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Homebrewer Bios / Re: MicroBrew's Introduction
« on: Today at 07:22:45 AM »
Welcome aboard. I love the system check scenario,  my system could use a check now that I'm 2 years into the hobby. Will be great to read your experimentation stories

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water chemistry question
« on: Today at 06:54:40 AM »
+2, I have paid for both and have never used beer smith's water treatment section

Beer Recipes / Re: Comments and Suggestions for Gose
« on: July 27, 2015, 06:10:35 PM »
Sounds great Johnny. Gose will likely be my first sour venture whenever I'm ready for that step

Planning another saison for Saturday and will soon be racking the belle saison I made about 2 weeks ago, thinking about adding blackberries for a clean secondarie(no Brett )

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 26, 2015, 09:07:30 PM »
And as a point of reference, this is the new White labs packaging, correct? What I mean is if you plan on using WLP001 un the nearish future, this is the only way to obtain a fresh potch, correct? The time is now to experiment and compare because soon it will only come one way IIRC

Sounds tasty Ken

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Stuck or Done?
« on: July 23, 2015, 10:21:58 AM »
+2. I brewed a 1.050 saison with Belle last week. Kept in mid 60s for 3 days then let it rise to 80s. I checked gravity on day 7, down to 1.005 roughly (temp corrected hydro reading) but I expect it to go lower and plan on leaving it for a week after it stops moving to clean up a bit. First experience with Belle and only my second saison, but I am excited

Beer Recipes / Re: German Pilsner Recipe/Procedure Advice
« on: July 23, 2015, 07:22:40 AM »
Martin, that is good info on the yellow balanced. I have been using yellow dry because that's what I thought it should be. I enjoyed both of my last 2 barches, but really don't have enough experience to say whether it's better that way. They were my first 2 GPs. I'll see what happens when I make the next one with yellow balanced

Beer Recipes / Re: German Pilsner Recipe/Procedure Advice
« on: July 22, 2015, 08:24:49 PM »
Hermen, with info found here on the forum, I have targeted around 5.2 pH for my last 2 German Pilsners. Using Bru'NWater,  with yellow bitter with RO water. Your 5.7 seems high, and won't yield the crisp finish you likely want in your GP. At least that's how I have interpreted what I have read here

Events / Re: 2015 E.T. Barnette Homebrew Competition
« on: July 22, 2015, 02:01:58 PM »
Sounds like a great comp. Well done!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first brew since april
« on: July 17, 2015, 05:48:42 AM »
Well done Ken. I hit all my marks on Tuesday on my first batch since the end of May

Sounds delicious

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: More color than expected
« on: July 13, 2015, 08:27:20 PM »
The 3 supermarkets  ear me all have ro machines. I buy at the one that regularly measures below 10 if not below 5 tds. The other 2 have been in the mid 20's to high 30s when I have thought about buying there. The only way to know is with a meter like Jon said. I'm sure I could make good beer with 30 tds, but that's just not consistent enough for me

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fast ipa
« on: July 12, 2015, 06:41:38 PM »
Just another note for you. From what I've read here, small starters may not be helpful/ detrimental to fermentation. I'm not sure what you mean by smallish, but with 2 smack packs (up to 200B cells) you will want a largish starter to get any benefit. S. Cerevisiae states max density of 200B in 1L. You are starting out close to that 200B already, so you want to go bigger, but the with this schedule, you don't have time to chill and decant so you will be pitching a 2L or more starter into your 15L batch, which will at least cause some dilution if not other issues. Just the way I see it, I'm no expert

All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% pils malt. Too light?
« on: July 11, 2015, 03:19:29 PM »
Also, I did use Irish moss and Coool as quickly as my IC allows. I know it's not perfect for the batches I make now, but will be upgrading the IC soon

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