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  • A few friends tried some kit brews and it was a fun way to spend an afternoon so I gave it a shot. I did the unthinkable and brewed a Pale Ale and an Octoberfest to serve at a huge annual football party and they turned out great. So I figure I might as well make the jump to All-Grain (it was going to happen eventually), the expense and time to setup the equipment would give me extra incentive to make use of it. rnI've got a 1/4BBL keggle for mash water heating and a 1/2BBL keggle for brewing. I do some Stainless welding at work so I customized it with a dip tube and valve and a thermocouple port. The 2nd round of modifications added a sight tube on the side and filtering on the drain tube. rnMLT is a 5gal Igloo water cooler with a perforated plastic tube covered in muslin. A laboratory thermometer through a rubber stopper in the lid to monitor mash temperature and a water heater valve to regulate flow out.
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  • Posted in thread: What did i cook this weekend..... on 04-29-2016 at 04:58 PM
    Chicken tacos, what's not to love?351823Those look great ChefRex, but... I can't see the
    chicken with all the rabbit food on top ;)

  • Posted in thread: big taste in low alcoholic beer on 04-29-2016 at 04:54 PM
    Aside from the technical aspect of higher mash temp to limit fermentability I'd suggest you
    focus on the flavors you prefer. My go-to session is a hopped up Rye. Several of my friends
    can't believe it...

  • Posted in thread: What did i cook this weekend..... on 04-22-2016 at 05:13 PM
    Mmmmm duck fat.... I had leftover rare Ribeye and roasted Brussels Sprouts. I just started
    seeing a personal trainer and she said I had to increase my protein content even further so
    it's a good thing...

  • Posted in thread: What did i cook this weekend..... on 04-18-2016 at 04:57 PM
    Was too busy to snap more pictures, but my home made bacon was done maturing so sliced and
    packed 16 pounds of pure pork love. Some Black Pepper/garlic, some Brown Sugar, and the piece
    de resistance B...

  • Posted in thread: Lupulin tolerance on 03-24-2016 at 04:26 PM
    Hi, my name's Chris and I'm a lupulinaholic :-DI know that when I had to go to Germany for work
    for a month and the region I was in was mostly Pilsners that when I returned I was much more
    sensitive t...

  • Posted in thread: Has anyone seen this happen. Any ideas what this is? on 02-25-2016 at 05:28 PM
    Bingo. As Kombat suspected. When you cold crashed you sucked all your Starsan back into the
    fermenter as the air inside cooled. You've now got a blend of finished beer and starsan. I know
    they say a l...

  • Posted in thread: Session IPA recipe help on 02-19-2016 at 09:20 PM
    In my session IPA I've taken to adding rye to give it some extra character so it's not just
    hoppy water. (not that there's anything wrong with hoppy water ;-)

  • Posted in thread: What did i cook this weekend..... on 02-16-2016 at 08:34 PM
    finally got around to cooking the 2 venison hams that I'd stitch cured a month back.The back
    one was dry rubbed and smoked for 4 hours.The front one was simmered in water with onion and
    garlic and t...

  • Posted in thread: One regulator - Multiple kegs at different carbonation levels - Possible? on 02-12-2016 at 09:22 PM
    The best way is to use multiple regulators. You could possibly also get close by putting
    differential pressure valves inline. There were what I had considered before but never got
    around to installing...

  • Posted in thread: False bottom question - mechanics of - on 02-04-2016 at 04:53 PM
    Like Jaybird said you need to have the outlet below the lowest point of the pickup tube. You
    also need to make sure everything is liquid tight, if air can leak in before the water level
    gets to the op...

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