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    Texas shooting 19 dead.

    I didn't vote for Trump in either election and think he is a blowhard. But let's inject some facts here. https://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Portland-Oregon.html I believe MrRook said he lived there 20 yrs and his wife grew up there. I would think he should know what's going on there. I would...
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    Texas shooting 19 dead.

    That's a shame it's such a beautiful city. I have no tolerance for those who try to advance their causes with intimidation or violence on either the left or right.
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    Texas shooting 19 dead.

    Yes I've been to Portland years ago and it is a lovely place. My cousin lives in eastern Oregon. The northwest is beautiful, I was stationed at Fort Lewis near Seattle and enjoyed it there also. We are all just so tired of all the politics and BS. It seems like some people don't know how to...
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    Texas shooting 19 dead.

    My cousin in Oregon knows what they are. She is afraid to go to Portland because of them. We are Independents and like neither extremes of the far right or left. Antifa are no heroes. They attacked the Police station and Federal courthouse trying to set them on fire with people inside. They also...
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    Brewer's Invert Sugar (Part II)

    Thanks for the reply and I'm looking forward to your results. I have a question about a base added after inversion is complete. I have not done this and was curious what is the reason for it. I have made a few inverts but have not tried to make them darker with heat. I have instead tried...
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    Brewer's Invert Sugar (Part II)

    I have been following this thread with interest and enjoying the back and forth of the different comments. While I am no authority on British beers I love Bitters and being of English ancestry, mostly anyway, would love to do them justice in my attempts. I'm sure you might be aware of this write...
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    Texas shooting 19 dead.

    Comedy is great for the soul. By the way my gun safe holds my handguns and deer and ranch rifles. Different tools for different threats and hunting ,has a keyboard type combo that is fast to access. By the way, love my new avatar.👍
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    Texas shooting 19 dead.

    These school shootings make me sick, Chicken [email protected]# cowards. The US is very large and has a diverse population. Big cities, large stretches of wilderness, the Great Plains, mountains, deserts, swamps you name it. Also many very different cultures. To make comments about the whole country is...
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    Five Star 5.2 pH Stabilizer (sic)

    The 5.2 ph stabilizer was made for a specific brewery because they didn't want to adjust their water. That's the story I heard anyway. I've read this thread from a well known water guru and after using it once long ago and never again. I think you are better off knowing your tap water reports...
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    Why am i losing beer

    The QD is not seated right or is bad. The o-ring is missing or has rolled off of the post seat. Also be sure to use a little keg lube on the o-ring.
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    Always dark amber

    As stated above higher ph can darken wort. To much oxygen in wort while boiling [splashing, stirring vigorously, boiling to hard] can cause darker colors too. The darker color of your beer could also just be too much dark malt, adding more color than you expected. from an article in more...
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    advice needed. First RO brew tomorrow

    Yes, it depends on the malts, acids and salts added. I find with my water profiles I only need acids with the very light color beers, Pils Blondes etc. And bicarb with the dark beers, Porters Stouts etc.
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    advice needed. First RO brew tomorrow

    Calcium salts, crystal malts, roasted malts, acid and acid malts all drive the ph lower. Bicarbonate, carbonate and lime [pickling salt] raise ph. You have to account for your malts also. If you use a lot of gypsum and need to raise ph baking soda is a good additive as it adds some sodium. If...
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    advice needed. First RO brew tomorrow

    I don't know what size your batch is but you will lose about 1/2 quart of water per pound of grain to absorption in the grains. For a typical 5 gal recipe of 10 pounds grain that is 1 1/4 gals . At 6 gals leaves you with 4 3/4 gals left. If your batch is smaller you might be ok but you might...
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    Invert sugar in Strong Bitter

    Thanks all for the info. @ Erik the Anglophile I upped the invert amount and doubled the crystal but all I have is 150ebc. I do have some Special B but am saving it for a Baltic porter. I'm not sure the B would be appropriate in a bitter. My LHBS has Simpsons DRC at115srm [226ebc] and Crisp...
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    Invert sugar in Strong Bitter

    Thanks Northern Brewer I'll check it out.
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    Invert sugar in Strong Bitter

    Yes, treacle or molasses in the US. That sounds good and also in a Porter maybe. Thanks Pilgram.
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    Invert sugar in Strong Bitter

    Thanks for the reply Erik. It looks like you use quite a bit darker invert than I have and a larger percentage of dark crystal. What color do estimate your bitter comes out to? This invert was boiled a little higher temp, it got up to 120° C at the last. I boiled it for 30 mins starting at 115°...
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    Invert sugar in Strong Bitter

    I am looking to experiment with my Strong Bitter[ ESB ] recipe and am thinking of replacing most crystal malt with invert. I recently tried my hand at making it and ended up with the medium level of invert #1. Probably around 13 SRM or 25 EBC if I translate it right. My normal recipe was with...
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    Chlorine / Chloramine

    I have done some further reading on this and found that ammonia is changed to ammonium by the low ph of RO water. The RO membrane then can remove up to 97% of it. Also ammonium is a yeast nutrient. So it looks like one would only need a catalytic carbon block for chloramine in a 4-stage system...
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