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I do 2.5 gallon batches and in one particular batch I sparged with 3 gallons adding 1.2 ml of lactic according to bru'n water. This batch had the highest amount of this tangy off flavor. Could this amount of lactic acid be causing this flavor change?

How are you arriving at 1.2mL of lactic with those volumes? Very high RA in your water? For reference, I'm using RO water, 10 gallon batches, with 0.5mL of lactic acid in the strike (12 total gallons) and 0.6-0.7mL in the sparge (7-9 gallons sparge).

We saved the scoresheets by entry number only and using BCOE&M it was easy to match scoresheets and entrants. All we did was do a search on the directory in the computer an drag & drop into an email, setup a generic email (Thanks for entering.....), and send.

Does it save money? yes. Does it save time? I think it does or at least it's a break even.

This is the process I would use if I could find the volunteers. Our shipping cost for our big comp (600 entries) is around $350. I would love to use that money to ship prizes to our winners, but it wasn't in the cards last year.

Equipment and Software / Re: Lowes vs Home Depot MLT
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:03:57 PM »

Am I the only one that doesn't wear pants when brewing?

Honestly, I never wear shoes. Even flip flops are optional.

You're a brave man.  I never brew without wearing jeans and shoes.  I've had too many mishaps when I dressed more casually.

That's what I'm thinking Denny!  :o

Equipment and Software / Re: Lowes vs Home Depot MLT
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:45:35 PM »
Another option is to forego the ball valve altogether.  I just have the tubing come directly out of the cooler and I tuck the end of the tubing up into the handle on the cooler.  When I want to drain, all I have to do is to lower the tubing into the kettle.  To stop, lift the hose up again.  Easy peasy.

this is what I do too. never (knock on wood) had a problem yet. I don't see it as any more likely to cause a problem than forgetting to close the ball valve.
Would not recommend this method.

I had this system for one brew day before the hose came loose from the clamp, sprayed 154F wort on my jeans and into my shoes. After attempting to secure the hose above the liquid level again, I had to kick off my shoes and rip off my pants due to the sopping wet hot mess I was wearing at the time. The kitchen was a sticky mess, my shoes and pants were a sticky mess, and the rest of the brew day was barely salvageable.

Safety first guys! Get the gate valve that Denny linked as a preventative measure at the very least.

I scorched a Munich Helles when attempting to learn the RIMS system I now have.

It didn't even make it to the boil kettle. Not worth my time.

The Pub / Re: F Cancer
« on: August 07, 2014, 06:44:30 AM »
F cancer.

I lost my dad a little over a year ago to synovial sarcoma. It is literally a one in a million cancer. He had a team of wonderful doctors at Washington University that extended his time with us by four years - long enough to see my mom start nursing school, to see my sister start college and me graduate college, to meet both of the men my sister and I would marry, to find his faith again, and to touch so many people during his treatment. For that, I am grateful. But cancer still took my dad at 55 years old. F cancer.

Some of my dad's tumors are at the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis for research. I take heart knowing that the strides they are making by studying his cancer may one day help another. I also make it a point to send his Christmas present in the form of a donation to Siteman's Patient Care Fund. That same fund helped our family during our struggles.

Mike, I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Know that you are not alone in your pain - feel free to reach out at any time.

Zymurgy / Re: Savant D ete
« on: August 06, 2014, 12:59:29 PM »
I believe "Bob's Red Mill" brand of organic things sells all of those. All of my local grocery stores carry a good line of Bob's.

Going Pro / Re: Consistency
« on: August 06, 2014, 12:42:33 PM »
Yeah, equipment has a lot to do with it. If you are using hobbled together equipment you will have a harder time repeating consistency.

Experience is just as much to do with it. Making the jump to commercial size operation is challenging no matter how good a homebrewer you are. It's a similar craft but different. The more you do it the better you get, just like homebrewing. I don't think my stuff got really consistent until about 2 years ago.

I'll echo these statements based on my experience in going from the "cheap and easy" method to a Sabco BrewMagic. Suddenly, my process needed to be spot on in order to produce beer. Sure, I could cheat a bit one way or the other with the cooler mash tun and gravity. But when you add in pumps, hard plumbing, recirculating mashes, etc... your process needs to tighten down. A lot.

I've spent nearly this entire year brewing 1.050 beer, 10 gallons at a time. Not varying any part of the process (same amount of grain each time, basically the same water treatment) has allowed me to learn this new system almost completely. I can brew the exact same recipe, several months apart, and have it be the exact same beer. I get that it's exciting to produce epic one-off beers, but if you can't produce the same (or close to it) pilsner every time I visit - I may not visit again. Just my $0.02.

So I absolutely think that these are the keys to consistency:
  • Don't go the 'hobbled together' route
  • Brew the same thing on it countless times to learn the ins and outs of it

Ingredients / Re: Water for Märzen
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:28:01 AM »
What if you do a bit of gypsum and a bit of CaCl2?

Ingredients / Re: Water for Märzen
« on: August 06, 2014, 09:32:16 AM »
As always Martin, thank you!  ;D

I'll be keeping this in mind with our Oktoberfest brew day on 8/23.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Meeting Location
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:20:28 AM »
Check with local churches. A club I belonged to years ago met at a Unitarian church. The space was large enough for 60 people. Southern baptist might be a bad choice if you want to bring beer.

Ha. KCBM got kicked out of a church in KS - which is what started this whole 'change the law in KS thing'. We fought for two years (a member wrote the bill and our President testified several times in the House and Senate) and spent a good chunk of money towards lobbyists on getting the laws changed in KS.

Ironically, we are having a tough time finding a place that will house as many members as we have in KS!  :o We are still meeting on the Missouri side of the state line, but I can't imagine we can stay there forever.

Going Pro / Re: There Better be an AHA Discount at This Place!
« on: August 01, 2014, 11:12:51 AM »
Oh...and BTW...gotta love those Belgiums.  ;) ??? ;D

Yeah, and those Germany Pils are pretty good too.   ;)

HA. I think "Germany Pils or America Pale Ale" in my head every time I read "Belgium ales". Glad I'm not the only one!  ;D

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:33:56 AM »
BTW guys, thanks for Lackey!  ;D

I hope you all enjoy Joe Kelly's dance moves as much as we have. Also, Allen Craig is CLUTCH. Try not to give him too much crap for that whole obstruction call in Game 3 last year.  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: About to destroy my immersion chiller...
« on: July 31, 2014, 02:16:05 PM »
Now I just get as much cooling as I can w/ tap water while I clean (100F or lower), and cool the rest of the way in my ferm. fridge. I oxygenate/pitch before bed or the next morning, giving plenty of time to make sure the temp is stable.

I do the same to about 80F or lower. Kyle's right, RDWHAHB.

Pimp My System / Re: Wood Framed Kegerator Build
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:19:49 PM »
/\/\/\/\/\ +eleventy to this.

It also looks like the compressor vent was covered up, is that what happened here?

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