Steve Trott

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  • Lafayette, IN
  • Cycling,Miata mechanic,music,home ownership
  • Design Engineer
  • I was hired into brewing through John Blichmann. I had no idea who he was, or anything about brewing beer. Now I study Palmer, BJCP guidelines, and R&D in the coolest lab known to home brewing. Pictures of that room get censored for content... its pretty awesome. rnrnI have a TopTier with three burners and electronic control on the RIMS and brew 10 gal batches with a 20gal kettle. I ferment in 14gal Fermenators and C'boys if needed. rnrnMy best brews so far have been a Pumpkin Spice, IPA, Belgium Double, Winterspice, Razz Wheat, Razz Cream, and I believe the Imperial Stout is aging quite nicely.
  • I want to keep a 4 ingredient American wheat on tap at all times. The gf wants more raspberry wheat, pumpkin spice, and winter spice ale. I really would like to create a perfect heff soon, but for now, i have a bell's 2 hearted ale clone that needs to be kegged and dry hopped.
  • Wheat with WB06 yeast
  • What's Secondary?
  • D&P Wheat, Suite A PA, Slim Tire, Saison, Very Strong Porter, and Black Beetle in the Mash: German and English Yeast Battle for a Brown Ale.
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  • Posted in thread: Small hole on ss keg fermenter on 09-28-2016 at 04:25 PM
    I'd send it back. It should be warrantied.

  • Posted in thread: Looking for a Counterflow wort chiller on 09-27-2016 at 02:16 PM
    NY brew supply makes good counterflows, as do several other places. I had them make a custom
    stainless one as I don't trust hidden copper surfaces.How do you sanitize it?

  • Posted in thread: Looking for a Counterflow wort chiller on 09-27-2016 at 01:53 PM
    You shouldn't have to rely on baking to sanitize. You should soak it in sanitize while strike
    water is heating so its ready for use at the end of the boil. The rinsing and washing is a must
    and all br...

  • Posted in thread: Small DIY "RIMS" insulated mash tun (using nichrome wire heaters!) on 09-23-2016 at 04:30 PM
    You did really well explaining things! Thanks for posting. I'm really impressed in the
    home-made heaters. I definitely learned something here. What is the box of granules in the
    freezer? descant? Chee...

  • Posted in thread: Thoughts/Suggestions Re: my steam/electric hybrid plans? on 09-19-2016 at 05:08 PM
    Are you married to the flash boiler idea? What batch size are you looking for? At .3gpm, you
    can get to 174 degrees from 55. Thats 18 gallons of water over the course of an hour with a
    5500 Watt heati...

  • Posted in thread: How much SS tubing in a HLT HERMS coil on 09-15-2016 at 08:34 PM
    . Keep in mind that it's a little hard to picture but 16 loops with a coil diameter of 12" is
    all it takes to make 50'.my mental math process: (3.141592 ~ 3)12" x 3 = 36" 36" = 3'3' x 15 =
    45'3' ish x...

  • Posted in thread: How much SS tubing in a HLT HERMS coil on 09-15-2016 at 03:31 PM
    Anyone with shorter 1/2"?

  • Posted in thread: How much SS tubing in a HLT HERMS coil on 09-15-2016 at 03:12 PM
    I've seen most companies offer 50' length. I would like to hear what people say for how short
    you can go before loose heat transfer capacity. Its basically the opposite of immersion
    chillers, but the ...

  • Posted in thread: Hey from California on 09-01-2016 at 07:01 PM
    Sounds like you're addicted. Welcome aboard Sir Tootsalot! haha! Love the screen name!

  • Posted in thread: Has anyone tried out or have a ss brewtech glycol chiller? Thoughts on 08-31-2016 at 06:30 PM
    I got the same unit that SSB uses for there homebrew system. Its pretty damn powerful. Kinda
    loud and rattles after a bit, but does the job. The one from Rapids is cheaper and it comes
    with a very nic...

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