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Old 07-01-2011, 08:29 PM   #531
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Agree. There are limitations and trade offs to every system. I usually brew and prefer beers in this range. When I do a bigger beer, it's rare, and frankly a smaller batch is what I'd prefer. Someone who strictly enjoys barley wines , imperial stouts and IIPAs might be better suited to another setup.
This pretty much parallels my own thinking with the Braumeister. There are limitations to anything. Yes, I have, on pretty rare occasion, brewed beers over 1.057. And there are ways of doing that with the Braumeister, and without it. I think the price is very reasonable for a comprehensive, computer controlled electric brewing system.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:44 AM   #532
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Maybe you could try some stainless safety wire.

Don't BMs now ship with fine SS screens used in conjunction with the coarse screen? If so, can they be purchased?
I purchased some Fishing line (except 50LB test). It is "cloth like". I am going to weave it around the outer most edge of the sieve.

You can purchase the new screens. However I have not been able to obtain them here yet. I keep getting told they are "in the mail" and it seems to be 2 weeks away whenever I ask.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:23 PM   #533
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Here's what I ended up doing for now. Once (If) I can get another set of cloth filters I will have the drawstrings attached.

The only issue I can see is cleaning. My plan is to blast with water fromthe hose, then either soak in a hot Oxi or PBW bath or use Oxi or PBW and wash in the dishwasher.

Anyone have any experience with Oxi or PBW in the dishwasher? I would assume it won't foam too much.

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Old 07-02-2011, 03:44 PM   #534
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Here it is in the Malt pipe:


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Old 07-03-2011, 11:26 AM   #535
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Great solution Yambor, that should do it!

I have a bit of a problemo I can't get my head around. I bottled my IPA today. 2 weeks ago I brewed and boiled with 24L of water. No sparge, nada. Spent grain and hop bags were very dry and I imagined I did not waste that much during the process, still I only bottled 14.5L.

OG was spot on target 1.06 and FG was 1.016, indicating 5.7% alcvol. If I try to match those numbers in BeerSmith, I start with boil volume 24L (check) and have to put in batch size of 18.5L.

Doesn't this mean I somehow can't account for 4 liters of beer? Where did it go? If I use the actual batch size of 14.5L, gravity estimates goes way up to 1.077. But it was just 1.06 in real life.

If I can't figure this out, next brew I will start with 24L, same grain bill, but will sparge and add water to get 20L into the FV and bottles, and look at the gravity readings to try and find some sense in the figures.

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Old 07-03-2011, 03:01 PM   #536
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Hello,

Following the idea of Yambor, I am using a nylon tie wrap (2.5 x 100 mm) to keep the cloth filters within the plates (attached files).
It works very well also.

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Looks good diego. Have you tried it yet?

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I will try in the next brew day. But I tested the resistance of tie wraps with boiling water during 20 min. The tie wraps supported the boiling temperature and I did not noticed any strange smell or color in the water.

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I will try in the next brew day. But I tested the resistance of tie wraps with boiling water during 20 min. The tie wraps supported the boiling temperature and I did not noticed any strange smell or color in the water.
Good to know. I'm using mine for the first time right now.

On a side note I treid to open my gap on my grain crusher. Long story short I found after taking the crusher apart that I went the wrong way and actually tightened the gap!

So....keeping a watchful eye on the mash looking for squirts!
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:31 PM   #540
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Seems like we are all on the same track. My SS mesh filters are warped so grain could easily get past it so I found some copper wire and stitched it flat.
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I'm also going to try this filter screen.
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