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  • I became interested in brewing after I started working for a small local beer/wine distributor. Being small, they had all the obscure brands that the big boys didn't want to have to deal with. Our big brands were Deschutes, Pyramid, Pike, Full Sail, Stone and Rogue. Some of the fun things I was selling were the Merchant du Vin lineup (Sam Smith, Lindemans, Traquair, Westmalle, Orval), Unibroue, Elysian, Aecht Schlenkerla, Youngs, JW Lees and Hofbrau. This is to name just a few of the world class beers I sold and sampled.rnrnWell, the micro movement is big up here and we had a small company that came in and opened shop for a U-Brew. Basically, you picked a recipe and with their guidence, you brewed a beer from grain crushing to bottling using their professional equipment. It was great beer and I was hooked. I took a homebrewing course through the local community college which lead me to extract brewing with grains. Eventually we (brother, cousin and I; the Mad Vikings) stepped i
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  • Posted in thread: Hop Quesadilla on 07-17-2012 at 02:30 PM
    Here's the bitch of it: a non-positive-displacement pump such as the March or Chugger will only
    make the issues with the hop blocker much more aggravating, because that kind of pump can't
    maintain any...

  • Posted in thread: am I overloading my 15 amp breaker on 02-15-2012 at 12:15 PM
    Doing some quick math in my head and it looks like adding the second freezer will throw you
    over the top. You only want to go to a max of 80% which would be 12 amps on a 15 amp circuit.
    The breaker is...

  • Posted in thread: Sourcing parts and other options on 01-10-2012 at 07:26 PM
    Your house will have a ground at the panel. When you run power for your system, you will run 2
    hot wires (from the circuit breaker you will be installing, black or red in color), 1 neutral
    wire (from ...

  • Posted in thread: Brewtroller on 12-24-2011 at 07:12 AM
    Two cents taken, I can get a second Brewtroller board and repurpose it to run the fermentation.
    Perfect!As for protecting the heating elements. I work with waste heat boilers that produce
    600# steam. ...

  • Posted in thread: Brewtroller on 12-23-2011 at 11:51 AM
    I thought it wouldn't work for fermentation control, but I had to ask. As for the Fermtroller,
    where does a person find one? The Brewtroller website shows only a firmware release and OSCS's
    doesn't ha...

  • Posted in thread: Brewtroller on 12-22-2011 at 10:52 AM
    I'm at work right now and it's 2:30am, so my mind is wandering a bit and my train of thought is
    derailing.A couple of other items I forgot about. First, I will have a mash mixer with a motor
    from an i...

  • Posted in thread: Brewtroller on 12-22-2011 at 10:11 AM
    Thanks pickles for the offer. I appreciate it.The core of my system will be a boiler for
    heating the mash and brew kettle with steam. Along with the boiler, mash tun and brew kettle I
    will have a HLT ...

  • Posted in thread: Brewtroller on 12-21-2011 at 05:33 AM
    I haven't gotten all of the items sorted out that I need. I did look at the Blackheart Brewery
    site and that looks great. That's the sort of control panel I plan on building. I will probably
    contact t...

  • Posted in thread: Brewtroller on 12-19-2011 at 02:05 AM
    Say, is there anyone familiar with the Brewtroller that could help guide me in the right
    direction. I just want to know what I should be purchasing for my control box. I have a pretty
    good idea, I thi...

  • Posted in thread: Electric Rig complete. Video link. on 11-05-2011 at 06:16 AM
    That pigtail looks to be a nozzle for the end of a water line. We use these where I work in one
    of the vessels when it goes through a wash cycle every 36 hours. You can also see them on fire

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