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The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:05:07 AM »
I'm a poster child for what not to do. Flip flops and shorts. Dropped a cinder block on my toe and broke it, but I still wear the flip flops.

Reason #1 why my brewery boots are steel toed. ;)

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The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:15:23 AM »
Regarding safety: I always wear my Mechanix gloves so I don't inadvertently touch anything hot and burn myself. The gloves give me that extra half second to pull my hand away and still allow for dexterity. When I'm going into hot liquid territory, I pull the Blichmann gloves over my Mechanix gloves. I might look silly, but who cares?

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Better than scaring him into doing a 4 hour mash because the iodine test screwed up!  ;)

Touché!

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I didn't mean for you to check pH. I meant for you to check the actual conversion. e.g. an iodine test. If that is negative, then you know your conversion is the issue that needs working on.

That's pretty unreliable.  I use Kai's conversion efficiency test....http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Troubleshooting_Brewhouse_Efficiency#Determining_Conversion_Efficiency



I've used that as well and quite like it. I just didn't want to scare the OP with super nerdiness right off the bat. :)

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Usually, chill haze is caused by insufficient conversion time. Have you been checking for conversion before you sparge?
Typically I use brewers friend to calculate my water adjustment and PH range for the beer I'm brewing. I test about 10 minutes into my mash with precision labs pH 4662 strips that my LHBS sells. I'm always in the right ballpark according to the strip reading but I know they aren't going to be as accurate as a meter.

I didn't mean for you to check pH. I meant for you to check the actual conversion. e.g. an iodine test. If that is negative, then you know your conversion is the issue that needs working on.

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Usually, chill haze is caused by insufficient conversion time. Have you been checking for conversion before you sparge?

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Amanda is quite inebriated right now but she did an amazing job on this comp.  I recommend this competition to anyone.

cheers--
--Michael

I blame whatever tasty beverage you gave me on my quick trip to drunk town. I hope everyone liked my drunken speech! :)

Do I need to be concerned about any of the other meads you gave me??

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:06:25 AM »
Yes, the waste water is significant, but I am on a well system, so I can afford to use a fair amount of water, because it only costs me the electricity to pump it. 

I will keep you posted, Amanda, but I doubt that I will have this installed and running until later in March.

Thank you. Waste water is one of my concerns. Where does it all go? What's the RO to waste on some of these home systems? I have a feeling it's like 25% efficient.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 19, 2014, 01:47:28 PM »
Anyone considering also including the AHA Forum name for easy identification at the Conference?

If someone can't figure out mine... well, too bad!  ;D

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@kcbiermeisters will be live tweeting the results.
Thanks Amanda...I just followed.  Of course I'm going to be at a brewfest on Saturday in Portsmouth, NH so there may be some drunken retweets. :)

Myles (the better half and tweeter of the Bier Miesters) loves retweets. Especially drunk ones! ;D Personally, I'm not sure I understand the Twitter, but whatever works to get the information out!

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You'll have to wait for the weekend. :) @kcbiermeisters will be live tweeting the results.

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Judging started last night at Cinder Block Brewery. Good luck guys!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:08:34 AM »
My friend has this system and says that his filters last almost a year (I think my demand will be greater, but figured that I would give it a try):

http://www.waterfiltersonline.com/detail.asp?product_id=Hydro_4vtfc75g

I don't have this in hand yet, but am looking forward to installing it, Amanda. 

Hmmm... would you mind taking a picture of the install when you're done? I'm curious to see if this would work in my brewery.

Martin, what type of system do you have? And where are you keeping such a large tank? Are there any upgrades you would need to a 'normal' system to push RO water into a larger tank?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:05:59 PM »
Thanks, Martin! I have just ordered a system with a 20 gallon accumulator, based on a friends suggested brand on the internet.  I will shortly be joining your paid group and making awesome water!  I figure this system will pay for itself in a little over a year based on my bottled delivery water consumption in the past for my household.  Hopefully the plumbing is not too daunting...my friend can help, so I am not too worried.

This forum is great to give me the confidence to do these things.  Thanks, again.

What did you get, exactly?

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:14:42 AM »
No doubt! All they need now is a hydroponic greenhouse for hops and maybe a yeast lab/library

Now that's just too much! :-P

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