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  • Nebraska
  • I enjoy brewing, processing wild game meat into tasty dishes and sausages, hunting, and building my own brewing gear.
  • Brewing,Hunting,Designing and building stuff.
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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: To drink or not to drink on 06-18-2015 at 10:26 PM
    Flood water usually contains all kinds of human pathogens. Be extra diligent in
    cleaning/sanitizing everything contacting the flood water, including your kegs and dispensing
    gear.Agree with the others...

  • Posted in thread: Does anyone else hate their Chugger pumps? on 06-13-2015 at 09:06 PM
    Walter read my mind with his comments about pump problems related to poor piping design. I
    learned the hard way that many "pump problems" are really poor system piping problems.The pump
    should always ...

  • Posted in thread: Making a Wort Chiller on 06-13-2015 at 08:40 PM
    The temperature of you tap water should be significant factor on your decision of how long your
    coil should be.I would second the advice to go with a counter-flow chiller design. The material
    costs fo...

  • Posted in thread: Help! I think i ruined my brass fittings on 06-13-2015 at 03:12 AM
    I have both brass and copper fittings in my MLT.They come out bright and shiny after an hour in
    the low pH of a mash.Just wipe your fittings down to remove any loose residue before you brew
    and they w...

  • Posted in thread: ferment in sanke quarter barrels? on 05-21-2015 at 07:02 PM
    I used a 1/4 bbl Sanke for a couple years as a fermentor. Took out the retainer spring and
    pulled the spear, used a large stopper and airlock.It works well enough as a fermentor, but
    cleaning was a pa...

  • Posted in thread: How do you fine tune your pump flow? on 05-21-2015 at 06:54 PM
    I was thinking of a needle valve or something to really fine tune.A needle valve could be
    highly prone to plugging up with solids.Not advised for any use other than strike water.Hard
    for me to unders...

  • Posted in thread: Counter top formica on 04-29-2015 at 05:56 PM
    I use my e-keggle directly on a formica counter top with zero issues.The air gap on a Sanke keg
    offers adequate clearance to prevent any heat buildup.A kettle making direct contact might
    result in hig...

  • Posted in thread: Easy & Cheap Stainless Vent Hood on 04-23-2015 at 03:44 PM
    also bought hose clamps for this project off of Amazon, but can't find that product anymore.
    You should be able to buy 6 inch hose clamps as well as flexible and rigid duct at almost any
    home center...

  • Posted in thread: GFCI tripping on 04-23-2015 at 03:34 PM
    Been there and done that myself. Seems to be a recurring theme;.

  • Posted in thread: Solid State relays and heat sinks on 04-21-2015 at 07:51 PM
    Uh... Maybe?As with many things, it depends.

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