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by Aleman
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water Analyses and Treatment
Replies: 12
Views: 2936

Re: Water Analyses and Treatment

Which is what RO users do, except instead of reducing alkalinity chemically and adjust salts, they strip and build from the ground up. It's quite a simple concept. Different approach to the same end result. The question is whether you prefer all the extra water components in your beer, that have no...
by Aleman
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Water Analyses and Treatment
Replies: 12
Views: 2936

Re: Water Analyses and Treatment

KISS - Love it been advocating it since 2003 Measure the alkalinity of the brewing water using a salifert kit. Adjust with either hydrochloric or sulphuric acids (NOT Phosphoric!) or a mix to a desired range for the beer you are brewing (Pale ales ~20, stouts up to 120) Add up to 100mg/l calcium eit...
by Aleman
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Cleaning, Sanitation and Sterilisation
Topic: How do you sterilise/clean?
Replies: 24
Views: 7436

Re: How do you sterilise/clean?

For cleaning I use PBW. After a year of using Oxi in various forms I found I was regularly getting a film or other crud on equipment if left to soak in it. I switched to PBW, which doesn't have the same issue but is expensive. Having said that it's very effective at low doses so you can be very fru...
by Aleman
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: HELP! ive got 31 cucumbers to take wine with tomorrow!
Replies: 66
Views: 8478

Re: HELP! ive got 31 cucumbers to take wine with tomorrow!

There is a well known phrase, that gets used at chez aleman on occasion Intelligence is knowing tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. This can be reworded. Intelligence is knowing cucumber is a 'fruit', (technically not, it's an expanded pericarp :D ) Wisdom is not trying to ...
by Aleman
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hydrometer vs Refractometer for OG
Replies: 21
Views: 1414

Re: Hydrometer vs Refractometer for OG

Actually HMCE do allow ABV Calculations based on refractometers. (the phrase is "a calibrated measuring device" ) If they are that bad, why do people who use both the refractometer, AND HIGHLY ACCURATE HMCE NARROW RANGE HYDROMETERS, actually report accurate calibration between the wort brix value an...
by Aleman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hydrometer vs Refractometer for OG
Replies: 21
Views: 1414

Re: Hydrometer vs Refractometer for OG

I have to say I don't worry particularly about readings until I get close to FG. For that I use a final gravity hydrometer in 1 degree graduations, similar to the one Aleman mentions. I think mine is 0.5 degree graduations. :D Yes, the fudge factor does depend a lot on the wort composition, but tha...
by Aleman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Malts and Grits
Topic: Best pressure cooker
Replies: 4
Views: 1218

Re: Best pressure cooker

All American 930 Pressure Canner
by Aleman
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Hydrometer vs Refractometer for OG
Replies: 21
Views: 1414

Re: Hydrometer vs Refractometer for OG

With a decent correction formula the refractometer. ;) Look Up Sean Terrils work ;)

I still use both, but I do have a nice 0.990 - 1.020 hydrometer for finishing gravity readings
by Aleman
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Hanna Beer Refractometer
Replies: 7
Views: 1037

Re: Hanna Beer Refractometer

I have the milwaukee version it's brilliant! . . .I have compared it to an actual Hanna one, and apart from the colour it's pretty identicaL. . . even down to the Made in Romania embossing on the case :o ... I got mine from the States on eBay and it was considerably cheaper than the Hanna
by Aleman
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Sorry, still need some clarification with Stan San
Replies: 31
Views: 3360

Re: Sorry, still need some clarification with Stan San

I buy deionised Iron water from Morrisons . . . but that's because I can hide it on the grocery bill :D.

Be careful with 'water' from ECP . . . Battery top up water may contain sulphuric acid ;)
by Aleman
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Sorry, still need some clarification with Stan San
Replies: 31
Views: 3360

Re: Sorry, still need some clarification with Stan San

One thing I will say, is that I treat it as one use, I.e. pour/ spray, shake, drain out . . . NEVER collect and reuse, that should be a golden rule for any sanitiser . . . Never, Ever, Reuse.
by Aleman
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Sorry, still need some clarification with Stan San
Replies: 31
Views: 3360

Re: Sorry, still need some clarification with Stan San

This is what I've gleaned from the various posts and webcasts that Charlie Talley of 5 Star has done

If it's cloudy and below pH3 then it's fine to use, BUT DO NOT make up extra and store it.

If it's clear, and below pH 3.0, make up a lot of working solution, store it, use as required
by Aleman
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Brewing Liquor
Topic: Liquor for decoction mashing
Replies: 5
Views: 1822

Re: Liquor for decoction mashing

MARMITE wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:20 am
I'm now turning my attention to lager where very soft water seems to be required.
That's a fallacy!
MARMITE wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:20 am
The problem is the calcium where even if you start with RO water, you can't add calcium without adding an anion which presumably has to be chloride.
That too, is not correct!
by Aleman
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Braumeister, Grainfather and other One-Pot Brewing Systems
Topic: BM owners (and GF / aio owners) would you go back?
Replies: 42
Views: 4865

Re: BM owners (and GF / aio owners) would you go back?

I have a 150L 3V Setup and a 20L Braumeister . . . No not interested in going back to the 20L 3V setup.

The BM takes some 'adjusting' of techniques and methods but once done it's great bit of kit . . The same applies to the GF BTW
by Aleman
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: What size propane?
Replies: 17
Views: 1005

Re: What size propane?

My Adjustable reg doesn't have a dial on it, but I rarely have need to turn it up from the lowest point. It is possible to blow the flame out if it is too high, but at 150mBar I've not had it happen yet. . . a 0.5 to 4Bar reg may very well do so easily. As I said, if you are going above around 8KW t...