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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Testing
« on: March 01, 2011, 01:42:05 PM »
What type of containers are suitable for sending samples to Ward labs? And how much water to send?

If you email them, they'll send containers and an envelope to put them in.  I just use a small plastic water bottle myself.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: High Final Gravities
« on: March 01, 2011, 11:29:37 AM »
Although I really doubt it has anything to do with your problem, why the heck are you doing a protein rest with Rahr pale malt?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: High Final Gravities
« on: March 01, 2011, 11:03:39 AM »
I use Rahr exclusively as my domestic pale malt and I always get the attenuation I expect out of it.  Neither over nor under attenuated.
Yeah, but who was saying they noticed or heard about it affecting their beer and it changed the pH?  It could be that since you use it exclusively you've figured out how to use it to get the beer you want, and if you changed malts to Breiss you'd be cursing them and their malt :)

The recipes I use it in were originally formulated with GW pale and I haven't changed anything that I can recall.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Copper manifold vs false bottom
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:50:31 AM »
Oh! It's like a chinese finger trap.

That's how I usually describe it, but most people are too young to have ever seen one!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: High Final Gravities
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:49:14 AM »
I use Rahr exclusively as my domestic pale malt and I always get the attenuation I expect out of it.  Neither over nor under attenuated.

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Ingredients / Re: Temperature and pH
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:46:58 AM »
And just so it's explicitly stated in this thread, room temp mash pH should be in what range?  5.2-5.6?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Overchilled wort + Yeast
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:44:31 AM »
I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Testing
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:43:15 AM »
Just a reminder for when you get the results from them....multiply the SO4-S result by 3 to get your true sulfate number.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Drainage time
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:40:24 AM »
I sorta like playing with my malt for a few minutes before it goes in the tun...... ;D

You're a new brewer...you'll get over it!  ;)  Kinda like the guys who use carboys so they can watch the fermentation.  After a few hundred batches the thrill goes away.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Blending with ale yeast and wine yeast
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:37:30 AM »
Having tried wine yeast on a couple batches years back, I can tell you that I wasn't happy with the results.  Maybe you have a different goal in mind than I did.  What is it you're trying to accomplish?

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Ingredients / Re: IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:36:17 AM »
Keith, seriously look into the Flaconer's Flight blend.  At our club meeting last night I had a couple different beers made with them and I think you'd be really happy with them.  Contact Hop Union for a sample.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Copper manifold vs false bottom
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:33:26 AM »
I never know batch versus fly sparge. What I do is this: get water to temp, dough in, start a recirc pump which goes back into the mash tun. I have a PID probe inserted into the tube pumping back into the mash tun and maintain my temp that way. I just keep recirculating the whole time. Is that batch sparging? I know, totally n00b question but I am never sure.

This is batch sparging....

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Equipment and Software / Re: Copper manifold vs false bottom
« on: March 01, 2011, 09:32:27 AM »
That'd be great, but I have no idea where to get braided hose around here. I can find the braided stuff with the rubber lining, like what you use for toilet connections (that's what most of my system uses because I was too lazy to bend all that copper) but I'm not sure where to find the non-rubbery stuff. That's what we're talking about, right? If so, That sounds like a good solution.I guess I could just buy a bunch and put it into a single-layer coil, no?

That's the correct stuff.  Cut the ends off and push each end of the braid in towards the middle.  That will expand the braid allowing you to pull out the inner hose.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Drainage time
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:21:27 PM »
I have no doubt that malt conditioning works.   I also have no doubt that with my equipment it's not necessary.  Personally, I guess I'd rather fix the issue at the source than have to condition malt every time I crush.  I know, I know...it's easy.  But so is assembling equipment, and I rather only do it once than every time.

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