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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: Tips on cutting panel for controls on 02-25-2015 at 09:36 PM
    Save yourself some time and aggravation and buy a used jig saw at a pawn shop. Metal panel cut
    outs with a Dremel are possible but not worth the hassleYou should be able to score a recip saw
    for $50-$...

  • Posted in thread: Nuisance GFCI trips on 02-25-2015 at 02:44 AM
    If you suspect you have an actual ground fault problem, you could disconnect individual loads
    from the system and see if the problem goes away. Bensiff's comment is valid as well. You may
    have a bad G...

  • Posted in thread: Quick Disconnects on 02-23-2015 at 10:22 PM
    I use the $16 set with 1/2" tubing on my system and I have no complaints. I don't know who is
    using 1" lines. That's huge. Maybe 3/4" but unnecessary I think unless you are in the 1 BBL or
    bigger rang...

  • Posted in thread: E/SE Nebraska group buy 2015 on 02-19-2015 at 06:52 PM
    Guys, Since interest has appeared to slow, I thought I would send out some feelers on anyone
    who might be interested in splitting full bags of grain?I would be interested in half-bag
    quantities of dar...

  • Posted in thread: How would you clean this jar? on 02-16-2015 at 10:44 PM
    25% solution of muratic acid and water. Careful, nasty stuff. Add the acid to the water, never
    the other way around.

  • Posted in thread: 5 gallon vs 10 gallon batch size on 02-16-2015 at 04:26 PM
    The choice to do a larger batch size should ultimately be driven by how fast you, and your
    co-drinkers consume that particular style of beer.I don't think anyone should brew 10 gallon
    batches just bec...

  • Posted in thread: Brew Kettle as Fermenter on 02-16-2015 at 04:20 PM
    I ferment in my stainless kettle all the fancy schmancy gasket and clamps. Place lid
    on kettle, seal with a plastic bag over the top of the kettle and wrap w/ tight string to seal.
    I like to...

  • Posted in thread: What to look for? Buying a keggle on 02-16-2015 at 03:51 PM
    With that notch cut out of the rim, I would tend to look elsewhere, unless it was selling for
    the price of free.You can find a better one.

  • Posted in thread: 5 gallon vs 10 gallon batch size on 02-16-2015 at 02:44 PM
    I'm not sure why anyone would be handicapped trying to do 5 gallon batches in a 10 gallon
    kettle (system)?As I see it, the extra head space of a larger system just gives some additional
    protection aga...

  • Posted in thread: Spike Brewing 20 Gallon Sight Glass Kettle Giveaway! on 02-15-2015 at 07:45 PM
    I'm in.

How hard can it be?

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