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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: 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...

  • Posted in thread: Long term beer storage in Glass Carboys? on 09-06-2015 at 09:36 PM
    +1Glass is perfect for storing still beer under refrigeration.

  • Posted in thread: Cleaning up a scratched/used SS Table? on 08-09-2015 at 06:37 PM
    It has "patina".........Leave it, or you'll be forever fussing over scratches you add to it.I
    would scrub it with an red "ScotchBrite" hand pad, and some Barkeepers friend, and roll with
    it.+1It is a ...

  • Posted in thread: Ozone sanitation on 08-09-2015 at 06:24 PM
    Ozone presents some challenges on a home brewing scale.It has to be generated at the point of
    use and can't be stored because it is an unstable gas that turns back into oxygen within
    minutes of being ...

  • Posted in thread: RIMS element keeps blowing on 08-01-2015 at 10:27 PM
    The valve is to mitigate pump cavitation, by making sure the outflow is throttled to keep pump
    suction low, as well as control the flow rate thru the RIMS loop. By putting a flow switch on
    the dischar...

  • Posted in thread: Coldbreak Brewing Herms Giveaway! on 07-28-2015 at 12:48 AM

  • Posted in thread: HomeBrewSupply Amcyl Brew Kettle w/ 3-Piece Ball Valve Giveaway! on 07-28-2015 at 12:42 AM

  • Posted in thread: 3 prong not Ground wired in wall...problem? on 07-26-2015 at 01:26 AM
    If you're gonna loose sleep over it, pull that new receptacle and install a GFCI one.'da
    KidWhile that will work, personally I avoid GFCI for circuits with refrigerators or freezers
    due to issues with...

  • Posted in thread: Temperature Controllers which is best on 07-26-2015 at 01:15 AM
    In my experience most are pretty good in terms of intrinsic reliability. The workmanship and
    quality of the installation and setup/configuration is what makes or breaks the system's

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