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by Aleman
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Sudden problems predicting mash pH
Replies: 34
Views: 2975

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 ...
by Aleman
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Sudden problems predicting mash pH
Replies: 34
Views: 2975

Re: Sudden problems predicting mash pH

pH Meter failure, or more probably your water has changed composition. The most critical piece of information is alkalinity, and that needs to be measured and used in place of any guestimate of alkalinity based on 'Hardness' or calcium Levels.
by Aleman
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight
Replies: 55
Views: 3809

Re: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight

If you are using an accurate hydrometer your sample size is somewhere between 300 and 500ml (possibly greater with the really good ones), It's a significant proportion of a 20L brew ... and getting 3 readings the same over three days or so ... They are just tools at the end of the day, and frankly, ...
by Aleman
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight
Replies: 55
Views: 3809

Re: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight

That is in effect what I have done ever since getting a cheap optical refractometer. The WCF isn't massively different, but there are times when yes it will make quite a difference ... like my Imperial stouts which resemble Disaster Areas spaceship ... and start at about 1.105. using the 'standard W...
by Aleman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight
Replies: 55
Views: 3809

Re: Hydrometer for people with bad eyesight

Mine does ... But then I have the Milwaukee Digital one :D
by Aleman
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Home Brew Clubs
Topic: Craftbrewing Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 2657

Re: Craftbrewing Forum

It'll be back when DNS propagates .... Taking it up with our hosting provider as we get one Domain name for free with the hosting plan, and it should renew with the hosting plan!!
by Aleman
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Frequency of pH meter calibration
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Frequency of pH meter calibration

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Every single time you take a reading!

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In all reality every brew day, it's not a big deal, must admit that my Oakton doesn't move all that much between calibrations, and I am only brewing a couple of times a year.
by Aleman
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: What do you think this is, floating on boiled water?
Replies: 10
Views: 1523

Re: What do you think this is, floating on boiled water?

I've found that it is pretty much impossible to reduce alkalinity effectively by boiling, especially for a pale beer, and as Orlando says it's not controllable. Even when you add an excess of calcium and then boil I've never been able to get the alkalinity to drop below 80-85mg/l (from 320mg/l!) so ...
by Aleman
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Home Brew Clubs
Topic: Craftbrewing Forum
Replies: 21
Views: 2657

Re: Craftbrewing Forum

Sorry guys, someone forgot to pay the hosting bill :oops:

Better make sure the domain get's paid for as well :oops:
by Aleman
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Water analysis by Wallybrew/Pheonix analytical
Replies: 63
Views: 5182

Re: Water analysis by Wallybrew/Pheonix analytical

Need to get mine sorted before they change back to reservoir water rather than the Borehole water we've had for the summer :(
by Aleman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Graham Wheeler - Yeast
Replies: 17
Views: 2113

Re: Graham Wheeler - Yeast

Graham would have had NO confidence in CAMRAs ability to edit any of his work. He used to be extensively scathing about the amendments the editors at CAMRA made to his books.
by Aleman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Strange pH readings in mash
Replies: 16
Views: 1557

Re: Strange pH readings in mash

ATC is not supposed to compensate for extremes. If you calibrate at 20C then I wouldn't rely on ATC to give a decent reading beyond 25C
by Aleman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water treatment inPorter brewing
Replies: 13
Views: 2486

Re: Water treatment inPorter brewing

I think your issue is a lack of calcium rather than reducing your alkalinity, any further than what you have. With an alkalinity of 24 (calcium around 16), I find that I have to add 75mg/L of calcium to get a pH round 5.4-5.5 with a 100% pils malt grist. If I don't do this then my pH can end up arou...
by Aleman
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Demise of Hop and Grape
Replies: 59
Views: 6564

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 m...
by Aleman
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Should chilling begin at 'final gravity'?
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: Should chilling begin at 'final gravity'?

Most commercials will do a FFT and if casking will 'stop' fermentation when the gravity is 2 points above that determined by the FFT. personally I allow it to ferment to 'stability' then RAISE the temp (for ales) a few degrees to ensure complete fermentation and the yeast clears up after itself, the...