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Offline Dave Savoie

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5.2pH Stabilizer
« on: August 19, 2011, 02:36:46 PM »
does anyone use this stuff ?
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2011, 04:08:26 PM »
Me does.  iono if it helps or not.

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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2012, 09:23:05 PM »
All else being equal, if I start using this stuff, will it make my beer better.

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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012, 09:24:06 PM »
Well Ive started using it in all my brews for the past 6 months or so and have not got a bad beer yet it hasnt hurt any
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 09:31:07 PM »
One thing Ive noticed is my beers tend to be a bit cleaner if that means anything
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 10:51:45 PM »
Potentially less tannin presence due to the wort having better buffering capacity.
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2012, 10:36:32 AM »
Heh, this whole thread needs a lesson in the problems with anecdotal evidence or the general concensus that correlation equals causation.

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Hey, I have a bottle of "GodDidIt!", and I poured it in some water, mashed it at 154F with some grains, and then boiled the results with hops, cooled it, pitched yeast, waited a while and got beer. It had to be the GodDidIt! that made the beer, because nothing else can turn water into beer... right? :lol:.

Experiments people, proper scientific experiments will yell you the difference between the use of this pH stabilizer, and the non-use of this pH stabilizer. Nothing else will.
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012, 10:49:32 AM »
So...maybe?  I'm not going to bother then.

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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2012, 11:05:16 AM »
Quote from: "ChrisCraig"
So...maybe?  I'm not going to bother then.


Cellared == Nothing? :P... are you in need of the IPS?
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2012, 11:29:06 AM »
It's a phosphate buffer, probably like a monosodium phosphate and disodium phosphate mix. the term "stabiliser" is to appeal to people who don't know what a buffer is, afaik. Phosphates are salts.

Also check this out:

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How pH Affects Brewing
An Overview of pH
Water pH Spreadsheet
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2012, 11:52:35 AM »
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So...maybe?  I'm not going to bother then.


Cellared == Nothing? :P... are you in need of the IPS?


I was starting to think that, but I just kegged an IPA, I have an APA fermenting, I'm brewing an dry stout right now, and I'm doing a 10gallon batch at JQs next weekend.  I'll be alright.  :mrgreen:

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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2012, 02:15:46 PM »
Next brew day I'll take a sample and test the ph of the mash.

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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2012, 07:40:56 PM »
Well, if it makes anyone feel any better, I've been using 5.2ph stabilizer for several months and have been above 67% efficiency, usually 70-73%.  Just did a batch of stout last sunday, forgot the 5.2 stabilizer and my calculations are coming out that I only go 61% efficiency...

Maybe it's the grain I used, the oats, the toasted wheat....but only getting 61% efficiency re-enforces why I started using 5.2 stabilizer in the first place.

If you only got 3-4% extra efficiency, it's worth the price.

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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2012, 07:44:23 PM »
Did you test the pH/kH of the mash when using + not using 5.2?

I bought a kit; if anyone can chuck me some 5.2 some time I'll do the math.
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Re: 5.2pH Stabilizer
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2012, 08:47:08 PM »
I'll bring you enough for 10Gal this weekend Richard.

No, unfortunately did not take a ph reading of the mash.  I'll be sure to take one next time.
A little OT, but I'm going to start using iodine tincture to test my starch conversion.
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