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Forum: DIY Projects 09-25-2010, 11:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,749
Posted By Funkenjaeger
but then you don't have any automatic temperature...

but then you don't have any automatic temperature control, which was one of the key reasons for building such a cabinet...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-21-2010, 01:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,192
Posted By Funkenjaeger
Still have to mount it and connect the tubing. ...

Still have to mount it and connect the tubing.

Unless some noticeably better prices turn up on the important parts, the build vs. buy decision seems to come down to whether you happen to be...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-21-2010, 12:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,192
Posted By Funkenjaeger
$30 and you still need to mount it, add an outlet...

$30 and you still need to mount it, add an outlet hose, and a threaded rod to connect the valve and float ball. A couple brass pipe locknuts, a brass barb fitting and 90 degree elbow (assuming you...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-18-2010, 10:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,192
Posted By Funkenjaeger
Keep in mind that it does you no good if the...

Keep in mind that it does you no good if the valve gets clogged or stuck the first time it sees a grain particle. And, whatever you use, you have to figure out a way to mount it.

I never really...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-15-2010, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,767
Posted By Funkenjaeger
I think you're going to run into problems if you...

I think you're going to run into problems if you hope to use this alone to chill a batch from boiling to pitching temp. You'll have hot spots pretty quickly if you don't stir, but even if you do...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-16-2010, 11:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,737
Posted By Funkenjaeger
A small standalone HEX can change temperature a...

A small standalone HEX can change temperature a lot faster than a HEX in a large HLT.
This can be a case of diminishing returns, as it still takes a while for the temperature change to propagate...
Forum: DIY Projects 06-12-2010, 06:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,591
Posted By Funkenjaeger
A keg isn't an incredibly demanding task for an...

A keg isn't an incredibly demanding task for an angle grinder; even a cheap one should get you through it if you're patient. Personally I'd recommend getting a nicer one so it holds up when you use...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-31-2010, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,988
Posted By Funkenjaeger
You have to consider the internal shape of the...

You have to consider the internal shape of the pump head. The inlet goes to somewhere in the center, the outlet comes from the outer edge. If the outlet is down, you'll wind up with a big air...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-24-2010, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 474
Posted By Funkenjaeger
My faucets have gaskets in them, I would think...

My faucets have gaskets in them, I would think yours should too.
Forum: For Sale 05-08-2010, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By Funkenjaeger
Corona-style grain mill

Pretty standard. Complete, and includes parts for a few upgrades I made when I used it: a shaft to drive it with a drill instead of hand cranking, and some guards to help direct grain down into the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-27-2010, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 441
Posted By Funkenjaeger
I don't have any specific recommendations based...

I don't have any specific recommendations based on your process, but just to give you a search term to work with, "astringency" is the term for what you describe.
Forum: DIY Projects 04-24-2010, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 417,793
Posted By Funkenjaeger
Sounds familiar. I had better success with...

Sounds familiar. I had better success with heating the joint gently but stopping short of the flux burning off, and then going around with focused heat + solder to get some blobs of solder...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-24-2010, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By Funkenjaeger
1/2" silicone tubing is $2.10 a foot at Austin...

1/2" silicone tubing is $2.10 a foot at Austin Homebrew. That's also way bigger than you need for a sight glass.

I use silicone tubing for sight glasses - 5/16" or 1/4" ID, whichever makes sense...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-10-2010, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,841
Posted By Funkenjaeger
I also found it useful to chop up a round plastic...

I also found it useful to chop up a round plastic container to surround the milling plate area as much as possible - that reduced the amount of grain and dust that wound up somewhere other than in...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-07-2010, 02:06 PM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 417,793
Posted By Funkenjaeger
yeah, they DO make a big deal of eye exposure in...

yeah, they DO make a big deal of eye exposure in the warning label/MSDS. It is hydrochloric acid, after all, and you are boiling/vaporizing it...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-07-2010, 01:37 PM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 417,793
Posted By Funkenjaeger
I used a similar respirator, worked outside, and...

I used a similar respirator, worked outside, and used a fan.

Read the MSDS and draw your own conclusion, but it didn't worry me enough to seek out more extravagant PPE.
Forum: DIY Projects 04-07-2010, 12:47 AM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 417,793
Posted By Funkenjaeger
I had more success this time. I tried to do it a...

I had more success this time. I tried to do it a bit more like that video with the jeweler's torch, rather than the way I'm used to soldering copper pipes (where I heat the whole joint before...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-04-2010, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,895
Posted By Funkenjaeger
That doesn't mean a thing if it doesn't actually...

That doesn't mean a thing if it doesn't actually bond to the surface. I made the mistake of using some 2-ton epoxy on similar plastic once, and it fell apart by itself the next day. You may get...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-04-2010, 05:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,895
Posted By Funkenjaeger
Yeah, that's the problem. Nothing really adheres...

Yeah, that's the problem. Nothing really adheres well to the plastic that these coolers are made from. Silicone won't do you much good as soon as it loses its adhesion to the wall, which doesn't...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-29-2010, 01:17 AM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 417,793
Posted By Funkenjaeger
A handheld MAPP/propane blowtorch. I first tried...

A handheld MAPP/propane blowtorch. I first tried with MAPP which may have contributed to the overheating.

I'd be interested in a video of someone successfully soldering SS with a blowtorch. The...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-28-2010, 11:07 PM
Replies: 1,395
Views: 417,793
Posted By Funkenjaeger
I tried this quickly today and it didn't go all...

I tried this quickly today and it didn't go all that well. The flux (Harris stay-clean liquid) seemed to burn off quickly and leave me with a mess that the solder (Oatey safe flo silver solder)...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-19-2010, 12:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,283
Posted By Funkenjaeger
http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter14-5.html

http://www.howtobrew.com/section3/chapter14-5.html
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-15-2010, 11:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,146
Posted By Funkenjaeger
That sounds about ideal from a time savings...

That sounds about ideal from a time savings standpoint - minimize the extra time spent waiting to begin the boil.

I use a banjo burner which has plenty of horsepower, so I run it at a lower...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-12-2010, 10:22 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 36,384
Posted By Funkenjaeger
Hopefully someone who owns one of these can help...

Hopefully someone who owns one of these can help me with this:

What is the diameter of the float ball?
How far is it submerged when the valve reaches the point of full closure? (this would let...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-12-2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,772
Posted By Funkenjaeger
Perhaps you should at least give it a try before...

Perhaps you should at least give it a try before you make up your mind. I find the iodine test to be pretty straightforward - it either changes color or it doesn't. It's cheap enough to grab a...
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