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Ingredients / Re: Natural Spring water vs Distilled water
« on: February 15, 2013, 03:04:49 PM »
I use a 50/50 blend, mostly because spring water is cheaper.

Does your tap water taste good? If so, just run it through a Brita filter. It gets to be a PITA to buy 10 gallons of water before every brew!

My tap water tastes pretty bad.  I can usually find the natural spring water for $1/gal and the distilled for about that or $1.50/gal.  I usually only buy 6-7 gal per batch, but yeah, it just adds onto the already not so cheap brewing expense.

Try to find a water machine in a supermarket or something. I buy 15 gallons of water in 3 5 gallon jugs for each 10 gallon batch and it's about $0.34 per gallon so really I am adding less than the cost of a yeast package to my brew and I can know more or less exactly what my water profile is because anything in there was added by me. Cheaper than a pH meter and a TDS meter for a quite a while anyway.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Long fermentation - is it time to bottle?
« on: February 15, 2013, 03:02:10 PM »
That makes sense about the temperature. It's at a pretty constant 68°F in there though... and with the fermentation slowing down I would think the temp would drop slightly, if anything. Are there other things that would cause the CO² to come out of suspension?

I appreciate the help though guys, thank you. I guess the only way to be sure is to get the ol' beer thief out and take a reading. I was just hoping to avoid that. Call me greedy but I wanted as much finished beer to bottle as possible :-P I think I'll adjust my recipes to allow for a 6 gallon batch and then I don't have to worry about those losses ;-)

Thanks again, ya'all!

co2 will just slowly come out of suspension until it is in equlibrium with the surrounding atmosphere.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st Yeast Harvest
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:10:06 PM »
I would think the bigger concern with yeast from a pliny clone is that is a pretty big beer and the yeast are going to be a little stressed. Not really at their best. You might want to use a small amount of that yeast and make a start with it to increase the percentage of younger healthier cells in your population. (I could be wrong on this but some one will correct me if so)

There are differing opinions on how many times you can harvest. I know I have seen some brewers say the will to 10+ generations. others don't like to go more than 3 or so.

The yeast will evolve over generations and there for the flavour may change over time. this is one of the reasons for putting a limit on the number of generations you go if you are trying to maintain a known yeast character.

I would think it would be better to make a big starter, step it up a couple times even and then take part of that each time you brew rather than pitching the whole thing and re-havesting. This should reduce the drift in charcter over time because the dormant yeast in the fridge won't change as quickly as the yeast actively fermenting and being harvested and washed etc. and facing all the selective presures involved with that.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Long fermentation - is it time to bottle?
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:01:29 PM »
And don't worry to much about o2. I mean don't splash around in there but taking a gravity sample of even pulling a hop bag out is not going to oxidize your beer.

With my (failed) doppelbock, it's similar to a chalky texture.  So I suppose it could be astringency.

yeah, chalky says astringency to me.

I have noticed a grainy character to several beers I have brewed. Mostly with pils malt but I suspect it's just a green beer thing. After a couple days in the keg chilling out and settling most of the grainy flavour is gone.

This is assuming what you are tasting is like chewing on a piece of malt. If you are talking about grainy astringency that dries out your tongue that's when to look at your sparge temp and/or pH.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 14, 2013, 10:53:07 AM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Just Kinda Happened
« on: February 14, 2013, 10:48:09 AM »
Denny's the king of all batch sparging...that's how.  ;)

He uses hippie power during the mash man.  :D :P :)

It's this special little dance I do....but it only works when the moon is in Feces.....

Why would the moon be in feces? that's kinda gross!

Pices maybe?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My water profile
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:28:57 AM »
i understand how strange it is, but absolutely no softener, filter or anything. my well is very deep, about 375ft. my well system comprises a submersible well pump and pressure tank inside the house..thats it.

so live about 30 miles southeast of cleveland in suburbs - chagrin falls ohio 44023.

so when you use bottled water, whats the PH of it (does it matter?)- or do you not make any adjustments for PH when using bottled water. my grist for this pilsner is calculated at about 1pt of acidity if recall correctly.

sorry if this sounds stupid, but is RO water the same as bottled water? 

using Ro water, im still adding 3.3gr of gypsum, 2.6gr cal chloride, and 1.3ml lactic acid - result is 5.3PH, and brings everything in target range for this beer profile (according to bru'n water yellow balanced)

Without knowing your grist details that sound about right to me. I build my water from RO and for 5 gallons ~3 g gypsum, ~3 g calcium chloride and enough lactic acid/pickling lime to bring the pH in line is all I add.

All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: February 13, 2013, 06:59:04 AM »
There is a restaurant in Davis called the Pho King.  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Aeration Systems
« on: February 11, 2013, 11:32:26 AM »

As for the water, do you have an analysis of your tap water or do you plan to build it from RO?  And have you downloaded Bru'n Water? 

I recently got my water analysis back from Ward Labs. I have not yet downloaded Bru'n Water. I usually just add a Campden Tablet and a teaspoon of Gypsum simply because my Calcium is a bit low.

Where can get Bru'n Water?

Here ya' go

Equipment and Software / Re: Aeration Systems
« on: February 11, 2013, 10:43:58 AM »
I've been very concerned about my level of pre-fermentation aeration. I feel it is lacking.

Does anybody know of any good / affordable aeration systems or aquarium pumps or something else.


Why concerned?

I use either a mixstir attachement for a cordless drill (like a paint stirrer, in fact you can USE a paint stirrer) or lateley I have been sanitizing my balloon whisk and just going at it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: morebeer reconditioned corny kegs
« on: February 10, 2013, 08:05:07 PM »
tschmidlin the fact that they had to have taken that post off is what burns me the most. First they KNEW the keg was bent there. They knew that makes the post difficult to get a socket on. And yet they sold me the thing anyway. To me that is a just plain shoddy way to do business. And if that is the way they do business I will take mine elsewhere. I don't expect a used keg to be in mint condition. But I expect it to at least be usable.

or it took a hit in shipping. Looks to me like whatever made that dent in the post could well have been the same thing that bent the keg. In my experience morebeer is really responsive to customer complaint. If they don't replace the keg THEN I would think about no longer ordering from them but accidents happen in shipping

All Grain Brewing / Re: Need Some Serious Help
« on: February 09, 2013, 10:10:18 PM »
Thanks for the reply guys!  Really frustrating, as the rest of my brews are really nice, some are excellent.  I have sent my water off to be tested, just awaiting the report.  I used to have Bru'n water, just downloaded the new version.  As for the boil volumes and gravity, I added the sugar in the recipe in the last 5 minutes of the boil if that makes a difference, so it would not be in the preboil sample. 

As for Bru'N water, so I just start with a water value of 0 in everything fro using RO in the new version?

There is a place to put the percentage of RO water, if you set that to 100 it will give you the average RO numbers.

Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 08, 2013, 11:00:50 AM »
The fastrack looks interesting but I gotta tell you, the eyes staring out at me from the ad freak me out.  Especially the dog...

I don't know, the womans eyes are intriguing. they keep atching my attention.

What about bombers?  Do they mention how many (or if) bombers will fit and still stack with any stability?
It says on the site, 22oz, less of them but yet.

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