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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash temp and thermometer
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:37:50 PM »
156 is probably higher than you want to mash an American ipa.  How much crystal many was in there?  As for a thermometer you might check out the thermopop from thermoworks.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water calculator help?
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:37:34 AM »
Not familiar with Brewers friend so take this with a grain of salt.

I'll assume that you've had your source water tested and that's where the Source mineral values are coming from.  If so you're dealing with quite a bit of bicarbonate and will likely want to dilute your source water some, particularly for lighter colored beers. Your calcium, sulfates, and chlorides are a little low- easy fixes by adding gypsum and calcium chloride.

Burton water is a pretty extreme target- I would be hesitant to make beer with sulfates above 300 Ppm sulfates.

I would recommend bruunwater from Martin B as a good place to start.  Great spreadsheet and he helps quite a bit on this forum.  Seems like a great guy

Ingredients / Re: Good News For Hop Lovers
« on: February 07, 2015, 05:38:55 AM »
Yakima Valley Hops

Equipment and Software / Re: PBW 101
« on: November 12, 2014, 05:41:38 AM »
Hope this isn't too much of a hijack-  Why is it that PBW works great here but oxyclean leaves a gritty deposit after a few hours?  I've always assumed its a water chemistry issue but I'm curious if anyone else has run across this.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 26, 2013, 05:53:42 PM »
FWIW WLP833 is really good.  I've used it for Vienna, Ofest, Dunkel, and Schwarz and been really happy with it.  Currently growing a starter for a Dbock.  Not sure on the Pilsners but I intend to experiment with a CAP on it this winter.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 14, 2013, 04:43:41 PM »
Isnt PBW just really Souped up Oxyclean?  Essentially an alkaline cleaner?

I think it has to do with the water here but PBW works significantly better than Oxyclean.  Oxyclean leaves a gritty residue  on everything- I had to use something acidic to clean it out of my carboys, tubing, buckets, etc.  I dont get that with PBW

All Grain Brewing / Re: FG too low again!
« on: December 01, 2013, 04:02:43 PM »
Are you certain your hydrometer is accurate?

Why not just oversize your starter by a pint and save the extra from the starter?  No carryover of anything to the next batch.

The Pub / Re: So I am out in the garage brewing today
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:01:12 PM »
I guess the good news is that this week's little cold snap took care of whatever the hell those were.  My brewing "guests" tend to be larger but I don't think they'd pass up Crown either

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:48:22 PM »
Rinse and drain.  PBW soak on brew day- I already have my mlt full of PBW.  Rinse and drain.  When dry, cover each bottle with a foil square and bake at 350 F for 1hour.

Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:44:49 PM »
And once again, great forum.  You'd have to search high and low on the internet these days to find another forum where folks can admit to being schooled.  Nice to see adult behavior (even if I don't understand label requirements)

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: September 22, 2013, 04:54:53 AM »
Not a fan of the DH but I do like my Royals(and that has been severely tested during the past 25 years).  Quick question - how did Ned Yost manage in the NL as long as he did?  I can't imagine how goofy his double switches would have been given some of his decisions in the AL.

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:34:33 PM »
I'm a Pirates fan who's suffered through some of the greatest (worstest?) ineptitude for 20 years.

As a Royals fan it seems the Pirates have had company in their ineptitude.  3 back with ten to go- May need some help to get in

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting yeast
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:47:31 PM »
Maybe just oversize your starter and harvest from that

Beer Recipes / Re: Should I just give up on lagers?
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:25:54 AM »
Others may disagree with this but I start my lager fermentation at 50F and as it begins to slow (about 4-5 days in) let it rise into the low 60's.  After it finishes and has been gravity tested it goes into my lager chamber.  So I guess it's a modified McDole fermentation

For water testing Ward labs seems accurate, fast, and reasonable.

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