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  1. hillhousesawdustco

    eKettle: recirculating vs. non-recirculating

    I'm sure the manual set-up works beautifully under appropriate supervison but I have to say that I love setting a temp on my electric PID-controlled HLT and then wandering off for a while to do other chores to come back and find it right where I set it. A PID is also just the bees knees if you...
  2. hillhousesawdustco

    eKettle: recirculating vs. non-recirculating

    Pretty negligible within the HLT itself. I have a coil inside my HLT to recirculate the mash and raise temp to mash-out (also works as a heat exchanger post-boil) but don't have anything circulate the water in the HLT other than a spoon. There is a small difference between the placement of...
  3. hillhousesawdustco

    What do advanced homebrewers ferment 10 gallon batches in?

    I use plastic cone-bottomed induction tanks in a temp-controlled freezer. Works great. A little awkward to move around and clean, but it is wonderful for yeast management.
  4. hillhousesawdustco

    No Amarillo, No Citra, No Mosaic

    Maybe back to basics? Cascade/Columbus/Chinook?
  5. hillhousesawdustco

    Hemp beer

    Kettlehouse in Missoula, MT has long made a "Bongwater" Hemp beer. Maybe they could give you some tips?
  6. hillhousesawdustco

    Add honey to secodary

    In my experience honey does ferment out completely in secondary, it just might take a little while especially if you just dump it in cold and solid. I don't know about ONE yeast cell but racking to secondary just gets your beer of the cake, there is plenty of healthy yeast still to chew through...
  7. hillhousesawdustco

    Add honey to secodary

    I've had good results adding the honey at high krausen during primary.
  8. hillhousesawdustco

    Is there a way to measure Keg full level?

    your first post is on a 2 year old thread complaining about shipping? really?
  9. hillhousesawdustco

    Possible to ferment too long?

    I would argue, solely due to personal experience with little "so called science" to back it up, that your beer will be just dandy. A belgian blonde is rather perfect for a slightly extended vacay on a yeast cake especially if it is fairly high gravity. At some point autolysis comes into...
  10. hillhousesawdustco

    2013 Hop garden photo thread

    ....still snowing here....
  11. hillhousesawdustco

    Advice Needed on Drain Pipe Material

    Well no worries about PVC, that is very standard here. ABS is still plastic but a different compound. You have no problems running ABS (which I believe is rated for 180f) instead of something rated for boiling as far as your local authority goes?
  12. hillhousesawdustco

    What s the best way to make large batches of wine

    Darn, I saw the subject and was primed to respond with "more grapes." That said, have you looked into the plastic tanks used for biodiesel and whatnot? I use them for brewing and with just a few fittings they work...pretty freaking great. Mine are conical but with all the racking and...
  13. hillhousesawdustco

    Advice Needed on Drain Pipe Material

    Thanks for the info! I can't get access to the ASMI code yet ( thanks a lot, internet) but from the snippets I can find it appears to deal with the drains themselves and perhaps particularly the screens and grates associated with them and not so much the twenty feet of pipe post-drain. The same...
  14. hillhousesawdustco

    Fermentation temps

    I think everything above is good advice. What yeast are using for this batch- they vary in the temp extremes they can handle. Ideally for ales you want your FERMENT temp to be in the 60s, not just the air temp. If you can start in the low 60s and let it rise to the upper 60s that will be...
  15. hillhousesawdustco

    Drinking beer with a cold

    I'll occasionally have a beer when I'm sick, but they usually taste like straight sparge water to me and then I have to pound water to stay hydrated. I rather prefer chamomile tea (or sleepytime or some kind of mint) with jack daniels and a large dollop of honey.
  16. hillhousesawdustco

    cold crashing confusion... *sigh*

    No worries, old bean- if you can't be rude to a perfect stranger on the internet trying to give you advice that you asked for then the internet is clearly broken. I don't mean to harp...but your argument against stepping up is kind of odd. Since you have to spend five weeks waiting for the...
  17. hillhousesawdustco

    Where do you buy bulk grain

    Are you actually in Naples? If so I guess that means that Brewing Daily shut down? Fort Myers apparently has "Time to Make Wine" but no idea as to their pricing.
  18. hillhousesawdustco

    Advice Needed on Drain Pipe Material

    Well that would take a lot of the fun out of reading the rambling digressions of drunken plumbers on hbt