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The Pub / Re: Going back in for surgery in a week.
« on: January 21, 2011, 06:05:33 AM »
Great news, Dean.  Here's to a successful operation and speedy recovery!

Nope, gypsum lowers pH.  You can add stuff like gypsum and CaCl2 to the kettle for flavor if you don't want to affect your mash pH.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Modified batch sparge?
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:31:10 PM »
If my mash tun can hold enough water after my mash has converted, would I be able to add and recirculate the entire pre-boil volume and then drain? I have been fly sparging but Santa brought me a new (bigger) mash tun so I am thinking about trying this out this weekend. Thoughts?

What you are proposing is basically no sparge brewing.  It works great, but your efficiency will likely take a hit.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hydrostatic Test on CO2 Bottles
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:29:50 PM »
I once had a CO2 which had a first certification date older than I was...  :o

It was BC?  ;)

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Partial mash question
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:44:07 AM »
"Steep" or better termed "mash" by steeping (there is that word again) by keeping the grains at about 152F (between 150-155F) for an hour".  Don't worry about being exact, but the more you are the more repeatable your process will be.
The difference between being a mash and steeping this way is the presence of base malt that will provide enzymes for conversion.

another difference being that you should care about the water/grain ratio, right?  Need the grains to be able to get the mash to the proper pH for the enzymes to do their thing.

You should use the proper ratio even for steeping to avoid pH related tannin problems.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop tea
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:10:50 AM »
Making a tea using wort would be much's called "beer"!  :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is it done?
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:08:08 AM »
You almost never need to use a secondary, anyway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop tea
« on: January 20, 2011, 10:26:28 AM »
I steeped the hops in water just off the boil.  A couple times I tried adjusting the water pH, but it didn't seem to make much difference.  I've heard that maybe my water was too hot.  Or maybe it's just my tastebuds.  I'll modify my advice to "try it and see what you think before you serve it to others"'s that?

My experience is that I had problems when using Iodophor on my fermenters.

What kind of problems?

In my case, I developed a persistent low level infection that iodophor couldn't knock out.  I decided to try StarSan due to the lo pH.  It knocked out the infection and I've stuck with StarSan ever since, although I still use iodophor sometimes. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:03:06 AM »
I just joined as well. a birthday gift. but i did not get a member number via email. do i have to wait till the card arrives in the mail?

I think so, but to be sure, you can email Kathryn Porter ( and ask her.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop tea
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:01:50 AM »
I've tried making hop tea 3-4 times and each time it's been some of the nastiest, most disgustingly vegetal stuff I've ever tasted.  My thoughts would be "don't do it!".

As far as adding hops at flameout and letting it sit why not just do a first wort hop?

Hops at flameout will get you aroma.  FWH gets you flavor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP exam - vital statistics needed?
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:55:44 AM »

Thanks for the response. I know the numbers well enough, but wondered if I actually needed them or not.

It's up to you.  The more info you provide, the better you'll do.

The Pub / Re: Brewing at sea.....
« on: January 19, 2011, 03:39:16 PM »
.....and if I had a pony, I'd ride him on my boat....

-Lyle Lovett

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