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by Eric
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: A question about Calcium
Replies: 8
Views: 747

Re: A question about Calcium

My tap water has 100ppm Calcium. Analysis by Wallybrew. Enough to control the mash pH and allow the enzymes to do their stuff. This means I don't add any salts to the HLT or the grain. The salts I add all go onto the grain, in two lots, at the end of the mash and are washed through by the sparge. M...
by Eric
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Shortage of malt?
Replies: 25
Views: 2632

Re: Shortage of malt?

I usually buy my pale malt in uncrushed 25kg sacks. I have tried all my usual suppliers and they are all out of stock though I can get 5kg bags. Anyone else come across this or am I just unfortunate? Surely not panic buying! Try this at £21.77 for 25 kilos https://www.braumarkt.com/en/swaen-dutch-p...
by Eric
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Shortage of malt?
Replies: 25
Views: 2632

Re: Shortage of malt?

I usually buy my pale malt in uncrushed 25kg sacks. I have tried all my usual suppliers and they are all out of stock though I can get 5kg bags. Anyone else come across this or am I just unfortunate? Surely not panic buying! Try this at £21.77 for 25 kilos https://www.braumarkt.com/en/swaen-dutch-p...
by Eric
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water treatment help.
Replies: 4
Views: 732

Re: Water treatment help.

Thanks. Is there a rough guide for different styles of beer as to the ammount of CaC03 for say a Belgian Blonde? I'm sure there are lots of mineral profiles for particular styles, but which are of merit is another question. Different breweries use their own water profile, historically restricted to...
by Eric
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Unmalted Barley
Replies: 6
Views: 903

Re: Unmalted Barley

Roasting barley for about 40 mins at typically 230C should produce a usable product. It won't be exactly like the commercial version and the beer produced will taste different. More frequently I will use torrified barley, up to 10% of the grist. For this the barley is first washed and drained, then ...
by Eric
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water parameter help
Replies: 12
Views: 1005

Re: Water parameter help

How would a good way to reduce the calcium content, hardness? I seem to alter one parameter and it thrown another one out 🥴 Yes, you can't just remove calcium from water without also removing something else. Calcium is never in water in isolation, it goes into solution a compound, like gypsum. In t...
by Eric
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water parameter help
Replies: 12
Views: 1005

Re: Water parameter help

Does something like this look right, or at least on the right track. 24 litre water Pale ale 26.4ml crs 0.96g gypsum 1.35g calcium chloride 3.07g Epsom salt 1.45g sodium chloride. Looks like a Sweet Pale Ale profile from Graham's calculator. Worth a try. The calcium content would appear to be about...
by Eric
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water parameter help
Replies: 12
Views: 1005

Re: Water parameter help

Like mine, your water is pretty typical for SE England. It’s hard, but fairly low in everything else that you might want to change for brewing. A brita filter might remove chlorine/chloramine and make it more pleasant to drink, but it won’t reduce the level of hardness in your water that causes sca...
by Eric
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: lager
Replies: 19
Views: 1530

Re: lager

Let's be fair, the overwhelming majority of lagers drank today are, at best, moderate. Most are worse, but that does not mean that good lagers don't exist or cannot be made, just that good lagers takes a greater amount of effort than most are able or willing to make and I'll bet IPA will not disagre...
by Eric
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Trying the English water treatment approach
Replies: 21
Views: 2396

Re: Trying the English water treatment approach

Just wanted to leave some feedback: so the last 5 beers I brewed, were brewed using a different approach, and I did like the results very much. So this year I will be continuing with the same. One of the 6 beers I will soon brew will be a sort of a hoppy saison: 90% Bestmalz Pilsner + 10% Bestmalz ...
by Eric
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Ro or tap
Replies: 200
Views: 11161

Re: Ro or tap

… Brews with 400ppm sulphate take a while to reach their best. Those with 300ppm suphate are not generally a first preference of mine, probably because it can mean the chloride level will be too low. In my book beers need an absolute minimum of 100ppm chloride and preferably a lot more. Martin's "p...
by Eric
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Stout Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 2158

Re: First Stout Advice

Unfortunately I didnt have a ph probe then so I am unsure on the ph. I am probably draining the sparge too quickly, maybe only leaving it for 10mins? That would be it. Slow this down, taking more like 45 minutes to an hour would improve extraction, regaining the 9 points you lost from your target p...
by Eric
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Brew in a Bag
Topic: Ro or tap
Replies: 200
Views: 11161

Re: Ro or tap

I think you now have a very heavy workload to complete. 'Mash Made Easy' version 8.45 has just been published to my website. The spreadsheet is free and complete. There is no pay version. Available in both US and Metric versions. Change made: Reduces the downward pH shift impact of calcium and magn...
by Eric
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Stout Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 2158

Re: First Stout Advice

I had some problems with the brew, for some reason my pre boil gravity was very low, I dont have my notes with me but think it was around 1032 instead of 1041), I am guessing I had a problem with the ph. To get around it I sparged more than I was planning, I didnt have a ph probe so I just kept an ...
by Eric
Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: First Stout Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 2158

Re: First Stout Advice

Sorry for the late reply. Thank you, that's interesting to know. What can you tell me about your local geology. Your water profile is reasonably balanced which confirms it is possible and therefore probably correct, but it's certainly outside my experience. I am in Bohuslän area of Sweden (west coa...