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Ingredients / Re: Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:10:25 PM »
Actually, now that I look at it, I'd probably just brew with your existing profile.

You mean my existing water with no gypsum added of the one with gypsum?

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Beer Recipes / Re: What makes a recipe "yours"?
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:40:12 AM »
I don't think I should mess with existing recipes until I understand my process better and can reproduce the same batch. I just wasn't sure how protective people were of their "creations."

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Ingredients / Re: Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:35:59 AM »
OK, went back and did something a bit more simple (again, this is for an american pale ale). No dilution of my filtered tap water, just added a little gypsum:


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First batch is drinkable!
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:47:21 AM »
Gratz!

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Beer Recipes / What makes a recipe "yours"?
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:25:56 AM »
At what point can someone legitimately say a recipe is theirs, or uniquely theirs?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just had my first kolsh...
« on: February 27, 2012, 12:07:01 PM »
I'll chime in here. It's the wife's beer and I've made a total of about 40 or gallons of it. Three weeks in the bucket, and then in the keggerator. Starts clearing after two weeks, you can read a newspaper through it after four. I use the Wyeast Kölsch and ferment around 66º-68º It comes out really nice. Here's my very simple recipe:

http://hopville.com/recipe/1033643/klsch-recipes/wooden-shoe-klsch

Batch infusion at 148º, batch sparge around 165º. As far as water, mine is very soft, all I do is treat it for the chlorine/chloramine the city puts in there with a carbon filter and a Campden tablet. If your water is hard, Euge's suggestion of 20% tap with 80% bottled/RO would probably work well.

Thanks for the info.

I'm currently listening to an old episode of the Jamil Show where he discusses the style.

I ordered a freezer and temp controller this week so I can improve the fermentation side...  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Accounting for Water Under a False Bottom
« on: February 25, 2012, 10:34:39 PM »
What you lose in the mash is a combination of the losses to deadspace and the water absorbed by the grain.  If your grists are relatively consistent in terms of lbs of grain then it doesn't matter.  You know how much you're going to lose. 

My differences arise when I'm mashing a much larger quantity of grain than my standard brews.  Since I take careful measurements with each brew, and I have a ton of data points I think a formula could be written to quantify the amount of deadspace vs grain absorption.  I actually wouldn't bother if my wife weren't a math teacher who lives for these kinds of word problems  ;D

I just need to give her my data and she can punch it up in her graphing calculator.  Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Have you messed with beersmith? It includes grain absorption and dead space when calculating the water you need for a mash. I think it needs to be tweaked for different people's equipment but from the little but I've used it, it seems to do a decent job.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Accounting for Water Under a False Bottom
« on: February 25, 2012, 10:15:29 PM »
I see an adjustment for dead space in my equipment profile in Beersmith, but where is the adjustment for water under the false bottom that is otherwise lauterable?  Dead space would still be calculated into the liquor:grist ratio.

Not sure if I did it correctly but I drained mine until the flow stopped then I measure how much was left in there, then I entered that into the mash tun dead space value.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Go big or go home!!??
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:51:36 PM »
Sounds like you're having fun while making beer.

...and that's what it's all about.  :)

Yup! It seems to be turning out OK. I took a gravity reading last night and it's close to what beersmith predicted. Tastes decent, too (or rather, it doesn't taste like kerosene or donkey piss).

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Ingredients / Re: Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:35:47 AM »
Adding alkalinity and acidity to the water is counterproductive as Nate points out.  The next version of Bru'n Water already has more error checking capabilities and adding alkalinity and acidity is one of those warning flags that were built in.

Oh, nice. I look forward to that. In the mean time I'll go back and try this again.

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Equipment and Software / I hope this pump is strong enough...
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:56:59 PM »
After a disappointingly long wait for my wort to cool last weekend I started reading about how I could improve the performance of an immersion chiller. (25 feet of 3/8" copper and I live in Florida where the water aint so cold)

The bulk of the suggestions pointed to switching to ice water somewhere around 120F and letting a submersible pump recirculate the cold water.

So, I ordered this one: 264 GPH Submersible Fountain Pump

Has anyone else used a similar setup with success or did I aim too low and get a pump that is too weak? (yes, I know, I should have posted this before ordering it)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Safe way to raise a burner
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:39:12 PM »
The safe way to raise a burner IMO is to talk to it about drugs and safe sex. There's nothing much else you can do but let it go and hope for the best.

 :o

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just had my first kolsh...
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:14:28 PM »
Make it and then let it lager cold for a month or so.

I guess I'll have to wait until I improve the cold side of things in my gear. Right now the best I can do is about 68 F with a wet t-shirt over the carboy. But I do plan to build some kind of temperature controlled box in the next few months.

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Methinks I need more than one carboy!  :o

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just had my first kolsh...
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:48:46 PM »
I call this 5K kolsch because I brewed it in honour of my wife and her friends completing their first 5K run (notice that they ran, I brewed...).  This won a gold at the CABA All About Ales competition.  Only downside is that it takes a long, long time to clear.
Thanks!

Kolsch is a hard style to homebrew, I've tried for 3 years and haven't gotten it right yet.  But I'm not giving up, I'll try again soon.
So would it not be a good choice for someone who has, say, only done 1 AG batch?  ???

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