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  1. shafferpilot

    Extraction Issues...

    for starters. mash out. raise temp to 170 and keep it there throughout sparges... that alone will gain you 10 percentage points. Second, is your manifold pointing downwards? the slits should face the bottom of the tun otherwise you're leaving 3/4 of an inch of wort with each batch. Third, how's...
  2. shafferpilot

    Cutting stainless perforated tricks?

    use the nail, a stiff string, and a black magic marker to map out the cuts first.
  3. shafferpilot

    Marking a carboy

    I used to work for a local artisan. He taught me to work metal, weld, mold making, raw fabbing.... god i can't even begin to list all the skills he used to make art. Glass etching was one of his specialties... Imagine using the system I just told you... but doing it in 100 to 500 steps... in...
  4. shafferpilot

    Marking a carboy

    Think about making a classic bar mirror with your own brewery's name on it.....
  5. shafferpilot

    Marking a carboy

    found one pic of my first glass. I didn't leave the gel on for nearly long enough so the etching is pretty thin... and I didn't put much effort into the photo either. But, here it is... Yikes, and "clearly" the glass was a little dirty too. FML I did a much better job with one I made for my...
  6. shafferpilot

    Marking a carboy

    I've done the glass etching trick with pilsner glasses. I like doing them in positive though. The trick is to use masking tape for lines and stickers for numbers and letters... and little doggies or music notes, or whatever they have in the scrap-booking isle that suites your fancy... and then...
  7. shafferpilot

    Free "Equipment"

    I searched high and low for the conical, but I guess someone else nabbed it before I had a chance.
  8. shafferpilot

    Free "Equipment"

    none of the above ;) I forgot to mention I also scored a milk crate I used to carry all the blankets and tarps out to the car!! hahahahaha. It pays to hang out instead of rushing out to get in the hour long line to get out of the parking lot!
  9. shafferpilot

    Free "Equipment"

    Just came home from a Journey concert... with 7 fleece blankets and 3 tarps.... and I easily left 30 more decent blankets! Now SWMBO can't yell at me for wrapping fermenters in our bedware! SCORE!
  10. shafferpilot

    Can this stainless pump handle homebrewing?

    in short, nope, can't use it for beer. Just think about a seal leaking industrial grease.... and then go back to looking at mag drive pumps ;)
  11. shafferpilot

    Help me ID this antique homebrew equipment

    that lower one is absolutely gorgeous... how much you want for it?
  12. shafferpilot

    Fermentation Chamber Idea

    Well, if you have air masses of different temps, they won't be non-moving. Convection of air masses will work to move the colder air towards the warmer stuff every time. If the temp differences between chambers is not big, it might not matter much, but you'll never keep ale temp with an...
  13. shafferpilot

    Fermentation Chamber Idea

    are there any computer fans with shutters built in? kind of like an attic fan, that open when air flows, but gravity pulls them shut when the fan turns off...
  14. shafferpilot

    AHBS Silicone Tubing

    Austin will be by soon enough. It does sound like vinyl tubing to me. silicone just kinda flops around. Also, it feels a tish sticky when handled... not quite tape sticky, but not smooth like vinyl.
  15. shafferpilot

    Condensation in a Dial Thermometer

    drill two holes in the edge of the dial. One is to let the water out and the other lets air in to prevent a vaccuum. If you don't get the water out quickly, it will rust the inside and it'll never be accurate again.
  16. shafferpilot

    Chemical leeching into glassware?

    Wow, that's some paranoid thinking right there. Did you guys know that the most radioactive stuff in us laymen's world is the very air we breathe? There's no chemicals stuck in that glassware either.... That's exactly why they use the stuff in labs. If the glass could be contaminated, it would...
  17. shafferpilot

    mig welding keggles?

    This is definitely true. The trick with welding a thick piece of metal to an extremely thin one is to weld quite a bit on the fitting and then gently push the puddle onto the keg. You almost never even let the arc touch the keg. Also, forget about running a bead. You'll make this work by making...
  18. shafferpilot

    mig welding keggles?

    I prefer a helium/argon mix for stainless.... But we've all seen the awesome work that Yuri does, so I can't fault anyone for following his advice.
  19. shafferpilot

    160 qt aluminum pot on ebay

    WOW! Strange enough, I kinda wish they were a little smaller:p
  20. shafferpilot

    last hydrometer I'll ever buy?

    Hmmm. Maybe I'm just underestimating the strength of the refractometers. Any similar stories of undamaged, dropped refractometers??
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