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Equipment and Software / Re: Water Filter Question
« on: March 22, 2016, 11:00:17 PM »
Why? Fear of lead? Brass fittings are fine for water.

Yup, and I think that's debatable. FWIW, there is a reason I use a marine hose (drinking water hose) like you mentioned over a garden hose. Even if those fittings on the water filter were lead-free, this only means it's reduced to .25%. I realize the ethanol I'm drinking will most likely do more damage in the long run  :o

Equipment and Software / Re: Water Filter Question
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:41:10 PM »

3/4 garden house fitting. Be sure to use a hose rated for drinking water. Also, the slower the flow, the better the filtering.

Steve, I saw this. I don't want to use the brass fittings.

Equipment and Software / Water Filter Question
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:28:12 PM »
I'd like to purchase something like this
but have some questions on hooking my garden hose to it.

I know that this filter uses 1/2" FPT fittings. I'd like to be able to hook up my hose(s) to it with some sort of SS or plastic QDC.

Any guidance on how best to do this? I suppose only one side of the filter would be hooked to my hose, the other could be any length of silicone tubing.

Thanks in advance, I am not keen in the fittings department!

Going Pro / Re: Brewery Volunteering
« on: March 21, 2016, 08:58:51 AM »

I wonder why I would "employ" someone who's willing to tell me up front that their labor is worthless.
Maybe they suspect they will receive more in education than they will return in labor?

I'd love to work for you Sean, but I dont ask because I'm sure you can't afford me. It would take at least 70k plus 6 weeks vacation and med/dental/vision... not to mention at least 15% additional into a Roth IRA. If you could afford that, you sure as heck wouldn't spend it on a used up old fart like me, lol.

My thoughts exactly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Survey for NHC Presentation on Clubs
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:39:56 PM »

Going Pro / Brewery Volunteering
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:20:34 PM »
I'm looking for a brewery in the Southeast (preferably Florida) that would be open to allowing me to shadow the brewmaster/ asst. brewers for a period of time.

I'm trying to figure out a way to get some commercial experience while keeping my day job, and not having to do something like Seibel.

Anyone have any friends that fit this bill? Cheers!

Ingredients / Re: Whole Coffee Beans
« on: March 18, 2016, 01:10:38 AM »

I coarsley crushed 4 ounces of Brazilian beans in 4 gallons of Imperial Porter and it came through well.
Did you use a bag or toss in keg?

Ingredients / Whole Coffee Beans
« on: March 17, 2016, 10:20:00 PM »
I've decided to add some whole coffee beans to my Mild in a last ditch effort to make this batch more interesting before this weekend!

It seems that the advice on how much to use is all over the place (some even just adding cold brewed coffee right to the keg). I'd like to throw some in a muslin bag and add them to my keg for 12-24 hours. Any thoughts on the amount to use for a 5 gallon batch?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starsan question... bear with me
« on: March 17, 2016, 09:57:44 PM »
Forgot to add that yes, I think that cold water is perhaps slowing down the dilution process. Just make sure that the Starsan solution mixture (once you mix it) is turning the mixture light blue. Then you know it's still good and all mixed up. I kid.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starsan question... bear with me
« on: March 17, 2016, 09:25:39 PM »
FWIW, I always mix up either a 5 gallon or 2.5 gallon mixture of Starsan in a bucket. I take the inside of a racking cane and stir like mad, making sure to get the bottom the bucket mixed up in case there is some syrup. I then take that and pour it into a keg or my fermenter.

Great job! That feeling when you're driving down the highway and you hear "our next question comes from Justin McLeod"  ;D Aside from almost veering off the road, that was funny!

Kudos to both of you guys for keeping it really interesting and fun. Also, job well done to Denny for pronouncing my last name correctly! Welp, my 30 seconds of fame are over.

Classifieds / Re: PH Meter for Sale
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:21:14 PM »
Any interest? Make an offer!

All Grain Brewing / Spring Water
« on: March 15, 2016, 10:44:39 PM »
With my RO water, I use gypsum, calcium chloride, and epsom salt. (Magnesium chloride/MgSO4*H2O) I've also got some 10% phosphoric acid that I'll use if needed.

With those three, I've never had any issues getting the "core" minerals needed. I think Martin has said that magnesium isn't always needed? Anyway, I've left it out on occasion and haven't had any glaring issues.

(Magnesium chloride/MgSO4*H2O)

Can you elaborate on what this is?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Spring Water
« on: March 15, 2016, 10:30:09 PM »
Other than the recent beer, have you had any issues with your RO water? Is it significantly more expensive than the spring water?

I feel like trading RO water, with known mineral additions, for the spring water you detail would be a step in the wrong direction. You're going from a more or less certainty to a more uncertain method.

No, not that I know of. I've only used Gypsum and CaCl to date, which gives me calcium, chloride and sulfates. I'm stuck with no way to build up magnesium or sodium currently. I know there are ways to build this up, but haven't tried yet.

All Grain Brewing / Spring Water
« on: March 15, 2016, 10:14:40 PM »
I'm considering switching to spring water (Zephyrhills here in Florida) over my current routine of RO. The reason is that there is obviously more of an already build up water profile for me to work with. They report online but there are some issues. It's from 2013, there are 5 different springs listed as possible sources. Additionally, the minerals I'm interested in are listed with ranges. Calcium for instance, is listed as 3.3-16. Sodium, 2.2-8.5, etc.

Any thoughts to how different these sources are? My other thought is that these numbers aren't a big leap from starting from zero.

Most of the ranges are tighter averaging about 5 ppm...probably not an issue if I pick the median?

Here's the report if you're interested...

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