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Ingredients / Re: Need help with Brun water
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:42:35 AM »
Ha...Gypsum paste

No kidding. Might be a solid block of gypsum at that concentration.  ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: No joy in kegging
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:13:26 AM »
Good advice from Joe. There simply has to be a leak somewhere. As mentioned, leak check from the tank/regulator seal  to the regulator itself, all the way down the line. I've had a couple leaks that only showed after dunking in water, so that's a good option as well.

EDIT - Or else the CO2 tank didn't get filled completely.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:05:37 AM »
I have a pack of 2124 expanding and getting ready for a starter.  One of the beers I plan to make with it is a Czech Amber Lager for lack of a better term... 55% Weyermann pils + 45% RedX.  Saaz hops and 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast.  I'm guessing it would come in somewhere around 8-10 SRM.  Mash lower (maybe 149°) and hit the late part of the boil nicely with Saaz.  I wouldn't want the RedX to weigh it down much so a little SO4 in the water might crisp it up a bit.  Cheers Beerheads!

That sounds like a good beer. I'd like to brew something like that sometime.

Since this thread has been one giant derail anyway, I'll say that the fact that 029 is so mild (and dare say sort of lager like) is exactly why I prefer 2565 for kolsch. It's just a better kolsch strain IMO, aside from being a PITA to clear.

The Pub / Re: My grocery store is like the UN...
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:13:55 AM »
Great story. Gave me a good laugh.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hope Your RIght on HSA
« on: November 10, 2015, 06:25:06 PM »
After seeing how some very traditional German breweries used lauter grants, I tend not to worry.

Great picture. I worry pretty much none about HSA as is. Even less now.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: November 10, 2015, 05:33:46 PM »
Yeah, that softened water has a ton of Na, even for softened.  Of course the alkalinity and bicarbonate are through the roof. Most water in this area (and big parts of the Midwest) is just plain s^*t for brewing most styles. I made RO my friend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 10, 2015, 05:26:13 PM »
Nice looking beers !

The Pub / Re: Beer Trivia Quiz, AHA main page.
« on: November 10, 2015, 10:59:43 AM »
4/5 here, too. The Washington question was a WAG.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: purging with CO2 bottle
« on: November 10, 2015, 10:42:03 AM »
Hook up your CO2 to a line with no disconnect on the end.  Stick the line down inside your fermenter as far as it will go.  Turn on the CO2.

Same thing I've done in the past.

Ingredients / Re: base malt for Irish Red - MO vs GP
« on: November 09, 2015, 06:47:36 PM »
Yeah free shipping is the way to go. I just don't order much online anymore- mostly hops and yeast  I can't get locally.

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Same here. I buy basically everything @ LHBS except hops, which I order from YVH or similar. I don't like to ship yeast pretty much ever.

Ingredients / Re: base malt for Irish Red - MO vs GP
« on: November 09, 2015, 06:21:34 PM »
Must have missed that - I saw the $2.19/lb.

Ingredients / Re: base malt for Irish Red - MO vs GP
« on: November 09, 2015, 05:15:47 PM »
I'm all for trying something new.just have to find best place to order GP from- nobody carries it locally.

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Ken, my LHBS is cheaper than NB, Morebeer, and Midwest :

EDIT - Not sure how price will balance with shipping. I walk in there obviously. Price/lb is 40 cents cheaper than most all others on this grain.

Equipment and Software / Re: TDS Meter
« on: November 09, 2015, 04:56:14 PM »
Probably a lot like the famous Blue Coleman Extreme - just not the same. Operates on a whole 'nother level.  ;)

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