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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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have to have this....
« on: August 15, 2017, 02:31:33 PM »
I can report that it is a very nice instrument. Hanna gave me one to test and it performs very well. The integration with IOS is perfect. It is still a little pricey for most homebrewers, but does what its supposed to.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Quality
« on: August 13, 2017, 01:46:26 PM »
There is a lot info published to support what chinaski found, and most reference the World Health Organization. 

The WHO is trying not to advocate RO water consumption since there is no reason for people to do so and RO or distilled water production is both water and energy wasteful. In addition, there is only rarely a problem with consuming high TDS drinking water. I don't have a problem with what WHO is trying to do, but there still is no other reason why a person can't drink rainwater, distilled water, or RO water.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Quality
« on: August 12, 2017, 01:41:40 PM »
If I'm not mistaken, its not a particularly good idea to drink RO water straight because it strips minerals from our bodies.

That's an idiotic internet statement. There are plenty of people around the world that drink rainwater. Rainwater is often as pure or purer than RO water. RO does not strip minerals from your body. The only thing it does is not supply minerals. Fortunately, we typically get all the minerals we need for metabolism from our foods.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash Tun Setup
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:15:35 AM »
As long as you have a pool of wort above your grain bed, there is no need to sprinkle wort over the bed. Just return the flow into that pool and you'll gain every advantage and the flow will spread evenly. If you create some sort of mash cap that floats over the wort, you will further reduce oxygen contact.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making Vienna water from what I got
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:12:26 AM »
Does the FG confirm that the attenuation was low?

If you feel the beer finishes too full, you can always test if bumping the sulfate content up will help dry the beer more and produce a more balanced perception. While not very accurate, a millimeter (or so) pinch of gypsum between your index finger and thumb in a pint of beer will raise the sulfate content about 100 ppm. That's probably too much for this beer, but you get the a half pinch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer color issue
« on: August 08, 2017, 06:44:24 PM »
Now that I can see a picture, the primary problem is the amount of yeast still in suspension. Let it chill for a couple more weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer color issue
« on: August 07, 2017, 09:41:43 AM »
Elevated mashing pH will increase wort color and boiling for extended time adds color too.

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