Last Activity:11-29-2015 9:08 PM
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Posted in thread: Simple Electric Setup Help (Electric Boil Kettle and Cooler Mash Tun) on 11-02-2015 at 12:28 AM
I built one earlier this year out of a keg and a hot water heating element. Dealing with the
Hot Break problem was my main concern. and I found a kit from Stilldragon which included a box,
Posted in thread: Official Broken Hydrometer Count on 10-31-2015 at 07:02 PM
Probably about 5 or six, the first 3 or so involved winemaking, then when I broke another I
went to MD Homebrew and arrived just in time for a homebrewing 101 class. The rest is history,
and I haven't...
Posted in thread: Perfect brew day to complete disaster on 10-29-2015 at 10:44 AM
I have gotten away with the trick of using my mouth, blowing to clear debris from the ball
valve. usually happens when leaf hops or a coarse addition like cocoa nibs is added to the boil
without the b...
Posted in thread: Spent Grains on 10-25-2015 at 03:51 PM
When I brew, I dump my spent grains onto a compost pile. As for wild bacteria, while the fresh
spent grain might be pasteurized, it soon picks up wild bacteria blowing on the wind, washed
down by the ...
Posted in thread: Looking for a decent bottle brush on 09-26-2015 at 10:45 AM
I have a problem finding a good bottle brush these days. A few years ago, the LHBS I normally
deal with changed their bottle brushes for the worse. What is worse, other LHBSs in the area
seem to get t...
Posted in thread: cider press on 09-23-2015 at 12:59 AM
I attempted to make a wood slatted press a few years ago, using seamless stainless steel bands
cut from a cylinder I found at a local scrapyard. I found out that Stainless Steel is
devilishly hard to ...
Posted in thread: Moving to Electric on 08-30-2015 at 01:39 PM
The most critical need for an electric brew kettle aside from the obvious electrical safety
stuff is to be able to throttle your 240 volt heating element during the critical period
between hot break a...
Posted in thread: The best wort Chiller on 03-04-2015 at 09:49 PM
My concern with a counterflow or plate chiller is that unlike an immersion chiller, which
chills the whole batch at once, as Brew Boy and others have stated, there is the whole DMS
issue, plus somethi...
Posted in thread: The woes of a 120v brewer on 02-10-2015 at 11:22 PM
One thing that can help you at the margins with an electric setup is insulating your kettle.
For a couple of years I used an Electric Turkey Fryer (1650 watts) as my primary heater, along
with 1500 wa...
Posted in thread: bacon beer on 02-04-2015 at 02:38 AM
I made a bacon maple Porter using a basic Robust Porter recipe, maple syrup, a small amount of
Smoked Malt, and an extract made by soaking crispy bacon in vodka overnight, then transferring