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    "Buzz" in element or ssr

    Don't worry! I have an electric keggle and electric HLT (both 4500w) and depending on the amount of water and the temperature, they will both start to "howl" but this usually only lasts until the water is at a rolling boil or until the volume changes a bit! I have done about 20 batches so far...
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    Brewing Books for Sale!

    Hello All, I need to generate some cash in order to upgrade some of my equipment so I am selling some brewing books. 1. The Home Brewers Companion - Charlie Papazian 2. New Brewing Lager Beer - Gregory J. Noonan 3. Designing Great Beers - Ray Daniels 4. Clone Brews - Tess and Mark...
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    Mike's E-KEGGLE

    Hey Brewing Clamper, Sorry for the delay in replying. I have been very busy with work lately and haven't been doing any brewing, let alone logging into this board. Yes you are correct, I did change the capacitors to obtain the 1.5s interval. I don't remember the calculator I used but there...
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    Arduino with 2wire/SMBUS digital thermometer

    Sorry for the delay in replying! I have been extremely busy with work due to the end of year crunch in which everyone seems to expect miracles. I don't have my arduino in front of me right now (and actually I am converting my brewery to 100% PLC setup as I was able to get some transmitters...
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    Arduino with 2wire/SMBUS digital thermometer

    I might have said it the wrong way, but essentially the one transmitter has a lower resolution and can only output in 0.5 degree increments, so you will only see temperatures of 55.5, 56, 56.5 etc. I was thinking that 1 degree C is almost 2 degrees F so to me this wouldn't be good enough to...
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    Siphon inside keggle doesn't work

    I had the same issue with my keggle as well. I ended up silver soldering a 3/4" FPT to 1/2" solder fitting to the bottom of the keggle and then drilling out the hole after it was soldered. It was the best thing I did. now I can drain my kettle to absolute empty and I don't have to worry about...
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    Adjustment Without Salts

    Hey guys, Sorry i took so long to upload the spreadsheet to the website. I've been really busy with work lately. you can find it here. Just a quick tutorial of the changes I have made and how I use the spreadsheet. 1) since I use a brewing software that uses SRM as colour, enter...
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    Adjustment Without Salts

    I have similar water to what you have except my other minerals are a tad higher but my alkalinity is around 347ppm. I found that by diluting the mash and sparge water to 75% distilled/25% tap water and adding a little CaCl and then knocking out the remaining alkalinity with phosphoric acid to...
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    Mike's Electric Indoor Brewhouse

    I believe that you can get 240V GFCIs that also have a neutral pole, so it would be possible to use one of those gfcis to protect the 240v circuit and the 120v circuit. I think that this setup is quite common in a lot of SPA/hottub applications. You are correct that using a 2 pole gfci will...
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    Mike's Electric Indoor Brewhouse

    Thanks for the hints - I already had the Arduino and the LCD screen was only $12 USD off e-bay and I had the temperature probes left over from school so the control system really didn't cost me that much really. If I was to do it over again, I would probably look into the brewtroller system as...
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    Walmart brand Oxyclean - Wow!

    I used to buy PBW but now I only use oxiclean free. It's so much cheaper and seems to do just as good of a job for me. I do have to use a little more Oxiclean but in the end it is far more economical. I think the key is to get the solution very hot, like 170 dF hot, which is probably hotter...
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    Mike's Electric Indoor Brewhouse

    After the final sparge, it takes at the most 15-20 minutes at 100% power level to get around 32L of wort in the kettle to boil. Once the wort starts to boil I set the boil kettle to about 60-70% power for the remainder. To heat up my strike water (16L) it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to...
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    Mike's Electric Indoor Brewhouse

    Lessons Learned: 1. Should have just brazed the fittings onto kettles from day #1 and not wasted time with weldless fittings. Since they are there already, might use them as CIP returns or something if I ever get a pump 2. Built first control system using 555 timers on a protype board...
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