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Forum: Electric Brewing Today, 03:13 AM
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Posted By kal
I'm not sure - they're direct quotes from WingMan...

I'm not sure - they're direct quotes from WingMan brewers.

Good point however - I don't see how less caramelization would result in increased efficiencies. They probably meant that going electric...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation Today, 03:10 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 28,771
Posted By kal
Yes, BIAB setups are typically less efficient as...

Yes, BIAB setups are typically less efficient as you're not rinsing the grains as thoroughly as it's a one pass drain of the grain. In the limited amounts we brew in the homebrew world, I don't find...
Forum: Electric Brewing Today, 12:34 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,859
Posted By kal
Switches can be especially confusing as they came...

Switches can be especially confusing as they came in 3 parts (contact blocks or "contactors", body, and operator/selector):

http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/images/switch.jpg

Sometimes you...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,561
Posted By kal
I think (unfortunately) that most negative...

I think (unfortunately) that most negative comments come from those who are using it incorrectly / don't realize they're using it incorrectly. Biggest issue is when using a pump, you need to slow the...
Forum: Electric Brewing Yesterday, 10:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By kal
Some thoughts: Trench Drain: You sure you...

Some thoughts:

Trench Drain: You sure you need a trench drain? Are you budgeting The $1000+ it'll cost to breaking up the concrete to install a drain plus P-trap plus the "Y" to an existing...
Forum: Electric Brewing Yesterday, 10:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,086
Posted By kal
My previous brewery was in a pretty small space...

My previous brewery was in a pretty small space and had the same 3 x 20 gallon kettles and my control panel, plus a sink.

Take a look at my brew stand article for lots of pictures and measurements...
Forum: Electric Brewing Yesterday, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By kal
No. In fact, some of the commercial brewers...

No.

In fact, some of the commercial brewers who switched from direct fire gas to electric elements tell me they get less caramelization than before. Here's a quote/picture:



They're at...
Forum: Electric Brewing Yesterday, 09:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By kal
FWIW, I don't use rice hulls at all, even with...

FWIW, I don't use rice hulls at all, even with wheat beers that are 60% wheat (huskless). It really depends on the quality of the false bottom and recirc system.

I find with my March pumps and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-21-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 942
Posted By kal
Tough until you add an easy to break sight glass....

Tough until you add an easy to break sight glass.

I'm a fan of Blichmann kettles myself. They're lighter and tougher with custom protected sight glasses that you can't break, won't fog, etc. My 5...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-21-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By kal
I already sent the following by email when you...

I already sent the following by email when you contacted me, but I'll post here as well:

I’d have a sink right next to the boil kettle so that it doesn’t have to be disconnected to be cleaned....
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-21-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By kal
+1 to all this. You need more power, and/or...

+1 to all this. You need more power, and/or insulate, and/or use a chimney.

A 2000W element puts out 2000W (at the rated voltage), doesn't matter how it's shaped or its size.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-17-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By kal
Did you mean sous-vide? (French for "under...

Did you mean sous-vide? (French for "under vacuum"). That would work.
Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sous-vide

Sous-vide is one of the bonus features you get for free with any electric...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-16-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By kal
The threaded silver coloured base of the heating...

The threaded silver coloured base of the heating element is not corrosion resistant. Some rust may form on this base if water is left in the kettle for a prolonged period of time.

These heating...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-16-2014, 12:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By kal
Paul Aris is correct. That's what too much steam...

Paul Aris is correct. That's what too much steam for the house. For example, I boil off 1.9 gallons/hr.

It's also not 100% clean either.

You want to properly evacuate the steam no matter what...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By kal
Don't worry about it. It's not an issue. ...

Don't worry about it. It's not an issue.


It's going to be very painful (on your arm) to stir for 60+ mins. Not to mention you're going to lose heat with the lid off.

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By kal
You're welcome maierhof! I'm curious however...

You're welcome maierhof!

I'm curious however how you're losing all that heat in the MLT. Are you recirc'ing with the MLT pump open 100%?

I know some brewers have a drop in temp between MLT...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By kal
Having a couple heating elements shipped from...

Having a couple heating elements shipped from Amazon.com to you has to be cheaper than custom making one or spending the many hundreds or even thousands on a band heater.

Worst case, use a package...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By kal
Very true. Electric may cost less to operate...

Very true.

Electric may cost less to operate in most locations, but if the primary goal is cost savings, a simple ~$200 setup with a propane burner, and a picnic cooler for mashing is always going...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By kal
What's your budget? My understanding is that...

What's your budget? My understanding is that band heaters are (relatively speaking) very expensive, thus out of the price range for most home brewers.

They are not as efficient as immersed...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By kal
Your setup sounds similar to mine (HERMS for...

Your setup sounds similar to mine (HERMS for heating). I have my HERMS coil in the HLT and recirc the HLT water and mash wort 100% of the time while mashing.

I simply set the HLT temp to...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By kal
Careful with the pump cover - it may be the angle...

Careful with the pump cover - it may be the angle of the picture, but it looks fairly snug on the pump. I would leave more room for air to circulate (if it gets warm).

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 680
Posted By kal
That's extremely low. How did you calculate the...

That's extremely low. How did you calculate the $3.50 amount?

Kal
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By kal
what sort of heating element are you using that...

what sort of heating element are you using that only draws 2A?

If it's a 120V heating element, that would only be 2 x 120 = 240 watts.

If it's a 240V heating element, that would only be 2 x 240...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-15-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 539
Posted By kal
As others have stated, you can run as many...

As others have stated, you can run as many element as you like as long as you stay under the current limits of the circuit you're using.

You will not overload/overcook the wort, but with a lot of...
Forum: Electric Brewing 04-14-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By kal
+1000 to that! There are lot of different way to...

+1000 to that! There are lot of different way to make beer so the best parts for one person's setup doesn't mean it'll work for everyone else.

Thanks for sharing!

Kal
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