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by Aleman
Fri May 24, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Videne antiseptic tincture
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Videne antiseptic tincture

As the alcohol is meths (methanol) you do not want to be using it, although the dilution rate is so low, and you use it drip dry, some might consider that you could 'get away with it'!! The risk to health is not worth it IMO
by Aleman
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Brewing liquor question
Replies: 38
Views: 1437

Re: Brewing liquor question

I usually brew with water that has very little in it, and never have to increase alkalinity AND add acid! I follow three rules 1) Adjust alkalinity IF Required either by adding acids (I use hydrochloric and sulphuric), or some form of easily dissolved hydrogen carbonate salt (Usually potassium, but ...
by Aleman
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: A wet version of windsor
Replies: 18
Views: 1669

Re: A wet version of windsor

Not sure if the calculator means uk or us liters,I am thinking us as per the spelling. Sorry to be picky but a Litre is a Liter is a Litre! It is defined by international standards as (IIRC) "the volume occupied by 1000g of water (IIRC) at standard temperature and pressure". Can't help thinking tha...
by Aleman
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hot side aeration
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Re: Hot side aeration

I brew in a 100% nitrogen atmosphere :P
by Aleman
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash pH confusion
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: Mash pH confusion

I actually don't think 5.6 is out of an acceptable range ... I normally accept anything within 5.2 to 5.8, which is where pH tends to fall anyway even if you do nothing :D One of the issues here is different 'author'ites quoting different acceptable ranges, and they are getting narrower and lower as...
by Aleman
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash pH confusion
Replies: 8
Views: 965

Re: Mash pH confusion

Calcium levels ??
by Aleman
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Liquor treatment with a big deadspace
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: Liquor treatment with a big deadspace

Account for all the liquor in the water treatment, You may find that you need to drop the alkalinity further than you would normally to get the mash pH to fall in the right zone. When I was mashing in my 3V kit at 2.5L/Kg I would drop the alkalinity to 25-30mg/L since switching to the Braumeister I ...
by Aleman
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Salifert KH / Alkalinity test kit
Replies: 13
Views: 976

Re: Salifert KH / Alkalinity test kit

Suggests your alkalinity is exceptionally high ... Where are you based? I know that around Reading alkalinities of 325-375mg/L are not impossible!!
by Aleman
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water additions in braumeister...
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Water additions in braumeister...

Thanks for the info, went with the sparging method this morning. I have done full volume mashing previously but wasn't sure about salts in the boil. All the salts in all the liquor as I'm filling the BM ... Job done. Actually that's not strictly true, Partially fill the BM and add 2/3 of any requir...
by Aleman
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Sudden problems predicting mash pH
Replies: 34
Views: 2464

Re: Sudden problems predicting mash pH

It's in the acceptable range, at the beginning and end, why worry??
by Aleman
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Sudden problems predicting mash pH
Replies: 34
Views: 2464

Re: Sudden problems predicting mash pH

What Martin is saying is correct, ... What??? When I saw this thread with you and Eric in it, and then Martin ambles along I thought it was time to climb into the bomb shelter :wall . But you are agreeing with him :shock: ? No Martin is completely correct the pH does change in the mash with time .....
by Aleman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Can alkalinity be too low?
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Can alkalinity be too low?

Always add the acid in two lots .... 2/3 of the recomended amount, stir wait 5 minutes, test with Salifert ... Adjust final amount of acid to take into account the salifert reading. Wallybrews test was a point in time, your water changes daily ... sometimes it's significant. Always test alkalinity b...
by Aleman
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Sudden problems predicting mash pH
Replies: 34
Views: 2464

Re: Sudden problems predicting mash pH

Thats why I like authors who asay stuff like a sample of the mash taken after 10-15 minutes should be between pH 5.2 and 5.7 ... No Bullshit, and using a series of test mashes and water treatments you can determine what treatments do that for grist you've chosen.
by Aleman
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Sudden problems predicting mash pH
Replies: 34
Views: 2464

Re: Sudden problems predicting mash pH

What Martin is saying is correct, which means that when you report the pH, or attempt to predict it you must specify the time into the mash that the reading was/should be taken ... Otherwise no one else will know if your, or their, result is meaningful or an anomaly. This was drummed into me during ...
by Aleman
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Sudden problems predicting mash pH
Replies: 34
Views: 2464

Re: Sudden problems predicting mash pH

10 to 15 minutes into the mash! ... TBH as long as you are consistent when you take it, then it shouldn't matter too much, as long as you quote the time when you have taken the sample because the pH will vary depending on time ;) The salifert kit is actually quite accurate even in water with little ...