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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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Ingredients / Re: Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:06:47 PM »
You're adding both chalk and acid to the mash. One negates the other. I never add alkalinity to the mash. Calcium and sulfate are a bit higher than I would go, but not awful.

Well, this is where I feel like I'm playing whack-a-mole. In trying to match up calcium and residual alkalinity with the target profile, and then get the mash pH down, this was my result.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Just had my first kolsh...
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:01:00 PM »
...and I'm wondering why I've NEVER had this kind of beer before? It's awesome! And I love big, hoppy, bitter beers...so it surprises me that I would like this.

So, can anyone suggest a good homebrew recipe for a kolsh?

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Ingredients / Re: Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:43:30 PM »
So, my next brew will be a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone (you can find it here)

In Bru'n Water I set the target water profile to Pale Ale and this is what I came up with (50% mash water is distilled):



Any critiques? Suggestions?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Go big or go home!!??
« on: February 23, 2012, 06:15:56 AM »
Yup!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Safe way to raise a burner
« on: February 22, 2012, 05:10:46 PM »
Seriously, just make sure the stand you build is really stable. 
You can easily get severe 3rd degree burns if it tips with gallons of water (or wort) above 140F.

Absolutely... I actually wondered how many injuries there are each year with 1 million homebrewers. Add in brew day imbibing and there's bound to be accidents.

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Ingredients / Re: Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 22, 2012, 11:21:33 AM »
I can give you a case study, if you want.
Wow, thanks!

ccfoo242,
I'm also in Jacksonville.  The water is horrible and does fluctuate a little year around.
I've had variable experiences with the in-line RV charcoal filter hooked up to the garden hose.

I recommend buying RO water in bulk from the machines in the front entrance of most grocery stores.  It costs $0.30 per gallon.  And just build your water profile with brew salt additions.  You'll need a small scale that can weigh things in grams and ounces.

I use bru'n water and have hit mash and sparge pH's within 0.1-0.2 everytime, regardless of recipe.
Good to know, thanks!

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Ingredients / Re: Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:57:45 AM »
I don't know how stable it is year round. I just had that sample done 2 weeks ago so it should be OK for now. I'm in Jacksonville, Florida and we get our water from various underground aquifers.

I realize now that I fat fingered some number's in Palmer's spreadsheet, and this lead me to have wildly different results when comparing that to Bru'n. Once I corrected that my residual alkalinity numbers were similar (thought still not identical).

It will be interesting to see just how closely Bru'n predicts mash ph. I'm mixing 50% distilled with filtered tap water and this helps me get close to his "black bitter" profile by adding a smidge of baking soda and chalk. For my filter I have a whole-house filter connected in-line with RV hoses and it has a charcoal filter.

It sure feels like I'm playing whack-a-mole though when trying to adjust things.


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Ingredients / Deciphering the various water spreadsheets
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:11:19 PM »
Hey all,

I'm looking for some help getting started with either Palmer's Mash RA, EZ Water, Bru'n Water, or Kai's.

I've tried the first 3 and the end result is I now have no clue what to do.

Is one spreadsheet more accurate than the other?

For the sake of argument, lets say I wanted to brew 5 gallons of oatmeal stout. Can anyone give me a nudge in the right direction?

Here's my Ward Labs report:
pH 7.9
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 495
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.82
Cations / Anions, me/L 8.5 /  7.8
ppm
Sodium, Na 38
Potassium, K 2
Calcium, Ca 78
Magnesium, Mg 34
Total Hardness, CaCO3 337
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 55
Chloride, Cl 77
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 134
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 110


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Equipment and Software / Re: I'm buying a refractometer!!!
« on: February 21, 2012, 04:55:36 PM »
Thanks for the ebay link.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Safe way to raise a burner
« on: February 21, 2012, 04:45:30 PM »
Well, the table at Target was a little too small...so cinder blocks it is!  :D

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