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Ingredients / Re: Palmer Spreadsheet Error
« on: January 05, 2011, 07:16:50 PM »
So, is adding CaCO3 to a mash basically useless?  It sounds like it will neither add calcium nor raise the mash pH.

i am no water engineer by any stretch, but I watched my mash climb 0.3 this weekend with the addition of chalk when I realized my mash pH was too low.  so be what it may, it works, whether or not its magic dust, I'm not sure.

on that note, I'd always read to add the salts to the mash, not the strike water, as the mash (I suspect) helps increase the solubility of the salts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: January 05, 2011, 02:37:48 PM »
Brew and drink a little less (brewed too much last year).

Buy less commercial (part of the reason I brewed too much  ;) )

Brew an Altbier (last one I made was 2000 gallons ago  :( )

Score at least National on BJCP exam in August.

Try decoction again.

Brewing my first ever mead - mojito mead.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Two beers
« on: January 05, 2011, 11:56:31 AM »
The Leffe I'd heard great things about. Too bad I'm disappointed with it.

yeah - not a fan of that one - I like Grimbergen Blonde much,much better.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Two beers
« on: January 05, 2011, 08:21:03 AM »
The Leffe is very Belgiany with strong clove and very bright. I don't like it as much. :-[ 

wittekerke is good. 

you do realize Leffe is a belgian blonde/patersbier while Wittekerke is a witbier, though right?

your comments seem to infer that you were comparing the two?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do I need to use BKF to re-passivate?
« on: December 31, 2010, 04:52:41 PM »
If passivation were required after using the line cleaners that micromatic is selling I can guarantee you micromatic would recommend and sell a third product for passivation.

hehe - absolutely right on that count!

I followed John Palmer's recommendation in the book and gave it a good scrub down with BKF then rinsed well, toweled off and let dry in the sun for a few hours.  doesn't look like the BKF did anything different, but what the heck.

that said, I am so happy now to have a conical that looks as good as new again - I tried everything to rid myself of beerstone, and this did the trick.

thanks for the advice and happy new years all!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Picking This Year's Pale Ale Hop Blend
« on: December 31, 2010, 03:12:08 PM »
Yes, you get some immediate aroma, but that diminishes too quickly for me.

if you keg, try dryhopping in the keg, leaving the hops in the whole time. 

Does anybody know what "fresh hops" actually means on the label?  That's new this year.  It doesn't seem to me to taste like a fresh (wet) hop beer.

you are correct - its not wet hop, as in the Harvest Ale series, rather it is the first or "freshest" kilned/dried hops.

From what I understand, that has long thought to have been the 'secret' of Celebration and perhaps why they don't brew it year round as it captures the magic of the freshest of fresh hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do I need to use BKF to re-passivate?
« on: December 31, 2010, 11:29:58 AM »
Looks like Palmer says its a good idea:

General Homebrew Discussion / Do I need to use BKF to re-passivate?
« on: December 31, 2010, 11:08:45 AM »
I just acid washed my conical with DAC (basically super strength beer line cleaner) then acid soaked with ALC (Acid Line Cleaner) to finally rid myself of a hideous beerstone ring.

Question is, do I need to now scrub with BKF to "re-passivate"?

Can't hurt I imagine, but should I?

the caramel flavor is pretty evident too  ;)

Czech Pils on Sunday morning. 

General Homebrew Discussion / How long can I soak?
« on: December 30, 2010, 02:23:39 PM »
How long can I soak stainless in either BLC or ALC ?

I figure the acid will eventually pit the stainless?  Recommended time is 15min, but so many people on the interwebs seem to say they soak for extended time in BLC?

IIPA tomorrow with a friend's homegrown Centennials
South Florida hops?

haha - no I don't think that can be done successfully.  I've a friend who lives in the Colorado and he's been growing them for quite some time.  Figured what better way to showcase them than a huge hop-bomb.  Most of the bittering will come from commercially purchased hops, but will add 5 oz in the last 10min and then dryhop with another 2oz of these bad boys.

IIPA tomorrow with a friend's homegrown Centennials

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