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  • Posted in thread: Adjusted pH with phophoric acid, ruined beer! on 09-14-2016 at 12:53 PM
    I use 85% phosphoric acid to adjust my water before every mash. I have never noticed a "twangy"
    off taste in any of my beers. For the record, I am usually using 6+ ml to adjust my water.
    Also, just pu...

  • Posted in thread: Can't decide on my first brew kettle on 07-07-2016 at 04:02 PM
    The key question here is how big of a batch do you want to brew. Since you answered 5 gallons
    already, that sets the kettle size pretty simply. You could do an 8 gallon kettle but that will
    be tight, ...

  • Posted in thread: Fermenter Ideas on 07-06-2016 at 03:59 PM
    I got a round clear poly carbonate restaurant food storage container and lid for use as a small
    batch fermentor. They work great. Very easy to open. They are not truly airtight, but that is
    not really...

  • Posted in thread: Alternatives to Cornelius/Future of Kegging on 06-21-2016 at 09:48 PM
    I will put a plug in for Kegconnection too. I get their converted ball lock kegs. They started
    out as pin-locks and they switch them over to ball lock fittings with a pressure relief valve.
    They are a...

  • Posted in thread: Heat shield under entire pot? on 06-21-2016 at 03:55 PM
    Adjust the flame first to reduce / eliminate the soot issues. I have had a cheap jet burner and
    a blichman burner and neither soots as long as you follow the "blue flame" advice.

  • Posted in thread: Boil covered or not? on 06-06-2016 at 05:26 PM
    Uncovered. Always.Keeping the boil covered does not allow certain volatile chemical precursors
    like DMS (Dimtheyl Sulfide sp?) to dissipate. DMS can lead to a pronounced "creamed corn"
    flavor in your ...

  • Posted in thread: BYO Clone seems wrong. Heady Topper on 05-11-2016 at 01:36 PM
    Totally agree with B-Boy. Conan yeast really makes the Vermont IPA's shine. You can get it from
    a couple sources (Yeast Bay, The canned organic yeast has a "barbarian" strain among others.)

  • Posted in thread: Hi from Indiana on 04-13-2016 at 04:05 PM
    Welcome. Where are you at in Indiana?

  • Posted in thread: My Idea for chilling Wort. (comments?) on 04-06-2016 at 04:20 PM
    It will work. This is not new, though. Many use Ice in different ways to help speed their chill
    both in and out of the wort. The key issue you will have with the frozen bottles is how to keep
    the cold...

  • Posted in thread: BIAB Issues on 04-05-2016 at 12:24 PM
    JS, The water reports you get from the city do not really provide enough info for brewing.
    Luckily, you are in a major metro area and other brewers near you have posted their "Ward's
    Lab" (Brewing wat...