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  1. Birrofilo

    Bad experience with a Fermentemp

    At the beginning of my homebrewing hobby I bought a Fermentemp. It's a home brew heated tray with a resistence inside rated 50W 24V. Later on I discovered much cheaper and equally effective alternatives, I paid this object €179,00 in December 2017. I am talking about this object:
  2. Birrofilo

    The strange case of the disappeared under-modified malt

    A recent thread draw my attention on the fact that under-modified malt, or malt with the lower value of Kolbach Index is less than 35, is extremely difficult if not impossible to find. In fact, I went around in various sites, including Czech malters, and found no base malt, for which the...
  3. Birrofilo

    Attempts at a DIY aphrometer

    In my brewing practice I always try to use an aphrometer when I bottle. An aphrometer is a tap with a pressure gauge on it, which shows the internal pressure of the beer. This instrument is useful for: - checking that carbonation has actually started; - seeing that carbonation has ended and the...
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    Buying suitable and already diluted phosphoric acid

    While discussing rinsing of sanitization agents in another thread, it was bought to my attention by user @bu_gee that Star San and Saniclean are principally made of phosphoric acid, which is also used in brewing as an acidifying agent. I don't know exactly about Star San, which probably...
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    Making proper candy sugar without risking my pHmeter head

    A fatal attraction leads me toward Belgian Dubbel (and Belgian strong ales in general), and fighting it is like fighting gravity, it just won't work. I will have to make candi sugar at home. I understand the method is, in summary and in principle, easy: First invert sugar: sucrose, water, acid...
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    Paper filter for use with refractometer

    Hallo, I am new here and this is my first post, so I would like first to express my pleasure in being part of this very knowledgeable community. And now let me come to the question: I have a stupid problem which I cannot solve. Any time I take a measure of a beer sample with the refractometer...