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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-15-2014, 11:56 PM
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Posted By aledawg
I'm very curious how your beer turned out. Was...

I'm very curious how your beer turned out. Was there enough rosemary / orange, and how did it blend with the American Wheat yeast?
Forum: DIY Projects 03-23-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
When doing "dry runs" without the grains, there's...

When doing "dry runs" without the grains, there's no more than 1-2 cups left of fluid.

In a real world situation, the grains will hold on to lots of fluid which is more slowly "released", so more...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-17-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Very nice! I have the same results for left-over...

Very nice! I have the same results for left-over fluid, so it's very efficient.

One thing that bothered me for the first few runs: I had a "significant" temperature drop in the mash (5-6 degrees...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-17-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Hi again, For the fly sparge manifold, I...

Hi again,

For the fly sparge manifold, I made a rectangle and added one "center tube". The holes were drilled with a small drill bit. I glued the rectangle together, since this one (unlike the...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-16-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Here you go! Overview of mash tun ...

Here you go!

Overview of mash tun

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/1?c

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/1?c

The mashing manifold upside down, showing the slits which were cut with a hacksaw and "polished"...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-16-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Here you go! Overview of mash tun ...

Here you go!

Overview of mash tun

http://ge.tt/4ZNBmEK1/v/1?c

The mashing manifold upside down, showing the slits which were cut with a hacksaw and "polished" with sandpaper
...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-14-2014, 04:20 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
I just used a mixture of rubber and steel washers...

I just used a mixture of rubber and steel washers until it was nice and tight and stopped dripping. 4+ years in with the same cooler, it still is dry as a bone. Will put up pictures of this as well...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-14-2014, 04:11 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Hey Wreck99, I'd be happy to, but I'm far...

Hey Wreck99,

I'd be happy to, but I'm far away from my home at the moment. I'll try to get a photo done this weekend inbetween travels and post it for you.

Basically, though, it's just a...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-14-2014, 02:55 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Yep, what foos-n-brew said. I have a very...

Yep, what foos-n-brew said. I have a very similar setup and it works great. Never a stuck mash and predictable efficiency and the vorlaufing is quick and good - hardly any particles at all.

If I...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-30-2013, 02:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,417
Posted By aledawg
Fantastic diagrams and explanations - will use...

Fantastic diagrams and explanations - will use this to modify my system to a 2-tier, single-pump HERMS with 2 keggles, 2 burners, and a cooler mash-tun
Forum: Electric Brewing 05-14-2013, 11:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,354
Posted By aledawg
Would it be possible for you to post the specs on...

Would it be possible for you to post the specs on the 3kW heating element? I'm considering one for my own setup.
Forum: DIY Projects 12-15-2011, 10:41 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
I have a pretty consistent temp drop of 1-3...

I have a pretty consistent temp drop of 1-3 degrees, whether I do a small or big batch.

I used the hacksaw and have no complaints on the results - never a stuck mash!
Forum: DIY Projects 01-31-2011, 09:54 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
I used a 1/2" x 2" nipple, and it worked ok. On...

I used a 1/2" x 2" nipple, and it worked ok. On the inside I used a 1/2"-to-"flat" CPVC fitting and then a 90degree CPVC elbow to connect to the manifold on the bottom.


-e
Forum: DIY Projects 12-13-2010, 05:21 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Hey Tennessee! I started with this setup and...

Hey Tennessee!

I started with this setup and was terribly disappointed at first, with 50% efficiency. Granted, it was my first batch, but I thought I'd read enough about it to really get it right...
Forum: DIY Projects 09-10-2010, 09:39 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
I've mashed around 33lbs successfully, but it got...

I've mashed around 33lbs successfully, but it got a little messy at times...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-28-2010, 04:02 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Hi again! Sorry for the late reply, but...

Hi again!

Sorry for the late reply, but thought I'd share the results of my last brew session, as I followed Kirin's tips.

As before, I heated the strike water well above the target. Before...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-15-2010, 03:20 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Kirin, these are excellent tips, thanks so much...

Kirin, these are excellent tips, thanks so much for sharing. I had not thought of letting the water sit for 10-15 minutes, nor vorlaufing a bit of water to make sure my manifold (CPVC, slotted,...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-14-2010, 03:36 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Hey Kirin, Glad you're getting such a good...

Hey Kirin,

Glad you're getting such a good result! :)

If you don't mind, could you describe how consistent your efficiency is, and perhaps describe in detail how you go about your mashing...
Forum: DIY Projects 05-13-2010, 05:15 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Dunno what I' doing wrong with this cooler, but...

Dunno what I' doing wrong with this cooler, but the other day I experienced a 4 degree loss over 75 minutes.

I have insulated the lid, and even had thick blankets on top of it. It was a warm...
Forum: Introductions 03-17-2010, 05:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 247
Posted By aledawg
Hello my friend, Since you're in Bucks...

Hello my friend,

Since you're in Bucks county, I also want to invite you to hook up with the ALEiens (www.aleiens.com).

We meet the last Tuesday of every month at the Hulmeville Inn...
Forum: General Chit Chat 01-28-2010, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,225
Posted By aledawg
I've been to Bamberg (and a few other places...

I've been to Bamberg (and a few other places around Germany and Belgium recently). For some ideas, check out a "trip report" on our homebrew club pages:
...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-12-2010, 01:18 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
I had some problems at first, but used 45 and 90...

I had some problems at first, but used 45 and 90 degree CPVC fittings to get "up" from the manifold resting on the bottom and into the outlet where I had a SS 1" x 1/2" nipple connecting into a CPVC...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-22-2009, 03:27 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Very similar to my experience from my last brew...

Very similar to my experience from my last brew day - after I insulated the lid, even. I found I had to fill water into the MLT at a high temp (while I was heating more in the keggle), and wait...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-11-2009, 09:02 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Ok, so I did a very basic experiment First,...

Ok, so I did a very basic experiment

First, I filled the lid of one of the coolers with insulation foam purchased at Lowe's for 3.98/can. It was clear when I was spewing the sticky stuff into the...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-08-2009, 11:42 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 68,184
Posted By aledawg
Won't do it very scientifically correct, really. ...

Won't do it very scientifically correct, really. Just interested in seeing if there's a significantly higher drop in temp in one cooler over the other.


Thx,
-e
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