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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 07-06-2016 at 08:43 PM
    I had some friends over Sunday so I figured up the smoker :tank: :mug:lots of pork and a
    brisket tossed in for good measure :D

  • 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...

Pigs are magical creatures... they turn vegetables into BACON!!