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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.
  • Water Utility Maintenance Manager
  • 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: Spike Brewing 12.5gal Conical Fermenter Giveaway! on 08-08-2014 at 01:48 AM

  • Posted in thread: Replacing my heating elements on 08-01-2014 at 01:40 AM
    IMO, the rusty element base issue is causing too many electric brewers to lose way too much
    sleep. A small amount of rust on an element base is not going to affect the beer you brew. Yes,
    it may be un...

  • Posted in thread: RIMS Control Panel Plug Type Question on 07-23-2014 at 09:19 PM
    A 120 volt 3 prong plug should be fine. Strongly advise using 12 gauge 3-conductor wire for the
    line cord to your system.

  • Posted in thread: Motor wiring on 07-21-2014 at 02:27 PM
    Do you have a speed reduction system for the motor?You will need either a gear reduction or
    belt/pulley speed reduction system since the motor itself rotates at too high an RPM.

  • Posted in thread: 30g Electric Brewery Up & Running on 07-21-2014 at 02:22 PM
    Nice. That looks like a great work area with fantastic gear.

  • Posted in thread: Contactor size on 07-21-2014 at 02:20 PM
    Over-sizing a mechanical contactor becomes more critical for motors and other inductive loads.
    Your element is a resistive load, and normally does not require oversizing.Also, in a
    temperature control...

  • Posted in thread: Weldless Triclover Element? on 07-19-2014 at 01:40 PM
    +1Bobby stands behind his merchandise.Thanks!

  • Posted in thread: Weldless Triclover Element? on 07-18-2014 at 07:08 PM
    Sadly, I have had the same experience with mine.On the bright side, I was able to use regular
    lead/tin solder and acid flux to beef up the spot weld attachment points.My contingency plan
    for the strip...

  • Posted in thread: gas and electric kettle, how to wire? on 07-17-2014 at 12:31 PM
    If you are considering wrapping your electrical connections in foil, I can guarantee you will
    do permanent damage to the wire insulation and element terminals, the first time you fire up
    the burner.

  • Posted in thread: gas and electric kettle, how to wire? on 07-16-2014 at 06:18 PM
    I use a keggle with one of Bobby's tri-clover fitting soldered to it.With one of Bobby's
    adaptor kits, I can go electric with a 5500 watt element or remove the element, close the port
    off with a blank...

How hard can it be?