanks for the links!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water
« on: November 17, 2009, 09:44:16 AM »
I'm guessing that's from your utility? The calcium range is HUGE, so nailing that down would be a good idea.

I wonder if that is not a typo??

Yes, it is a typo, 34.5 - 44.9 is what it should read.

There is also a lot of discussion about the Bicarbonate. I am assuming that is the same as hardness/carbonate because biocarbonate is not listed.

http://www.mtvernon-cityhall.org/water_reports/2008_ccr_report.pdf

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water
« on: November 17, 2009, 08:38:09 AM »
You need a mineral analysis.  Key elements:

• Bicarbonate
• Calcium
• Magnesium
• Chloride
• Sulfate
• Sodium

Let us know what you find out and we can help you from there.

Bicarbonate   153-191 MG/L
Calcium         34.5-191 MG/L
Magnesium    16.2-19.4 MG/L
Chloride         .2-.4 MG/L
Sulfate           8.21-14.2 MG/L
Sodium          1.61-2.83 MG/L
 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water
« on: November 16, 2009, 09:31:43 AM »
AG, single step mashing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Water
« on: November 16, 2009, 07:53:33 AM »
I recently moved from the country (with a well) to a small town (city water).  I am hoping to brew my first batch at the new house this weekend and was wondering what, if anything, I need to know about city water. I never tested the well water and I never had a problem with it.

The city water tastes fine, I was thinking that I might just go ahead and brew and see if I got any off flavors.

What should I be worried about with the water?

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Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: November 13, 2009, 12:39:54 PM »
I thought that I had a pretty good setup, until I saw yours. Someday.....

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Ingredients / Re: Where do you buy your ingredients from?
« on: November 11, 2009, 10:44:16 AM »
I do almost all of my purchasing through brewmasterswarehouse.net.
Good prices, great service, flat-rate shipping.
If I'm not shopping at BMW, I'm shopping at Austin Homebrew Supply, to which all of the above apply as well.

I placed an order there yesterday. I was also impressed with the prices and shipping.

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Ingredients / Where do you buy your ingredients from?
« on: November 10, 2009, 01:33:34 PM »
My LHBS is about an hour away. I am looking to find a place online with the best deals and cheapest shipping for grain. I have been purchaceing hops from www.freshops.com and am pleased with their prices and shipping, I'm just looking for something similar for grains.

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