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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 is O.P.? on 09-17-2014 at 04:52 PM
    I would assume they're referring to Original Plato (O.G. measured in degrees Plato instead of

  • Posted in thread: EMERGENCY!!! No fermentation batch after batch. Probably grain-related on 09-17-2014 at 04:50 PM
    Perhaps the new batch of malted barley is from grain that was sprayed with a different
    insecticide which also had a bactericide or fungicide. If so it might be possible that mashing
    dissolves that fun...

  • Posted in thread: brand new to brewing on 09-16-2014 at 07:45 PM
    Check out How to Brew by John Palmer - you can read the ebook online there is a home brew
    store near you check them out. Most of the guys who run stores are in it because they love
    brewing, there is...

  • Posted in thread: Equipment upgrade changing my brewing logistics on 09-16-2014 at 07:41 PM
    I would collect into a fermenter bucket (or some other container), then carry that out to the
    keggle, then gently transfer it using a plastic pitcher into the keggle. After the first few
    pitchers, low...

  • Posted in thread: When to Take Hydrometer Reading? on 09-16-2014 at 04:59 PM
    If you plan to bottle Saturday you're best to take a reading on Thursday. That way if it's the
    same on Sunday you know it has essentially finished fermentation and can be bottled safely.Yes,
    take the ...

  • Posted in thread: Switch back to airlock, or stick with blowoff? on 09-15-2014 at 04:23 PM
    As long as your temps stay constant you're fine. If it slows in fermentation and then the temp
    reduces you can suck water/starsan/alcohol from your blowoff into the bucket. I typically
    switch to an ai...

  • Posted in thread: Foam Control (FermCapS), Anyone use this? on 09-15-2014 at 04:10 PM
    Mine is pretty thick (like gravy) straight out of the refrigerator but easily makes single
    drops from the eyedropper. When I use it, it normally takes about 6-8 drops for a 5.3gal batch
    (7gal boil).

  • Posted in thread: Pitch Yeast or Keg ASAP? on 09-09-2014 at 06:00 PM
    WAIT. For an RIS 1 week is definitely not long enough. You should give it at least 2 full weeks
    before even thinking about kegging it. Don't pitch more yeast, you already had more than
    required. They'...

  • Posted in thread: Fast fermentation or slow to zero activity last two batches on 09-04-2014 at 07:20 PM
    If it had started fermenting you really didn't want to give it a blast of air after that. You
    want to oxygenate the wort, but once the yeast have converted from multiplying (using O2) to
    eating sugar ...

  • Posted in thread: Minimum carbonation time? on 08-28-2014 at 05:25 PM
    I've always found that anything before 3 weeks the remaining yeast simply haven't had time to
    reproduce enough to consume the priming sugar. How long did you ferment? If you're saying that
    you bottled...

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