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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ca & Mg in Brewing Water article questions
« on: March 20, 2015, 04:02:59 AM »
I had not thought of nor heard about the strike water addition only with no adjustment to the sparge.  I use RO and use the supported version, so I will have to see if my version covers that (mine is about a year old).  How does one adjust for that in the spreadsheet?  I will gladly pay for and download the newest supported version, if necessary and would like to incorporate this into my batch tomorrow!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profiles and Mash pH
« on: March 20, 2015, 03:51:58 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Derek.  You are jumping into water right off the bat, so you probably have more brewing experience than your post count would lead one to think.  So, I am going to state the obvious - remember to use Campden tablets if your water supply is chlorinated and consider a carbon filter, if the water has been treated with chloramine.

But like I said above, you probably knew of luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 19, 2015, 07:04:12 PM »
Does that include allowing enough time to see if anything changes?  In my limited experience, the warming process on one beer over a few minutes allowed for certain flaws to become more pronounced and perceptible.  I am sure that you are quite skilled and I don't mean to be critical about your process, just thinking aloud about giving adequate time to fully evaluate.  Over time, I hope to be quicker, but I hope I don't rush through the process before my capabilities allow for it.  That wouldn't be fair to the entrant in a competition setting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: try at batch sparging
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:52:06 PM »
I prefer Batch sparging as I use less water and my water is RO from my house system and treated via Bru'n water.  I don't know that I could calculate nearly well enough the amount of water to use to be assured that there will be a continuous inch or so above the grain bed as suggested in batch sparging.  So I would have to overshoot and collect and treat that much more water....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:37:17 PM »
Just a silly thought, but I never hand right or print by hand more than a very short note, so I may start handwriting things more often over the next few months to see if my speed and clarity will improve.  I can think, talk and even type pretty quickly, but getting those thoughts reduced to a print form by hand is where I bog down....I wonder what the thought is on having the time so constrained, if the goal is to measure the accuracy of your perception and your ability to use appropriate descriptors to relate the perception to the brewer?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:49:09 PM »
So unless we have lab rated instruments, and do lab level isolations, we cannot know with a reasonable degree of certainty that the yeast we repitch will achieve the same results as the lab produced specimen of that yeast, right?

But as a homebrewer can we accept the clean resulting yeast of an initial pitch with a fair degree of certainty to produce a similar beer?

You are in KC - calling Amanda!  She is a great brewer and is in a good club!  I had her beer at NHC with the KC Beermeisters (or something like that) and they are solid.  A great resource!   I am sure she can point you in the right direction for KC home brewing.  Really, starting out is a big pot and some buckets and lids.  Nothing like rocket science....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Newbie Judge Luck
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:24:10 PM »
So right, Dennis.  We must be mindful of the where we come from and where we aspire to go some day.  I really tried to give constructive input to the lower scored beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 18, 2015, 08:19:29 PM »
I have only judged one competition and have no aspirations for that high of a score, but I hear you.  The score of a beer doesn't mean it was going to be to medal either, but it means it was a beer determined to be in that range.... A 43 is still a good score and if another beer won Mini BOS, that's okay.  Likewise, only getting the front part scored means you kicked butt and the system failed a bit by not giving you room on the front to fully express yourself.  Sounds like you will be a GM some time soon!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 17, 2015, 09:18:24 PM »
Dry yeasts are getting better.  Just saying.  I used Abbaye yeast for a golden strong and it was very good.  Yes I love liquid yeasts and do starters, but there are some dry yeasts that are perfectly fine.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Bill
« on: March 17, 2015, 09:03:21 PM »
As to the hops,is there a reason for so many types?  My concern is getting a bit of a muddled flavor from using so many different hops... But I'm not a big hopper and maybe your combination will work well....others can help on this.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:53:29 PM »
Give it a try.  I have noticed some flavor distinction with the decoction being slightly better in flavor.  I could be wrong and would like to be shown otherwise, if you think so.  It seemed like lately I have experienced some greater richness in terms of body and maltiness occurring with a decoction mash, even if a single decoction.  Again, I am willing to say otherwise if shown to be the case.  I do a lot of lagers from Helles to Dortmunder to German Pils to BoPils to CAP.  The decoction flavor profile and body seems improved over a step mash or single infusion.  This is purely anecdotal and without any blind triangle testing.  Just saying this to further the discussion.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Magnum hop sale
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:41:23 PM »
I love German Magnum as a bittering hop and this is a great price, for sure.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second opinion on hydrometer reading
« on: March 17, 2015, 08:37:59 PM »
I don't know ,but 2 points is not a huge margin.  I would say that is 1.074, but I read from the bottom of the meniscus typically.  Can't really get that tight...put it on a refractometer and average 3 samples...that should get you pretty close.

All Grain Brewing / Re: OG Question
« on: March 17, 2015, 04:51:59 AM »
Of course calibration is important - I have one hydrometer that reads 2 to 3 points low (the actual Gravity is 2-3 points higher than the reading).  I marked it with red marker so I know it's the "bad one".

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