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Ingredients / trying to get a handle on water chemistry.
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:51:53 PM »
I called my local MUA to try and get a run down on my water, they were very helpful.
He gave me this link:

The water spreadsheets that I have been looking at ask for Mg and Ca.
I asked MUA guy about the Mg and Ca, and he said "that's hardness 80 to 90"
I thought hardness was from calcium carbonate? Do the 80 to 90 ppm's of seem correct?
Any other tips or pointers appreciated.

Ingredients / Re: Continental Pale Malt?
« on: January 29, 2012, 04:40:26 PM »
I was thinking of brewing this
since it's English I am leaning towards the MO
I just ordered a sack each of MO, and Canadian 2 row, and a grain mill.  ;D

Ingredients / Continental Pale Malt?
« on: January 29, 2012, 08:54:14 AM »
Continental Pale Malt, what is it exactly?
Would I be better off using MarisOtter or good ole american 2 row?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Speed Starter?
« on: January 28, 2012, 05:57:09 AM »
The fastest start to fermentation I ever had, I made a starter the morning of brew day, no stir plate.
Took off within an hour or two. white labs 004 Irish ale yeast.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Homebrewer innovation : Mass bottle sanitizer
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:27:06 PM »
I have one of those bottle washers that screw on to the faucet and blast a jet of water.
Always worked for me.
Blast the bottle with hot water and drop it in a bucket of sanitizer

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Cold Brewed?
« on: January 14, 2012, 05:04:33 AM »
At a local "Irish" bar they had Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, a Guiness brew on nitro tap.
I thought it was pretty darn good. Try it if you get a chance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Three dry hop additions.
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:26:34 AM »
I brewed this
I am getting ready to do the second dry hop addition which the recipe says to do in a secondary fermenter.
I was thinking of either adding them to the primary, or racking to a keg, dry hopping in the keg , let it sit for a week, removing them and then adding the third keg addition.
Would it matter if I don't rack to secondary and either add the second addition to the primary , or just do the second and third additions in the keg?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold break
« on: January 11, 2012, 04:38:48 PM »
Okay so everything was going perfectly on my brew day today. Then as I am using my immersion wort chiller for the first time my thermometer stops working. I have no idea what temp I pitched the yeast at. I am so frustrated because I had such a well planned and smooth brew session before that.

So here is what I did. I do a full boil so I had about 5 gallons in the pot when I started chilling. I ran the chiller for 33 minutes. The water coming out was as cold as the water going in. I got cold break to form and the wort completely cleared. I finally decided to pitch. I pitched a room temp 1 liter starter. What do you guys think? It is in the bucket at 66 degrees ambient temp right now.

Oh it was an imperial IPA and I used WL0001. Somebody reassure me please.

I read this three times trying to figure out what the problem  / question is?  ???
never mind, I got it on the fourth read.

Ingredients / Re: Recipe for Acorn Beer
« on: January 08, 2012, 05:00:26 AM »
I can't really help but I am wondering if you are going to do something to get rid of the tannins in the acorns?

I "milled" some grains once by putting them in a plastic bag and then beat them with a small sledge hammer.
kind of, sort of worked.   :o

Beer Recipes / Re: Genesee Cream Ale Clone
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:56:30 PM »
I brewed it using WLP080 Cream Ale Yeast Blend. Turned out great,

Zymurgy / Re: Fast turnaround.
« on: December 09, 2011, 03:45:04 PM »
I am drinking a Brown Ale.
It went from 1.052 to 1.012 in 4 days. Safale SO4
Kegged it after 9 days
did the quick carb thing, and was drinking it that evening. ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Brew day timer
« on: December 04, 2011, 05:04:03 AM »

I'm pragmatic too...  ;)

That's my method too, I also employ the use of pencil and paper to record said times.

The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 04, 2011, 04:31:40 AM »
Probably Pete's Wicked Ale, it's the first craft beer I remember drinking.

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