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  • Ralph K.
  • Lived in Madison WI for 8 years and learned to appreciate beer from the many excellent breweries and brewpubs in the area.
    I have a few friends that brew and finally decided to try it out myself.
    I have a converted keg (keggle) for the boils, using a square igloo cooler with a copper manifold for mashing. So far I've found it faster and easier to heat the strike and sparge water on the kitchen stove. Overall I think all grain is pretty straight forward, but I want to figure out ways to shorten the brewing day. I'm considering building an electric MLT with temperature control so I can start heating the strike water and not have to monitor it.
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  • Posted in thread: iphone app search on 10-27-2011 at 12:57 PM
    It has always been suboptimal. If I'm on my phone and need to search I've gotten in the habit
    of going to the website or using google instead of using the app.

  • Posted in thread: iphone app search on 10-21-2011 at 01:10 AM
    Is it just me or does the search function on the HBT app not provide satisfactory results? For
    example if I use google or the regular forum search for "beer line length" one of the first
    results is a ...

  • Posted in thread: New Immersion Chiller vs. Therminator on 06-08-2011 at 01:30 PM
    I used a 25' 3/8 copper IC and had pretty poor performance, I upgraded to 50' and the chilling
    capacity improved. The biggest improvement was when I started whirlpooling at the end with a
    pump. I can ...

  • Posted in thread: 60qt. Ice Cube Mash Tun Build - $cheap and simple on 09-10-2010 at 08:57 PM
    I've brewed 10 gallons of Pale Ale, a pumpkin ale, and a 5 gallon RIS that all were in the ~25#
    range. I wasn't able to mash as thin as I usually like but it's worked well for me. I was about
    an inch ...

  • Posted in thread: pumpkin ale trade on 11-17-2009 at 01:59 AM
    I mashed with the pumpkin as per Yuri's recipe, the only thing that I didn't follow was the
    amount of spice added, I used only 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice at flameout ( for 10 gallons).I
    smell the pump...

  • Posted in thread: draining your mash tun on 11-12-2009 at 07:04 PM
    I'm referring to my sparge. My drain runs great, the hose from my drain is flowing as fast a
    possible. But after I've gotten a large portion of my wort out, the flow goes down to a
    trickle. I think I ...

  • Posted in thread: draining your mash tun on 11-12-2009 at 04:31 PM
    If you're doing batch sparging I would leave it slightly tipped while you drain the wort, when
    the main flow is done I would stop.I think you'd just be wasting time trying to get every
    little drop out...

  • Posted in thread: pumpkin ale trade on 11-03-2009 at 03:05 AM
    I brewed a batch of Yuri's Thunderstruck pumpkin ale, I hit all the mash temps and gravity was
    pretty much spot on. Fermented with S-04 at 65 F for 3 weeks, and it's been in the keg for 3
    weeks.It see...

  • Posted in thread: 60qt. Ice Cube Mash Tun Build - $cheap and simple on 11-01-2009 at 01:41 PM
    Looks nice, and great description/pics of the build!I've been using the same cooler (version
    without the wheels) with a copper manifold, and it's worked really well for me.

  • Posted in thread: Cheap Swamp Cooler....Input needed on 11-01-2009 at 01:36 PM
    I'll throw in another vote for the ice-cube cooler. I holds one carboy or ale pail and by
    swapping out re-freezable ice packs once or twice a day it can easily maintain a temp in the
    low 60's. I also ...