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FWIW, we definitely have RO machines at Kroger and Safeway in Longmont despite having water with a TDS ~50 coming out of the faucet. Form-factor of the 5 gallon jug has some appeal,  I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I take it that the tap water has either iron or manganese (metallic) flavor?

Most large grocery stores have RO water dispensers and charge between 35 and 40 cents a gallon.

Unfortunately, not universally true. Areas that have low or really low TDS are unlikely to have RO machines in any stores. In essence, if you can't find RO machines in stores in your area, there probably isn't a great need for RO treatment and the tap water is more likely to be usable for brewing (of course, you still have to adjust it for brewing).

Zymurgy / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: August 31, 2017, 08:20:34 AM »
We're talking gold medal final round recipes, not first round ones.

Also the quotation marks implied that it's not always true.

Understood, but an important point still applies to final round beers too. They are not all 'great'.

Zymurgy / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: August 30, 2017, 05:11:00 AM »
The score means nothing. All the beers chosen for medals are "considered" to be world-class examples of their respective style.

That's hardly my experience. Its rare that beer in the first rounds of NHC are 'world-class' beer. With almost two decades of judging in the NHC, most beers are only OK and their scores reflect that. But some of those OK beers do advance or are awarded medals because they are the best of the OK.

With that knowledge, I know that 'medal-winning' beer may not mean a lot. However, a score above 38 is more likely to signal that a beer is special and possibly 'world-class'.

A blue-ribbon, 30 point beer is still a mediocre beer.  I would welcome a mention of how a beer was scored by its judges and if those judges were well-experienced. That will tell far more than a medal ever could.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin and mash ph
« on: August 29, 2017, 08:41:50 AM »
The proper way to make a pumpkin beer is to leave it out. Use only the pumpkin pie spices.

PS: I don't know how pumpkin affects mash pH.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brun Water Question for Pale Ale profile
« on: August 28, 2017, 04:57:25 AM »
That looks about right. The high alkalinity in your tap water is driving the lactic acid addition and your low sulfate content is driving the gypsum addition. The lactic addition is a little high, but shouldn't be over the taste threshold for most tasters. Bru'n Water is set up to dose both the mashing and sparging water with their fair share of the minerals.

Beer Recipes / Re: Rookie American Pale Ale with Chinook
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:38:36 AM »
I enjoy the pineyness of chinook, but I find that a little bit goes a long way. The other C hops work really well with that combination.

All Grain Brewing / Re: When to check mash pH
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:31:57 AM »
 Definitely don't check mash pH in the first 10 minutes. Those reactions take a little while to occur. The pH will change during the course of a mash. It is the final pH that's most important.

It's also really important that the brewer mix all the minerals and acids into the water before adding the grain. It's really hard to mix all that stuff together evenly otherwise.

Given the prevalence of mediocre beer from various brewpubs, it should be no surprise that many brewers don't adjust their water. Don't be one of those brewers.

An educational feature that I implemented at my club was to have a short presentation, discussion, and sampling of specific beer styles. This idea came from my old club, North Florida Brewers League and I understand that they got it from KC Biermeisters.

The club purchases and serves a couple of commercial examples at the meeting and our club dues support that purchase. No other commercial beers are allowed since we meet at a local brewery and want our members to buy a beer from them. We encourage homebrewers to share their examples of beers in the style of the meeting, but we also allow any other styles of homebrew to be shared so that they can get feedback.

Conducting our meeting in a relatively quiet location enables the presenters and homebrewers to discuss the beer they share and for the audience to ask questions and comment on the beers. A private or semi-private room is a great asset. 

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:37:50 AM »
I rode my motorcycle onto Cherahola Skyway in eastern TN to be on top of a mountain looking over a huge valley for the event. I was about a mile off the moonpath centerline. The darkness was phenomenal!!! I just got back, so I apologize for the tardy response.

I've been in partial eclipses before and its nothing special. Things just got a little darker. But in the zone of totality, its amazing. There is no substitute. Either make it into the zone or don't bother.

The traffic in the region was pretty congested after the event, but where I was headed, it wasn't too bad.  I can only hope that the sky is clear in Indy in a few years for the next one.

The 'briefcase' sized RO systems are not ideal. The filters are too small and it will end up costing you more. Get a system with the large 10 inch filters with cartridges that you can buy at the local store. The recommendation for the dealer that Sam makes above, is sound.

You were stumbling in the dark. You have no worthwhile information on your water and were adding acid indiscriminately. If the final wort pH was actually 4.6, you may have adversely affected the fermentability and character of the beer. You really do need to know what is in your water first and then estimate what your treatment measures will be BEFORE performing your mash.

If the water is as hard as indicated, a trip through the softener probably makes that water unsuitable for brewing. 

Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:58:57 AM »
I've used the Olive Nation apricot extract and found it to be very good. Very fresh flavor and aroma. It is an alcohol extract.

I do caution against purchasing extracts that are supplied in plastic bottles since I feel that they oxidize more easily. The Olive Nation products are in glass.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:32:18 AM »
I'm planning on being on the Cherahola Skyway in western NC on my motorcycle for the event. Its probably going to be crowded!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have to have this....
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:28:13 AM »
So when the probe needs replaced do you have to replace the whole thing?

Yep. That's my largest concern with this otherwise very good product.

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