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Forum: General Techniques 04-26-2012, 01:41 PM
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Posted By shortyjacobs
I'm using loose pellets, and the difference is...

I'm using loose pellets, and the difference is definitely noticeable. The extended whirlpool after flameout also helps to collect the hops in the center.
Forum: General Techniques 04-26-2012, 01:59 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 68,446
Posted By shortyjacobs
DMS precursors should be long gone by the end of...

DMS precursors should be long gone by the end of a 60 minute boil, (90 min if you are using pilsner malt!), so no worries there.

I'd forgotten about this thread up until I saw it revived today. ...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-16-2012, 03:31 AM
Replies: 22
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Posted By shortyjacobs
Well put :mug;

Well put :mug;
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-10-2012, 03:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,441
Posted By shortyjacobs
You can see how it works right at the end. Look...

You can see how it works right at the end. Look at the base of the handle here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LSz2HjijGxk#t=70s). The lever flicks a little hammer thing...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-09-2012, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,228
Posted By shortyjacobs
Why not just try it, and see if it leaks? I made...

Why not just try it, and see if it leaks? I made all my bulkheads from random crap I bought at Lowes, (not to pull away from Wayne at BF - he's got good stuff, and it probably would have been...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-09-2012, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 799
Posted By shortyjacobs
Some of mine have bubbles in them too. I haven't...

Some of mine have bubbles in them too. I haven't worried much about it.

Come to think of it, I DID have one carboy with a small air bubble in it spontaneously shatter on me. What a mess. I threw...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-09-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,568
Posted By shortyjacobs
And to add to others, tune the PID on the element...

And to add to others, tune the PID on the element that you most care about accurate temp control on. Typically this means you autotune it on the HLT, since that's where exact temps matter. It might...
Forum: Electric Brewing 03-09-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,067
Posted By shortyjacobs
The Midwest one looks to be the same as my "GE"...

The Midwest one looks to be the same as my "GE" one I bought a few months ago....at least from the website pictures.

GFCI is GFCI. As long as it's rated for at least the amperage you're using,...
Forum: DIY Projects 03-08-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By shortyjacobs
Hrm - you should have gotten an SSR PID, not a...

Hrm - you should have gotten an SSR PID, not a relay PID, but you can make it work still. You'll need a 3-32 volt DC source, (a wall-wort for charging a cellphone or the like will work fine), to...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-08-2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By shortyjacobs
Compressions work OK, but I find they release too...

Compressions work OK, but I find they release too easily after a little while, and can leak after repeated tightening/loosenings. I much prefer unions. A bit more expensive, (~$7 vs ~$2), but they...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-08-2012, 02:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By shortyjacobs
Man, good on you for repurposing stuff you found,...

Man, good on you for repurposing stuff you found, but the inverted-color "2" and the oversized "5" would drive me batsh!t insane. :mug:
Forum: DIY Projects 03-08-2012, 02:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,421
Posted By shortyjacobs
Seriously bad a$$. That tap handle would look...

Seriously bad a$$. That tap handle would look pretty dumb on my kegerator, but on yours it's frickin' poetry.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-07-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,267
Posted By shortyjacobs
Amen. I just bought one from Amazon yesterday,...

Amen. I just bought one from Amazon yesterday, should arrive tomorrow. $38 shipped!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DJOOI/

The 50 pound one is 13 gallons. They are FDA approved. ...
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-17-2012, 01:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 840
Posted By shortyjacobs
Mine ran pretty hot too, enough that it killed an...

Mine ran pretty hot too, enough that it killed an SSR. I mounted a fan to blow across the heatsink....now the heatsink is cool....even when running a 5500 watt element.
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-17-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 872
Posted By shortyjacobs
The 2352 from auber has a 2 second cycle time...

The 2352 from auber has a 2 second cycle time minimum. At boil, with 11 gallons, I'm typically at 60-70% on, so 1.2-1.4 seconds on, 0.8 to 0.6 seconds off.

When the kettle has just started to...
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-13-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By shortyjacobs
Each element will be pulling 1500W/120V = 12.5...

Each element will be pulling 1500W/120V = 12.5 amps. Standard household wiring handles 15-20 amps, depending on the wiring, so you need two separate circuits. You'd need to find two outlets in your...
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-13-2012, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By shortyjacobs
Water has a specific heat of 4.18 J/gK. 160F is...

Water has a specific heat of 4.18 J/gK. 160F is 71C. Assuming a starting temp of 45F, or 7C, and 4 gallons is 15142 mL of water, and water weighs 1 g / mL, that's 4.18 * (71-7) * 15142 = 4051000...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-13-2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 736
Posted By shortyjacobs
NPT means tapered threads....the threads get...

NPT means tapered threads....the threads get narrower as you go farther in. NPSM (straight pipe threads) have no taper, same width the whole way.

This means that NPSM will only thread a bit into...
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-13-2012, 03:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By shortyjacobs
The A419 isn't the best option for this, as it...

The A419 isn't the best option for this, as it will have trouble controlling the temp exactly, (large hysteresis compared with a PID, and it only works in "on-off" mode, which will mean larger temp...
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-11-2012, 02:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,366
Posted By shortyjacobs
Personally, I really like the ones I got from...

Personally, I really like the ones I got from Auber.
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-09-2012, 01:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,165
Posted By shortyjacobs
That's a PWM, not PID, but otherwise I agree...

That's a PWM, not PID, but otherwise I agree :mug:.
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-08-2012, 01:01 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 23,518
Posted By shortyjacobs
It makes perfect sense. V is half of W,...

It makes perfect sense. V is half of W, alphabetically speaking, and watts are half amps, (since W=VI, V is therefore half of what makes up W).

The math checks. :drunk:
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-07-2012, 02:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,969
Posted By shortyjacobs
I'm really curious what their answer might be....

I'm really curious what their answer might be. I'm thinking there's a good chance they'll say "NO" for power applications, simply as a cover-your-a$$ maneuver...
Forum: General Techniques 02-07-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,371
Posted By shortyjacobs
I have searched for the ellusive trub cone since...

I have searched for the ellusive trub cone since day one. Only gotten it once, seemingly at random.

I first tried the "stir like crazy and let sit for 20 minutes" method, no dice. Then the "use...
Forum: Electric Brewing 02-07-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,165
Posted By shortyjacobs
Yeah, if you want to control power manually with...

Yeah, if you want to control power manually with no electronic readout, just use an SSR, (to switch the element on and off), and a PWM, (which tells the SSR "how much power" to give the element).
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