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11 gallons of wheat...  5.5 with Wyeast 1010 and 5.5 with WL029 (never tried that one with a wheat before)...  ???  I

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: December 21, 2009, 02:49:14 PM »
Unfortunately, I tried using the pub discount at Granite City pub in a couple of MN locations, but their managers claimed they knew nothing about it so didn't honor it.  Anyone else have problems at any of the locations?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Difference between Batch and Fly Sparging
« on: December 21, 2009, 02:29:25 PM »
as a relatively new all grainer (less than 6 batches all grain) I am glad this thread was started.  I can see now that I will be able to save some time from my brew day by not being so particular on my particulates while vorlauffing. I have never fly-sparged so I cannot comment on the pros and cons of that type of sparging.  As far as batch sparging, I would begin the vorlauf and not stop until I had cleared the wort better to be clearer than the 'milky' stage. This usually took about 3 to 4 gallons of recirculation using a 2 quart pyrex vessel. I guess I vorlaufed so long because I had never read prior to denny's posting above, that you are just trying to get the grain 'chunks' out of the runnings.  This in itself will reduce my time by reducing my vorlaufing methods. thank you....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Removing Temporary Hardness - Fail
« on: December 21, 2009, 02:08:17 PM »
Your water report is for water coming out of the water softener.  A water softener removes the hardness by removing the Calcium and Magnesium and replaces it with a high level of salt (>100-150ppm).  I sent in samples of both the 'softened' water (on the water softener side of the plumbing) and a sample of the 'hard' water prior to the softener (outside water spigots are normally not plumbed to be after the softener, plus I have a hard water drinking faucet plumbed to my kitchen sink). I do not brew with the 'softened' water because of the high levels of sodium (Na) in the water.  Like you, I spend a lot of time filling bottles at the Reverse Osmosis station at the store.

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