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Old 10-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #11
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I was kinda thinking about making a ring of flashing that would go up to about 3/4 of the length of the pot. Not sure of the gap space around the pot. I'm guessing 2-3" maybe? then leave a cpl three inches of ground clearance to allow proper oxygen flow for the flame. Anyone ever made anything like that?

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Old 10-25-2013, 03:02 AM   #12
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I was kinda thinking about making a ring of flashing that would go up to about 3/4 of the length of the pot. Not sure of the gap space around the pot. I'm guessing 2-3" maybe? then leave a cpl three inches of ground clearance to allow proper oxygen flow for the flame. Anyone ever made anything like that?
I basically did this with 20" x 10' aluminum sheet flashing. Wrapped it around until it was about 6" gap from the pot. Seems I got a little better efficiency, but not much. I do most of my batches in the evenings ranging from 60F to 30F outside temp. I am getting just under two 5gal all-grain batches on a 20lb tank. To me that seems low, but have nothing to base it on.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:58 AM   #13
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Ok, so I spent a hour or so Youtubing videos on home brewing. I must admit my curiosity is somewhat higher. As a young pup to my grandfather, I do remember bottling several hundred bottles of beer, wine and this clear substance in mason jars. My job as a young pup was to pick the fruits, squeeze the juices and make sure water was put in the bubble thingys. So I do have background sorta speak. lol

So at the risk of asking a question that probably belongs in another thread, let's say I wanted to toy around with experimenting with making a pot of brew. Obviously the only equipment I have is a 120 quart pot and burner. lol. Ok, I have a 3' long stir paddle too. lol

What would be the minimal amount of money needed to toy around with making a beer similar to....I dunno, a Michelob Ultra or some other lighter beer? Lite beer, yeah I said it. lol

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Old 10-25-2013, 01:28 PM   #14
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You could easily make an extract batch rather than all grain with one of the simple kits from Northern Brewer, Austin Home Brewing or Midwest Supplies using less than $100 in equipment. It's easier to make an ale rather than a lager when starting out, but quite a few recipes can make something with a light, balanced flavor although more robust than your examples.

A basic equipment kit consisting of a fermentation bucket, bottling bucket, siphon, hydrometer, hoses, bottling wand and bottle capper is available inexpensively, along with an ingredient kit.

Look through the Beginners Beer Brewing Forum at the sticky threads for some ideas, or at the Extract Brewing forum. It's easy to just dive in and ask questions as you go along. You'll end up making beer and have fun along the way.

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Old 10-25-2013, 01:36 PM   #15
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Lord, just prior to you posting this I was in that forum reading a few post. Five minutes of reading caused my wallet to start quivering with yet another hobby. Lol, It would be cool to watch some of that being done though. Can't say I've ever strayed off the beaten path drinking home brew, but i'll give you guys a bit more respect now each time I pick a case of suds up from the store.

I appreciate the help regarding the burner. Eventually I think I'll carry it to a shop and have the burner raised up a few inches, add a wind screen and call it done.

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Just as a follow up to this thread, and perhaps the remote chance to help someone else out who might share this problem. This and a windscreen is what I chose to do today while cooking up 40lbs of peanuts for Halloween.





Although I usually cook outside, this still reduced my fuel consumption by almost half compared to the last cpl times I cooked up a batch.

Hot&Spicy Cajun boiled peanuts for the friends tonight during trunk-n-treat.

Happy and safe Halloween,

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