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  1. natehilde

    2nd batch with The Monster!!!

    I have completed the second batch with The AG Monster. I did an ESB last week. Here are some pics. http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa29/natehilde/P7211478.jpg http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa29/natehilde/P9220184.jpg I have managed to melt the insulation I was using on...
  2. natehilde

    Something is not right here

    I kegged my first AG about a week ago, and I have a few concerns. There seems to be something wrong, but I can't put my finger on it. My target OG was 1052 and I was a bit shy of that, at about 1049. I pitched a 1liter yeast starter and fermentation temp was between 75-77F. The beer...
  3. natehilde

    water to grain ratio

    I just did my first two batches of AG a few weeks ago. There are some things about it that are bothering me though. What is the importance of ensuring the proper water to grain ratio. I understand that if it is too little you will have more of a paste than a mash, but what is so bad about...
  4. natehilde

    Update on The Monster

    For those of you who have been following along with the progress, I'm sorry for the delay. I have been having computer problems for several weeks. There is good news though. I did some more testing and found that there was no need to move the pumps. Furthermore, I did my first two batches of...
  5. natehilde

    AG Monster

    I just thought that I would let you all know that construction of the AG Monster is underway. It is a triple vessel, triple burner, dual pump, CF heat exchanger brewing machine. Frame welding will commence this weekend. Pictures and details to follow. I am confused, however, on how...
  6. natehilde

    BYO water filter

    In the latest issue of BYO there is a procedure for building a water filter that supposedly removes 99% of free available chlorine from tap water. Has anyone ever built this or a similar filter. If so, what have been your results?
  7. natehilde

    White Labs Yeast

    I was doing some research on the various factors affecting yeast product. I didn't realize exactly how much those little buggers affect the finished product. Just out of curiosity, anybody know what the pitch rate is of one white labs tube?
  8. natehilde

    CFC headloss?

    As some of you know, I am putting together my AG equipment. I have been looking at parts required for the CF heat exchanger. My concern is that the headloss through the heat exchanger will overcome the pressure due to flluid height at the bottom of the kettle ultimately resulting in a loss of...
  9. natehilde

    Recipe Creation

    I have been working recently on making the jump into AG. I have designs for equipment, and my wife has my Christmas list. The thing that I am having trouble with now is coming up with a method for sound recipe creation. How do I know if I should use two row or six row. How do I determine...
  10. natehilde

    The time has come

    Hello to all. My name is Nate and I am new to this forum. I have been Extract brewing for a little over a year now and it is probably the best thing that has happened to me since my daughter was born. I am a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy and am stationed in the Charleston, SC area. I...