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Forum: Electric Brewing Today, 12:29 PM
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Posted By ChuckO
Check ebay first for the enclosure and sub panel....

Check ebay first for the enclosure and sub panel. Sometimes you can find one surplus that might not have any holes in it.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 07-06-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By ChuckO
I mounted my two pumps on a removable sub-plate...

I mounted my two pumps on a removable sub-plate so that I can easily take them off the stand when I want to do a more thorough cleaning or store them in the house in winter.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-04-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 1,452
Views: 16,861
Posted By ChuckO
Sounds great! I'm in.

Sounds great! I'm in.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-30-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,055
Posted By ChuckO
It's for real. If I'm bottling an entire batch I...

It's for real. If I'm bottling an entire batch I mix I'll boil water and corn sugar to put in the bottling bucket when I rack the beer before bottling. If I am kegging a batch I will fill the keg...
Forum: General Chit Chat 06-25-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By ChuckO
Congratulations!! Big moves upon retirement make...

Congratulations!! Big moves upon retirement make for an exciting time.

I retired early and moved from a crowded Chicago suburb to the middle of nowhere in West Virginia and love every minute of...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-19-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,430
Posted By ChuckO
1800 watts at 120 volts uses 15 amps. You would...

1800 watts at 120 volts uses 15 amps. You would need two 15A circuits, or better still, two 20A circuits.
Forum: DIY Projects 06-18-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By ChuckO
Be certain to have the line sized for ALL of the...

Be certain to have the line sized for ALL of the items to be run on it. If you plan on grilling and brewing at the same time there must be sufficient gas flow for all burners.
Forum: General Techniques 06-16-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,994
Posted By ChuckO
When I go to cold crash a batch I put the blow...

When I go to cold crash a batch I put the blow off hose down to the bottom of a jar that is filled with polyester fiberfill that's been saturated with Starsan. Any air sucked back into the fermenter...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-11-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,410
Posted By ChuckO
When I was using the RIMS for heating the sparge...

When I was using the RIMS for heating the sparge water I found that splitting the output from the RIMS tube and pumping some of it back into the input along with feed water from the tap allowed me to...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 06-10-2014, 11:48 AM
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Views: 61,636
Posted By ChuckO
Count me in!!

Count me in!!
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-05-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,742
Posted By ChuckO
There is no GFCI on my water heater. There are...

There is no GFCI on my water heater. There are two thermostats, the upper one either turning on the element, or delivering power to the lower thermostat for the lower element. The schematic in the...
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-05-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,742
Posted By ChuckO
Please show your source for this. I've never...

Please show your source for this. I've never seen one with a GFCI built in.
Forum: Electric Brewing 06-04-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,410
Posted By ChuckO
Here's a thread on a 2 vessel system that heats...

Here's a thread on a 2 vessel system that heats sparge water on the fly.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/rims-build-129646/

I built my system somewhat on this concept but recently have switched...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-28-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,471
Posted By ChuckO
I pump through the CFC back into the boil during...

I pump through the CFC back into the boil during the final 15 minutes of the boil to sanitize the CFC. Then at flame out I continue to pump through the CFC and turn on the cooling water. By the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-28-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,901
Posted By ChuckO
This long and nobody has suggested a black sippy...

This long and nobody has suggested a black sippy cup!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-27-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 850
Posted By ChuckO
It probably isn't a problem, it is that you don't...

It probably isn't a problem, it is that you don't know what the coloring additives are. I was just trying to say that the recycle code doesn't automatically guarantee food safety. I also use the...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-27-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 850
Posted By ChuckO
Most food grade plastics are recycle code 1 or 2,...

Most food grade plastics are recycle code 1 or 2, that doesn't mean that all recycle code 1 or 2 plastics are food grade. Quite a few colored plastics that may leach harmful chemicals can be...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-24-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By ChuckO
I would start with the efficiency that you had...

I would start with the efficiency that you had with BIAB, unless you are varying the grain crush or anything else that effects efficiency. If you don't have a handle on your current efficiency I...
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 05-22-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 424
Posted By ChuckO
I can picture a geneva mechanism set up with a...

I can picture a geneva mechanism set up with a turntable, indexing one position for each revolution of a motor. A switch mechanism could easily allow for one revolution of the indexer via pushbutton...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-18-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By ChuckO
If you are using it as a keezer then the first...

If you are using it as a keezer then the first step is to make certain that there are no air leaks. I put an LED lantern inside mine and then turned off all room lights to look for any gaps around...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-17-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 712
Posted By ChuckO
Safety concerns aside, a tincture is defined as a...

Safety concerns aside, a tincture is defined as a solution in alcohol, so you can't make one with StarSan without also adding an alcohol such as vodka.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-17-2014, 01:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By ChuckO
Yeah, it was a disaster. They had to truck in a...

Yeah, it was a disaster. They had to truck in a water tank and shallow well pump and refill it for about a week before the new well was dug.

An RO system can fill the 4 gallon bladder tank and...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 05-16-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By ChuckO
Even if 1/2 the normal amount of sugar isn't...

Even if 1/2 the normal amount of sugar isn't enough it will provide quite a bit of carbonation. Putting the keg on serving pressure when you start to cool it will provide the rest.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-16-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By ChuckO
That filter will probably only reduce the rust...

That filter will probably only reduce the rust particles in your water. It will do almost nothing to reduce the dissolved iron in the water. At minimum it will take a water softener to reduce the...
Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 05-14-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 2,069
Views: 45,747
Posted By ChuckO
I'm in!

I'm in!
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