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Forum: Brew Science 07-26-2014, 03:49 PM
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Posted By bleak
My unit is clearly marked "country of origin:...

My unit is clearly marked "country of origin: China," and the sensor is coming from there as well.
Forum: Brew Science 07-25-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,153
Posted By bleak
As the discrepancies between the different tech...

As the discrepancies between the different tech people I spoke with were rather wide, it seems that their techs aren't all on the same page. I'm not sure what that might imply.
Forum: Brew Science 07-24-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,153
Posted By bleak
Now that I have the invoice, it seems that the...

Now that I have the invoice, it seems that the probe won't ship until August 21. I suppose that means that it's a recent manufacturing run, and maybe they've ironed out the bugs this time.
Forum: Brew Science 07-24-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,153
Posted By bleak
Yes, I think they call it muriatic acid at the...

Yes, I think they call it muriatic acid at the hardware store. I'll see if I can pick up some Zymit, it might be a good idea to clean the sensor after every brew session, as they indicated that beer...
Forum: Brew Science 07-24-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,153
Posted By bleak
Thank you, I'll do that and report back. I...

Thank you, I'll do that and report back. I probably just didn't speak with the right person there.
Forum: Brew Science 07-23-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,153
Posted By bleak
I purchased a Hach PocketPro+ last January (I've...

I purchased a Hach PocketPro+ last January (I've forgotten when it was delivered, I think it didn't come until March). I've used it on 5 brews so far, and I've only tested it a few times before I...
Forum: American Ale 07-15-2014, 03:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,330
Posted By bleak
I just tried a bottle of this, a week prior to...

I just tried a bottle of this, a week prior to full conditioning, and I'm astonished. I haven't liked the commercial session pale ales and IPA's I've tried, but like you I wanted a lower alcohol...
Forum: Brew Science 01-31-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,702
Posted By bleak
storage solution

I'm going to purchase a Hach Pocket Pro+, but I'm confused about the way to store the electrode. I couldn't find any storage solution on the Hach website, and so I called the company. A tech support...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-29-2014, 08:20 PM
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Posted By bleak
Low F.G.

I just bottled this today. I hit the O.G. a little bit high at 1.069, but the F.G. was only 1.010. It tasted good, but I don't understand why the gravity is so low. I mashed at 149F., pitched two...
Forum: Brew Science 01-27-2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,702
Posted By bleak
$110? Wow. It didn't take long for retailers to...

$110? Wow. It didn't take long for retailers to stick it to Canadians with the very recent currency exchange rate change. For Canada the price is $123 plus $19 shipping.
Forum: General Techniques 11-25-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 766
Posted By bleak
ncbrewer - your podcast link seems to be broken.

ncbrewer - your podcast link seems to be broken.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 10-21-2013, 09:32 PM
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Views: 33,978
Posted By bleak
Now that the Boston Brewery Company is the...

Now that the Boston Brewery Company is the largest U.S. owned brewery, I thank them for the fact that the No. 1 American beer doesn't suck.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-11-2013, 02:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By bleak
I don't know...it's pretty clear that it won't be...

I don't know...it's pretty clear that it won't be very good. It kind of tasted like hoppy water. It seems like it would be a waste of time and bottles to go ahead and bottle it...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-11-2013, 12:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By bleak
First infection...

So, this amber ale started fermentation (WY1056) with an O.G. of 1.057, and was still bubbling after 7 weeks (yeah). The gravity is now 1.004. It doesn't taste disgusting, but it doesn't taste like...
Forum: General Techniques 02-02-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By bleak
Infection Paranoia

I know this is probably just a yeast floatie, or flocculated break material, but since it looks like a cross between Golum and The Edge (from U2), I'm getting a little bit paranoid. It appeared...
Forum: Brew Science 01-30-2013, 04:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 919
Posted By bleak
Thanks, that helps a lot.

Thanks, that helps a lot.
Forum: Brew Science 01-30-2013, 01:24 AM
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Views: 919
Posted By bleak
Phosphoric acid recommendations

This has probably been covered before, but I didn't come up with anything pertinent when I searched. John Palmer's book states that Phosphoric acid is not recommended for lowering mash pH, because it...
Forum: Brew Science 01-23-2013, 07:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By bleak
Great, thanks. So then I'll add the amount of...

Great, thanks. So then I'll add the amount of gypsum and calcium chloride that I would want in the finished volume of beer into the mash and sparge water, and utilize phosphoric acid and sauer malt...
Forum: Brew Science 01-22-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By bleak
Thanks for this. I would prefer to use the water...

Thanks for this. I would prefer to use the water I have, so I'll be adding phosphoric acid to the water and utilizing sauer malt. As for adding salts to the kettle rather than the mash tun, I've been...
Forum: Brew Science 01-22-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By bleak
Do I have this water thing right?

I've been looking through some of the information here, and I think I've got it down, but I would appreciate some confirmation before I do anything destructive. Here is my well water report:
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Forum: General Techniques 01-13-2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,433
Posted By bleak
Some breweries let the wort ferment until it...

Some breweries let the wort ferment until it reaches a specified gravity, then close off the fermentor to allow the yeast to carbonate the beer in the fermenter. When the beer is nearly fully...
Forum: General Techniques 01-10-2013, 04:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 14,649
Posted By bleak
I bought some polyester sheer fabric at the...

I bought some polyester sheer fabric at the fabric store and sewed up a few sausage-shaped hop bags, about an inch wide and about 16 inches long. When dry hopping, I put a few glass marbles into the...
Forum: Stout 12-03-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 129,052
Posted By bleak
That's really interesting. Another website said...

That's really interesting. Another website said that Briess Black Barley was malted. I guess I'll just sub some roasted barley for the black barley.
Forum: Stout 12-03-2012, 03:37 AM
Replies: 545
Views: 129,052
Posted By bleak
Thanks, Yooper, that may be it. Do you know the...

Thanks, Yooper, that may be it. Do you know the degrees Lovibond of Briess Black Barley? I didn't see it on their website.
Forum: Stout 12-02-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 129,052
Posted By bleak
The Breiss description of their "black barley":...

The Breiss description of their "black barley": Black Barley is a deep brown colored malt with a coffee flavor, that is dry and intensely bitter.
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