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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Low mash pH
« on: May 18, 2014, 09:54:10 AM »
I did nothing but mash the grains.

Filtered tap water appeared to have a high pH. I'd have to go find the jar of test strips, but I think the strip turned purple.

As I said, never bothered to check before so my sample size is very low.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Low mash pH
« on: May 18, 2014, 08:03:54 AM »
Hmm.  So a longer mash would not have been the best thing to do.


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It's fermenting now. I'll wait a day or two until it slows and add the dme in the smallest amount I water possible.

Big kraesen already so I'll just let it go for now.

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I think you're right. It clumps like mad.

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Isn't it pretty much just sugar?  I would think the yeast would tear it up like they would plain sugar.

Maybe not, though.

I'm tempted to try.  I'd rather not add more water.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Low mash pH
« on: May 17, 2014, 09:29:09 PM »
I finally bought pH strips to check my mash pH.

Today, one batch was right on and one appeared to be low.  The batch that was right on was a stout, the low batch was an IPA.

What would be the impact of low pH in the mash?

I've had comments on score sheets that my beers need more body.  Would pH affect body?  Of course, those comments have been on everything from a light saison to an imperial stout.

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My last batch came in low.  It's sitting in the fermenter right now.

I know I can add sugar to bring the gravity up to where I want it.

Can I add DME to the fermenter?

I've added sugar straight in and am thinking of doing the same with DME.

Thoughts?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US 05?
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:38:23 AM »
I always have a copy packets of that handy in the fridge.

Me, too.  Grabbed a couple fresh packs for some brewing I have planned this weekend and realized I already have four packs in the fridge.  And a starter of 1056 going.

One batch will get the 1056, one the 05.  I'll see if I can taste a difference.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US 05?
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:34:37 AM »
To my knowledge, yes.  You can use US-05 (I think they now call it S-05), 1056 and 001 interchangeably.

There are subtle differences, but they all came from the same source.

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The Pub / Re: Turning Scottish?
« on: May 15, 2014, 09:49:35 AM »

I bought some sweat pant shorts a few years ago.  Awful concept.  I might still have them.  They are actually heavier material than most of my sweat pants.


Yeah, I've got some too and barely ever wore them. Dumb concept - extra warm shorts.

They looked insanely comfortable, though.

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The Pub / Re: Turning Scottish?
« on: May 15, 2014, 09:33:34 AM »
Buy a kilt. they are the single most comfortably piece of clothing a man can own that is generally accepted by 'mainstream' society.
Sweat pants, Mort.  Though I guess that's climate dependent.

yeah, 110*f and sweat pants, you find out why they are called SWEAT pants.

I bought some sweat pant shorts a few years ago.  Awful concept.  I might still have them.  They are actually heavier material than most of my sweat pants.

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The Pub / Re: Turning Scottish?
« on: May 15, 2014, 09:21:27 AM »
Buy a kilt. they are the single most comfortably piece of clothing a man can own that is generally accepted by 'mainstream' society.

Sweat pants, Mort.  Though I guess that's climate dependent.

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Ingredients / Re: Brown Malt
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:00:28 PM »
No link, but when I was going through old Zymurgy's last week it popped out at me. 

5 Gallons
14 lb two row
1 lb carastan
1 lb 120 L crystal
0.5 lb chocolate
0.5 lb brown makt
0.25 lb roast barley
2.0 oz Cluster (7%) 60 minutes
1.0 oz Northern Brewer (9%) 2 min
1.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) 2 min
American or California ale yeast

We'll see how it turns out.

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Ingredients / Re: Brown Malt
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:51:48 AM »
Well, I've order a pound of Crisp Brown Malt.  I'll brew per the recipe and let you know what I think.

Old Rasputin is a favorite, so if I can come close it will be dangerous.  And then I'll need to oak age it...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock to ball lock conversion
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:20:05 AM »
Weird.  I thought I posted back, but it didn't appear.

I've got a bunch of ball lock kegs, but all my fittings are flare fittings.  So I could go either way.

The $10 conversion kit makes it tempting (as opposed to a $25 kit) but I think I'll just get the pin lock disconnects.

do that and if a friend wants to bring a pin lock keg over to share you're all set.

You're assuming I have friends...

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