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  1. hillhousesawdustco

    Advice Needed on Drain Pipe Material

    Hey gang, I'm doing a little research on floor/trench drains. I'm being told that the first TWENTY feet of drain line must be cast iron, due to being in proximity to boiling water. Sounds ridiculous to me- I certainly don't have cast iron drain lines in my kitchen and the chance of any...
  2. hillhousesawdustco

    Columbus as Late Addition or Dry Hop

    Does anyone regularly use Columbus hops outside of 60/90 minute additions for cheap IBUS? Last weekend I did a dry-hop-some-cheap-bottled-beer tasting and the Cbus bottles definitely got the biggest reaction. It actually smelled amazing- just sort of dank and flat out "hoppy" especially...
  3. hillhousesawdustco

    Advice on Erlenmeyer

    Was cleaning my 2L Erlenmeyer flask today...and managed to tap it just hard enough against a keggle to smash out one side. Crap. Anyone have a line on good deals for 1L, 2L, and 4L flasks? If I can get a good deal I figure I might as well get them all. (postscript intended to focus convo...
  4. hillhousesawdustco

    Where would you grab a beer in Seattle?

    Title is fairly self explanatory. Going to visit a lady friend and looking to sample some tasty NW brews. Her place is actually very near Elysian & McMenimans locations on Capitol Hill so I'll like try to walk down there one evening (afternoon? morning?. Anybody have any other recs? I'm...
  5. hillhousesawdustco

    Reverse Osmosis "Waste Water" for Irrigation

    I have a Reverse Osmosis (RO) filtration system for brewing because I have extremely hard water off my 90 year old hand dug well. I generally do ten gallon batches and mix the strike water 50/50 between "tap" and RO, and then fill the HLT back up with RO for the sparge. So I go through quite a...
  6. hillhousesawdustco

    Input on Weizenbock / Doppelweizen Recipe

    A buddy of mine is obsessed with Face Plant, brewed by Bayern here in Montana. I'm trying to make him something similar. From their website: Face Plant Doppelweizen. This top-fermented, unfiltered Wheat Bock beer is the counterpart to Bayern’s famous Doppelbock Lager and is...
  7. hillhousesawdustco

    Troubleshooting Fermentation Freezer

    I purchased a Frigidaire FFU21F5HW upright freezer to use with my plastic conical for temp control. I'm using a dual-stage temp controller off amazon with a small heater inside the freezer. Worked great for two months. Now it isn't cooling. It has the front indicator display that is supposed...
  8. hillhousesawdustco

    Advice on Ginger Ale Recipe

    I recently got a big order from NB and impulsively threw in a little bottle of "Old Fashioned Ginger Ale Extract." Says the full bottle makes 4 gallons. I want to keg a five gallon batch of it for the holidays. It calls for 2 cups of sugar per gallon- I'm planning on doing 5 cups of brown...
  9. hillhousesawdustco

    Geothermal Heat Exchanger

    I'm planning on putting up a nice new shop up here in NW Montana. Exploring heating options I did some research on Geothermal heat (via heat pump to forced air) and it was expensive as heck. I also have experience with radiant-floor heat, but the systems up here don't work all that great due...
  10. hillhousesawdustco

    Cooling Walk-In with outside air

    Suppose you had a walk-in cooler in your nice temp-controlled building and that you happen to live in one the coldest areas imaginable. Rather than having the condenser do all sorts of work cooling the room down in the middle of the winter, what about putting in ducts to the outside to...
  11. hillhousesawdustco

    Very High Alkalinity

    Hey Gang, looking for advice on best utilizing my water profile. Here's the gist: PH 7.95 BiCarb/CaCO3 351 Chloride 2.56 Sulfate 7.73 Calcium 89.8 Magnesium 32.8 Hardness as CaC03 359 Sodium 6.18...
  12. hillhousesawdustco

    Lots of Ingredients, 6 weeks away, what to do ?

    I have ingredients (kits) for four all-grain beers, and an unlimited supply of honey. The all-grain kits are: Czech Pils, Pale Ale, Cream Ale(x2), and American Wheat. The honey is a fantastic water white with floral sources of sweet clover and some wildflower. I'll be away for the next six...
  13. hillhousesawdustco

    Looking for input on "leftovers" Braggot

    I'm heading out of town for a month and a half for work and have four all-grain recipe kits laying around - Czech Pils, Pale Ale, Cream Ale, and American Wheat. I also have an unlimited supply of honey (water white sweet clover). Does anybody have any suggestions as to how best to combine one...
  14. hillhousesawdustco

    HERMS question, coil size

    I'm finally getting around to putting the HEX coil in my HLT. On a lot of the newer builds I see these giant, long coils of 1/2 or 3/8 inch copper/stainless....how much are ya'll using successfully? I'm planning, unless there is good reason not to, to simply cannibalize my old 25 ft, 3/8"...
  15. hillhousesawdustco

    Little help with an always-on SSR

    Hey all, spent the afternoon putting together version 1.0 of my control panel. So satisfying to see the PID light up and hear that big ole 5500w element churning away in my keggle! Problem is, it wouldn't turn off without me flipping the 30amp switch off. The PID is reading the PV correctly...
  16. hillhousesawdustco

    Anybody ever used an engine block heater as a heat source for a Mash Tun?

    I've got a spare engine block heater lying around, the threaded kind that screws into a frost plug and helps a vehicle start easier in cold temperatures. I was thinking...it's essentially just a small, screw-in heating element, so has anybody used one in a mash tun to maintain temp? Like...
  17. hillhousesawdustco

    Copper Drip Tray made from an old gutter

    Hey all, I've been scheming for a little while now about what kind of drip tray I'm going to use on my 4-tap keezer. I don't want to buy a pre-made one and like the idea of using something rather random that will keep with the rustic nature of my bar. I like the heating vent and woodsmoker...
  18. hillhousesawdustco

    Incorporating a Keezer into an Existing Bar

    So I've got this bar, alternately called the Tack Barn Bar or the -X6-. It is plumbed and wired (although the wiring isn't currently very pretty, it is safe!) and about the most fun place on earth, but for the last 5 years we've had to drink beer out of bottles! Lame! That picture is from...
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