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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: BrunDog 50A eRig - no HLT for me! on 11-27-2015 at 08:18 PM
    Brundog, your setup looks great. Very nice workmanship and well thought out at every turn. I
    just got to looking through this thread and it makes me want to take my gear and leave it out
    by the curb. ...

  • Posted in thread: My heating element rusts and I don't care. on 11-16-2015 at 06:24 PM
    I suspect's statement has more to do with the demand for their product by
    home brewers, rather than any specific certification of the element for brewing or food use.
    You can be th...

  • Posted in thread: My heating element rusts and I don't care. on 11-16-2015 at 06:19 PM
    The same agencies that approve anything else like a cooler or a pump? I think fuzzy hit the
    nail on the head.... There has to be enough demand to justify paying for such certifications
    otherwise its j...

  • Posted in thread: My heating element rusts and I don't care. on 11-16-2015 at 04:52 PM
    Im shocked the beer tastes good...I know water from a tap with mentioned rust stains doesnt...
    I guess its subjective...The iron certainly wont hurt you your body and the yeast can usually
    benefit fro...

  • Posted in thread: My heating element rusts and I don't care. on 11-16-2015 at 04:44 PM
    I don't understand why anyone would go substandard with food equipment. Maybe a few years ago
    there was no choice. But today multiple vendors sell SS based elements. They only cost a few
    bucks... So w...

  • Posted in thread: My heating element rusts and I don't care. on 11-16-2015 at 01:42 AM
    IMHO, All-SS heating elements are a solution searching for a problem. Minor rust on the element
    base is not an issue unless you want to make it one.

  • Posted in thread: HomebrewSupply Recipe Giveaway on 11-04-2015 at 03:43 AM

  • Posted in thread: Hole in kettle for heating element on 10-15-2015 at 08:34 PM
    Keys to successful holes on stainless steel when using any cutting tool, whether step bit or
    hole saw are: 1) start out with tool cutting edges being sharp. 2) drill operated at slow
    speed. 3) cutting...

  • Posted in thread: drilled stopper won't stay down in the neck of my carboy on 10-02-2015 at 01:22 AM
    I had a similar problem with the stopper working itself out.My solution was to first insert the
    stopper as far as it will go in, and then insert the airlock into the hole last. This seems to
    expand th...

  • Posted in thread: Does nobody use a grant? on 09-06-2015 at 09:40 PM
    I use a grant made from a 4 gallon plastic bucket to catch the runnings from my MLT. It has a
    small pump connected directly to the bucket which periodically runs to transfer the wort back
    up into my k...

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