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I get some of that honey tomorrow, so I'll get to see how strong the flavor is. I'm sure I'll try something eventually, though.

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Ingredients / Re: Rule of thumb for using lactic acid for pH reduction
« on: March 13, 2012, 07:40:58 PM »

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...you're watching an episode of Hoarders and notice that they're tossing a BLUE, rectangular cooler and think "damn, I could use that as a mash tun!"

 :o

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Ingredients / Rule of thumb for using lactic acid for pH reduction
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:26:24 PM »
I imagine this had been addressed before, but I've been wading through dozens of posts of various sites and can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

Is there a rule of thumb for using lactic acid to reduce mash pH?  Like, X ml lactic acid per pound of grain, or per gallon of mash water to reduce pH by 0.1?

I'm looking for something that will help on brew day when for whatever reason my pH is too high.

Again, sorry if this has been addressed before, I just haven't been able to find it.

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Ingredients / Re: Grain storage
« on: March 13, 2012, 04:01:33 PM »

i have never noticed anything penetrate a plastic tub (not ziplock). 


Rats chewed into my shopvac once. I had vacuumed up dog food and didn't empty the bin. They chewed right through the drain plug at the bottom. I've had duct tape over it ever since.

they were just trying to save you the labor of dumping the thing ;D

 ;D

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Ingredients / Re: Grain storage
« on: March 13, 2012, 03:46:13 PM »

i have never noticed anything penetrate a plastic tub (not ziplock). 


Rats chewed into my shopvac once. I had vacuumed up dog food and didn't empty the bin. They chewed right through the drain plug at the bottom. I've had duct tape over it ever since.

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I told my co-workers I couldn't come in today because I had explosive diarrhea:


 ;D ;D ;D

I've read horror stories of fermentation pressures shattering glass carboys when airlocks get clogged, so I'm glad this happened in the plastic bottle. There was at least a half bottle of beer on the bottom of the freezer:



Using my lunch hour to get a blowoff tube from the LHBC...lesson learned!  ::)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software App for Droids?
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:52:11 PM »
Well I installed 5 or 6 different apps I found on the market but didn't like them.

Bradley Smith is working on a version of Beersmith for Android and iOS.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:41:24 PM »
I stayed at a Holiday In Express last night and I....  ;D ;D ;D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: repeated stuck mashes
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:36:16 PM »
Maybe try braided vinyl tubing, it's hard to squish. I got some at Lowes.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: pH questions
« on: March 12, 2012, 11:21:48 AM »
You're probably right about that last reading. The sample that reading came from was sitting out for over an hour while I was doing other things before I remembered to check it. Not sure if that can effect things or if my meter needed to be recalibrated that soon.  When I take a sample next week to check gravity I'll check the pH again. (it's fermenting just fine already)

Questions:
  • Does water to grist ratio effect mash pH? I had a rather thick mash (1.1qt per pound I think).
  • Does it matter if I add salts to the water while I'm bring up to strike temp or do I throw them in after mash-in?  I've been adding to the water while it heats up.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my amber ale recipe
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:22:11 AM »
What does adding roasted barley before sparge do?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC video/live feed
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:54:55 AM »
OK, thanks. I guess I will have to wait for it to come to Orlando again.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Well that was cheap and easy.
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:47:36 AM »
Sounds great!

About the thermometer...right now I'm using a simple kitchen/meat thermometer. To verify it was accurate I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00551OOXS/ref=oh_o01_s00_i00_details

It's not practical to use for every brew since it's glass and full immersion (you have to put it into the liquid up to about 1/2" below the temperature reading for it to be accurate), but it is supposed to be accurate to within 1 degree F.  So you can use something like that to calibrate whatever other thermometer you use all the time at mash temps (like 150F) and be fairly certain your mash temps are in the ballpark.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap IR thermometer
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:17:12 AM »
Just thought I would chime in with my experience using these types of thermometers.

Yesterday I thought I would do a quick check of my grain temp before mashing and used an IR thermometer, it read 81F! My house AC was set to 72F. I checked the temp of the wall next to my thermostat and it read 72.3F, so it was accurate there. Using another thermometer I verified that the grain was 72F.

Not sure why it would read almost 10 degrees higher when pointing it at the grain.  The grain was in a paper bag and had been sitting in my living room over night.

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