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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: 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...

  • Posted in thread: What did i cook this weekend..... on 02-01-2016 at 04:57 PM
    Smoked a bunch of cured venison into pastrami. I left the forequarters bone in and cured up the
    backstrap too so I can slice that for sandwiches. Talk about incredible. About 3 hours of light
    smoke th...

  • Posted in thread: What did i cook this weekend..... on 12-15-2015 at 08:33 PM
    I had to burn some vacation before the end of the year so yesterday was spent grinding,
    stuffing, and smoking 20lb of Kabanosy sausage. Some will be given away as Christmas gifts. The
    rest will be hoa...

  • Posted in thread: Help me choose sausage making equipment on 12-07-2015 at 09:12 PM
    Just like brewing, whatever you buy to start you will always decide you want to upgrade to
    something bigger/cooler/neater/shinier/fancier soon :-D I had a #8 grinder/stuffer that I got
    as a present a ...

  • Posted in thread: Turkey Deep Fry - store oil in keg? on 12-07-2015 at 09:01 PM
    Only issue I could see is if it's so hot that you have issues with the molded rubber foot on
    the bottom. Otherwise the stainless would be an ideal container. As Drunkle mentioned, it won't
    be as easy ...

  • Posted in thread: Being a homebrewer and living with BMC drinkers on 11-24-2015 at 06:51 PM
    I'm coming up on my annual time to shine. Every year for the UM-OSU game I have a huge party
    and supply everything, beer included. In the beginning I bought kegs. But people have accepted
    the fact tha...

  • Posted in thread: Word pronunciation question on 11-24-2015 at 05:40 PM
    I used to always say it as 3 sih-LAH-bles. Then that darn Guinness commercial came along and I
    find myself being annoying and imitating them every time I say it :-p

  • Posted in thread: How effective is cold crashing? on 11-23-2015 at 08:34 PM
    If you're using an S-type airlock you're fine as it will simply bubble the other direction. If
    it's a 3 piece airlock then you'll suck back.

  • Posted in thread: Dry yeast fermentation problem--HELP on 11-20-2015 at 09:47 PM
    As long as you realize where the mistake occurred. I just didn't want you to get done and be
    disappointed and give up on it as a waste of time. :-)Plus like he said, if you simply added
    water and didn...

  • Posted in thread: How important is it to control the temperature of a yeast starter? on 11-20-2015 at 09:42 PM
    From what I have read you are more concerned about making healthy yeast during the starter
    reproduction phase. You do not need to be as concerned about the temperatures that produce
    undersirable flavo...

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