Should my sparge water and strike water have the same pH levels? — Ep. 146


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James Carlson from CMBecker International is back with me as Todd is still, unfortunately, out of commission. We did get an update on his condition and it turns out that he was TWO herniated discs in his upper spine and is scheduled for corrective surgery in early September. This means a couple of things: 1) He probably won’t be on the show until after his procedure and 2) He’ll probably have some killer pain meds that might make him even goofier than usual. Yes, I will make sure to point this out if/when he’s back on the show and under the influence. 🙂

With all that said, we’ve got a fantastic show lined up for you guys! We discuss aging times for Christmas beers (is it too early to be thinking about Christmas brews? We don’t think so!) as well as pH level discrepancies in your strike water versus your sparge water.

It’s questions like these that make me thankful to have James on board because I was really just along for the ride!

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  1. I reallu loved this episode just got one question what’s the best way to get the ph right the first time when working with a new recipe. I use beer smith but still seems to be guess work to even get close with my ph even with using the software. I find myself writing down how much I added last time and adding more and more each time I brew it to get it right. Is there a better software that you guys have used to help with water on a new recipe?

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