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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Spilt Batch Pilsner Experiment
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:21:23 PM »
Lager yeast can be different for sure. I have done the same with several over the years, and have settled on a couple favorites. I use WLP-830 for more hop forward lagers, and WLP-833 for malty lagers.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cloudy Star San pH
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:31:28 AM »
Chimay would be overkill
It is also not filtered and pasteurized like the cheap American Lagers.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cloudy Star San pH
« on: October 05, 2014, 05:48:25 PM »
I will throw this out, as I read it a long time back, rinse with the cheapest Americam Lager. It is clean and free from chloramines. Overkill, but not so expensive if you have doubts.

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Ingredients / Re: RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 05:28:07 PM »
I have been building from grocery store bought RO for the last several batches. It's nice and cheap and gives me a better idea of my starting point.  After reading HoosierBrew's suggestion on another thread, I also bought a cheap TDS meter. Have not brewed since I bought it though. My water softened tap water read somewhere in the 130 range though. Glad I'm using RO!


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So the RO reads what - let others know for comparison.

Yes. What should RO read?

Pretty low. The stuff I bought from a store the next town over was 12 ppm TDS and all of the nrewing ions were
<1 ppm. That was from ward labs, - for the record.

Yeah, my last brewing RO was ~ 16 TDS with all the brewing ions < 1.5 ppm IIRC.  The thing is, you could tell if the store's filter/membrane were past needing changed if you tested and it was suddenly 80 or 100ppm TDS. The manual with my meter said that RO should pretty much always be < 25ppm TDS.

My old mid price pH meter did not cal up the last brew day, so it was time to get a better one (Milwaukee 101 this time). Pulled the trigger on a TDS meter at the same time.

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Ingredients / Re: RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 03:23:57 PM »
I have been building from grocery store bought RO for the last several batches. It's nice and cheap and gives me a better idea of my starting point.  After reading HoosierBrew's suggestion on another thread, I also bought a cheap TDS meter. Have not brewed since I bought it though. My water softened tap water read somewhere in the 130 range though. Glad I'm using RO!


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So the RO reads what - let others know for comparison.

Yes. What should RO read?

Pretty low. The stuff I bought from a store the next town over was 12 ppm TDS and all of the nrewing ions were
<1 ppm. That was from ward labs, - for the record.

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Ingredients / Re: RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 03:16:24 PM »
I have been building from grocery store bought RO for the last several batches. It's nice and cheap and gives me a better idea of my starting point.  After reading HoosierBrew's suggestion on another thread, I also bought a cheap TDS meter. Have not brewed since I bought it though. My water softened tap water read somewhere in the 130 range though. Glad I'm using RO!


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So the RO reads what - let others know for comparison.

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Ingredients / Re: RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 01:37:36 PM »

 Spring water can be very low to very high in minerals.


+1.  At the very least, assuming the store's RO machine filter is in good shape, you'll be getting more consistent, cheaper water, Frank.  I bought a fairly cheap TDS meter like this one to check the water each time before I buy it. So far the water from the store I buy from has tested great every time.

http://www.amazon.com/HM-Digital-TDS-EZ-Measurement-Resolution/dp/B002C0A7ZY/ref=sr_1_1/187-7410435-6778256?ie=UTF8&qid=1412534812&sr=8-1&keywords=tds+meter

I bought a TDS meter too. Just because.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Tank Size
« on: October 05, 2014, 01:32:14 PM »
I have kegs in the garage and in the basement. I have a 5, a 10, and 2 of the 20s. One 20 is steel, the other AL.

The 5 and 10 seem to spend more time in the basement due to the stairs. The AL 20 May go down there is needed, but not the steel one.

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Ingredients / Re: RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:29:20 AM »
RO will have a small amount of minerals. How small depends on the feed water and the filter condition. You could be fine without testing, but if you are like me your curiosity will get the best of you.

I have to ask, did you ever get the spring water tested? That could help you decide. Spring water can be very low to very high in minerals.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 04, 2014, 08:20:50 PM »
The chimes on the Keggle hold some heat under the kettle, get darned hot, and transfer some heat up the sides.

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Don't blow the lid off. That would be bad.

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Can you hook up CO2 to it and use pressure to pop it out?
That is worth a try, if Dan can apply pressure through the out port. I wouldn't apply much though.

Edit - no out port on Dan's.

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A good body guy could bump that out.  :)

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cider original gravity
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:47:30 AM »
I am drinking some 2 year old cider that had an OG just over 1.040. It is fine.

Remember that cider can have a pH in the 3.4-3.6 range, which will help preserve it.

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