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Equipment and Software / BrewVision Sensor Question
« on: December 26, 2016, 09:35:14 AM »
I want to install on my boil kettle (gas fired) and have the heat shield, was wondering how high far from the bottom it needs to be.

Equipment and Software / Beersmith style guidelines
« on: December 20, 2016, 07:06:23 AM »
Is there a way to update the style guidlines to 2015 BJCP?

Equipment and Software / Setting Fly sparge in Beersmith
« on: December 18, 2016, 10:04:16 AM »
I cant find where you add this in.

Equipment and Software / Export Promash to BeerSmith
« on: December 16, 2016, 12:35:21 PM »
Well after some 20 years of using Promash with great success i broke down and purchased Beersmith2.  Would like to export recipies and ingredients databases googled this topic, but it led me to 12 year old threads.
Anyone have any pointers?
Also just got 3 Blichmann BrewVision Temperature sensors and would like to integrate them into Beersmith.
 I hate learning curves, sure wish ProMash would get an update.

All Grain Brewing / Reiterated mash question
« on: December 13, 2016, 07:51:40 AM »
After reading Chris Colby's article in Nov/Dec Zymurgy,I think i'll give this a try brewing a RIS. Was wondering if I should do my first mash all base malt, then add specialty malts in the second mash. And should i add more (brewing salts) to the second mash?
Any other tips or comments are welcome. Or, if another thread has been started pls. redirect me, thanks.

All Grain Brewing / Is 5.0 Ph too low?
« on: May 09, 2016, 06:45:21 AM »
Doing a Boh pils today. Used .4 lb acid malt. Is a ph of 5.0 too low for the style, and is there any way to correct this?

Kegging and Bottling / How come Starsan turns cloudy?
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:56:43 AM »
I usually fill a corney with 5 gallons cold filtered water and 1oz Starsan acid. sometimes turns the water a milky white. Is it the SS keg? Is it nothing to worry about? And how long will it remain effective in a keg?

Kegging and Bottling / Galatin fining
« on: December 11, 2015, 09:27:55 AM »
Had a cloudy APA last week and decided to try fining with galatin. 1/2Tsp. In 1/4cup cold water for an hour, then topped up to 1 cup boiling water and added to a  corney-keg of gently stirred 33deg beer and force-carbed to 2.5 volumes.
After a week or so I poured a couple pints but beer was still cloudy. Killed the keg yesterday and was cloudy the whole way through. I dont really care what my ales look like; just wanted bright beer for my friends. But is there something I am doing wrong?

Equipment and Software / Thinking about going electric
« on: December 11, 2015, 09:17:33 AM »
 I have a RIMS right now running a electric water heater element in a section of 1.5" copper pipe, but my HLT and BK are propane.
I got a deal on a Hop Rocket and am looking to purchase a RIMS Rocket for it but dont know whether to get the 120V or the 240. Since I might replace the propane kettles with induction, are those 240V as well? your thoughts.

General Homebrew Discussion / How clean is clean?
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:36:08 AM »
I was getting ready to transfer to another carboy this morning, and noticed really light colored streaks in the unfilled carboy. I use PBW to CIP my fermenter(s), first scrubbing most of the beerstone away using cold water then soaking with PBW for at least 1/2 hour. then scrub some more, rinse, and either drip dry and put away, or acid rinse and fill. the streaks look like brush streaks since they are horizontal. but so light (can only notice when dry) I probably wouldn't notice if the same residue exists in a stainless fermenter. Is an acid rinse adequate when no "chunks" are evident, or is there a more thorough method I should employ? I have not had any infection issues in the past; have I just been lucky? Your thoughts.

Ingredients / Supermoss Vs.other finings
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:45:08 AM »
I've been using this in different styles, but doesnt seem very effective. has anytone tried this stuff?

All Grain Brewing / Question about evaporation
« on: November 18, 2015, 12:34:43 PM »
Seems I am getting variable results. On Tuesday I did a 2 hour boil. Started with 8.5 gallons, and after 1hr, i was down to 7.5. But after the second hour was down to 5.5.Same everything. what changed?

Yeast and Fermentation / Whit Labs question
« on: November 16, 2015, 02:05:31 PM »
Is it ok to put a vial/pack of yeast back in the fridge? I want my starter to be ready to pitch at high kraesen, but if i pitch now, it'll probably be past by tomorrow afternoon when my brew will be ready. Will leaving the pack at room temp for the night stress the yeast?

All Grain Brewing / 1272 started warm-What should I expect
« on: November 16, 2015, 08:26:33 AM »
Did another APA this weekend. I pitched a healthy starter around 5PM; Wort was~75*F. Woke the next morning and was going gangbusters but the temp was up to like 76*. I moved it to a cooler place last night and this morning it is down to 66*. Wyeast recommends a warm start, but I am not sure if fermenting for 24hours will have any ill-effect on the flavor (esters, etc.).
Was going to harvest this and use in another APA next week, but will this yeast be too stressed? Am I better off getting another smack-pack, or am i worrying alot about nothing (usually the case)?

Ingredients / Need help with Brun water
« on: November 11, 2015, 09:59:05 AM »
Been playing around with Martins spreadsheet and wanted to run this by you and make sure i am doing this right.
My water:
CA 48
MG 2
NA 2
S04 6
CL 7
HC03 138

trying to build water for a Gratzer:
CA 45
MG 31
NA 32
S04 6145
CL 67
HC03 80

By adding to mash:
Epson salt 1.2 gm/gallon
NACL .2gm/gal
Lactic acid .8 ml/gal and .47 to sparge

Grain bill 8lb oak smoked wheat malt and 8oz saur malt

Am i making sense? should I leave my water alone? Should I take a water chemistry class at the community college?

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