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Equipment and Software / Re: Filter
« on: July 16, 2013, 08:57:03 AM »
Thanks Guys, yeah I have a water report that a local pro-brewer shared with me, I don't remember seeing chloramines.  Honestly, my little over-the-faucet carbon filter did the trick for getting rid of chlorine (I had problems with chlorophenol without the filter).  Also, I always measure out my water the night before brewing, just to be sure.  If I can avoid another chemical (Camden Tablets, I would like to.
Thanks for the info guys!
Dark Side, I met you at the NHC, although for a brief moment.

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Equipment and Software / Filter
« on: July 15, 2013, 11:55:34 PM »
Hey Guys, the only filtering I want to do on my water is for chlorine. I bought a Culligan whole house filter, because my new house doesn't have any faucets that work with my old faucet carbon filter. This unit comes with a 5 micron filter. Will that strip out anything I want in my beer? Will it get rid of chlorine?

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Events / Re: AHA Conference
« on: June 21, 2013, 02:20:27 PM »
Gary, this will be my first conference, I've been looking forward to going to an NHC for 11 years now.  I live in Colorado, but the in-laws live in Philly, so we have a built-in baby-sitter!  I'm absolutely stoked!  Thanks for all of the work the AHA put into this!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 18, 2013, 11:07:54 PM »
I should say that I've had Pliny a couple of times, and there's no reason it shouldn't be #1.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Covering the Boil
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:27:24 PM »
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this effect will vary, depending on the Malt variety used...No?  For example, Pilsner Malt is going to have much more DMS than a 2 row pale malt.
I'd be more worried about messing up my total volume, because the evaporation would decrease, depending on how long you covered it for.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:23:08 PM »
I do think that Pliny has a mystique that gets it votes, as has every other "top beer".  Dogfish head 90 won it a few years in a row, but they distribute far and wide.  The one that gets me was Alaskan Smoked porter, it won a couple years in a row and its distribution was very limited.  The other thing to think about is how many homebrewers live in California... Quaff, Doze, the Maltose Falcons and the Brewing Network (not all are in California, but I would bet that a substantial number are), are some of the most populous homebrew clubs and they are all in CA... I think the days of a non-California beer winning best beer in America will be few and far between.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter at new house
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:16:08 PM »
Exactly the info I was looking for.  Thanks guys.  I don't think I will be able to make the final call untill I move in, to evaluate what I have.  The first part of homebrewing is "Home".  As much as I want to plan every detail, I have to see how the house wants to brew first  ;)
You guys will like this... I couldn't find a full ion analysis for my water online, so I e-mailed 2 local breweries, and 1 responded immediately, with a copy of his last water report!  I am half tempted to advertise the hell out of that guys brewery... but it's packed all of the time anyway, he doesn't need my help!

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:10:45 PM »
Thanks Gary!  Man, you are a class act!  I hope to meet you at the NHC!

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Zymurgy / Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:40:17 PM »
I saw an add for the Zymurgy app in the latest issue, but I can'y find it in the app store... any ideas?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Water filter at new house
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:22:58 PM »
Hi gang,
I am moving into our new house next week, and of course, I'm stressing about how to brew in the new house!
One of the most easy improvements I ever made to my beer was adding a simple carbon filter on to my faucet to eliminate chlorine.  At the new house, I have a fancy faucet on the kitchen sink, and won't be able to attach my filter to it.  SO, I just wanted to see what other people do for filters (I just want to use a carbon filter, no need for an RO filter with my water).  I figure that I could just strap the filter on to the Garden Hose... would my water taste Garden-Hosey?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SG question
« on: June 14, 2013, 10:01:28 PM »
Also, while this is strictly my opinion... Most people who brag about gravities usually brag about O.G.  If a brewer is proud of his final gravity, he usually won't brag about it unless people know what the starting gravity was.  For example, I was really proud of a final gravity of 1.022... for a Barleywine that started 1.102... A 1.022 gravity would not have been impressive in a picture though!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 14, 2013, 09:56:33 PM »
I don't have a huge forum presence, but I would like to meet a lot of you, as you've all given me great advice.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temp calculation
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:41:44 PM »
I do think that some of your ranges are extreme on both sides.  145 would be too low... and 160 is too high.  147 to 158 would be a tad safer.

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Ingredients / Water Calculator
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:32:23 PM »
Hey guys,
I'm using the water calculator on Brewer's friend, and have really learned a lot whilst tinkering around.
I have one question that is puzzling me:  If I check the box that says "Salts added to Mash only", I need to use nearly 3 times as much salts than if I don't check that box (If I were to salt my sparge water).  The reason why I'm asking is that I want my salts to go into the mash, as I don't want to raise the PH of my sparge water... but it seems counter-intuitive to triple the amount of salts if I just salt the Mash.  I'm hoping that one of the water guys sees this post...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:56:51 PM »
This will be my first NHC.  I will be escaping the stress of moving.  We close on the old house on the 24th, the new one on the 25th, and arrive in Philly on the 26th!

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