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  • Posted in thread: Barley Crusher - Customer Service???? on 01-23-2012 at 07:05 PM
    I'll likely be in the market for a mill in the next year or so, and all these threads about
    lack of Barley Crusher customer support have already made up my mind to go with another
    company. Seems that ...

  • Posted in thread: Recirc. Immersion Chiller on 01-19-2012 at 10:06 PM
    You waste lots of ice if you use it from the start, especially if you recirculate. I just use
    tap water and don't even think about recirculating until I hit about 120-130. Even with 80
    tap water in ...

  • Posted in thread: A question on aquarium pumps on 01-17-2012 at 06:21 PM
    I use a harbor freight pond pump. It was super cheap and the flow rate is fantastic. no reason
    to spend a ton of money...I only paid $9 or so when it went on sale last spring.

  • Posted in thread: Quality of Bayou Classic 36 Stainless Pot? on 12-13-2011 at 09:30 PM
    I have the BC 36 Qt and it's great for brewing 5 gallon batches. I can safely fit ~7.25 gallons
    in there pre-boil. I use mine inside on an electric stove, and have never had a scorching
    issue. As long...

  • Posted in thread: My homebrew stirplate on 11-08-2011 at 06:00 PM
    I used a 1.5" bar for my stir plate, and it works great in a 2 Liter flask. The trick to using
    a larger stir bar is that you can't mount the magnets directly on the fan...they would be too
    close toget...

  • Posted in thread: My homebrew stirplate on 11-07-2011 at 09:13 PM
    If there's no way really to predict which bar will be needed for my setup, what are the 2-3
    sizes I should get (1", 1.5", 2", etc.?)stir bar size mostly depends on the spacing between the
    magnets. If ...

  • Posted in thread: Evaporation, Trube & cooling loss? on 11-05-2011 at 04:32 PM
    Yeah, kettle dimensions are a big factor. I purposefully chose one that is taller than it is
    wide, in order to minimize boil-off.Instead of just guessing/estimating, I actually measured my
    boil-off ra...

  • Posted in thread: Cleaning an old cooler to use as MLT on 11-05-2011 at 04:27 PM
    my mash tun is an old cooler that had been sitting unused in the garage for years. Prior to
    using it for the very first time, I just cleaned it with a little oxiclean, then sanitized with
    starsan. Wor...

  • Posted in thread: Evaporation, Trube & cooling loss? on 11-05-2011 at 04:22 PM
    I lose 20% to boil off during a 60 minute boil (sea level). Looks like you lost 30%, which
    seems like a ton (assuming of course the pre-boil measurement was accurate...I made this
    mistake once).I've o...

  • Posted in thread: Stir Plate question on 11-01-2011 at 04:30 AM
    Those Radio Shack magnets are only 3/16" diameter...seems pretty small, and kind of expensive
    since you only get two in the package.