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Old 05-24-2010, 06:44 PM   #11
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Thanks Catt22. Bleeder valve is coming for sure. Do you think I can use that with out change pump head orientation? Right now it is left to right. I see a lot of folks go down to up with them.
Yes, left to right will work just fine. I actually have mine mounted vertically with the pump head at the bottom. The inlet and outlet are on the same horizontal plane. It looks like you have sufficient drop from the kettle to the pump and that should be plenty to push any air out of the pump head. To operate the bleeder valve, close the flow control valve first, then open the bleeder valve until you get a strong flow. Then close the bleeder and open the flow control valve as desired.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:17 PM   #12
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mock, mock.
scorn, scorn.

*BUT*, basically what I got out of the thread was that your WIFE likes making beer with you, so quit yer kvetching! That's great. sorry bout the malt soup you made.

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Old 05-27-2010, 08:30 PM   #13
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SWMBO has instructed me not to try and repair the old IC but to go buy materials to make a new one. YES DEAR! I will convert the old one into a pre-chiller for brewing in hotter months. Take two brew day will be this Saturday. Wish us luck!

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Old 05-27-2010, 09:47 PM   #14
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SWMBO has instructed me not to try and repair the old IC but to go buy materials to make a new one. YES DEAR! I will convert the old one into a pre-chiller for brewing in hotter months. Take two brew day will be this Saturday. Wish us luck!
You have a very wise woman there. Relax, chit happens! Remember that lightning rarely strikes the same place.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:10 PM   #15
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If you have a Bed Bath & Beyond around, pick up one or two of these: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...=-1&SKU=120845
I have two and they have been very accurate. Although, the first one I bought wasn't. I returned it and have two now that read the same temp.

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Old 05-28-2010, 09:28 PM   #16
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Have you had any problems with the probe getting wet?

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Nope. I drop it right into my HLT and MLT. They have a SS probe with a silicone (I believe) coated wire. They also have alarms when you get to temp and a timer.

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Old 05-28-2010, 10:09 PM   #18
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Wow! I have heard nothing but horror stories about these probes getting wet. BobbyM even has an all out process for getting a silicone tube over the wire. That is great. I will go get one for sure.

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Old 06-01-2010, 08:10 PM   #19
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Saturday Brewday was a success (so far!)!

Basically had no problems with the equipment and we have two happy fermenters going right now! Thanks to all!

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Old 06-03-2010, 10:59 AM   #20
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That is great to hear, if your wife is into brewing you got a keeper there!
Remember to brew a few batches that she may like just to keep things going the right way, maybe a cider?
Welcome back to the obsession.

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