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by Eric
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: Starsan Discontinued ?
Replies: 32
Views: 2397

Re: Starsan Discontinued ?

Indeed, I've not heard of any actual problem ingredients discovered in starsan (or clones), just less than EU-compliant words/paperwork. Starsan was registered as a sanitiser before testing regulations became more stringent; whether it would pass now I've no idea, though there are (apparently valid...
by Eric
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Off Taste Problem
Replies: 17
Views: 978

Re: Off Taste Problem

Pale beers made with highly alkaline water will not usually be as good as they could or should, but will not make a beer that tastes "off". However, it will make it more difficult to diagnose other faults in the beer. As a priority you should measure the amount of alkalinity present and reduce it to...
by Eric
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.
Replies: 21
Views: 1608

Re: Phenolic taste at the end of a keg.

Exactly. It's an excellent last step sanitiser, where most of what it's going to combat in significant population is lactobacillus from grain dust in the air of the brewery. Anything that is going to ruin your beer (mold/wild yeast) will have needed much longer than a brew day to grow a significant...
by Eric
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Maxi 210 Re-circulation Pump
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Maxi 210 Re-circulation Pump

https://reader016.staticloud.net/reader016/html5/20181125/55cf9cae550346d033aaabc3/bgb.png There's some info here which you might already have seen, but whatever, doesn't exactly deal with your issue. I had a similar problem, can't exactly remember all details, but like yours the pump didn't operat...
by Eric
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: Maxi 210 Re-circulation Pump
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Maxi 210 Re-circulation Pump

Yes, you've got it. Examine to see if the agitator/pump are not turning as they should due to being contact with the body/surround.

Welcome to Jim's.
by Eric
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: RO water filter
Replies: 25
Views: 1256

Re: RO water filter

Hi Kev, I too have long wondered why some American homebrewers insist all beers should brewed using low mineral liquor. Certainly large International Breweries use RO water to enable consistent brewing across the world. That's not a priority for me and probably many others, but it makes sense for, s...
by Eric
Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash ph - AMS/CRS addition advice
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Mash ph - AMS/CRS addition advice

Still with Guy on this and doubt that the problem you have is due to a mash pH of 4.2. That said we can't discount what you measured until it can be confirmed to be incorrect and if the alkalinity is as you measured, 166ppm but you are treating it as if it was 220, you would get a low mash pH. Water...
by Eric
Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Mash ph - AMS/CRS addition advice
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Mash ph - AMS/CRS addition advice

What Guy said. I can't say how much extra acid would be needed to get a mash pH of 4.2, but without a lot of dark malts it wouldn't be a minor amount. How does Murphy's analysis compare with the mean values provided by your water supply company? What value of pH do your strips give for your finished...
by Eric
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Do pH probes 'go off'?
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Do pH probes 'go off'?

Well worth a tenner even if it’s there as a spare That seems to be so. It would be interesting to compare the linearity between and outside the calibration points for both machines. Mine tends to be used in flourishes. Often I won't bother when time is short or for a basic brew, but it gets a bashi...
by Eric
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Do pH probes 'go off'?
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Do pH probes 'go off'?

I had a similar situation with my rather expensive Milwaukee ph meter ( a good £60-£80 I think) worked fine for a couple years, always cleaned and stored the probe in storage solution. It wouldn’t calibrate at all and a new probe was more than a new one! So I bought one of these https://uploads.tap...
by Eric
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Do pH probes 'go off'?
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: Do pH probes 'go off'?

They don't last for ever. My first probe didn't last long, but wasn't giving erratic readings, instead it just continued to drift. For readings to be practical and meaningful they should be taken with the sample and probe at very similar temperatures, close to 20C and constant. For our purpose perfe...
by Eric
Mon May 27, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Top crop or bottom harvest?
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: Top crop or bottom harvest?

Depends upon the yeast. If it's real top fermenting, then top-crop will keep it working at its best. While WLP002 provides a good looking head, it's too light to merit constant top cropping and slurry would be a better choice. I wouldn't know about FM11, but most Northern yeasts were either Burton o...
by Eric
Sat May 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Replacement elements
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Replacement elements

Ah, Thanks Kev for pointing that out. Mine are the other type.
by Eric
Fri May 17, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Replacement elements
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: Replacement elements

My kettle element died during a brew last week, managed to finish off in the HLT. HLT element is looking pretty gnarly too. I've got 6 or 7 years out of them. They were Tribune S6212 elements (DIN25?) - I'm not sure they were actually stainless. I used a 32.5mm QMax, and a 1.25" backnut. So ideally...
by Eric
Sat May 11, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Dispensing
Topic: New Hand Pump setup
Replies: 30
Views: 1893

Re: New Hand Pump setup

MickJ wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 6:07 am

Will keep on finding out about the pump and where I can get a porcelain handle .....

Michael
You might look here for a handle. I'm not sure if length is standard, but have found them helpful on the telephone in the past.