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Posted in thread: What can I add to water to lower PH and Calcium? on 11-13-2013 at 03:20 AM
You can dilute your tap water with distilled water to cut calcium down and use lactic acid or
acid malt to adjust the pH lower.
Posted in thread: how bad/good is my water?? on 11-07-2013 at 12:53 AM
I'm right next to you in Oak Forest and you're likely getting the same water I am. Here's
what's coming out of my faucet tested by Ward Labs this past spring:pH 7.8Total Dissolved
Solids (TDS) Est, pp...
Posted in thread: Belgian Blond on 06-29-2013 at 05:19 PM
You may get some additional fermentation if you were to warm it up to low-mid 70's and rouse
the yeast by swirling. I started doing this specifically with Belgian brews lately and
definitely get a re-...
Posted in thread: Stout ABV too low. Any ideas? on 06-29-2013 at 01:11 AM
Have you calibrated your thermometer lately? Maybe your mash temp was even higher than you
thought. I typically get a 1.014 to 1.016 FG with English yeast mashing 154-6 and using
Posted in thread: Hop Stand American Blond Ale Revival on 06-29-2013 at 12:53 AM
Looks good, but I wouldn't use any carapils for the style.
Posted in thread: Late LME Addition - Pliny the Elder Clone on 06-29-2013 at 12:34 AM
Maybe too late, but I'd do the DME only, at start and LME with 5 minutes left to keep the color
from getting too dark.
Posted in thread: Top 5 Beers thread on 06-29-2013 at 12:28 AM
Top 5 today:Three Floyds - Alpha KingLeft Hand - Milk StoutDogfish Head - 90 Min. IPACapital -
Blonde DoppelbockRogue - Double Dead Guy
Posted in thread: Marris Otter Simcoe SMaSH APA on 06-27-2013 at 03:11 AM
I did a SMaSH of Maris Otter and Simcoe last year. 1.052 OG and I just divided up 1 oz. to give
about an APA level 40 IBU's so the hop and the grain could be tasted. I was pretty happy with
Posted in thread: sparge water ph ? on 06-11-2013 at 10:26 PM
Well it's ideal to bring it down to 5.7 or so, but if you don't, you can still make good beer.
I've been brewing for 2+ years and have just gotten into water treatment the last couple of
months, my be...
Posted in thread: Opinion of Ward water report? on 05-20-2013 at 05:11 AM
So I sent in a sample last week in a rinsed disposable water bottle(I didn't use soap, just
filled it a third, three times, and shook it for 15 secs or so). I also have a dual charcoal
filter on a sep...