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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wort Chilling
« on: July 19, 2015, 01:59:06 PM »
Regarding cooling the wort. Living in S. Florida, my tap water runs at about 82 (f). An immersion chiller would take a very long time and not get down to pitching temp. This would be costly water wise as well.
I've used chilled spring water as well as a 10 lb bag of ice.  Regardless, it just takes a great deal of time.  Any ideas on a cost effective way to cool the wort?

one option: pick up recirculation pump and you can use cooler with ice and water to run through your wort chiller.

this is one i picked up: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X05G1A?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

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So much for worrying about diluting the pH.

My wort is at pH 3.1 this morning so I think I need to increase it in the boil somehow. Would pickling lime be the best choice for this? I want the pH in the 3.5 to 3.6 area.

little baking soda will do the trick.

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Time for another dumb question.

I am partway into brewing a gose and collected 6 gallons to sour with lacto bacteria.

Once the pH got down to 3.6 I was going to add about 1 gallon of water and then boil back down to about 5.25 gallons before pitching my finishing yeast. (I only had a 6 gallon carboy to sour the wort in so couldn't collect my normal pre-boil volume, which is why I was planning to dilute.)

But now I realized diluting the wort will raise the pH, and I don't believe boiling it back down will lower it back again, correct? Does anyone know for sure?

depends on water profile how much PH shifted- distilled, RO, tap??? regardless, only way to know where you're at is take PH reading again.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 18, 2015, 08:37:34 AM »
Price?

same as vials. depending on LHBS...$6-$8

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 18, 2015, 04:21:28 AM »
good news it was off and running at about +12 hours. has about an inch of thick krausen this morning.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 17, 2015, 03:08:19 PM »
all in a day of exbeerimentation!. if it turns out to taste as good as the batch i made with a starter, or there are off tastes that's really all i'm looking for. proof will be in the finished product, so until then.......

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 17, 2015, 12:36:59 PM »

Is the yeast count in "pure pitch" larger than the one in White Lab vials?
Yes but that's just part it. Read this:





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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first brew since april
« on: July 17, 2015, 11:39:00 AM »
That sounds like a glass I could appreciate, perferrably with some of those ribs you make.  I'd be curious to hear of the results of the Pure Pitch you used, I'm swamped at work as well and this could be a welcome development.

yes it would be nice for the unplanned brew day or just because it works pitching a pack w/o starter. mine was 1.050 OG- we will see. not sure at this point if i'd go up to 1.070 as it says. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first brew since april
« on: July 17, 2015, 06:09:42 AM »
i guess it's like riding a bike  8)

using amarillo for the first time. 1oz each centennial and amarillo at last 15min, 1oz each cascade, citra and amarillo last 5 minutes. going to dry hop with some cascade and amarillo also.

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General Homebrew Discussion / first brew since april
« on: July 17, 2015, 04:36:53 AM »
not sure why, but after several months without brewing, I always wonder if i will dork something up on that first batch; forgetting something, missing targets, etc.

well not today brew gods! mash temp, PH, OG, volumes...CHECK   ;D

good to be back.

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Yeast and Fermentation / maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 17, 2015, 03:33:41 AM »
using WLP001 pure pitch today for first time. as instructed, one pouch is supposed to be enough to pitch directly into wort with OG of 1.070 or lower. my APA is 1.050 OG and the yeast pouch was produced June 28th.

Throwing caution to the wind and following white labs guidance- no starter!   

i will  follow up with results.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitch Rates
« on: June 19, 2015, 05:06:55 AM »
calcs are just a gauge or best guess considering variables. the advice to watch and observe the starter is best approach, especially older yeast. FWIW, i have been happy with smaller or projected under pitch with english yeast.

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The Pub / Hard knocks sports in Cleveland
« on: June 10, 2015, 11:20:34 PM »
Sports is business. If you got a better job offer with more upside for success, you'd take it.....no question.

Edit: BTW, I'm in Las Vegas so it's only 11:30 here. Won the half time under and cavs to win on Tuesday, so I'm happy regardless!
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The Pub / Re: Hard knocks sports in Cleveland
« on: June 10, 2015, 04:03:30 PM »
So yes, Browns are far from ever being competitive. Lebron, yes he f-Ed up with the way he left. Can't blame him for leaving as owner wasn't willing to build a supporting cast. He was young, ill advised and a immature.....ego made a bad decision and we all know and felt it. End of the day, he's back, we love it, and the city is better because of it. Long road ahead, hope they pull it off and give the city a well deserved championship.


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The Pub / Hard knocks sports in Cleveland
« on: June 09, 2015, 06:27:54 PM »
Tough to be a sports fan in Cleveland, but go cavs! Closest championship we've had since 1997 Indians .


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