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    Aluminum Brewstand?

    Do not build with aluminum. I found out the hard way this past weekend. I've read several opinions about aluminum brewstands but didn't see a definite answer. I was leery when I built the stand but my access to aluminum made me risk it. I can most definitely tell you now, DON'T DO IT. My...
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    max priming

    Thanks, good idea on the bottles. I save my commercial bottles and have several Sam Smith, Fullers, Sierra Nevada and some Belgian trappist bottles, my buddy gives me all his Red Stripe bottles too. Now I will just need to try and seperate them.
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    max priming

    Thanks Revvy, my beers are carbed fine and I don't drink them earlier than 3 weeks. The only reason I want to add more it to match the style. Tastybrew's calculator is telling me my hefe should have 4 volumes of co2, that seems high and scares me. I will probably drop this down some. Any...
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    max priming

    Thanks, would 9 oz even be safe?
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    max priming

    Is 5 oz really max? I used the calculator on TastyBrew and it's telling me to use 9 oz. for my Hefe
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    Priming with DME

    Thanks Conroe.
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    Priming with DME

    I'm following a recipe that calls for 97 grams (.422 cups) of DME for priming sugar. I usually follow the basic 3/4 corn sugar for 5 gallons, and thought this sounded low. It's Orfy's Hobgoblin recipe (97 grams) so I trust the recipe, just wondering if maybe this is a typo in the recipe.
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Yes, tig welding. I have 15 years experiance welding, 8 years welding sheet metal (mig, tig, and carbon arc) and another 7 welding aluminum for signs. Sadly I now sit behind a computer all day so anytime I have an excuse to fab something I get pretty excited. Asked a co-worker here and he...
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Never heard of that before, but I've never welded anything that needed to be this clean on the inside. I was actually thinking a lot about the weld burining through the backside and even thought about welding the inside. It wouldn't be smooth inside but it would have been cleaner. This sounds...
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    If by purging you mean, pre-boil with water than yes. I plan on boiling for an hour or so. If I should do something else, please elaborate. Maybe you're talking about getting the oils etc. out of the metal? I was hoping that a good cleaning and then rolling boil of water would do this...
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Decisions, decisions. I'll have to drink/sleep on this. Sounds like the 16ga would be plenty heavy enough. I can make this pretty easy too. Liked the looks of the one DIY SS pot. Thanks for everyones help and suggestions!
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Thanks for the link wilserberwer. May just go aluminum.
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Yeah, aluminum would be easier but it seems like everything I read or hear points towards SS being much better. I would like to hear what people think on this too.
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Didn't think of that. That seems like the way to go. Anyone have a thought on the thickness of the aluminum? 1/4" or 1/2"?
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    I am going to fab a 15-gallon kettle out of SS. Problem is that I only have 16 gauge SS. I feel that will be thick enough for the sides but want to have something thicker for the bottom. I can tig 2 pieces of SS together but I also have access to some 1/2" or 1/4" aluminum. I was thinking...
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