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    Mash Tun drain location, does it matter?

    I'm building a new mash tun, and I'm considering having it come out right near the front of the kettle. My thinking is if the kettle is a degree or two forward, it'll always get the most wort out
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    Mash Tun drain location, does it matter?

    Does anyone have thoughts on the MT drain location? Given a round mash tun with a uniform false bottom (such as the perforated stainless ones many of us have), if we were to compare a location in the center, vs more near the outside of the kettle what difference does it make? If it is...
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    LHBS Ouratgeous Prices

    Sounds like you need to get your gas at a welding supply shop. That's 20 lb tank prices.
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    Economical PID units (i.e. InkBird) vs. "higher" end

    I have to tip my hat to BeardedBrews. He has shipped me some of his extra parts, saving me some money and indecision. Thanks you sir!
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    Economical PID units (i.e. InkBird) vs. "higher" end

    This is interesting... It still pulses the SSR on/off to manage heat I assume? It must use some kind of algorithm to know how much power to regulate... perhaps it just is tuned more for brewing? Currently I'm just looking for mash tun control right now... it appears that the EzBoil can be...
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    Economical PID units (i.e. InkBird) vs. "higher" end

    Well, this is a hard deal to beat.
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    Economical PID units (i.e. InkBird) vs. "higher" end

    I'm finally adding PID control to my vessels. I'm finding inkbird kits for $35 which include the SSR, controller, probe and heat sink (although, I'll probably use a different probe and heat sink anyway). There are other cheaper units as well. I'm also looking at the ebrewsupply PID...
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    Recirculation Brewing (RIMS/HERMS) vs. traditional

    I agree... with my 10g rubbermaid cooler MLT, it was usually filled to the brim for most brews, and as long as I nailed the strike temp it holds quite solid. That said, I'm stepping up to a keggle for my mash tun for more capacity and I have a feeling that will lose more heat and require some...
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    Recirculation Brewing (RIMS/HERMS) vs. traditional

    Rev, I think your explanation on mash thickness makes perfect sense. The grain bed would be the determining factor - more or less water shouldn't make any difference. The only thing that might affect it is really big beers, making the wort more syrupy by the end of the mash, but it sounds like...
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    Recirculation Brewing (RIMS/HERMS) vs. traditional

    Thanks for the response.... I think it is safe to say there are definitely benefits vs. a non-controlled system. I'm actually looking to do PID control on my mash tun temperature in a different manner by heating the tun directly and using mash agitation/mixing. Given enough tuning I think I'd...
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    Recirculation Brewing (RIMS/HERMS) vs. traditional

    Traditional I suppose being single infusion, decoction, etc.... "not recirculating", I guess. I apologize if this topic has been beatin' to death already, but all I can seem to find are RIMS vs. HERMS threads. Now, there is no denying that systems which are based on constant recirculation are...
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    Homebrewing on on the cheap?

    True, and all grain is what I suggested as well; however, it IS cheaper up front (equipment wise) to extract brew, because you only need a boil kettle big enough to do about 50% of your brew, and you can do most of your chilling based on the temp of your tap water. So, all grain ultimately...
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    Please help a kegging newbie-CO2 coming out of beer in liquid line

    The most recent posts are correct about line diameter. 1/4" line will not serve you well unless you have severely under carbonated beer. The line creates resistance, and the resistance drops dramatically as diameter increases. You need 3/16 line, or possibly more pressure. If you increase...
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    Tubing advice is needed!

    Perhaps I'll upgrade mine to 10 foot.... I do sometimes get more foam than I'd prefer.
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    Tubing advice is needed!

    I can't help you witth the non PVC stuff (why?), but I would stick with something that is flexible personally. I've always used 3/16" ID heavy wall vinyl. 6-7' lengths, 12 psi. Works fine. There are lots of calculations you can do based on the distance you are running, elevation...
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