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  1. MaxM

    pH of DME

    Does anyone know the pH of rehydrated DME? For example if I dissolved 3lbs of Briess Pilsen DME in 3G of water having a pH of about 8.8, what would the resulting pH be? Here’s a little background for those who care to read: I’m making a Belgian Golden Strong and I’d like the final gravity to...
  2. MaxM

    IPA Question

    I’ll try to remember to post back here after I try a few other ones. Good luck!
  3. MaxM

    Teflon Tape for Gas Connections

    Long overdue update: A few days after the thread died down, I found the flare washer which I gather had fallen out when unhooking. I reinstalled it and have had leak-free dispensing for months. Yay!
  4. MaxM

    IPA Question

    I know exactly what you're talking about. I've made both an IPA and an APA and have experienced this flavor. Both times, however, I've used WLP001 (which I believe is what caused it) and Great Western Pale 2-row. Like CascadesBrewer said, what brand of 2-row did you use? At some point, I'm going...
  5. MaxM

    Teflon Tape for Gas Connections

    After hooking up my gas lines for the first time after moving, I lost what was left in my CO2 tank overnight. The only valves that were open were the main valve on the tank and the valve on the regulator, the latter I suspect as the leak. It looks to me like the connection between the gas line...
  6. MaxM

    Preferred Method of Sparging for BIAB

    From what I hear and have done myself, rinse the suspended grain bag with water at mash-out temp to bring the volume up to boil volume. Actually, I’ve had good efficiency just lifting the grain out and letting it drain and giving it a light squeeze. That being said, you might not even need to do...
  7. MaxM

    Is this normal?!

    I brewed a little 1G BIAB batch yesterday and I used a calculator (https://www.brewersfriend.com/allgrain-ogfg/) to see the estimated pre-boil gravity based on your grain bill. I conducted my mash and took a gravity reading toward the end to confirm that I had sufficient conversion (don’t forget...
  8. MaxM

    Is this normal?!

    That’s good on you for making the adjustment. There’re a lot of things like that which depend pretty heavily on your setup. So if the recipe was formulated on a system with a faster boil-off rate than yours, you’ll get a lower SG from the same process. Once you get really familiar with your...
  9. MaxM

    Is this normal?!

    Well it appears that although I was theoretically correct, trub can artificially impact your reading. Check out this thread: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/do-other-solids-effect-og-reading.52920/ I think the consensus is it’s good to let everything settle down before taking a reading.
  10. MaxM

    Is this normal?!

    Just to be sure, this is your carboy just after you racked it from the kettle? Looks like standard debris to me. What was the recipe? As for measuring the gravity, it doesn’t matter if there is trub in your sample; the hydrometer only measures the dissolved sugar in the wort and the presence of...
  11. MaxM

    Just checking: Do I understand it all correctly?

    You can definitely use something other than sugar to carbonate. The quantities are a little different depending on which one you choose, so it’d be worth checking that. I’m remembering a table in “How to Brew” by John Palmer that had quantities and types of carb sugars for a given carbonation...
  12. MaxM

    Hops and Alpha Acids

    That's a lot of hops... A good alternative (if it's not too late...) would be to bitter with a 60 min addition of a high AA hop (I'd use Magnum here) to get your IBUs in good shape, then add your late additions of Saaz. I'd do: 17g Magnum 60m 15g Saaz 10m 15g Saaz 10m If my calculations are...
  13. MaxM

    Does bitterness mellow with time?

    The short answer to the main question is, "Yes." Hop bitterness does mellow over time, but it's on the time scale of years rather than days, weeks, or even months. Check out some more detail here. 1.076 is still a pretty hefty OG for only one pack of yeast, so I think you're right about...
  14. MaxM

    Does co2 impact the efficiency of soap?

    Any chance you remember where you heard this? I've never noticed anything detrimental about it, but I clean my kegs with a thorough rinsing and maybe a light scrub if required, then I make a PBW solution with hot water and shake it around for a while and let it cool while shaking it...
  15. MaxM

    Just checking: Do I understand it all correctly?

    Two weeks should just about do it for primary fermentation, yeah! Really, a beer is done after you’ve reached your final gravity and you’re happy with how much yeast has settled out (flocculated). For the time in bottles, yeah check one after a week. If it’s carbonated and tastes good, you’re...
  16. MaxM

    Just checking: Do I understand it all correctly?

    At bottling, you can either siphon or use the spigot - the results should be about the same. I’d say that using the spigot is easier though. As long as the trub doesn’t come up past the port, and you’ve given everything a sufficient amount of time to settle down to the bottom, and you don’t move...
  17. MaxM

    Yeast starter for a barleywine

    @IslandLizard I second everything. +1 for being thorough.
  18. MaxM

    Yeast starter for a barleywine

    What's the size and OG of your batch? How much to use depends on how much wort you're fermenting. Also, rather than top cropping, I would chill and decant your starter. That way, you're only pitching a yeast slurry basically. Here's a video on decanting: Video Here is some reading on an...
  19. MaxM

    Beersmith export to Grainfather giving different gravity values

    Without digging too much into it, the only thing that strikes me is the difference between mash efficiency and brewhouse efficiency. What do the different efficiencies mean in each software (sorry, I don't have either one)? The only other thing I can think of (and it's much less likely to be...
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