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Pickling Lime
« on: October 28, 2011, 01:06:30 PM »
Any idea what a level teaspoon weighs in grams?

Given the sensitivity of pickling lime, I am a little leery of my scale.  I know it won't be perfectly accurate, but I am just curious.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011, 02:32:39 PM »
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2011, 03:10:25 PM »
I don't think that conversion applies.  The cited conversion appears to be for water, not a powdered solid.  There are a few variables involved in converting a mass measurement to a volumetric measurement.  And those variables differ for each mineral and its situation.  That is why I refuse to offer a conversion in Bru'n Water for volumetric measurement. 

With a mass measurement, the primary variable is the moisture content of the mineral.  That is a whole lot better than trying to use a volumetric measurement.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011, 03:14:01 PM »
So bing a hands on type, I went to the basement once my starter was cooled and on the stir plate.

1 tsp of Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime, loose scoop then leveled by striking off with a knife came to 2.59 grams on my 100 gram capacity scale call it 2.6 grams.  Only one test, should have done more and averaged.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2011, 04:02:48 PM »
Another way to do it is to weigh a level cup, which is 48 tsp, so you just divide the weight by 48.  It gives a decent approximation I think.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 09:31:16 AM »
cool - thanks guys.  I used my scale which is only accurate to one gram and tried to be as careful as possible. 

Mash pH for Friday's brew was 5.51 at room temp (versus 5.3 calculated/anticipated), so it appears I may have been a little heavy handed on the lime but not by too much.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 09:41:27 AM »
cool - thanks guys.  I used my scale which is only accurate to one gram and tried to be as careful as possible. 

Mash pH for Friday's brew was 5.51 at room temp (versus 5.3 calculated/anticipated), so it appears I may have been a little heavy handed on the lime but not by too much.

I think you might have been a little light handed with the lime. Lime should increae PH

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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2011, 09:51:33 AM »
Another way to do it is to weigh a level cup, which is 48 tsp, so you just divide the weight by 48.  It gives a decent approximation I think.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2011, 10:01:13 AM »
cool - thanks guys.  I used my scale which is only accurate to one gram and tried to be as careful as possible. 

Mash pH for Friday's brew was 5.51 at room temp (versus 5.3 calculated/anticipated), so it appears I may have been a little heavy handed on the lime but not by too much.

I think you might have been a little light handed with the lime. Lime should increae PH

Right and the pH was higher than what I calculated so I used too much.  Guess I don't follow
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2011, 12:06:21 PM »
cool - thanks guys.  I used my scale which is only accurate to one gram and tried to be as careful as possible. 

Mash pH for Friday's brew was 5.51 at room temp (versus 5.3 calculated/anticipated), so it appears I may have been a little heavy handed on the lime but not by too much.

I think you might have been a little light handed with the lime. Lime should increae PH

Right and the pH was higher than what I calculated so I used too much.  Guess I don't follow

well you see first you have to take into account that I am a dumba$$ that doesn't always read what is actually written on the page. right 5.51 is indeed higher. I read it as 5.1 ::)

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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2011, 02:04:43 PM »
cool - thanks guys.  I used my scale which is only accurate to one gram and tried to be as careful as possible. 

Mash pH for Friday's brew was 5.51 at room temp (versus 5.3 calculated/anticipated), so it appears I may have been a little heavy handed on the lime but not by too much.

Did you check your mash pH before you added the lime?  Bru'n water's pH prediction for my latest stout was low (5.2 vs 5.5 measured).
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2011, 02:09:29 PM »
cool - thanks guys.  I used my scale which is only accurate to one gram and tried to be as careful as possible. 

Mash pH for Friday's brew was 5.51 at room temp (versus 5.3 calculated/anticipated), so it appears I may have been a little heavy handed on the lime but not by too much.

Did you check your mash pH before you added the lime?  Bru'n water's pH prediction for my latest stout was low (5.2 vs 5.5 measured).

i did not - I switched up and brewed an IPA rather than the porter (will be doing that next batch) i mentioned to you  in another thread - started from scratch with RO and added all my salts to the mash during mash-in.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2011, 08:39:59 AM »
well you see first you have to take into account that I am a dumba$$ that doesn't always read what is actually written on the page. right 5.51 is indeed higher. I read it as 5.1 ::)

Don't feel too bad, I read it the exact same way at first glance.  Had to go back and look a few more times. 

I just blame it on the two values being written with different numbers of decimal places :)
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2011, 01:46:29 PM »
For measuring small amounts of salts and lime for water softening I picked up a 100x0.01g digital scale on Amazon for about $10. It's accurate to about +/-0.05g, from my experience.

Also, wear gloves and goggles while handling. That stuff is pretty caustic.
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Re: Pickling Lime
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2011, 02:12:33 PM »
For measuring small amounts of salts and lime for water softening I picked up a 100x0.01g digital scale on Amazon for about $10. It's accurate to about +/-0.05g, from my experience.

Also, wear gloves and goggles while handling. That stuff is pretty caustic.

cool - thanks - what model did you get? sounds like a winner.
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