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Forum: DIY Projects 01-01-2009, 07:27 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By torpshootr
Check out posts 34 and 35 in this thread by The...

Check out posts 34 and 35 in this thread by The Pol:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/new-10-gallon-herms-pics-76773/index4.html

I built a HLT stirrer using the same parts and it works great.
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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-15-2007, 01:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 973
Posted By torpshootr
I got quick delivery on my Barley Crusher. Money...

I got quick delivery on my Barley Crusher. Money well spent as far as I'm concerned. I love it! I routinely get about 85% efficiency using the factory setting.

Good luck with yours!

Cheers,...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-15-2007, 01:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,658
Posted By torpshootr
I also use bleach to clean my fermentation...

I also use bleach to clean my fermentation bucket, but it doesn't competely remove the smell of the beer. I wouldn't worry about it. I've seen no negative effects of the odor.

Cheers,
Ken
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-15-2007, 01:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 850
Posted By torpshootr
I use the 6 gal size Better Bottle. Much lighter...

I use the 6 gal size Better Bottle. Much lighter than glass and won't shatter if you drop it (been there, done that). Works great for a 5 gal batch of beer.

Cheers,
Ken
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-09-2007, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,346
Posted By torpshootr
Take a look at this rig. Go all the way to the...

Take a look at this rig. Go all the way to the bottom of the page and you'll see that this guy sells the plans.

http://www.alenuts.com/brutus.htm


Cheers,
Ken
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-06-2007, 01:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,463
Posted By torpshootr
I have and its helped me a lot in figuring out...

I have and its helped me a lot in figuring out how to use the software, which wasn't always intuitively obvious to me. My opinion of BTP is much higher now that I have a much better idea of its...
Forum: General Techniques 03-03-2007, 09:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 916
Posted By torpshootr
I've dry hopped about 6 times or so. Initially...

I've dry hopped about 6 times or so. Initially looks just as you've described. I've always added the hops to the secondary and left it sit for two weeks. By the end of the second week almost all...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-03-2007, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By torpshootr
Let us know how it turns out! Cheers, Ken

Let us know how it turns out!

Cheers,
Ken
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-03-2007, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 417
Posted By torpshootr
I agree with beer4breakfast. My boil kettle has...

I agree with beer4breakfast. My boil kettle has two 1/2 in couplers welded in.

One is for a 1/2 in SS ball valve. I use a pickup tube and false bottom on the inside of this coupler. I only...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-15-2007, 11:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By torpshootr
This is why I do not like to ferment in buckets -...

This is why I do not like to ferment in buckets - you can't actually see what's going on in there. I have had three different batches that did not pass bubbles through the airlock as it was...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-09-2007, 12:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,439
Posted By torpshootr
OK. Thanks.

OK. Thanks.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-09-2007, 12:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,439
Posted By torpshootr
I was hoping that someone would elaborate on...

I was hoping that someone would elaborate on aging with oak chips. I hadn't heard of this before. Specifically,

Why is it done?

How is it done?

Thanks,
Ken
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-05-2007, 09:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,503
Posted By torpshootr
You da' man. I am envious.

You da' man.

I am envious.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-05-2007, 03:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By torpshootr
When I was doing extracts, I would heat my water...

When I was doing extracts, I would heat my water to a boil, then turn off the heat and stir in the extract. Bring back to a boil... no further stirring required. A vigorous boil keeps everything...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-04-2007, 01:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By torpshootr
That's amazing. I have been checking out that...

That's amazing. I have been checking out that very same heat echanger design. I like the idea of it. All of the benefits of a traditional RIMS heater without the fear of scorching wort on the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-03-2007, 11:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By torpshootr
Yes. I installed a 1500W, 120 VAC heater element...

Yes. I installed a 1500W, 120 VAC heater element purchased at Lowes.

I heat my strike/sparge water in my keggle, then transfer it to the HLT. Once in the HLT, the water heater element is...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-03-2007, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By torpshootr
Yeah, I must admit that, although I began...

Yeah, I must admit that, although I began sparging very slowly, I got impatient near the end and upped the rate. That may have hurt some.

As for the crush, I left my Barley Crusher on the factory...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-03-2007, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By torpshootr
Actually I was fly-sparging, but I elected not to...

Actually I was fly-sparging, but I elected not to stir the grain bed at all during the 60 min mash out of concern for losing heat from the MLT. Next time I think I'll try stirring the grain bed once...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-03-2007, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By torpshootr
WOO HOO!! My first AG.

I've been planning this day since last Christmas. It was awesome. :rockin:

Been doing full boil extract brews for a number of years using a Sabco keggle.

SWMBO got me a MiniBrew MLT for...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-31-2007, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 582
Posted By torpshootr
I've reused a lot of old, dirty bottles too....

I've reused a lot of old, dirty bottles too. Always used bleach, just as you did, to clean them. My opinion... as long as they look clean (bright and shiny on the inside) they are clean.

You have...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-29-2007, 09:17 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 134,179
Posted By torpshootr
I bought an extra magnetic stir bar for just this...

I bought an extra magnetic stir bar for just this reason.

Ken
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-26-2007, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,070
Posted By torpshootr
Innovative Homebrew Solutions sells an add-on...

Innovative Homebrew Solutions sells an add-on sightglass kit. You can buy a SS tee and avoid having to put another hole in your keg.

Check it out here:...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-17-2007, 02:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,431
Posted By torpshootr
My experience is that bleach easily removes mold....

My experience is that bleach easily removes mold.

Cheers,
Ken
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-14-2007, 01:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,240
Posted By torpshootr
I started out using a 6.5 gal glass carboy. But...

I started out using a 6.5 gal glass carboy. But then, like a dope, I dropped it on the garage floor and shattered it while in the midst of a brew session. My LHBS shop was out of 6.5 gal carboys so...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-12-2007, 02:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,129
Posted By torpshootr
First of all, I have a GFCI and plan on using it....

First of all, I have a GFCI and plan on using it. I appreciate your concern and am following your advice on this point.

As for the heater, what follows is a link to the type I am using. Hope it...
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