Author Topic: Back to Brewing  (Read 174 times)

Offline jgaepi

  • BeerSmith Apprentice Brewer
  • **
  • Posts: 6
  • Brewer In Need of Guidance
Back to Brewing
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:46:25 PM »
I'm planning to return to brewing after a 5 year hiatus. My goal is to do 2.5g batches. I think 5g batches burnt me out. I bought a small Anvil kettle and a SS ferment bucket. The issue is finding recipes for half batches. If anyone has a lead, I'd appreciate it. And, most importantly, water chemistry confused the hell out of me before and I don't remember any of it now. How do ppm translate into 1/2tsp, etc? So, if anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

Lastly, my first take, if anyone is interested in giving me advice is that I'm going to make Austin Brewing's Cold Smoke AG. I batch sparge so I remember to add 5% more to my grain bill. But, I really need a water chemistry refresher. http://austinhomebrew.com/assets/images/RCPPDF/01503.pdf I only use RO water. My total starting water is 5.3g. With a grain bill of about 8lb. "Teach a man to fish." :-)

Thank you regardless.

Jon

Offline BOB357

  • BeerSmith Grandmaster Brewer
  • *****
  • Posts: 310
  • Beer is my bucket list!
Re: Back to Brewing
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 04:35:16 PM »
More common brewing salts  grams/teaspoon:   
Calcium Sulfate 4.0
Calcium Chloride 3.4
Magnesium Sulfate 4.5
Sodium Bicarbonate 4.4

If you download recipes from Beersmith you can use the Scale Recipe tool to downsize them. Once the tool is opened just select your equipment profile from the dropdown and check the box for matching original gravity, bitterness and color.
Bob

Offline jgaepi

  • BeerSmith Apprentice Brewer
  • **
  • Posts: 6
  • Brewer In Need of Guidance
Re: Back to Brewing
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2018, 05:15:37 PM »
Thank you but are you saying: Calcium Sulfate 4 grams equal one teaspoon? And 3.4 grams of Calcium Chloride equals one teaspoon? Or that I want 4 grams of Calcium Sulfate for the recipe I included in my post?

Honestly, water chemistry confuses the heck out of me.

Thanks.

Offline BOB357

  • BeerSmith Grandmaster Brewer
  • *****
  • Posts: 310
  • Beer is my bucket list!
Re: Back to Brewing
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2018, 07:34:50 PM »
Just like it reads, these numbers are grams per teaspoon. There are many water calculators on line as well as a good one in Beersmith 3.
Bob

 

modification