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Forum: DIY Projects 02-27-2012, 04:47 AM
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Posted By mmccurdy
Bits for the burner mount and kettle rest ready...

Bits for the burner mount and kettle rest ready for install:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7057/6934138075_469c58c803_b.jpg

Everything welded up:
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Forum: DIY Projects 02-26-2012, 03:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,463
Posted By mmccurdy
So I guess I'll go ahead and use this as a build...

So I guess I'll go ahead and use this as a build thread instead of starting a new one.

Small updates to the design. Hanging the pumps to keep them as low as possible to avoid priming issues with...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-20-2012, 06:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,463
Posted By mmccurdy
Yeah, the lower MLT is less about positioning the...

Yeah, the lower MLT is less about positioning the bottom of the vessel and more about keeping the tops all even -- at a height optimized for adding ingredients and stirring, etc.

I have a false...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-19-2012, 11:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,463
Posted By mmccurdy
Yeah I happen to have three pumps right now,...

Yeah I happen to have three pumps right now, since I bought two and then got a third with the same craigslist deal that I got the brutus steel.

I haven't thought through all the plumbing yet, but...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-19-2012, 04:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,463
Posted By mmccurdy
Feedback on my "1.5 tier" brew stand?

I only have one batch of all-grain under my belt, so I thought I'd throw this out there hoping to get some feedback from people who have a lot more experience with this stuff.

Eventually I want to...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 02-13-2012, 05:56 AM
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Views: 206,645
Posted By mmccurdy
I'm in...

I'm in...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-12-2012, 05:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 762
Posted By mmccurdy
First all-grain batch + "prototype" single-tier stand

It's been about a month since my first extract batch (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/first-post-first-brew-fingers-crossed-292787/), and I've been itching to go all-grain. Fueled by the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-04-2012, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Posted By mmccurdy
I don't have firsthand experience, but they...

I don't have firsthand experience, but they should be the same fittings as on the full size couplers, so if you're set up to do QD's with the regular coupler, the low profile should just swap in.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-04-2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Posted By mmccurdy
The first pic doesn't look so bad as long as...

The first pic doesn't look so bad as long as there's not a hard kink in the line.

There are also "low profile" sanke couplings available, e.g.: this one from Amazon...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 02-03-2012, 03:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,687
Posted By mmccurdy
According to their site...

According to their site (http://www.sierranevada.com/beers/ruthless.html):

Bittering: Bravo
Aroma: Chinook & Experimental
Dry Hops: Chinook, Citra, and Experimental

Obviously it seems like...
Forum: Light Lager 01-31-2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 22,308
Posted By mmccurdy
x2... I'm all for Reinheitsgebot as much as the...

x2... I'm all for Reinheitsgebot as much as the next guy, but more than that I'm after that super-crisp helles that's poured off the wooden keg in their gastropub in München. I'm definitely not...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-28-2012, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 886
Posted By mmccurdy
It doesn't look like the impeller in that one is...

It doesn't look like the impeller in that one is magnetically coupled to the drive, which is a distinguishing feature of the March-type pumps. This may or may not be an issue depending on your...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 01-27-2012, 06:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,687
Posted By mmccurdy
Had this on draught tonight... I don't have much...

Had this on draught tonight... I don't have much rye experience either. This one was interesting, kind of a "raw" taste to it -- my wife said it tasted as close as she's had to the way a typical...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-27-2012, 04:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,309
Posted By mmccurdy
I picked one of these up based on some thread...

I picked one of these up based on some thread that I saw on here (maybe this one?) and I'm very happy with it so far. Nice and small but still plenty of power to heat up a decent sized chamber.
...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-26-2012, 06:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By mmccurdy
It's a little off-topic for this thread maybe,...

It's a little off-topic for this thread maybe, but since you asked, and since I've been thinking about it...

I know a lot of people put their temperature sensors in gel packs, water, or other...
Forum: DIY Projects 01-26-2012, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By mmccurdy
Definitely hard wire the controller in place of...

Definitely hard wire the controller in place of the thermostat. Like mredge73 says, you'll be guaranteed to get the temps you want regardless of what the original thermostat says, and since you're...
Forum: Introductions 01-26-2012, 03:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 86
Posted By mmccurdy
Ahh.... this thread really takes me back... had...

Ahh.... this thread really takes me back... had to be at least two weeks ago now...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/first-post-first-brew-fingers-crossed-292787/

:mug:
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-24-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,277
Posted By mmccurdy
Yeah a side-by-side comparison would be...

Yeah a side-by-side comparison would be interesting. I got my faucet/handle on eBay also. While it's not super high quality (it's chrome and plastic), I do feel like it's "to spec" in terms of the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-23-2012, 09:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,277
Posted By mmccurdy
I've been running a beer gas (co2/nitrogen mix)...

I've been running a beer gas (co2/nitrogen mix) setup for a few months, and the tap that I have looks exactly like the one in this pic. There is a restrictor plate inside that has six holes, and...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-21-2012, 03:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,285
Posted By mmccurdy
Oops, sorry. Hasty eBay search. The...

Oops, sorry. Hasty eBay search.

The Farmhouse deal looks good, and it seems better to me than picking a random/faceless eBay merchant anyway.

I dug up my receipt and found I paid $29.90 +...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-21-2012, 03:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,285
Posted By mmccurdy
I got mine from a random eBay vendor I can't...

I got mine from a random eBay vendor I can't remember... something like this (no affiliation):

Perlick Perl 525PC forward sealing, chromed brass beer faucet | eBay...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-19-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,748
Posted By mmccurdy
When you release CO2 from the ~800psi tank to the...

When you release CO2 from the ~800psi tank to the ~10psi headspace in the keg, it expands and cools down significantly, so I doubt it is warming up the beer regardless of the temp of the tank.

The...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-19-2012, 07:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 914
Posted By mmccurdy
Well, I know that the physical reality is that it...

Well, I know that the physical reality is that it takes time for CO2 to be absorbed into the beer. It's a function of the pressure, volume, and temperature. Higher pressure, lower temps, smaller...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-19-2012, 12:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 914
Posted By mmccurdy
Maybe they swapped a flat keg for a fresh/carbed...

Maybe they swapped a flat keg for a fresh/carbed one?
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 01-18-2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,834
Posted By mmccurdy
x2 on Carbonic Service -- I have a 10lb. CO2 tank...

x2 on Carbonic Service -- I have a 10lb. CO2 tank that I use for my Jeep and another one for the beer and I want to say it's between $15-20 for 10lbs., and I think around $10 for 5. I also own the...
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