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Sounds fun, I registered an entry, though it's going to be kind of a rush to get it done in time.

Other Fermentables / Re: sour cider
« on: July 17, 2016, 10:02:13 AM »
I sampled the brett cider this morning.  It has a moderate sourness, and a good amount of barn yard in both the flavor and aroma. 

Gravity is now 1.001, which puts it at 7.5% ABV.

I think it's ready for bottling. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: No Beer
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:01:50 PM »
the gas and liquid connections are right

Are you positive?  It can sometimes take a bit of pressure to get the disconnects to fully seat down onto the posts.  It can help to pull the ring up on the disconnect as you are pushing it down onto the post.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red X Saison
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:51:35 AM »
I've brewed two beers with Red X: a lager that was 100% Red X and a Belgian Red that was Red X and cane sugar.

I only have two examples to draw from, but my experience is that (i) it is more acidic than what its color would suggest, (ii) beers finish around 1.012 - 1.014, even if mashed low and fermented with an attenuative yeast, and (iii) it has a tart character (to me it tastes like cherry), which will smooth out over time.

The Belgian Red has been on tap for 2 months, and it has turned into a nice beer.

That said, I don't think I will use it as the sole malt again.

Ingredients / Re: Citric Acid
« on: July 11, 2016, 04:01:43 PM »
When I brewed last week, I hit 5.2 in my mash.  Then I added my normal sulfate and chloride additions to the kettle along with 1/2 teaspoon of Citric acid for 5 gallons to the boil.

Something interesting I learned from Principles of Brewing Science is that calcium ions "continue to interact with malt phosphate during wort boiling, and the ongoing reaction between calcium and phosphate is the primary reason that the pH decreases in the kettle boil."

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing with a pump
« on: July 11, 2016, 02:59:57 PM »
Loving that submersible pump for the ice water loop!

I'm glad you posted this because I think with some additional fittings I can use the Chugger pump for this purpose (recirculating ice water through the chiller).

I had a submersible pump at one point, but it died on me pretty fast and I never ended up replacing it.

However, once you have grasped all the new tasks and responsibilities that you need to attend to, you shouldn't be that disappointed.

Yeah, you're probably right.  After the pump though, I don't think I can handle any more new brewing related tasks or responsibilities.  Sometimes, it really does start to feel like a chore.   

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 11, 2016, 02:46:52 PM »
Regardless of how anyone chooses to procure them, it's clear to me that new rollers are the solution.  Enjoy.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 10, 2016, 05:12:46 PM »
I believe they have and found that it doesn't do it and the only way, still, is to spund.

I think some people on the GBF have had success using priming solution or adding some fresh wort at kegging if they miss the transfer window for spunding.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:25:35 AM »
Try what Joe recommends...1/4 tsp. (per 5 gal.) in strike water and 1/2 tsp. (per 5 gal.) in a slurry at 15 min. to flameout.

Ok, I'll try that on my next batch.

By the way, has anyone noticed an effect on mash pH?  Mine came in a bit low yesterday (5.2 vs. Bru'n water projection of 5.36). 

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:23:08 AM »
The Hydra is great, but I still use my pump with it.

Are you using some kind of whirlpool arm with it?  If not, how are you securing the hose to the kettle?

Using my 56F well water, I got from boiling to 58F in 8 min. with both a pump and Hydra.

I'm envious.  Ground water here yesterday was 76 degrees. It's difficult to chill much below the upper 80's using just an immersion chiller.  I let my fermentation fridge bring it the rest of way down to pitching temp.

Pimp My System / Re: Electric build begins tonight!
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:07:15 AM »
The Weaze will be back soon!!


Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:05:57 AM »
I used it for power vorlaufing, pumping from the mash tun to the boil kettle, and recirculating during chilling.

I didn't like having all the hoses on the ground.  Unhooking the hoses without spilling wort on the floor I found to be difficult.  I also didn't like the deadweight loss of wort due to what remained in the hoses when the mash tun was fully drained.

It also seemed like it was kind of rough on the wort.  The whole process seems so much gentler when I do everything by hand.

I don't know - using the pump just felt kind of wrong.

It also didn't reduce my chilling time at all.  I guess my manual stirring was performing the same function.  Now I've got my eye on one of those hydra chillers.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 10, 2016, 09:58:10 AM »
The product spec sheet lists the recommended dosage as 2-4 grams/hectolitre in the mash and 2-5 grams/hectolitre in the boil.

That's approximately .075-.151 grams/gallon in the mash and .075-.189 grams/gallon in the boil.  I shot for the middle of the range with .1 grams/gallon in both mash and boil.

Equipment and Software / Brewing with a pump
« on: July 10, 2016, 07:46:35 AM »
I thought it would make things easier, but it actually made everything more complicated.

I do not like it.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: July 09, 2016, 03:40:45 PM »
I just finished brewing a batch in which I used Brewtan B at a rate of .1 gram per gallon in the mash and the same at the end of the boil.  I didn't really notice anything different in terms of break formation.

It did turn the strike water a bit milky.

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