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Old 01-25-2012, 02:11 AM   #211
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I acquired a controller from work. I plan to use it in conjunction with a chest freezer and space heater to create a temperature controlled fermentation chamber. It has 15 outputs and 18 inputs, some binary, some analog, and some configurable/universal. It is a little bit of overkill, but I have plenty of room for expansion if I decide to have multiple chambers or try to control brewing temps. Here it is, you may recognize the company name from the single stage temperature controllers that a lot of HBS sell.




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Old 01-25-2012, 02:11 PM   #212
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The other night we lost power to the whole neighborhood. With temps in the house getting to the low 60s, I was concerned about the 15 gallons of wort in the ferm chamber. I just brewed it 2 days before and didn't want the yeast to stall. Before we left the house to sleep @ my parents, I ran down to the basement/brewery, and covered each fermenter with a sweatshirt. Luckilly the power came back on about 7 hours later. Came home a day later to an airlock clogged with krausen. Guess the yeasties appreciated the effort.



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Old 01-25-2012, 02:53 PM   #213
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Plan to rack IIPA into secondary for cold crash before bottling.

Need to check gravity on the Xmas ale that is WAY behind schedule and see if it's ready for the keg. STILL gassing off!

Oh, and I'll drink some beer.

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Old 01-25-2012, 03:39 PM   #214
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I'm mashing at the moment for a West Coast IPA. Measuring out my hop additions, and oh yeah, having a home brew.

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Old 01-25-2012, 06:09 PM   #215
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Bought a lb of simcoe

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Old 01-25-2012, 06:34 PM   #216
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Wow, how did I miss this thread!

I spend most free moments and some not free working on something related to brewing. I'm working on starting a brewery, so that's how it goes. Today I:
1) Spoke to an economic development planner about locations, zoning laws, and incentive packages.
2) Researched total craft beer output for North Carolina (tough to find anything!)
3) Sent a letter to Beer Advocate asking them to correct a link in an article about us
4) Searched probrewer's classified section for used equipment we could use
5) Promoted our Kickstarter project (which I'm shamelessly doing now) on our Facebook page.

That's it so far, but tonight I'm planning on putting together my new Ranco to replace the old one that got fried from water exposure. I'm going to make the new one mostly waterproof! I have an imperial pseudo-pilsner with citra hops to brew and I need the Ranco fixed before then. It's a test project for the brewery, which is why I'm not using real lager yeast.

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Old 01-25-2012, 06:41 PM   #217
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Got my delivery from Lowes and built a new kegerator...
7.2 Cu. Ft. Frigidaire

I think I'll be able to fit four kegs...put the CO2 on the hump.



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i gave a little pep talk to some pellicles.

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Made a blended Scottish 1728 \ Whitbread 1099 starter today nourished with a pint of imperial stout i took from the last batch as a SG sample and a little malt extract. Just woke up and am watching the foam bobbing around on the surface of my starter while sipping a coffee thinking Jaggery Barley Wine uuum maybe .... it's a good start to the day !

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Just called in sick to finish building my brew stand.



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