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All Grain Brewing / PH question
« on: April 22, 2012, 03:42:00 PM »
Just tested the PH on an ordinary bitter mash.  Mash tested at 5.4 at 66F.  Not that I'm real worried about it but Bruunwater estimated my mash PH at 5.2.  I am planning on doing at least one batch of BoPils this summer and would like to be able to hit a low mash PH.  I seem to consistently run .2 high.  I have a recent Ward labs water test and I use a Hanna PH meter that was calibrated this morning.  Any thoughts?


Ingredients / Lack of hoppiness?
« on: March 16, 2012, 10:21:46 PM »
Just tapped an APA that is really lacking in hop aroma and flavor.  I experimented with this hop bill as follows:
1 oz Cascade FWH
.75 oz Horizon @20 min
.5 oz Horizon @15 min
.5 oz Horizon @ 10 min
.5 oz Centennial @5 min
1 oz Cascade @ 2 min
.5 oz Centennial @ 0 min

This is a 1.058 APA with 73% American 2 row, 9% Munich, and some wheat malt and caramel malts.  I used a hop spider for the first time on this brew (only have 3 hop bags).  Is this just not enough late hops?  Will dry hopping help the aroma or am I just stuck with a ho-hum APA?


Kegging and Bottling / Another force carb question
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:46:37 PM »
Normally I am a "set it and forget it" guy when force carbing but I'm kind of in a hurry to get a beer carbed.  I just kegged an IPA that I would like carbed and ready to bottle by next Thurs.  I don't like the idea of turning the gas way up to speed up the process.  Could I set the gas correctly (11.5 psi @ 43F) and shake it a few times a day to speed up the process?  Does shaking the keg force CO2 into solution faster?  Are there downsides to this method?

Thanks in advance.

All Grain Brewing / water/grist ratio and efficiency
« on: February 18, 2012, 04:51:37 PM »
Quick question.  I'm a batch sparger and I seem to achieve a better efficiency with a higher water to grist ratio.  Today I mashed with a 1.9 qt/lb ratio and achieved a 78% efficiency.  Generally I'm closer to a 1.5 qt/lb ratio and a 73% efficiency.  Is there anything to this or should I look in another direction to explain the jump. 

I mill my own and haven't changed the settings.  PH was at 5.6 (a little high).

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