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by bredmakr
Mon Apr 30, 2001 10:36 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: cornelius fermentor conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 5870

cornelius fermentor conversion

Does anyone know if there is such a thing as an air lock that can replace a pressure relief valve on a cornelius keg so the keg can be used as a fermentor? If so where can I find one? Are there any reasons why a cornelius keg should not be used as a fermenting vessel?
by bredmakr
Tue Mar 27, 2001 5:29 am
Forum: Brewing Science
Topic: Bicarbonate in water
Replies: 2
Views: 4502

caution against rain water

First, having a high bicarbonate means that the water is very hard. Boiling it will reduce the bicarbonate/hardness and lower the pH. You know its working when you see the Ca-MgCO3 precipitating on the side of the kettle. This in turn frees hydrogen ions and reduces the pH which is the main problem....
by bredmakr
Tue Mar 20, 2001 4:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Amsterdam anyone?
Replies: 0
Views: 3534

Amsterdam anyone?

I'm planning a trip to Amsterdam and was wondering if anyone knew of some good local breweries and or homebrew supply stores of interest. Isn't there a brew school over there?
by bredmakr
Thu Mar 01, 2001 2:45 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: diffusion stone carbonation?
Replies: 1
Views: 4133

diffusion stone carbonation?

Last night I racked a great batch of ale into a keg that I rigged up with a diffusion stone. Normally when carbonating in a keg I bring the beer temp down to 40-45
by bredmakr
Sat Feb 17, 2001 6:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: mash process???
Replies: 3
Views: 5860

mash process???

Ok, I tried a partial mash again last night and my mash efficiency is far from efficient. Can anyone recommend a good book that goes over mashing in detail? I REALLY want to get this down and get into all grain brewing but it just seems to be really difficult. What are the most common mistakes made ...
by bredmakr
Sun Feb 11, 2001 2:45 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: poor attenuation
Replies: 7
Views: 10012

pH way off

I jsut happened to have access to the instruments necessary to measure the parameters of my tap water. Sure enough when I measured the pH it was 7.9. Haven't measured the hardness yet but I'll bet it is also too high. Then I measured the pH of a gallon of distilled water which is 6.3. Great tip! Goi...
by bredmakr
Sun Feb 11, 2001 2:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: protein rest?
Replies: 1
Views: 4016

protein rest?

I've been reading a lot about mash techniques and I'm not clear on the definition of a protien rest. Is this just removing the mash from heat after it reaches the desire temperature or maintaining the desired temperature for a specified period of time?
by bredmakr
Fri Feb 09, 2001 3:04 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: "Leftovers" Beer?
Replies: 3
Views: 5600

experiment

This sounds like an excellent time for experimentation. Dab of this, dash of that. The worst thing that could happen is you end up with more beer!
by bredmakr
Wed Feb 07, 2001 11:38 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: poor attenuation
Replies: 7
Views: 10012

partial mash

I've been doing a partial mash 2-3 lbs of grains and 4-6 lbs of extract. Recently I have been increasing the amount of grains and experimenting with the mash process so your advise will help considerably. What is a good range of pH for the water?
by bredmakr
Wed Feb 07, 2001 7:24 am
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: poor attenuation
Replies: 7
Views: 10012

poor attenuation

I just moved to an area where the hardness of the water is significantly higher than at my previous place of brewing. In brewing my ale recipe that use to, on average, go from O.G. 1.056 to F.G.1.012 I can now only get down to 1.020 at best. Can the difference in water chemistry be effecting these r...