Originally Posted by psehorne
Ah, yes.... thanks for reminding me.
I am sitting here now creating a to-do list (in BeerSmith 'notes') for brew day, so that I don't forget any important steps -- like remembering to add the Gypsum, adjust mash pH, etc.
I'll add 'Take pics' to my reminders.
Here is my list so far. Items with an asterisk are items that must not be forgotten during the heat of the battle (hopefully a stress-free brew day)
Adjust water to ~50ppm hardness with Gypsum (calcium carbonate)
Adjust water pH to 5.8 with acid
Adjust water to < 50ppm alkalinity (optional)
Take pics throughout the day
-- Before starting
Record ambient temperature
Record barometric pressure (adjust boil temperature, if necessary)
Record water starting temperature
*Adjust mash pH
Record time to increment water temperature between each step
Iodine test for starch
Record pre-boil hardness, alkalinity, specific gravity, and pH
- During Boil
*Add Gypsum to the boil to bring hardness up to 100ppm
*Add Irish Moss at wort boil 5 minute point
-- Post Boil
*Record the post-boil specific gravity (hydrometer and refractometer) before pitching yeast