Lo-Tech Mash pH

How does one go about hitting a mash pH target? As with most things in brewing, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. There are many useful calculations, books, papers, websites, and other tools that can predict mash pH, based on the brewer’s water chemistry, malts used, etc. This article won’t help you do that. Instead, we’ll take a look at a quick and dirty method to determine exactly what your mash pH will be without treatment, as well as a couple of practical possibilities for adjustment.



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    Q: Dear Brewmaster,​

    I am the brewery lab manager at a brewery and we are reusing our main yeast strain, A56 (from BSI).  We are having an issue with the storage conditions that I cannot figure out.  Here is our process:

    We ferment a 15 or 30 bbl fermentor at 70 F, we drop the temperature down to 60 F once it has reached terminal gravity in order for the yeast to settle.  The next day we collec Read More...




District Saint Louis

District Saint Louis has scheduled a pub crawl visiting a number of the local breweries on Saturday, June 27, beginning at the Kirkwood Station Brewery. This is a purely social event guaranteed to be fun. Visit the district website for more information and events..

District Northern Rockies

MBAA's newest district, District Northern Rockies, will hold its first technical meeting on May 29–30 at Holiday Inn Parkside in Mussoula, Montana. Topics will include rapid detection of beer spoiking organisms, microbiology for craft brewers, barly, and the hop crop.

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New Brewing Resource: Brewery Safety

Have you had a chance to check out the new MBAA Brewery Safety section of the website? Learn about safe brewing practices and creating a safe and healthy work environment. If you have questions about brewery safety, get them answered by the Brewery Safety Team!

Register for the Brewery Engineering and Utilities Course

Register now for the MBAA Brewery Engineering and Utilities Course taking place September 13–25 in St. Paul, Minnesota. This two-week course will teach essential technical plant operations and design information for plant engineers and maintenance technicians but will also be of great value to any brewer wanting to better understand how their plant operates and how to design for expansion and upgrades. Scholarship applications are due on June 1.



Brewery Engineering and Utilities Course

September 13–25, 2015
St. Paul, Minnesota

Beer Steward Seminar

October 6, 2015
Jacksonville, Florida

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October 25–November 5, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin



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