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by Eric
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Weird Beersmith 3 water behaviour
Replies: 13
Views: 289

Re: Weird Beersmith 3 water behaviour

If you can do the sums, why do you complicate matters using other peoples software to learn their bad habits? Eric, Would you mind pointing us to a relatively simple water treatment thread on the forum for those of us who might prefer to do our own calculations, with the basic but essential knowled...
by Eric
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Weird Beersmith 3 water behaviour
Replies: 13
Views: 289

Re: Weird Beersmith 3 water behaviour

There are several varieties of calcium chloride but I assume mine is is equivalent to calcium chloride dihydrate. 5g of calcium chloride dihydrate will consist of 1.363g of calcium and 2.412g of chloride, the rest being water. So if my maths are correct 5g in 33.38 litres of water will provide rough...
by Eric
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: AMS - 6 month 'use by date'
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: AMS - 6 month 'use by date'

Those dates are usually a requirement by the Food Standards Agency and the probable reason for a date to be included might be because CRS/AMS is certified as food safe, although without any of the dangers to which most food items are vunerable.
by Eric
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: Strange pH readings in mash
Replies: 16
Views: 472

Re: Strange pH readings in mash

Hence often on a lot of brewing software, an all pale recipe will need to be of a negative alkalinity to drop the pH low enough to compensate for a rise in pH. To some degree that is true. However, most brewing software originated in America where domestic water supplies can be unpleasant to drink ...
by Eric
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: Demise of Hop and Grape
Replies: 24
Views: 1502

Re: Demise of Hop and Grape

simple one wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:19 pm
Brewlabs is up that way isn't it? Or have they stopped doing the home brew thing?
Both excellent in their individual fields, but with little to no overlap.
by Eric
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Jim's Northeast Brewer's Night.
Replies: 505
Views: 28543

Re: Jim's Northeast Brewer's Night.

Wekslap wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:07 pm
Sunderland?
Not what could be called a usual meeting, but one or two will be in Fitzgerald's on Monday 23rd July if any might care to call.
by Eric
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: Am I killing my enzymes?
Replies: 9
Views: 341

Re: Am I killing my enzymes?

After about 200 brews using a simple insulated mash tun, I've switch to HERMS for the last half a dozen brews. The main change I can see is a massive loss of efficiency, requiring about 30% more malt. My heat exchanger is a cheap 1.7 litre kettle with a copper coil for the beer to circulate through...
by Eric
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: AMS - 6 month 'use by date'
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: AMS - 6 month 'use by date'

AMS will last years provided it is sealed and kept in a cool safe place, it's a mix of sulphuric and hydrochloric acids.
by Eric
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: Strange pH readings in mash
Replies: 16
Views: 472

Re: Strange pH readings in mash

With reference to the condom simile. Are we saying all damage is done in the first ten minutes with an incorrect pH. Focusing mainly on tannin extraction and precipitating proteins? Can it not be regained? It's difficult to imagine any lipids or tannins released during a period of excess pH would r...
by Eric
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: Strange pH readings in mash
Replies: 16
Views: 472

Re: Strange pH readings in mash

I wait with pH meter and acid ready for the 10 min point. I find pH if not taken seriously leads to hazes. Don't care about eff, just add more malt. Adding acid 10 minutes into the mash is a bit like fitting a condom prior to conception but post ejaculation. The avoidable can still happen. Yes, haz...
by Eric
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: Strange pH readings in mash
Replies: 16
Views: 472

Re: Strange pH readings in mash

Yes, pH is not quite the ideal measure for brewing water. That said, it's the way it is done in the US and they seem to make it work except it's not easy to follow and requires quite sophisticated software to do what otherwise would be relatively simple. Further to this, after comparing pH of natura...
by Eric
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: CRS
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: CRS

If it is a stainless sink, there is some possibility that the etching looks worse because it is also cleaner than the surrounding metal. If so, then the contrast could be reduced by cleaning it all thoroughly, with something like barkeeper's friend. (Were it thick stainless then you could probably ...
by Eric
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: Demise of Hop and Grape
Replies: 24
Views: 1502

Re: Demise of Hop and Grape

It's really sad news, I rem,ember buying my first mash tun and 60L boiler from John at HnG :( I have said it some time ago, Use them or loose them, and I guess that there are enough retailers on line selling 'cheap' that the quality physical retailers can't compete. ... I know I'm guilty of buying ...
by Eric
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: whitbread yeast from the sixties
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: whitbread yeast from the sixties

Brewlab is my first port of call. If there is a specific yeast you have in mind it is worth contacting them as they could possible have that strain.

I've still have some unopened Boots yeast if you need some. It was amongst the best available in early days.
by Eric
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Kit Brewing Questions and Answers
Topic: lorimers best scotch recipe
Replies: 25
Views: 1531

Re: lorimers best scotch recipe

In some of the older home brewing books by Dave Shales and Dave Line Gravy Browning is mentioned as a medium to get the caramel colour. Yes, but I've not used gravy browning as I still have caramel in stock. Can you still get caramel from homebrew shops? Some time ago I understand commercial brewer...