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All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting pH during the mash.
« on: Today at 05:12:23 AM »
I have a question related to the original post.
Assume, using your favorite water adjustment software, the pH is predicted to be 5.5 but the actual pH is 5.3.
Since the sample is pulled 15 min or so after mash in, the sample takes a few more minutes to cool to room temp, and then a couple more minutes for the actual measurement of the pH.

So, at this point, 20 or so minutes have passed.

Don't know how quickly the mash will respond to a addition of baking soda to raise the pH by .2 but let's assume that it took 5-10 minutes to get the baking soda measured, added to the mash and for the mash pH to increase. So now, we are around 30 minutes into a 60 min mash.

My question is will raising the pH at this point in the mash make any difference?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thin brew
« on: November 25, 2015, 04:52:51 PM »
Generally speaking, sugar adjuncts are much more fermentable than the sugars that are created during the mash. Don't know your batch size, but 4.4 pounds of sugar adjuncts will create a higher ABV value which would have the effect of thinning out the beer. I'm unfamiliar with Young's beer enhancer but dark brown sugar would give the beer some molasses flavor.
Not sure what you mean by "more depth", but if you're looking for more complex flavors/aromas then specialty grains and/or spices, dried fruit in a winter warmer would be a good place to start.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Passed the BJCP Written exam
« on: November 24, 2015, 04:06:06 AM »
Completing many score sheets prior to the exam was important for me.
You've got to get all the things that Steve mentioned down and the score sheet completed in 15 min or less.
Preferably, less. It's helpful to have a couple of minutes to look the score sheet over for completeness/accuracy and to gather your thoughts before the next beer arrives.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2116 AHA Conf
« on: November 19, 2015, 04:29:31 AM »
Well, that's my point, if a city and a date have been announced, a physical site has already been selected.
At what point is the physical site of the conference usually announced?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2116 AHA Conf
« on: November 18, 2015, 05:10:41 PM »
What's a hundred years among friends?
Having been involved with other Nat'l organization conferences similar in size to the AHA, I know that the dates are usually driven by the availability of an adequately sized site in a particular location.
So, when a date is announced, the location/site has already been determined.
Don't understand why the site would need to be kept secret when the date has been announced.

General Homebrew Discussion / 2116 AHA Conf
« on: November 18, 2015, 11:04:22 AM »
I've seen the notices that the conference will be in Baltimore, MD, but no indication where in Baltimore.
Has anyone heard where in Baltimore the conference will be held?

Equipment and Software / Re: Milwaukee pH meter drift issues
« on: November 16, 2015, 04:39:10 AM »
I have the same pH meter.
It will change by .01 after the pH measurement stabilizes.
How old is the probe?
I find I need to replace mine about every 2 years.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2nd Annual Fermenttionland Homebrew Competition
« on: November 12, 2015, 04:50:03 AM »
D.L. Geary Brewing Co., as part of their sponsorship of our comp, has agreed to allow the comp winner to brew the winning beer on their 2 barrel pilot system and to put the beer on tap in their tasting room, as well as, a local beer bar.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beerdust
« on: November 11, 2015, 06:26:37 PM »
Since it's designed to be used with RO or distilled water and targets some broad general styles, it is probably more useful than 5.2.
That said, I'll just stick to my gram scale, brewing salts and Brunwater.

Well, as a beer judge, I can only judge a beer based on what the entrant tells me it is supposed to be.
I don't know how it was made or even what the ingredients are.
So, it doesn't really matter if the brewer made the beer in a 2 gal pot on the kitchen stove or a $10K brew sculpture (or a Zymatic).

Stephan, thanks!
Since this is our second competition, we're trying to keep it simple.
With a little more experience, we'll be able to add categories.

2nd call for judges and stewards for the MALT Second Annual Fermentationland Homebrew Competition.

Judges and Stewards are eligible for one free entry into the competition. The club - MALT -  will reimburse all competition volunteers for one free entry on the day of the competition.

Judges and Stewards may bring their entries with them on the day of the competition, as long as, the entries have been registered prior to the November 21, 2015 entry deadline.

Lunch will be provided for all competition volunteers.

Go to:

for more information and to register

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 03:44:25 AM »
I was given 2 oz of Lemondrop hops and used them in a 30 min hop stand in an APA.
For the first 3 weeks I got a faint phenolic taste, but that faded away.
Not a hop I'd use again.

The Pub / Re: it returns this time of year
« on: October 14, 2015, 05:41:33 PM »
Same here in Maine.
We also get hundreds of what look like ladybugs but, I'm told, are actually Japanese Bean Beetles.
Both of them hang around all fall and winter and are gone in the spring.

The Pub / Re: I just realized this is my 18th year brewing.
« on: October 12, 2015, 04:25:03 PM »
My youngest daughter bought me a "2 bucket" homebrewing kits plus a True Brew beer kit for Christmas 14 years ago. Homebrewing, up to that point, had never crossed my mind. I remember peeling off the Christmas paper wrapping and opening the box and thinking "what the hell am I going to do with this"?
But here I am 14 years later, many $ in additional equipment and BJCP Certified. Who knew, not me, that's for sure!

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