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Forum: General Techniques 07-07-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
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I did a strawberry saison last year that turned...

I did a strawberry saison last year that turned out well. A little tart but overall dry and fruity. I agree with frozen and I just dipped the sliced strawberries in the starsan before tossing in the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-30-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 381
Views: 84,252
I agree, and I wouldn't worry about it seeming...

I agree, and I wouldn't worry about it seeming watery, this yeast leaves a nice body.


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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-29-2014, 03:34 AM
Replies: 317
Views: 40,780
Be careful with anything that may have been used...

Be careful with anything that may have been used in a lab, no telling what nasty chemical someone may have put in it.

But Pyrex would a great material to ferment in.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-29-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,343
There must be something about the small space/...

There must be something about the small space/ insulation in an MT that make it so terrible (or good from the bacteria's prospective). I've never gotten a bad smell from all the spent grain I've dump...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-25-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Haven't had any trouble with my brewhardware...

Haven't had any trouble with my brewhardware weldless fittings, just follow directions and no problem. I've had more trouble with the fittings on my pumps than anything on the kettles.


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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-20-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 943
I have two concords, and both were fairly easy...

I have two concords, and both were fairly easy following Bobby M's instructions, except for the second to last hole which was a real pain. I think there are likely some inconsistencies in the steel...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-15-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Extract Brewing with electricity

Just turn off the element when you add the extract, and stir like hell before you turn it back on.

Edit: also stir after you turn off the element but before the extract goes in.


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Forum: Electric Brewing 06-06-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,043
By the way the first time I threw the switch the...

By the way the first time I threw the switch the GFI popped immediately, I knew I wired the control box right but couldn't figure it out, after an hour of testing turned out my EE buddy had wired the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-06-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 9,043
I found it was easier to break up the wiring into...

I found it was easier to break up the wiring into smaller chunks, i.e. Master power, element power and switch, PID-SSR, PID alarm and switch. Made it a little less intimidating than the finished mess...
Forum: Electric Brewing 05-27-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
DIY element guard on the cheap

I'm all for DIY in most cases but this is a situation where going the easy route is likely less expensive , less time consuming, and will generally work better. The Brewhardware element housing is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-21-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 381
Views: 84,252
I find it to have a very similar mouthfeel to...

I find it to have a very similar mouthfeel to 3711 in that it is super attenuating but doesn't come off as watery. Considering how close to 1.000 it will go, I'm always surprised by that it still...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-19-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 649
SS braid and a bazooka screen are different...

SS braid and a bazooka screen are different beasts. The bazooka screen is rigid and in the 10 gal cooler I used there was a lot of dead space below the screen.

I don't doubt that you can get good...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-19-2014, 04:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 649
I used a bazooka screen plenty in my 10 gallon...

I used a bazooka screen plenty in my 10 gallon cooler before I went HERMS, no problems as long as you batch sparge. The biggest con is lack of flexibility, you aren't going to be able to fly sparge...
Forum: Electric Brewing 05-10-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,411
With proper strain relief I don't see anything...

With proper strain relief I don't see anything wrong with hardwiring the cord into a panel, especially if it's permanently mounted. Should be treated the same as a dryer, stove, or hot tub.


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Forum: Electric Brewing 05-07-2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 26,481
The only time I regretted not having an alarm...

The only time I regretted not having an alarm switch for each PID was when my HLT probe cord broke and I had turn off all the alarms to finish the brew day. The more I use my system the less I use...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-05-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 214
Caustic is the best for breaking down protein,...

Caustic is the best for breaking down protein, it's what the professionals use for CIP. Check out Red Devil Lye. It's strong stuff so be careful, have a little vinegar near by in case you spill it or...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-05-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 214
I doubt it will give you any off flavors, but if...

I doubt it will give you any off flavors, but if you really want to get rid of it caustic is the most effective. Unless you put in the oven through a self clean cycle, I think the oven will just bake...
Forum: Electric Brewing 05-03-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,015
Test run/shock felt when touching kettle

If you have 4 wires running to the spa panel then the neutral and ground shouldn't be bonded anywhere except the main panel. If the GFI is tripping immediately that makes me think the neutral isn't...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-01-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 249
I'd recommend 1/2" over 3/8, less restriction ...

I'd recommend 1/2" over 3/8, less restriction


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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-01-2014, 05:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 249
That isn't going to work well for several...

That isn't going to work well for several reasons, first IMO a RIMS would be better system for step mashing, HERMS is more like a long ramp than a step. Second the thermal transfer in that...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-30-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 714
In addition to the Aubrins stuff, I found Kal's...

In addition to the Aubrins stuff, I found Kal's instructions helpful:
http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/control-panel-setup


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Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-28-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
OP: how do you have your pumps mounted? Is it in...

OP: how do you have your pumps mounted? Is it in an enclosure or have a splash guard?

Like others have said the customer service is good with chuggers. Even if it's out of warranty you should talk...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-28-2014, 04:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,249
Here's mine:...

Here's mine: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/keg-bottom-drain-mlt-help-456416/
Forum: DIY Projects 04-28-2014, 03:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,249
Topless Keggles

If your starting from unmodified kegs then think about cutting the bottom off, and turning them upside down for a bottom drain kettle. It's pretty awesome, and you still have handles.

I did this...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-28-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Screw down wire or use crimp terminal

^those guys are right. I'm surprised there aren't male terminal connectors on those parts, that's a lot power to just rely on pressure from screws, unless they are small enough for 10ga ring...
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