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Old 02-07-2013, 04:31 AM   #571
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And I came away with a new look at the problem- Gracie!

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Old 02-07-2013, 05:07 AM   #572
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Update: Having now used the EZCalc for about 15 batches I think I will begin to acidify all water to pH 5. This should allow me to hit optimum mash pH without excessive salt manipulation given my soft water. I'll post data as I get it.

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Old 02-10-2013, 10:05 PM   #573
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Just want to say thanks for the simple instructions. I've been trying to isolate cause of off flavor in my beers. So I went simple, used your instructions using distilled water and with Bier Munchers Centennial blonde recipe. The off flavor is gone. So now wondering why... Maybe water company started using chloramine?? Next step is same recipe with tap and Camden tabs. Again, thanks!

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Old 02-10-2013, 10:24 PM   #574
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Just want to say thanks for the simple instructions. I've been trying to isolate cause of off flavor in my beers. So I went simple, used your instructions using distilled water and with Bier Munchers Centennial blonde recipe. The off flavor is gone. So now wondering why... Maybe water company started using chloramine?? Next step is same recipe with tap and Camden tabs. Again, thanks!
Have you considered the amount of bicarbonate you have in your (tap) sparge water and its affect on sparge pH? You might have been extracting tannins before you switched to using distilled water for sparging.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:00 PM   #575
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Have you considered the amount of bicarbonate you have in your (tap) sparge water and its affect on sparge pH? You might have been extracting tannins before you switched to using distilled water for sparging.
Thanks for the suggestion. PH is on my list of troubleshooting the issue. Strange thing is my PH when measured at Mash is low. Also the beers with off flavor have had no head. I'm measuring with ph papers and realize its less than perfect. The above two items leads me to believe bicarbonate is very low. The water company tells me the water source is river fed, so ion concentration are highly prone to changes in rain. I've spoken with local brewery (hofbrau haus) and they tell me tap from river is great left untreated (I.e. no ro or filters).

One step at a time. Btw, is there a ph meter you recommend??
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Thanks for the suggestion. PH is on my list of troubleshooting the issue. Strange thing is my PH when measured at Mash is low. Also the beers with off flavor have had no head. I'm measuring with ph papers and realize its less than perfect. The above two items leads me to believe bicarbonate is very low. The water company tells me the water source is river fed, so ion concentration are highly prone to changes in rain. I've spoken with local brewery (hofbrau haus) and they tell me tap from river is great left untreated (I.e. no ro or filters).

One step at a time. Btw, is there a ph meter you recommend??
Did they indicate if they do regular testing and did they share any actual current numbers?
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Did they indicate if they do regular testing and did they share any actual current numbers?
Its been 6 months since I spoke with the water co. Specific to PH impact, he gave me ion ranges and said summer drought toward high end, plenty of rain toward low end. Alkalinity range was 26-73 ppm, calcium 23-66 ppm, mg 1-18 ppm. He did not offer specific current readings. I use lactic acid or thinner mash to deal with mash mod (ph papers read low ph so no lactic used). I have not been treating sparge to adjust ph. I do not typically check ph of wort so cannot offer ph there.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:16 PM   #578
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And after ALL of this, my pH meter stopped working this morning. Son of a ........

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And after ALL of this, my pH meter stopped working this morning. Son of a ........
Time for hitting China via ebay ;P
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #580
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Well, it turns out there is an advance calibration procedure and I was able to reset it to the factory defaults. Working fine again and its gettting A LOT of use!

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