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The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: August 22, 2016, 06:27:54 PM »
I haven't heard "Beer Run" in a long time. Great song!

B double, E double R U N beer run
B double, E double R U N beer run
All we need is a ten and fiver
A car and key and a sober driver
B double, E double R U N beer run

Todd Snider totally rocks!  Here's another good one from the ska band The Pietasters:

Maggie Mae - NOT the Rod Stewart song.

Yep, Todd Snider ! Good one.

The Pub / Re: note to self
« on: August 22, 2016, 05:57:37 PM »
If there's a finicky connection between your scale and its power supply, it doesn't help to plug it in and lick the terminal.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Are We All Overpitching All Dry Yeasts?!
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:11:49 PM »
Yeah, I really thought 2 packs was extreme overkill, but I've never used Belle Saison before.  Glad to hear that people have had good results with it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Are We All Overpitching All Dry Yeasts?!
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:00:09 PM »
It's definitely worth some experimentation. Who knows, maybe Belle Saison (for example) gets more interesting on half a pack ?

I picked up a couple AG saison kits from NB, and I read that they recommend pitching TWO packs of dry yeast in the 5 gallon batch.  I kind of thought that was overkill.  I'm going to brew tomorrow - do you think I can get away with just the single pack?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'nWater Pale Ale Profile?
« on: August 18, 2016, 03:51:03 PM »
One thing I do is keep two "clean" copies of the spreadsheet that are the basis for new copies. One is pre-configured with McDoles for hoppy beers and the second is all zeroes.

Good idea.  I might have to go that route.  One thing I find annoying is that I have enable Macros every time.  I wish I could save that preference.  That's not a criticism of Martin's spreadsheet, just Excel in general.  I find Bru'nWater to be extremely helpful and user-friendly. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'nWater Pale Ale Profile?
« on: August 18, 2016, 03:37:45 PM »
I read that too about keeping Ca low in lagers - Martin is just full of good tips.  I think I also read that malt supplies all of the Mg that is needed, so a Mg addition isn't always necessary.  I think that was in the Directions tab, although I can't be sure without looking. 

I've been away from the board for a while, and it's good to be back with the community.  I brewed a Spruce Tip IPA recently that was just the bomb.  I might have to post that recipe.  Spruce tips + Mosaic hops = awesome.

As for the User Custom profile - now I see it.  Waaaaay down there.  Thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'nWater Pale Ale Profile?
« on: August 18, 2016, 03:11:06 PM »
Also, is there a way to enter a custom profile into Bru'nWater?  I'd like to add McDole's profile for future reference. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'nWater Pale Ale Profile?
« on: August 18, 2016, 03:02:02 PM »
One other thing I'd suggest is using MgSO4 for at least part of your sulfate to keep the Ca from getting too high.

I don't have any MgSO4.  Right now I'm looking at a Ca level of 130 ppm. 

I used the search feature and see that this has already been well-covered (of course).  It looks like I need to monkey with my sparge additions based on boiloff.  I expect to lose about 1.3 gallons during the boil, so I guess I need to reconfigure the sparge additions to account for that loss. 

I also see lots of comments from people who are dialing back the sulfate to around 200.  I'm planning to bitter with Magnum, which is a fairly mellow bitterness, so maybe I should go for the full 300 ppm to amp it up a bit. 

Finally, Martin said in one post
I wouldn't go as high as 100 ppm for BOTH chloride and sulfate.  In an IPA, 100 ppm sulfate is a good starting point.  But adding 100 ppm chloride with that is inviting an antagonistic flavor impact.  I like to keep chloride in the 50 ppm range when I'm boosting sulfate above 100 ppm.

Again, I'm looking at 130 ppm Ca and 300 ppm SO4, which is slightly under the target of 140 ppm Ca in the Pale Ale profile.  So I'm getting some conflicting info here. 

I'm not stuck on using this particular profile, so if anybody wants to suggest something else I'm game.  I'm going to check out Tasty McDole's profile and see how that looks too.  Thanks for all the input so far.

All Grain Brewing / Bru'nWater Pale Ale Profile?
« on: August 18, 2016, 09:43:52 AM »
I'm going to brew up an homage to Surly's "Todd the Axeman" tomorrow, and I'm doing the water calculations today.  I was thinking about using the Pale Ale profile in Bru'nWater.  Does anyone have experience using this profile?  I can get really close to the intended targets, but I've never amped up the calcium and sulfate levels that much before. 

I can't seem to upload a screenshot of my file, so I'll include the ion targets here:

Ca:  140
Mg:  18
Na:  25
SO4: 300
Cl:  55
Bicarb:  110

I purposely did not hit the intended Bicarb target because I wanted to keep my mash pH down around 5.3 for a crisp, light beer.  Other than that I'm darn close or right on to the intended targets.  I'm using RO water and adding salts.  Any input from those who have used this profile would be great.  Thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Where to Buy Malt from Montana?
« on: August 18, 2016, 09:28:00 AM »
A lot of Rahr barley is grown in MT as well - I've seen the fields! 

The Pub / Re: Brewery upgrade
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:40:38 PM »
Looks like it has a catwalk.   ;)

Nice - I remember.

The catwalk reference made me chuckle too.   ;D  I guess the brewing monkey didn't make the photo.

The Pub / Re: NB Forum
« on: January 10, 2016, 07:54:44 PM »
I just popped in there for the first time in a long while.  It looks terrible.  I think that site has been slowly dying since they killed the Brewhaha back in the day.  To me, it seemed like that move precipitated a big shift in the demographics from experienced, skilled brewers to relative noobs.  I find much more useful info over here.  My time on the brewing forums has majorly decreased in the past few years, but this is the place I come to when I want to learn something useful and push my brewing to the next level. 

For instance, the water knowledge on this site has been hugely helpful.  What a great community we have here, eh?  Cheers, amigos.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profile for a Schwarzbier?
« on: August 16, 2015, 10:32:09 PM »
FWIW, I'm really enjoying the supporter's version of Bru'n Water.  I also revisited the online Water Knowledge page, and was pleased to find a lot of info that I wasn't aware of.  I applaud Martin for presenting in-depth water chemistry knowledge at a level that any brewer can understand.  It's much appreciated! 

Tomorrow I'll be brewing both a Schwarzbier and an Oktoberfest.  These are probably my last two brews of summer vacation, then it's back to the grind for another 9 months.  It's funny - even though I have summers off as a teacher, I always get so busy that inevitably I run out of beer by August.  One of these years I'll get my act together and keep the pipeline full.  In the interim, there's always the whiskey ginger.  Cheers!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profile for a Schwarzbier?
« on: August 06, 2015, 10:22:43 AM »
Thanks for the feedback, Martin!  Sounds to me like the supporter's version is well worth it.  I know I've gotten a ton of help from the free version, and it's been instrumental in advancing my knowledge of water chemistry.  Consider me your newest supporter. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profile for a Schwarzbier?
« on: August 05, 2015, 10:37:44 PM »
Ok, I take it all back.  I forgot to select the appropriate grain type on the mash acidification tab, so everything was set as base malt.  Once I got that fixed, things quickly became easier. 

Never mind! 

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