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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: Brewing first all grain, very overwhelmed on 08-27-2014 at 05:26 PM
    Rule #1: Have fun.If you're really concerned you should walk through the process step by step
    and make your own notes to follow. I had an Excel spreadsheet that I made up for my first few
    all grain da...

  • Posted in thread: Old Smack Packs on 08-26-2014 at 04:18 PM
    Well it sounds like you'll likely need to add an extra stage or two to your starter. So it
    depends, how easy it for you to:1) change your brew date to accommodate a longer starter
    growth? (if you're c...

  • Posted in thread: Dimpled Yeast Packet - Safe to Use? on 08-22-2014 at 02:19 PM
    It just looks like it got squeezed a little hard. Those packs are pretty resilient. As long as
    it's still got a vacuum inside you're fine.

  • Posted in thread: Bucket Insert For Non-Trub Racking? on 08-21-2014 at 07:42 PM
    I ferment wherever this is currently free space. Then a day or 2 before transferring I sit it
    on the washing machine and let it settle out whatever I stirred up. (It's the perfect height
    and I don't m...

  • Posted in thread: Ultra Barrier Silver Beer Hose Giveaway from! on 08-20-2014 at 05:51 PM
    well, better late than never, count me in.

  • Posted in thread: Introduction, and a weird question on 08-19-2014 at 09:01 PM
    Well, even though it may make you do strange things, I wouldn't call alcohol a strange poison.
    It's an everyday ordinary part of life around here.I've never heard of anything weird, but I
    suppose it i...

  • Posted in thread: Making Soda at Home - The Giveaway! on 08-19-2014 at 04:25 PM
    :-) Count me in.

  • Posted in thread: Lesser of two evils-partial boil vs full boil-hot/cold breaks on 08-18-2014 at 08:27 PM
    It definitely won't be as fast as an immersion, but putting the pot in a sink full of ice water
    will be faster than letting it air cool. Sure it will take a couple of fills and waste 10-20gal
    but migh...

  • Posted in thread: Experimenting with very small batches and so a question about loss of liquid on 08-18-2014 at 05:53 PM
    Your evaporation is based on the surface area of your boil, not the volume. So you'll lose the
    same for a 5g as a 1g as a 10g if they're in the same pot. If you're going to do 1 gal batches
    you'd rath...

  • Posted in thread: Upping my Equipment questions... on 08-18-2014 at 05:48 PM
    I use a keggle and a Sabco turkey fryer burner for 5-10g batches (up to 14g boil) without a
    problem.A dual 1/4" x 50' copper coil immersion chiller gets a 5g batch down in 10-15 min
    depending on if I ...

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