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Commercial Beer Reviews / Becks Black Sapphire
« on: February 16, 2013, 05:47:20 AM »
I drank one out of a sixpack I bought. I agree with you about the "lingering malt finish" but kept looking for more of the sapphire hops. On a hot summers day I could see passing the "two test", but not sure about three.

Ingredients / Adding gypsum for IPAs
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:40:57 PM »
Alexanders extracts are fairly low in all ions.  They have good water quality in the area of California that its made in. 

Since I don't have information on the ionic content of the spring water, I would go with the distilled water if you really want this batch to shine.  You will want to add 100 or 200 ppm of sulfate using gypsum to make the beer dry better and enhance the hopping.

Pretty cool you have all that info. You should post it all as a sticky in the extract section. I think that would be a huge help knowing what extract have what salts. Purdy cool!

The Pub / Pub blather
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:48:03 AM »
I was not going to drink today but then I remembered I drink every day.

General Homebrew Discussion / Refactometer
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:02:23 PM »
WTF is a "Refactometer"?

It's a device for measuring how many times people repeat trivia.

I just scrolled through every post to see if I misspelled "refractometer" ....

Kegging and Bottling / keg leak help
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:08:36 PM »
Another lesson learned is to NOT force carbonate a keg >50psi with the out post connected to a QD. Beer will sneak past the o-ring and onto the floor. I can attest to this outcome.

Yes! Even 30 psi can be too high if your o rings are shoddy. I always disconnect when force carrbing over 15 psi.

Ingredients / Adding gypsum for IPAs
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:06:01 PM »
I still wouldn't add it blindly. Brew the beer first, sample it and see if there is an improvement if you add it to the second batch. If you have no idea what salts you have in your water you could be doing more harm than good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Refactometer
« on: February 14, 2013, 06:01:55 PM »
As long as I calibrate mine at the temp I'll be using it, don't use it outside when it's extremely cold or hot, and adjust for the difference between sucrose and maltose, mine usually reads within a couple of points of my hydrometer.  I've been using it pretty much exclusively on the hot side for awhile now.

Hmmmmmm ..... there's a thought right there. I might check into that. But I thought the great thing about a refracto is that you can get a fairly instant reading right out of the kettle. If I have to cool the samples and the calibration down to the same temps it stops making it worth it. I can get my hydrometer sample cooled down in under 10 minutes.

Kegging and Bottling / keg leak help
« on: February 14, 2013, 03:52:02 PM »
Have had the same thing happen many times. Replacing the O ring should fix it. You should be taking apart your QDC regularly, too. They get nasty!

Ingredients / Adding gypsum for IPAs
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:08:44 PM »
I wouldn't advise using any salts for extract brew unless you encounter a specific problem. You may know what salts are in your water but you have no way of knowing what salts were in the original brewer of the extracts water and those salts will be bound up in the extract.

General Homebrew Discussion / Refactometer
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:05:21 PM »
No, but I may be looking through the wrong end. :P I don't wear glasses or contacts.

Going Pro / Pro Brewing Software
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:30:48 AM »
I'm using BeerTools Pro for 10-15 bbls batches.

General Homebrew Discussion / Refactometer
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:01:15 AM »
Mine seems to just give screwy readings on the OG. If I take 3 readings sometimes all three will be different. I know some have attributed this to wort temperature (though mine is supposedly ATC) but even if I cool the sample first it will give me a different reading than my hydrometer. I'm on my second refractometer (dropped the first one) and both of them gave me problems like this, though the first seemed more accurate. The second one does not read the same as my hydrometer.

I have calibrated it with distilled water and or tap water (I don't think the differences between the two calibration solutions are exceptional enough to throw a reading off as much as I am seeing).

Bottom, line is, I just feel more comfortable in the reading I get from my hydrometer.

Kegging and Bottling / morebeer reconditioned corny kegs
« on: February 13, 2013, 06:48:41 PM »
I've had some problems with More Beer in the past and they have always worked hard to make it right. I can understand why you are irritated that the keg shipped out in the first place (and if they truly were "reconditioned you's think that this one would not have been very easy to replace "o" rings on) but you gotta hand it to them regardless for fixing your issue.

Good on morebeer I say.

General Homebrew Discussion / New Tap Handle
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:21:33 PM »
Now that right there is funny.

To be sure, I wasn't trying to be funny. I just can't imagine only having one beer on tap. But what you have looks very ncie.

Ingredients / Tazo Passion Tea Bags
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:07:16 PM »
I've tried some but not all of those spices, together. Sounds like its worth a try. Or, you can also just make a tea, literally, and add it to keg/bottling bucket.

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