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All Things Food / Chowda, playoffs, and home brew
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:08:03 AM »
Brewed up fresh batch of New England clam chowda for the playoffs today. Now, what beer should i pair with it?
IPA, APA, Helles, Oktoberfest, dunkelweizen, Belgian blond,, irish ale........hmmmm.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Happy New Beer!
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:26:52 AM »
May 2015 be your best brewing year!

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General Homebrew Discussion / having perplexing PH issue
« on: December 26, 2014, 09:56:12 AM »
Need some input with a consistent lower than projected PH. my RO water has PH of 5.5, not abnormal and even though its acidic, it should not have any buffering capacity (TDS 12 today).

Brunwater has predicted my mash to be 5.41, and it came out 5.2. two PH meters both calibrated and both reading the same. PH strip used to verify and it also read around 5.2. been having this issue for 4 months or so...always coming in .2 or so lower than projected with brunwater regardless of the brew recipe. any ideas welcome...getting frustrated.

here's todays recipe:
   grain               cat         lbs.  ounce  Lovi

munich light   base       3.0   0.0   5
pilsner      base       4.0   0.0   2
caramunich   crystal    0.0   8.0   47
biscuit      crystal    0.0   3.0   23
melanoiden   roast      0.0   3.0   30
munich      base       4.0   0.0   10

water to grain ratio: 1.77
est color: 10.6
mash water 5.25 gal: .8 gypsum, 2.6 epsom, 2.6 cal chloride
sparge water 4.25 gal: .6 gypsum, 2.1 epsom, 2.1 cal chloride

amber balanced profile : 46 calcium, 13 mag, 8 sodium, 74.7 sulfate, 67.8 chloride
projected PH 5.41
actual PH 5.2

General Homebrew Discussion / My Helles
« on: December 25, 2014, 11:45:56 AM »
Nice Xmas present...cracked my Helles and it's simply put, beautiful. You can see my fingers behind glass and through it the mirror on the wall with my reflection. I'd enter this one for competition.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Primator Hefe
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:23:54 AM »
Every had? Just picked some up at $1.99 bottle.

General Homebrew Discussion / good idea or bad
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:15:57 AM »
wondering what would happen first--po po stopping ya or getting jacked for you beer!

Beer Recipes / saison
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:46:12 PM »
read a bunch-but looking for thoughts from those who brew saison. knowing what you know now, what recipe would you direct a nube saison brewer to?  thoughts, recipes, all welcome and appreciated.

Other Fermentables / First wine
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:55:47 PM »
So my wife likes her wine, and has become quite envious of the copious amounts of beer I produce and have available on the cheap. So this leads me to her interest in having me produce a 6- gal batch of white- Gewurtztraminer , Sauvignon , Pinot Grigio , or Chardonnay .

I see many kits ranging from $49-$139 ish.....and suggestions or direction would be appreciated.

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Equipment and Software / A New Year Project
« on: December 10, 2014, 05:44:03 PM »
I was reading a blog, and decided i'm ready to bring the entire brewing process indoors. the only thing i'm doing outside is boil my wort using propane. Ive got a nice spot picked out for putting in the brewing table and burners, and will have two burners to move to double batches.

Here's a pic of what i'm going for:

I'll only have to run about 5 feet of gas line and then put in the two valves for hook up to the two Bayou Classic KAB4 burners. figuring about $150-$175 when all said and done.

Looking forward to getting it done and saying goodbye to the inclement weather brew days.

General Homebrew Discussion / trub or no trub-brulosophy
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:54:08 AM »
another great experiment with some interesting findings- some I'd have presumed otherwise.

General Homebrew Discussion / Fun with Omaha steaks dry ice
« on: December 09, 2014, 02:25:32 PM »
Still love science- besides throwing the dry ice in some water, figured I'd try it in beer also.

Yeast and Fermentation / C.white or Kai's yeast growth models
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:47:48 AM »
Don't know why i never noticed before, but using brewersfreind ( , there are two stir plate growth calculations. one is Chris White's, and the other is Kai's.

Understand its just a tool and calculator for estimations ( most have no way to accurately measure starting or finishing counts), but there is a significant difference in one step growth models.

Target Profile: 1.060 Lager pitching 460B cells

Kai's Stir Plate: 1.060 lager with fresh vial of yeast with approx. 93b cells added to 3L 1.035 wort estimates 512B cells

C. White Stir Plate:  1.060 lager with fresh vial of yeast with approx. 93b cells added to 3L 1.035 wort estimates 334B cells

Kai's meets target while Chris's under pitches. What model do you use? Anyone try both with different results in finished product? 

Equipment and Software / Monster stir plate
« on: December 08, 2014, 04:09:57 PM »
Have not seen this until now. Anyone have something similar or know someone who has it? Interesting if it works well. Not a must have but a geek wants what a geek wants! Like the idea of throwing 2-3 gal jug on their and growing some larger quantities of yeast.

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