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Old 09-16-2009, 02:26 AM   #21
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Read the fine print. It clearly states to put in the mash.

Yea... but it ALSO says "In the boil 5 will give you more consistent hop usage" which implies you can use it in the boil as well. I suppose even if you were doing extract.

I don't think the instructions are clear.
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:08 PM   #22
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Yea... but it ALSO says "In the boil 5 will give you more consistent hop usage" which implies you can use it in the boil as well. I suppose even if you were doing extract.

I don't think the instructions are clear.
If it's in the mash, it's going to be in the boil.
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If it's in the mash, it's going to be in the boil.
Not if you use extract.
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Not if you use extract.
Alright, I called 5 star to ask some questions. It is only necessary to use 5.2 in the mash, if you want to use it in the sparge he said have at it, it sells more product. The directions were written by chemists with extensive brewing experience and their opinion is mash only.

As for extract, he said 5.2 was designed primarily to work with grains in the mash. But he said if you want to throw some in there that's fine. He said he would have to talk to a chemist to get opinions on any benefits. His main point was you can't hurt your beer by adding it wherever you want.
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So I usually always put 1 tbsp of "5.2" in my mash water. But I got to thinking, should I be putting it in the sparge water as well?

pH is just as important during the sparge as the mash, right?
If you batch sparge, it's not necessary to adjust pH in the spare water if your mash is at the correct pH. Have you actually measured the pH after using 5.2? I've found erratic results with it.
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If you batch sparge, it's not necessary to adjust pH in the spare water if your mash is at the correct pH. Have you actually measured the pH after using 5.2? I've found erratic results with it.
Thanks Denny, and no I haven't measured pH before - but I do have a probe now and will do so with my next batch.
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