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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Online Home Brew Stores
« on: December 06, 2016, 08:55:24 PM »
MoreBeer - you should get stuff in 1 or 2 days if it is available in PA.


Not only are they fast, but shipping is free on orders over $59. And, their prices are lower than NB.

Does the free shipping include 50* sacks of grain?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy headspace
« on: December 02, 2016, 03:53:45 PM »
Learning the hard way is a good way to put it. Never expected the fruit to ferment so vigorously.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy headspace
« on: December 02, 2016, 07:20:58 AM »
For future reference there is no need to rack into a secondary unless it will be ageing for months or you are adding fruit. It's not necessary when adding fruit but it's less problematic as the renewed fermentation caused by the fruit will fill headspace with co2. For long term ageing you do want to fill to neck.
In your case there is an increased possibility of noticeable oxidation occurring faster, with a likely symptom of reduced hop aroma/flavor.
The solution: drink it fast! 8)

The reason I went for the six gallon carboy is because I added caramelized figs.  In a previous batch adding figs, I racked to a five gallon secondary and there wasn't enough room once the figs began to ferment.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy headspace
« on: December 01, 2016, 06:28:33 AM »
Thanks.  All very helpful.


General Homebrew Discussion / Carboy headspace
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:20:10 PM »
I recently racked 5 gallons of an American ale into a six gallon carboy.  Because it is not totally full, will the air space affect the beer?



All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 16, 2016, 03:11:05 PM »
I only enjoy and brew once a year.  Hosting Thanksgiving doesn't leave very much anyway.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 15, 2016, 03:33:54 PM »
7 lbs   Marris Otter
1 Lb   Flaked Oat
.5 Lb  Carapills
6 oz.  120 L
4 oz.  90 L
4 oz.  40L

Mash 155  for 60 Min.
        168  for 10 Min.

Sparge with 170 6 gl.

At 60 min.  .5 Amarillo
At 30 min.  4 tsp Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice
At 15         .5 Amarillo & 2 tsp. Irish Moss
At Flameout  .5 Lbs cane sugar

Piched WLP 002 @ 66 degrees

OG:  1.052   FG:  1.010

11 day Primary
15 day Secondary  add 1.5 tsp Trader Joes pumpkin spice

Prime 3 oz. cane sugar and bottle

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 15, 2016, 03:23:37 PM »
It's not too spicy but just enough.  .5 lbs of carapills and 1 lb of flaked oat added a nice body which I think a Pumpkin ale should have.  Recipe coming at you on the next post.

All Grain Brewing / Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:30:05 PM »
Cracked open the first Pumpkin Ale just in time for Thanksgiving.  It is outstanding.  Not because I brewed it but it is the best that I have had all season.  Was very disappointed with all the commercial brands I've tried.  Happy to post the recipe should anyone want to see it.


Equipment and Software / Re: pH monitor
« on: November 07, 2016, 07:38:39 PM »
I will take a look. Thanks

Equipment and Software / pH monitor
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:11:38 PM »
Been looking on Amazon for a reasonably priced pH monitor.  There are so many and at such varying prices.  Any recommendations out there?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water hardness
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:13:38 AM »
Looking at the water profile above, would you consider this very hard water?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water hardness
« on: November 06, 2016, 04:25:43 PM »
While StarSan will still be effective in hard water, you won't be able to keep a solution that was made of that water without it becoming cloudy, slimey feeling, and coating your equipment if its left in the solution. The best option for creating a long-lasting StarSan solution is to use distilled water.

You won't need to be concerned with using that water for yeast starters, it's fine.

Not concerned about the water for starters, I was commenting on the effectiveness of SanStar while making starters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: November 06, 2016, 08:33:04 AM »
Five gallon batches. Six hours including cleanup

General Homebrew Discussion / Water hardness
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:50:27 AM »
I have read so much about StarSan losing effectiveness in hard water.  I have my municipality water report and the range of hardness is between 61-101 (as CaC03) ppm.  The NJ upper limit is 250.
iron ND-192 (upper limit 300)
aluminum ppb ND-172 (upper limit 200)
ph units 6.4-7.4 (upper limit 6.5-8.5)
silver ppb ND-9.7 (upper limit 100)
sodium ppb 22-27 (upper limit 50)
sulfate ppb 12-14 (upper limit 250)
zinc ppb ND-0.03 (upper limit 5)
Total dissolved solids 76-318 (upper limit 500) 

I have been using StarSan for years with no apparent ill effects.  Should I be concerned especially with making yeast starters?


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