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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 08-03-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 33
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Posted By smokewater
I found a local alteration shop that sewed me a...

I found a local alteration shop that sewed me a couple of bags for $12.00. I cut the fabric to taper at the bottom to drain cleaner. Paid less than 5.00 for the fabric. The scraps work well tied...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-19-2012, 12:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,656
Posted By smokewater
I would start with 6 gallons and sparge with 2....

I would start with 6 gallons and sparge with 2. With grain absorption and boil off that should net around 5.5 gallons of Wort.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-19-2012, 12:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,656
Posted By smokewater
When mashing in the kettle I believe its a good...

When mashing in the kettle I believe its a good idea to use as much water as you can initially. The more water you have the easier it is to hold mash temp. I use the "can I mash it" calculator posted...
Forum: BIAB Brewing 07-15-2012, 01:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,854
Posted By smokewater
I have done many 5 gallon batches BIAB and a...

I have done many 5 gallon batches BIAB and a couple of 9 gallon ones with more than 20 lbs of grain. Its really not that hard to lift the bag. You just need something to set it on to drain. Buy a new...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-07-2012, 07:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,576
Posted By smokewater
I paid less than $40 for my cheap aluminum thin...

I paid less than $40 for my cheap aluminum thin walled 13 gallon kettle. I could buy 3 for what the others listed above cost should it fail. Thinner boils faster. If I spring a leak soon then I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-02-2012, 01:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,560
Posted By smokewater
Do you have a seafood strainer with that 7.5...

Do you have a seafood strainer with that 7.5 gallon pot? You could get a taste of all grain brewing with a 5 gallon paint strainer bag. 7.5 gallons is perfect for 4 gallon batches. I brewed 15 or so...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-09-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By smokewater
Damn. That's no fun. Guess I will have to shake...

Damn. That's no fun. Guess I will have to shake it up and leave it in the sun to screw it up.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-09-2012, 03:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By smokewater
I just wondered which would be more efficient....

I just wondered which would be more efficient. Ice will probably be necessary if you want to chill to lager temps or live in the south where ground water runs 80+. You will not chill lower than your...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-08-2012, 03:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,110
Posted By smokewater
I wonder. What would be a more efficient use of...

I wonder. What would be a more efficient use of 50 ft of copper, one 50 ft chiller or two 25 foot chillers connected in series with the first one sitting in an ice bath and the second in the wort.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-08-2012, 12:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By smokewater
Sanitation Experiment

I was bottling up my Yooper DFH60 clone, sipping on my hydrometer sample when only about 1/2 the bottle got filled. I stuck a funnel in the bottle and dumped what the dip tube didn't pick up in...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-03-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By smokewater
While a larger vessel is preferred you can get...

While a larger vessel is preferred you can get just under 3 gallons of water to fit in a 5 gallon bucket with 26lbs of grain. If he mashes in with 12 gallons that will get him close to his preboil...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-03-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By smokewater
I generally run 75-80 efficiency with a single...

I generally run 75-80 efficiency with a single LHBS crush.

I batch sparge in a 5 gallon bucket.
Pull bag after mash. Throw it in the bucket. Stir grain each time.

Its about 150F at this...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-03-2012, 01:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,614
Posted By smokewater
I have used both the paint strainer bags and a...

I have used both the paint strainer bags and a custom made bag I had sewn at an alteration shop for $10.00. One yard of Viole fabric is plenty. Mine was 108 inches wide, Just measure your pots...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-03-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By smokewater
I think the problem is a 15 gallon pot will not...

I think the problem is a 15 gallon pot will not hold the grain bill and enough water to wind up with 10.5 gallons of wort. I ran his numbers in your calculator and it came out to 14.75 gallons of...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-03-2012, 12:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By smokewater
Here is a handy calculator ...

Here is a handy calculator

http://up.jamesnweber.com/_brew/biabcalcs.html

I ran your numbers. Came out to 12.92 gallons of strike water. With grain absorption and boil off you will probably...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-27-2012, 02:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,027
Posted By smokewater
Nice idea OP. I imagine metal duct piping...

Nice idea OP.

I imagine metal duct piping designed for wood stoves or prefab fireplaces would be ideal for this application. My neighbor (who saves bottles for me and has drank lots of my beer)...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-14-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,354
Posted By smokewater
My guess is if you have enough air flow to brew...

My guess is if you have enough air flow to brew with propane it should vent the steam as well.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-06-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,492
Posted By smokewater
It doesn't take much to mix it well. I add the...

It doesn't take much to mix it well. I add the sugar solution half in the bottom, half at the midpoint and stir gently with a sanitized spoon. I figure as long as I am not whipping up bubbles there...
Forum: India Pale Ale 05-06-2012, 03:02 AM
Replies: 2,163
Views: 523,565
Posted By smokewater
Had a long brew day today. New process with a new...

Had a long brew day today. New process with a new 13 gallon aluminum pot. Started the day conditioning it. Mashed in and when I pulled the bag my gravity was a bit low. I threw in a lb of Extra light...
Forum: India Pale Ale 05-04-2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2,163
Views: 523,565
Posted By smokewater
Brewing this one up tomorrow. I am going to...

Brewing this one up tomorrow.

I am going to do a BIAB partygyle to get 2 batchs. Plan to brew the recipe as Yooper presented it no sparge full volume BIAB.

Then I am going to add 5 lbs of 2...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-02-2012, 12:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,574
Posted By smokewater
Bad thing about enamel is once it gets a chip it...

Bad thing about enamel is once it gets a chip it will rust.

Check out these threads

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/easy-stovetop-all-grain-brewing-
pics-90132/

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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-02-2012, 03:41 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,616
Posted By smokewater
Go to a fabric store and buy 1 yard of polyester...

Go to a fabric store and buy 1 yard of polyester viole fabric. It will be 108" wide. Cut it like you want it and take the pieces to an alteration shop. I paid $5 for the fabric and $12 for the sewing...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-02-2012, 03:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,574
Posted By smokewater
What size pot do you have? If money is an issue...

What size pot do you have? If money is an issue you can pick up a cheap aluminum pot on amazon.

I recently bought this 13 gallon one for under $40 shipped
...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-02-2012, 12:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,574
Posted By smokewater
Very little if you go brew in a bag. What type of...

Very little if you go brew in a bag. What type of equipment do you have?
Forum: American Ale 04-18-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 160,603
Posted By smokewater
I just tasted these for the first time after 2...

I just tasted these for the first time after 2 weeks in the bottle.

I bottled 18 before adding 1 oz of cascade to about a quart of boiling water. It sat off the heat for about 20 minutes before I...
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