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  1. TVarmy

    The Vorlauf, how to

    Well, I didn't know that it was supposed to be that clear... I just did my vorlauf until it was clear of grain bits durring my first all grain (2 quarts). I had the ball-valve open just a hair, so that it would go slowly (the LHBS guy told me anything faster would risk a stock mash). I got a...
  2. TVarmy

    Central Jersey Hard Water, Good for Mashing?

    Thanks Bobby, that does include my water system. That looks generally pretty good AFAICT. I just need to get a filter big enough to manage enough for a brew day. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a cheap tap filter.
  3. TVarmy

    Central Jersey Hard Water, Good for Mashing?

    Would a Brita filter do a good job on the water? Should I also consider adding the 5.2 buffer?
  4. TVarmy

    Central Jersey Hard Water, Good for Mashing?

    Well, I decided I'd just look at my water main and see if it listed the utility. Turns out it's Elizabethtown Water Company, which is part of American Water. As for why I didn't check my bill: I'm an irresponsible college student who has my mom deal with that. I found the report here and a...
  5. TVarmy

    Central Jersey Hard Water, Good for Mashing?

    I'm from central NJ and I get my water from a utility (whose name escapes me) in Elizabeth. It's fairly hard water (it will leave marks if you don't wipe it up). As it has a bit of chlorine taste to it, I would run it through a filter and/or use a campden tablet. I don't have a water report...
  6. TVarmy

    Mash tun size

    You should be fine. Just preheat it with hot water first. I used hot water from the tap for preheating in my mash.
  7. TVarmy

    I just want to make sure I have the process down

    For the record, my mash tun is a 10 gallon Igloo with brass fittings, which seems to be a pretty popular design here.
  8. TVarmy

    I just want to make sure I have the process down

    One question I have come up with: If I accidentally start it off too hot, will that do any damage to the enzymes? Say I want 152 degrees, and I accidentally hit 159, can I just stir it until it hits 152?
  9. TVarmy

    Rubber Washer in Mash Tun

    Well, I found some rubber washers for hoses that fit. I don't know how they'll stand up to hot water, but at least I know they're meant for potable water. I think they were meant for laundry machine hoses, so I think they should be good for hot water. I'm doing my first all-grain tomorrow if...
  10. TVarmy

    Rubber Washer in Mash Tun

    So is the consensus I should swap it out? That's a pain, since it was the first thing to get the thing watertight. :( But I guess it beats it springing a leak mid-mash or tasting of rubber.
  11. TVarmy

    Rubber Washer in Mash Tun

    Hi, I built a mashtun more or less the same as the one featured in FlyGuy's guide. I wasn't able to get it watertight until I used a rubber fender washer behind a metal one. Will that be okay, in terms of both flavor and chemical leaching, for the beer? I haven't tested it with hot water yet...
  12. TVarmy

    I just want to make sure I have the process down

    So, I think I have the basics down after watching a few Youtube videos and browsing around these forums. Most of the details are about upping efficiency without creating tannic flavors, right? So what I most likely have to worry about is a low efficiency batch that I will need to compensate...
  13. TVarmy

    I just want to make sure I have the process down

    I'm using a stainless steel hose's mesh. I'm guessing that's meant for batch sparges?
  14. TVarmy

    I just want to make sure I have the process down

    I'm building my first mash tun, and I'm planning on doing my first AG beer in a week or two. I would like to know if I have the process right. After watching several videos and reading a few tutorials, this is what I think I've gleaned so far: Heat the volume of water to be fermented...
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