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  1. bobbytuck

    PicoBrew Zymatic

    I use a Jaded chiller with my larger eBIAB outfit and love it. Cools the wort (usually around 4.75 to 5 gallons) to pitching temp in about 5 mins. That said, as much as I'd like a thin immersion chiller for my Pico, I'm fine with using a 5 gallon bucket and a couple changes of water. Keep in...
  2. bobbytuck

    ReptiHeat Cable?? yay r nay?

    I'm using it in my fermentation chamber -- (a small chest freezer in basement with year-round ambient about 65F) -- with no issues. It's great, actually. It takes a while to heat up, but I'm able to get up in the upper 70's with it, no prob (for Saisons). I'm about to brew another Saison with...
  3. bobbytuck

    PicoBrew Zymatic

    Agree! The issue I ran into is that much of the Pico is user-fixable -- but the pumps, apparently, aren't. That's the main reason why I had to send it back (twice now). Pico support sent me illustrated PDFs on how to remove the top and re-lubricate and adjust the stepper arm. I've also heard...
  4. bobbytuck

    PicoBrew Zymatic

    I only received one fatal error -- but that was about 20 batches ago (I did 73 or so on my original machine). I did a lot of demo batches for buddies wondering about the Pico. Oddly, I had no issues up until batch 50 or 51 or so. And then it was usually my own fault: getting grain clogged in the...
  5. bobbytuck

    PicoBrew Zymatic

    Big -- big -- props to Pico for exchanging my defective Pico. Went through a lot of batches and troubleshooting -- and time -- but Pico made it right. Took a lot of iPhone photos, too -- and we spent quite a bit of time troubleshooting via email. The new unit just shipped out, and I'm...
  6. bobbytuck

    High Gravity BIAB Electric Brewing System

    I do nearly the same. I put enough hot water (from the tap) in to cover the Boil Coil, drop in a little of the CraftMeister Oxygen cleaner (supposedly the same as Oxiclean but a bit stronger because it's sourced from a chemical company), and recirc for about 5 mins. I don't use the heat or temp...
  7. bobbytuck

    High Gravity BIAB Electric Brewing System

    I've got the 120V EBC-SV -- but I'm really (and unexpectedly) happy with this system. I've brewed 7 batches now -- and the 3 I've tasted have been phenomenal. I've also got a PicoBrew -- and have about 75 batches with the Pico -- but recently my Pico ran into some issues -- serious pump/drain...
  8. bobbytuck

    High Gravity BIAB Electric Brewing System

    The Blichmann element is awesome. Much better than the old water heater elements that used to come standard in many eHERMS or eBIAB systems. Big plug -- easily to unplug -- and much safer with metal shield. I have a 2250W 120V BoilCoil that does about 2 degrees per minute. Good rolling boil...
  9. bobbytuck

    PicoBrew Zymatic

    This is exactly what I do -- brew on a weekday. If I'm home by 5p, I'm able to have the brew finished -- and cleaned up -- no later than 9:30 -- usually by 9p for a basic brew -- and then another 15 mins or so for cleaning. If you decide to do a slightly more elaborate step mash -- dough-in...
  10. bobbytuck

    Grainfather!!

    Yep -- no need for a vigorous boil -- and (most likely) no need for a full on 212F boil (or whatever the temp for boiling is at any given location). My Pico recirculates during the 207F 60-minute "boil" phase. And it's this re circulation @ 207F that works fine to drive off the DMS. In fact...
  11. bobbytuck

    Brau 120V 20A or High Gravity EBC-LT 120V? Help!!

    Yes -- but you say "likely". What are his parts? Where is his parts list? You seem to know the specific parts in Dave's system -- either his 240V or his 120V system -- but where, specifically, has he posted his parts list for his current systems?
  12. bobbytuck

    Brau 120V 20A or High Gravity EBC-LT 120V? Help!!

    Where do you get $300 labor for Dave's current 120V system? I'm using this: http://www.highgravitybrew.com/store/pc/EBC-SV-with-Infinite-Power-Control-272p3986.htm You're saying there's only $95 in parts there? If so, where is the parts list for the current system? Has Dave posted that here...
  13. bobbytuck

    Brau 120V 20A or High Gravity EBC-LT 120V? Help!!

    I'm no electrical expert -- so I'm happy to pay Steven or Dave a profit. I know folks who are electrical experts -- or who have some experience with building stuff like this -- will say it's a simple build. That may be, but (a) it's not something I want to do and (b) the turnkey approach appeals...
  14. bobbytuck

    Brau 120V 20A or High Gravity EBC-LT 120V? Help!!

    How do you even know this? You have no idea. You're going by something you decided 5 years ago -- and only decided it because you read it on a forum. Are you going by the price alone? Folks like me who *do* know this -- and who have looked at the other builds and *used* other builds -- decided...
  15. bobbytuck

    Brau 120V 20A or High Gravity EBC-LT 120V? Help!!

    Great. But I suspect HG's system is better -- and has a better warranty than some budget build you cobble together and claim out of nowhere is 3x better. What does that even mean? I've owned two HG systems over the past 5 years. There are no issues. They work great. They brew great. And...
  16. bobbytuck

    Brau 120V 20A or High Gravity EBC-LT 120V? Help!!

    Man, you got some axe to grind. Have you ever brewed with a HG system? Have you bought one? Have you seen one in person? If not -- then there's nothing else to say. HG rocks. Dave rocks. Boom.
  17. bobbytuck

    Brau 120V 20A or High Gravity EBC-LT 120V? Help!!

    Well I had an old HG unit and just bought a new one. The construction is night and day, but the old one worked great. One minor issue and Dave replaced the old white controller with a brand new one within 72 hours and that was about 4 years ago. Used it for 100+ brews. I ordered a brand new...
  18. bobbytuck

    PicoBrew Zymatic

    There's quite a bit of aeration as the beer gets pumped through the keg and back into the Pico. Obviously, this is great when you're done brewing and want to inject O2 into the cooling wort, but if you let the cooling continue to run as the wort cools (especially once it hits 80F to 90F --...
  19. bobbytuck

    PicoBrew Zymatic

    If you're doing an IPA -- or anything hop forward -- you'll want to chill it down to at least pre-pitching temps. I could see no-chill with malty beers, I guess. But -- here's the thing -- the Pico has the built-in pump(s) -- which actually help oxygenate the wort as it circulates (and...
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