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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    What are you using for a circulation pump? Every pump has a certain amount of static or head pressure they are designed to work with. Essentially, there are pumps designed as siphon pumps which can prime quite easily not submerged in liquid. Others are designed to be under x inches or feet...
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    I'm not trying to start a flame war, but I do believe there needs to be some clarification regarding propylene glycol because I'm seeing some information disseminated here that even if it is well-intentioned is a bit misleading. Propylene glycol is GRAS-certified (generally-regarded as safe)...
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    Never even dawned on me you were using an all metal cooling loop. Makes perfect sense to be leery of expansion in that case. I work in the boiler business and what you posted about with the expansion is the exact reason an expansion tank is required on a closed heating system.
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    Not calling you out, but simply pointing out the pressure rise is not significant in my personal experience. The fittings I posted earlier in the thread have not required any sort of pressure relief and I may lose a drop or two of solution when I disconnect them.
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    The best way I can explain the short-fall of this approach is that you lose too much efficiency cooling your liquid by air instead of direct contact with the refrigerant via a coil. I don’t know the actual efficiency loss, but essentially, if you could immerse your evaporator coil in the...
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    And now this announcement from SS Brew Tech: http://www.ssbrewtech.com/collections/accessories/products/glycol-chiller-1-3-hp It is the 1/3 HP BVL chiller with modifications requested by SSBT and can handle up to four FTSS systems.:mug:
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    Kim, you are going to be amazed at the major leap your beer making just made by having this kind of temp control. Cheers!
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    Spot on! My hobby is making really good beer and experimenting with new ideas in brewing, not designing brewing systems. The all-electric RIMS rig I brew on was picked up second hand from a guy who had the time to figure out and assemble all that stuff. I’ve made a few improvements over time...
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    Kim, I considered what you were thinking, but in the end, to control three fermenters (7 gal, 14 gal, 17 gal), it just made sense to add the new Brew Master controllers from SSBT. I like the heating pads available, and basically by the time I would have spent the money and time to come up...
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    Bru Gear ProFermenter 14 Gallon Review

    I don’t think you’d be able to really hold what little carbonation you might gain. Typically, I fill a CO2-purged corny in about 5 minutes through a standard keg outlet fitting in the outlet side of the keg. With the low pressure allowed for transfer in the fermenters, it requires venting your...
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    I just ordered the FTSS heat/cool kit for my new 1/2BBL BME and a heat conversion kit for the 14 gal chronical. Now I can turn the heat down in my garage a little lower without worry and I can also do a saison in the winter and keep the temp pretty consistent. They are doing great stuff!
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    Bru Gear ProFermenter 14 Gallon Review

    That’s one way to do it and it helps prevent oxidation should you manage to suck some air along with sanitation solution. I find I don’t get much back suction if I drop the temp in 4-6 degree increments over a matter of hours rather than dropping from 60-70F to 34 in an hour. I don’t have...
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    US Plastic ships exclusively via UPS so the minimum is $10 and change to get anything shipped from them. When I buy from them I try to purchase multiple items and up to a pound it’s still that $10+ rate. If you buy one fitting you will get raked. If you need six or eight fittings...
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    Doubling Down: SS Brewtech Conical + FTSS + Glycol Power Pack

    I bought them from US Plastics eBay site: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-4-Flow-X-3-8-Hose-Barb-PPL-Valved-Coupler-/231497178643?hash=item35e64e9e13:g:4MQAAOSwPYZU-EuW http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-4-Flow-X-3-8-Hose-Barb-PPL-Valved-Nipple-/231497178616?hash=item35e64e9df8:g:Cj8AAOSwZjJU-EuX You have...
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