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Equipment and Software / Re: Mixed Source Water Input to Bru'n Water
« on: January 21, 2016, 01:35:37 PM »
While weighted averages may not be accurate of the mixed water due to reactions before mashing, I don't think it matters for Bru'n water because it will figure out the end result in the mash.

Ingredients / Re: Briess Brewers Malt vs. Pale Malt
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:08:53 AM »
LMGTFY. Here is Briess' description

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: wort makeup and attenuation
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:20:00 AM »
Could be insufficient aeration over 2 pitches that is the problem.

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Zymurgy / Re: New year, new Zymurgy editor!
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:40:08 AM »
Thanks Jill for your 10 years.  I look forward to the best of continuity and fresh ideas.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help required, possible contmaination?
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:37:52 AM »
Can you post a photo?  To post a picture you need to have the photo hosted somewhere else.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: wort makeup and attenuation
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:11:48 PM »
Thanks all. Sounds like I either didn't get full conversion which I had not considered or had a fermentation problem.

The sample tasted good so I am ok with it. I added 4 oz of sugar, roused the yeast, and raised the temp a bit in attempt get squeeze out a couple more points...
You can have full starch conversion, but still have a dextrinous wort.  You can do a fast ferment test to determine if you have a yeast or mash issue.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: wort makeup and attenuation
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:06:35 AM »
Malt X has a lot less enzymes than pilsener and Vienna so the wort is more dextrinous.  From what I can glean from the internet, it has barely enough enyzmes to convert so about 1/3 of that of pilsenser and Vienna. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:27:36 AM »
If you're water heater is set for 120F, which is IIRC the recommended temp, you won't get scalded.

Some water heaters are set to run at very hot temps, say 180 F, and then there is a blend valve to reduce the temp (generally below scalding temps) before the water is released into the hot water piping.  You wouldn't want to hook up to the water heater in this case, you would want to connect downstream of the blend valve.   

Pimp My System / Re: Cellar Brewery
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:43:02 AM »
Exhaust for the zymatic or even a small electric system is really small.  A kitchen range hood could handle that as long as the run of flexible duct is not overly long.  A bathroom exhaust fan would also work.  Enclosing your tun with a shower curtain would improve capture by the exhaust fan

If all you want is some carbon-filtered water to fill your tun, then all you probably need is an ice maker kit and your filters.  A filter kit might come with a saddle valve.

Pimp My System / Re: Cellar Brewery
« on: January 07, 2016, 09:38:02 AM »
A few thoughts to get the ball rolling:

- Don't you have a floor drain?  Couldn't you run the sink into the drain?
- If you do an electric system, you only need an exhaust system to move the moisture.  Is there a nearby window you could put a box fan to move the moisture out and another window or door to bring in fresh air.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Translation please!
« on: December 15, 2015, 12:57:38 PM »
Carbonation effects body. Don't ask me how.


Did you calculate the concentrations of the various ions?


OK. So basically additions were moderate.

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Did you calculate the concentrations of the various ions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: too much salt?
« on: December 11, 2015, 12:41:55 PM »
The water softener isn't working properly or maybe there is some kind of mixing valve in the system blending softened water with  non-softened. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adjusting Water for 750 mg/l Hardness?
« on: December 11, 2015, 08:20:06 AM »
750 mg/l of hardness is not the true goal for Heady Topper.  Speculation on homebrew talk indicates that the hardness may be that high for the mash water but the water is very low in minerals for the sparge to arrive at a more sensible overall mineral profile.  I would recommend starting with RO water because your water is too high in chloride to achieve the desired effect.

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