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Ingredients / Re: Boiled Water Lab Test Results
« on: June 09, 2013, 10:28:48 AM »
Martin, here's my water report post boil. I just got this recently, so even though I've plugged the data in Bru'n water I have not brewed a a beer with any adjustments yet.
pH 9.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 389
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.65
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.8 / 7.0

Sodium, Na 60
Potassium, K 7
Calcium, Ca 13
Magnesium, Mg 40
Total Hardness, CaCO3 199
Nitrate, NO3-N 8.8 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 12
Chloride, Cl 99
Carbonate, CO3 37
Bicarbonate, HCO3 97
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 141
Total Phosphorus, P 0.47
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01


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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: June 07, 2013, 03:09:50 PM »
Cascade, MI just east of Grand Rapids. Well Water; no idea of the depth. I was really looking forward to the Ward's report. Now I kinda wish it had been lost in the mail. Ignorance was bliss. Glad I didn't drop any on my foot -

pH 9.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 389
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.65
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.8 / 7.0

Sodium, Na 60
Potassium, K 7
Calcium, Ca 13
Magnesium, Mg 40
Total Hardness, CaCO3 199
Nitrate, NO3-N 8.8 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 12
Chloride, Cl 99
Carbonate, CO3 37
Bicarbonate, HCO3 97
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 141
Total Phosphorus, P 0.47
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01

I had no idea drinking water could have a pH of 9.5.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Do I really need a wort chiller?
« on: June 06, 2013, 05:09:35 PM »
As long as you're doing partial boils I don't see any reason. Just freeze the top-off water a couple days before you brew.

That sounds like a great idea...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:42:44 PM »
Thanks. Yeah, sounds like I've been overly aggressive with flow rate. I've always liked that idea as a simple hop back. Just couldn't make it work. Does it get better or act more "filtery" as it begins picking up stuff?

Sorry if I took the thread down a different road a ways...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Air leak in siphon
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:24:58 PM »
I use tubing that is the next size down from what I need. If you run it under hot water for a while it will soften up enough where you can stuff the tip of the siphon inside.

+1

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Burner question
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:23:34 PM »
I had the SP10 for about 12 years. It really got rusty and the performance suffered badly. Yellow flame; soot, etc. I cleaned it up and got rid of most of the rust and it ran fine. The cast iron finally broke where the gas fitting attached to the burner. It was toast.

Bought a Blichman next and love it. I'd suggest that if rust is your issue and $$ are a concern I'd just clean the thing and see if that helps. If you're going to buy a new burner regardless, then get the Blichman.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:15:06 PM »
I drain my wort through a spigot and hose. I attach a sanitized lady's leg stocking to the hose with a zip tie. I drain into a bucket and then pour the bucket through a funnel into a carboy. It is very effective and cheap. I just bought 20 pair at WalMart for 18 cents a pair.

doesn't the ladies leg get sticky? She doesn't mind?

Another nice thing you can do is put some whole cone hops in the strainer or funnel and drain through them. they will act as a filter bed and give you some great hoppy aroma

I gotta figure that one out. When I've tried that in the past the hops float and swirl around. I don't get a filter bed. What am I missing? Thanks,

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temp calculation
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:04:41 PM »
Great input on mash temps. Count me as one who thought 160 was too high. But it seems its not all that uncommon. I really though the "range" was about 148-156 or so. So much for my rule of thumb...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer Conspiracy
« on: June 04, 2013, 03:41:15 PM »
I realize I'm shooting myself in the foot here, but am I really the only one who's never broken a hydrometer?

I am not 100% sure, but I believe that I, personally, have never broken a hydrometer. I have had 3 or 4 hydrometers however and all but the current one were broken by others, sometimes through no fault of my own, sometimes because I left it next to the dish drainer or somewhere else it wasn't safe.

Well, if we're gonna split hairs about who actually broke the hydrometer...LOL. Anyway, I've broken almost everything at least once- carboy (went back to plastic for awhile); thermometer ( glass, floaty POS that came with my first kit) went digital after that one; auto-siphon (plastic); burner...ok, after 15 years it rusted and just gave up.

Yep, I typically brew alone now. Safer for everybody ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer Conspiracy
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:54:53 AM »
Good point. I've probably bought 2 or 3 refractometers at that price.
You don't think that maybe these guys are working with the hydrometer people to drive up the refrac business do ya :P?

By the way, I liked the copper idea, too :D.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First Roggenbier
« on: June 02, 2013, 05:40:42 PM »
So, the beer of the week on AHA is this recipe. Still has the same rests as when I first brewed it. I've been in the fermenter for a week. Wanted to check the gravity today and broke my hydrometer. Well, I'm sure it'll sit fine until buy another. You can check out my thoughts on hydro meters under my conspiracy thread in Equipment.

I'll hold off further judgement until I try the beer. It smells very clean and looks good. I think it'll have a much different mouthfeel from what I'm used to, though. Well, thanks for listening...

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Equipment and Software / Hydrometer Conspiracy
« on: June 02, 2013, 05:24:21 PM »
Broke another hydrometer. Took it out of my equipment bucket and the plastic cap came off, hydrometer fell onto the wood floor and literally shattered into 100's of pieces. I have long lost count of the number of these things I've burned through. I saw on another thread where someone is making SS bottles. Well, how about something really useful like a SS hydrometer. I'm thinking its a conspiracy cooked up by the hydrometer manufacturers so they can keep selling the cheap, glass ones to us. They're probably in cahoots with the same guys keeping that 100 mpg car secret! :o

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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:43:49 PM »
I guess I have at least two or three of "all the above." I've never had a problem with a plastic bucket, scratches and bacteria. Don't know that it couldn't happen, but I try to clean well and always soak with iodophor on brew day (or bleach or whatever). I did break a glass carboy years ago and despite protests, SWMBO took me in for stitches. She was probably right. I still have and use glass, but very carefully because I own them. Kids are no longer an issue. They scare me enough with teenager antics. I do have a BB, too. It's great.

In short, I go to the buckets first. Light weight, easy to clean and they have a handle. If I use a secondary I go glass. Not often.

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Ingredients / Re: I want to over hop...
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:30:25 PM »
Mitch Steele has some input on this on this forum and in his book IPA. I've used his ideas recently and my IPAs are better for it. Added sulfates (gypsum) to dry out the beer and enhance to hops. Keep the grain bill simple and minimize the crystal. Add lots of hops at the end of the boil and yes, dry hop the heck out of it. Good luck

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The Pub / Re: Uber beer geek at an office party
« on: May 29, 2013, 07:26:37 PM »
That's awesome..."f#%^'n corn". Loved it.

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