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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: Number of Bags of Grain on 07-30-2015 at 07:05 PM
    It depends - are you making only one batch? Or is this an order of specialty grains for
    multiple batches? How do they know which ones go together? It's easier for them to err on the
    side of caution an...

  • Posted in thread: Full Boil - Does Anyone Do this? on 07-30-2015 at 07:02 PM
    Doing a full boil will increase your hop utilization some. The ability to dissolve the oils is
    dependent on the volume of wort it can disperse in. So while the amount of sugars won't change
    if you top...

  • Posted in thread: It will still be beer?. on 07-01-2015 at 04:57 PM
    I also trust the numbers (water volume and temp), then wait 10 minutes after dough-in, stir
    again, then take the temperature. The grain saps quite a bit of heat, but you need to make sure
    you stir it ...

  • Posted in thread: Worst brewday in a while on 07-01-2015 at 04:10 PM
    Think of it this way: at least you took good notes, so that when it turns out to be spectacular
    beer you can recreate it. Nothing worse than an experiment that you give up on partway through
    and then ...

  • Posted in thread: Stuck Fermentation on 06-29-2015 at 04:04 PM
    You could put a clear plastic garbage bag around the fermentor so the fermometer is dry but
    surrounded by water in the bucket and you can still read it. Then you could add water until the
    level is as ...

  • Posted in thread: Ohio Meet, Greet, Share, and Brew on 06-26-2015 at 04:27 PM
    Being from Toledo I'm partial to this neck of the woods, but realize we're the red-headed
    stepchild of Ohio ;-)

  • Posted in thread: Interesting experiment with frozen, unboiled wort. on 06-24-2015 at 05:26 PM
    That was only 2 weeks ago so the yeast should have still be alive, just dormant from running
    out of food. You likely could have simply added the new wort and shaken to wake them up again.
    It shouldn't...

  • Posted in thread: Interesting experiment with frozen, unboiled wort. on 06-24-2015 at 05:04 PM
    Well as a partial boil originally your hop utilization will be low so your IBUs will end up
    lower than predicted. But otherwise it should be fine. Boiling the leftover wort killed any
    funk (in reality...

  • Posted in thread: Cold Break Brewing Microbrew Series Giveaway - Open to All! on 06-23-2015 at 02:55 PM
    Cool. To quote Yakov "I love dis country!!" Count me in.

  • Posted in thread: LARGE batch on 06-18-2015 at 04:54 PM
    For actually brewing them (i.e. renting bigger equipment) look for a brew on premises close to
    you. The times I've gone they have you brew a full 15gal batch to keg. So you'd only need to
    find an onli...

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