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  • Nebraska
  • I enjoy brewing, processing wild game meat into tasty dishes and sausages, hunting, and building my own brewing gear.
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  • Attempted to brew my first batch when I was a young lad in the 1970's. It was a flop. I was inspired by our church Paster, who was also home brewer. I started extract brewing in 1993 when I moved back to the midwest after living in the South for a number of years. I did my first brew using a 15 gallon Red Wing crock for a primary fermentor. rnI learned soon enough that good basic sanitation procedures and modern techniques and equipment were the key to brewing good beer. rnAfter upgrading to a better closed fermentor, wort chiller, and full volume wort boils, I was getting extract beers that were about as good as I could get them.rnAll grain brewing looked like the next step to take for me, but I was always put off by the time intensive nature of it.rnI decided that if I was going to brew AG and mash, that I wanted to remove some of the variables of time, temperature from the process.rn I started reading everything I could about RIMS/HERMS systems. I decided that building a RIMS was within my ability and assembled the system I am using now.
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  • Posted in thread: What percent do you set your BK? on 12-28-2014 at 04:43 PM
    Everyone really should post boil volume and element wattage with their posts.+1Any comparisons
    to your particular system is moot without knowing these two variables.

  • Posted in thread: Electricians: Help! 240v power supply to 120v Element help on 12-27-2014 at 06:23 PM
    If you use a L6-30 outlet for 120V, I recommend you put a label above or below it saying "120
    volts", because the outlet pattern implies 240V.What z-bob said...No real danger. Just the
    delay in brewin...

  • Posted in thread: Thread sealing on 12-26-2014 at 04:19 AM
    Most common thread sealing compounds, including teflon tape, are rated for temperatures above
    212 F.

  • Posted in thread: electric set-up w/ decoction brewing on 12-26-2014 at 03:49 AM
    Borosilicate glass is not rated for an open flame. Please be careful, hopefully it will just
    make a mess, but you can lift it off the burner and the bottom will stay there. They get stress
    fractures f...

  • Posted in thread: PID/SSR with SSVR power control on 12-24-2014 at 02:37 PM
    Thanks processhead. I agree, the circuit will get more complicated.However, I would like to
    regulate peak power when the PID energizes the SSR during mash circulation. The main, and
    likely unconventio...

  • Posted in thread: SSR Advice on 12-23-2014 at 03:30 PM
    Crydom and Opto 22.Beware the bargain stuff from questionable sellers.

  • Posted in thread: PID/SSR with SSVR power control on 12-23-2014 at 03:25 PM
    If you want to use one control setup for both elements, you will be best off using one PID and
    one SSR to do both.A PID can do precise control of the RIMS but will operate the SSR/element at
    full outp...

  • Posted in thread: 120V RIMS Controller Planning Help on 12-22-2014 at 03:17 PM
    Most people put a mechanical relay in series so that they can say with 100% certainty that the
    circuit is not energized. I don't think it is redundant or a waste.In this circuit, the main
    power toggle...

  • Posted in thread: In Search Of A True Clean In Place System on 12-22-2014 at 03:26 AM
    Home-brewers can use CIP principles in several areas, although not to the extent used in a
    commercial food or beverage operation.One example: After am initial warm water rinse, I use the
    RIMS pump to ...

  • Posted in thread: PID/SSR setup help on 12-21-2014 at 01:43 AM
    Problem was when I upped the set temperature to 350, the elements start glowing as they should;
    also, now that autotune was completed, the PID was showing a PV (im assuming it is some indexed
    number o...

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