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All Grain Brewing / Re: Experiment tying some threads together
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:05:07 PM »
I'm guessing Bru'n Water assumes the anhydrous salt?

You can toggle among anhydrous, dihydrate and liquid calcium chloride in cell M20 on the Water Adjustment tab.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Pump reviews
« on: April 18, 2018, 05:27:59 PM »
I have a chugger pump. 

It works well, though sometimes it is annoying to prime,  It is obnoxiously loud, but I just bought some pump oil which I'm hoping will help.

If I was in the market, I would look at the MKII with stainless steel head.  I hear they are very quiet, though I don't have any personal experience with them. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Sour pH
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:59:52 PM »
uhhh.  Sorry meant 5.6 pH.  And here all of you see how the mistake was made.  I added lacto and was aiming for a 5.4 and misread some numbers.  So is 5.6 the wrong pH?

A mash pH of 5.6 shouldn't cause a problem.  I think most people would aim a bit lower for a light colored wheat beer, but the yeast should drop it into the acceptable range during primary.

I can't comment on the rest of your plan, since I don't have any experience with pitching lacto post-primary fermentation.

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I think it sounds alright; I'd try it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Sour pH
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:35:23 PM »
But, just realized my mash pH was off, at a 4.6 pH.

Did you add a bunch of acid or acid malt? It seems like it would be hard to end up that low from a wheat ale grist.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Australian Sparkling
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:13:54 PM »
I've brewed a couple iterations.

I think the last one was German Pils and a touch of Carahell; all Pride of Ringwood hops (which I really like); and WY 1275.

White Labs has an Australian ale yeast, but it's a sporadic release, and I don't think it's out now.  You can culture Cooper's yeast from a bottle if you can find one (I haven't seen any around here in a long time, unfortunately).

I bet there's some good info in Bronzed Brews.  I've been meaning to order a copy for a while.   http://prstemp.wixsite.com/tritun-books

I asked Peter for some tips at last year's HBC, but it was pretty late in the evening, and I can't remember much of what he told me (helpful, right?).


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All Grain Brewing / Re: RO Water instead of the crap from my tap
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:13:20 AM »
I'm in LA as well.  I brewed with tap water successfully for a few years (treated with Campden, which I believe does remove chloramines), but then switched to RO/distilled. 

Give it a shot. 

 

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: starsan +iodine ?
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:57:27 PM »
Iodophor is so fast, effective, and easy to use, I don't understand why people bother with anything else.

Plus, it smells good.

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The Pub / Dri-Dek
« on: April 07, 2018, 11:36:19 PM »
This stuff is pretty cool.

They use it around the pool where my kid takes swimming lessons, and I've seen it at a bar being used for draining glassware.  It could have a variety of applications for homebrewing.

https://www.dri-dek.com/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Invincible Rumors
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:20:31 PM »
Regarding pro vs homebrew methods, I think we are at a distinct advantage sometimes, for instance able to heat and chill quickly, using immersion chillers, and not having to make excessive use of pumps.

I always think of hydrostatic pressure on yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Invincible Rumors
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:06:57 AM »
The truth of the matter is that all commercial concepts apply at the homebrew level as that is likely where we got them from.

I don't see why it has to be an all or nothing proposition.  I think some things are applicable and some aren't. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaners
« on: April 06, 2018, 06:50:03 PM »
General everyday cleaning: dish soap or oxyclean free

More aggressive cleaning: Craftmeister alkaline brewery wash

Sanitizing: Iodophor

Tough spots on stainless steel (burnt wort on kettle bottoms, etc,): Barkeeper's friend

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All Grain Brewing / Re: APA malt bill advice
« on: April 05, 2018, 07:23:38 PM »
favorite is around 93% 2-row and 7% C-60.To me, it tastes pretty close to SNPA, which is my favorite commercial APA. 

I've played around with lighter crystal malt, wheat, no crystal malt (just base and lightly toasted), and the above is what I keep coming back to.

That's just my personal preference though.

I agree. I eschewed 60 for the longest time, but I am now finding that its what I've been missing all along.

If I recall correctly, it's basically the recipe that Beerfan posted on the NB forum many years ago in the SNPA Cloning Made Simple thread.  Ironically, it eventually grew into a massive 20 page beast.

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Yeah, that was a great one.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: APA malt bill advice
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:24:28 PM »
My favorite is around 93% 2-row and 7% C-60.  To me, it tastes pretty close to SNPA, which is my favorite commercial APA. 

I've played around with lighter crystal malt, wheat, no crystal malt (just base and lightly toasted), and the above is what I keep coming back to.

That's just my personal preference though.

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