All-Grain Brewing Step-by-Step
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Posted by Fratastic423 on 1/14 at 8:39 am to LSUBoo
I ended up not brewing this weekend, damn.

Nice write up. Really intrigued by the no chill and batch sparging really. Even though I have been brewing for a while I keep changing up my process. Batch sparged the last batch and it came out fine. Typically I fly sparge though.

I am starting to get pumped about Zapp's.



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Posted by s14suspense on 1/14 at 11:10 am to Fratastic423
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I believe Baton Rouge water is at 8.8, is this correct?


Apparently so.
LINK


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Posted by s14suspense on 1/14 at 12:42 pm to BugAC
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I was reading a section on water, and they advise PH levels of water




They're referring to the PH levels of the mash. Not necessarily the water. Correct?



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Posted by swampdawg on 1/14 at 12:46 pm to s14suspense
BR water is on the alkaline side, but I never bother adjusting my PH and my lighter beers come out fine. I just add some calcium and I am good to go.


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Posted by BugAC on 1/14 at 1:03 pm to swampdawg
Well i think i may buy some of that ph 5.2 stuff.


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Posted by BugAC on 1/14 at 1:03 pm to s14suspense
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They're referring to the PH levels of the mash. Not necessarily the water. Correct?


I believe so. Mash and sparge water.


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Posted by s14suspense on 1/14 at 1:05 pm to BugAC
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Well i think i may buy some of that ph 5.2 stuff.


Thinking I'll do the same soon. Seems like a no brainer for all grain brewing.



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Posted by Zappas Stache on 1/14 at 1:28 pm to s14suspense
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Well i think i may buy some of that ph 5.2 stuff.



Thinking I'll do the same soon. Seems like a no brainer for all grain brewing.


The 5.2 stuff can cause other problems...i.e. salty taste to beer.



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Posted by RedHawk on 1/14 at 1:30 pm to Zappas Stache
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The 5.2 stuff can cause other problems...i.e. salty taste to beer.


I've heard this, but have not noticed it in my beer for BR water. So maybe it depends on the water source of whether or not the 5.2 can add too much salinity to a batch.



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Posted by s14suspense on 1/14 at 1:36 pm to Zappas Stache
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The 5.2 stuff can cause other problems...i.e. salty taste to beer.


Really?

Curious to hear about some other people's water adjustments in BR.



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Posted by LSUBoo on 1/14 at 2:02 pm to s14suspense
I've never had a problem with it, but I'm only two all-grain batches in. (That I've tasted)

And I only used it on the strike water, not the sparge water... might need to correct that. Although I thought the main point was in enzyme conversion during the mash phase.



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Posted by s14suspense on 1/14 at 2:10 pm to LSUBoo
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And I only used it on the strike water, not the sparge water... might need to correct that. Although I thought the main point was in enzyme conversion during the mash phase.



Correct from what I know. Your mash should maintain its PH



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Posted by Zappas Stache on 1/14 at 2:51 pm to LSUBoo
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I've never had a problem with it, but I'm only two all-grain batches in.


I'm no expert, but I did research ph 5.2 a while back. It seemed the consensus among people that actually tested their Mash ph was 5.2 did not do anything. Most people claimed adding Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) to raise the alkalinity (ph) or Lactic Acid to lower it was a much better solution. I too need to learn more about water chemistry but I usually just ask the guys at the LHBS what I should add for whatever style of beer I am brewing. I usally don't have to do anything. But I do add gypsum to all my IPAs which really brightens the hops.

ETA: The other thing you can do is boil your mash water before starting your mash. This will lower the alkalinity some......but BR water may be too low anyway...not sure.


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Posted by BottomlandBrew on 1/14 at 3:07 pm to Zappas Stache
I tried two batches with the general ph stabilizer stuff. Both times I tested the ph with those strips and it was still high - like 5.8-6.0, if I'm remembering correctly, though those color strips are never the same color as the legend on the container.


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Posted by LSUBoo on 1/14 at 3:11 pm to BottomlandBrew
Yeah, I don't actually do any PH testing, just use the 5.2 stabilizer. Maybe one day I'll have testing equipment too. That's pretty low on the list though, as I don't see it as extremely important.


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Posted by rds dc on 1/14 at 5:18 pm to BottomlandBrew
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Yes, room temperature. The morning before I ferment itI will throw itin my fermentation cabinet and get it to pitching temps.

I use this container.


How hard are those to sanitize?



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Posted by BottomlandBrew on 1/14 at 5:57 pm to rds dc
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How hard are those to sanitize?


Easy. In my research I read where people just pour the hot wort in there and let it do the sanitizing as it's still 190+ degrees. Just to be sure I give it a quick starsan rinse before dumping the wort in there. Once the wort is in there I squeeze all the air out, close it up, and turn it on it's side to make sure the hot liquid come in contact with the top for a few minutes and heat sanitizes it.



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Posted by rds dc on 1/14 at 8:03 pm to BottomlandBrew
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Easy. In my research I read where people just pour the hot wort in there and let it do the sanitizing as it's still 190+ degrees. Just to be sure I give it a quick starsan rinse before dumping the wort in there. Once the wort is in there I squeeze all the air out, close it up, and turn it on it's side to make sure the hot liquid come in contact with the top for a few minutes and heat sanitizes it.


Ok, I'll give that a try. Combing this with BIAB is really going to streamline all-grain brewing for me.



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