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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boiling water to condition
« on: June 27, 2015, 12:18:11 PM »
Good to know.  Glad to have my Pax River water.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boiling water to condition
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:11:55 AM »
Slaked lime treatment is effective for reducing alkalinity.  Can't see how it would reduce iron.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitizing tap
« on: May 27, 2015, 05:49:26 AM »
I use the faucet cap shown in the same amazon link that Hoosier posted. It stays on the outside and the reservoir tip catches the drip without trapping stale beer in the faucet.

These, along with picnic taps, need to be cleaned regularly.  I've had some real schmutz form in a picnic tap.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Evaporation Rate
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:22:12 AM »
I wish we could get rid of the concept of percentage boil-off.  It makes no sense. Consider 5 gallons of wort boiling at 1 gal/hr:

Hour  vol   %/hr
  1       4   20
  2       3   25
  3       2   33
  4       1   50
  5       0   100

A fixed rate of fuel supplied boils off a fixed amount, not a percentage.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: high gravity wort diluted IBUs
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:22:03 PM »
It would be 20 IBU.  The color will also be half the SRM of the original.  Not a problem for a pils.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: To Build or Buy?
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:46:18 AM »
If it were my decision, I would ask whether I would want to be limited to only three taps.

Exactly.  I went with four taps and still have to use picnic taps in the keezer to get the variety.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:38:54 AM »
Owning a mill lets you buy grains in bulk.  I don't feel comfortable without a couple of hundred pounds of malt in the house. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter help?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:51:02 AM »
Well if you have chlorine you must be on a municipal supply, rather than a well.  It should be fairly free of particulates, so the only filter you need would be the carbon filter for chlorine.  The rest of your water chemistry -- alkalinity, hardness -- can't be addressed with a filter.  RO will take care of that, but only necessary if alkalinity is too high to deal with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter help?
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:15:34 AM »
What is it you want to filter out?  A lot of us on city water use granulated carbon filters to remove chlorine. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bru'n water alkalinity
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:56:34 PM »
Alkalinity is a total of carbonate and bicarbonate ions, the relative amounts dependent on the pH.  In the US, the total amount is given as though it were all carbonate, specifically calcium carbonate.  We need to know what compound is being used in Belgium for alkalinity, since you need a molecular weight to get from mmol/L to ppm.

If they are using calcium carbonate, your alkalinity would be 298 ppm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 06:30:59 PM »
Maerzen brewday today.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:51:27 AM »
I'll be there. Pouring at Club Night for Chesapeake Real Ale Brewers Society.

15  You never know what's coming, but so many times I've just stopped what I was doing to listen.

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