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Ingredients / Re: water additives?
« on: October 28, 2011, 12:48:22 PM »
I've seen some water profiles for Pilsners where all the elements are in single digits. That is why I got 12.5 gal of distilled water....just in case.

Ingredients / water additives?
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:53:18 AM »
Saturday 10-29-11 is my first attempt at a lager, I'm not sure what to add to my water to brew a light Pilsner/Munich Helles. Any help would be appreciated.

I have a HERM system and a Ranco controlled refrigerator to lager. I usually brew 12 gallons so I can end up with 2 five gallon kegs.

The water report is as follows: 8.1 pH
Calcium: 65 ppm
Magnesium: 26 ppm
Sodium: 93 ppm
Sulfate: 220 ppm published 169
Chloride: 97 ppm
Bicarbonate: 135
Hardness: 16 grains per gallon or 230 mg/l
Alkalinity 13.4

I've purchased 12.5 gal of distilled water to cut my water but I am a little confused as to how much to use and how much minerals to add.

My basic recipe is: 16.00 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 71.11 %
4.00 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 17.78 %
1.50 lb Pale Malt (6 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 4.44 %
1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 6.9 IBU
1.00 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (60 min) Hops 7.3 IBU
1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] (20 min) Hops 4.2 IBU
1.00 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (20 min) Hops 4.4 IBU
2.00 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (0 min)
2 Pkgs Southern German Lager (White Labs #WLP838) The starter is ready.

Pimp My System / Re: The Great Northwestern Brew Baron
« on: October 16, 2011, 05:31:47 PM »
I want to do the same setup. Can you reveal your wiring and plumbing diagram?

Equipment and Software / Re: temp control
« on: October 12, 2011, 12:31:26 AM »
Those analog thermostats that are on refrigerators or kegerators can swing 4 degrees in each direction. I'm going to use a digital Ranco to get the temp more exact, 1-2 degrees in each direction.

Would you set the differential to 1 or 2 degrees keeping in mind that a 2 degree swing would save the refrigerator a lot of wear and tear?

Equipment and Software / Re: temp control
« on: October 05, 2011, 01:35:37 AM »
This is a fridge not a freezer and it is indoors so I probably won't need a heater.

Equipment and Software / Re: temp control
« on: October 04, 2011, 09:03:59 AM »
I'm using this controller to convert a spare kegerator to a lagering fridge......

I'm not sure if I would ever use the 2 stage......Or maybe I do need it and I just don't know it now......

I only want to control the temp for fermentation of lagers....

Best advise ?

Equipment and Software / temp control
« on: October 04, 2011, 08:33:29 AM »
Which controller is the best for fermenting ..Johnson Controls A419ABC-1C Electronic Thermostat... OR...RANCO ETC-111000 Digital Temperature Control...?

Equipment and Software / Re: ball lock
« on: October 03, 2011, 07:32:58 AM »
MoreBeer said to cut away a corny ...........but really?........know one has a lead on the type of thread a ball lock post takes?.

Equipment and Software / Re: ball lock
« on: October 03, 2011, 03:13:38 AM »
 I have the sanke already.  I just want to be able to snap the gas on to add a few psi to push the beer up hill without having to change fittings.

That thread has to be available from somewhere? How do people add a ball lock fitting to another project without having to cut apart a good corny?

Equipment and Software / ball lock
« on: October 02, 2011, 11:46:41 PM »
I'm trying to add a ball lock to a converted 15.5 gal keg/fermentor..

Where can I get the ball valve post, the part that is welded to the corny?
(not the part that has the poppet in it)

Questions about the forum? / Re: key word
« on: September 28, 2011, 12:41:49 AM »

Questions about the forum? / key word
« on: September 27, 2011, 07:40:08 AM »
Is there a way to enter a key word to search the previous forum topics to help me answer previously asked questions without manually reading every topic and thread.

Equipment and Software / Re: fermentation chamber performance
« on: September 25, 2011, 12:15:13 AM »
Yes, 42 is about the best you can get with a mini fridge. Even some semi expensive kegerators only get to 40-42.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg Conversion
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:11:36 AM »
How do you get the keg clean? Especially underneath the lid.
I've got an old keg that just doesn't want to come clean.
Any suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kangen Water
« on: September 18, 2011, 08:21:06 AM »
I think that is an interesting idea. The machine splits the water molecules electronically to create a higher absorption rate in your body. The science seems sound but the whole MLM thing and 4K ?    WOW !

Kangen water systems can deliver very low pH for antiseptic applications also. Hospitals in Japan use the Kangen systems for pH water down to 4.8. or lower. The machine is made to be adjusted for very high pH or very low pH depending on its use. So maybe it would be good for the mash water.

It's primary use is for drinking water which they claim needs to be high Ph.

Now I think the water changes again during the boil so there might not be an adverse affect on the 50-100 ppm of calcium needed for healthy yeast growth. Ask Kai , he could tell you.


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