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  1. yorkeken

    New BIAB False Bottoms

    Received mine the other day... great fit & finish... looking forward to seeing how well it works with my setup. Just a tip for those choosing to shorten the bolts... screw on a nut (M8) before using the hacksaw, then remove the nut and it will reset the thread that was deformed during the cut.
  2. yorkeken

    Blichmann BrewEasy Temperature Probe Placement

    Those tubing clamps are there simply to contain the wort when swapping/draining the tubing. Don’t need them but it makes things a little cleaner. The Blichmann Riptide pumps have an air vent bleed valve on the left side and the fluid level in the MT & BK are always higher than said valve so...
  3. yorkeken

    Blichmann BrewEasy Temperature Probe Placement

    I have a side by side, 2 vessel, kettle rims setup using 2 pumps to circulate wort in a “figure 8” pattern. Originally I had the temperature probe placed where the wort returned to the MT (just ahead of the autosparge). I have since relocated the probe to the exit point on the BK close to the...
  4. yorkeken

    Valuable lesson with the Spike Trio System...

    Had a similar issue. The likely culprit for me was moisture. After a little searching, I see that placing an o-ring around the element prongs fills the gap and creates a more moisture proof seal once the plug is in the locked position. Brewhardware suggests this one. Heating Element ORING...
  5. yorkeken

    FINALLY ordered an RO setup! What should I know?

    I agree... seems to me there may be something wrong with the assembly.
  6. yorkeken

    Temp measurements in circulating BIAB

    Thanks for your comment. I have a 5500w ripple element in the boil kettle and separate MT with a FB. Mash temps are regulated using a PID with the temperature probe located at the outlet of the BK close to the element so the mash won’t overheat. It’s basically a figure 8 pattern of...
  7. yorkeken

    FINALLY ordered an RO setup! What should I know?

    Not sure about the Spike Solo but this is working for me on my Spike boil kettle. Just some metal strapping I doubled over for strength and a clamp for security. Hasn't failed me yet. I ordered the "adjustable" ASOV option from Buckeye as the "fixed" option looked as though it wouldn't work...
  8. yorkeken

    Exchilerator Maxx vs. Zchiller large counterflow chillers.

    Does anyone know which one of these counterflow chillers is better? Thinking of ditching my plate chiller so I can let my whirlpool hops swim freely. https://www.exchilerator.com/product/maxx-counterflow-wort-chiller/ https://www.zchillers.com/product/large-zchiller/
  9. yorkeken

    Starting volume in conical

    If just trub & yeast, 5.25 gallons should get you 5 gallons of finished beer. If you're planning to dry hop, you'll likely need 5.5 gallons in the fermenter at the very least. You're going to love the conical... it won't guarantee better beer but you'll have more control of the process. Good...
  10. yorkeken

    Spunding valve which is best ?

    I have the Blichmann TC on my CF-5. Never had a problem.
  11. yorkeken

    Temp measurements in circulating BIAB

    I just purchased a Brewbag 400 micron bag for my 2 vessel, kettle rims setup where I recirculate wort between the MT & BK to maintain mash temps. I was wondering if I could tighten my grain mill, from .035 to somewhere between .025-.030 and not have too slow a recirculation or a stuck sparge...
  12. yorkeken

    BIAB Crush?

    Do you recirculate the mash with that fine a crush?
  13. yorkeken

    Spike Conical- observations and best practices

    Get one of these for between the racking arm and fermenter. EZ to rotate and no leaks. Game changer...
  14. yorkeken

    Spike Conical- observations and best practices

    Probably have to allow more time in the cold crash for the hop particles to settle. I found this video to be helpful when I was learning about closed transfers. I’ve since modified my process. I now purge my kegs with co2 from the fermentation blow off tube. When it comes time to keg, I burp any...
  15. yorkeken

    New spike lids

    I don't think so. The PRV needs to be ahead of the blowoff to be effective... unless I too am missing something.
  16. yorkeken

    New spike lids

    For my system, an additional 2" TC port would be all that I'd need. I currently use a Blichmann spunding valve/blowoff Spunding Valve attached to an 8" spool, then a butterfly valve below that attached to the lid to purge and drop my dry hop additions. The 1.5" butterfly valve is a fairly...
  17. yorkeken

    ***NEW PRODUCT*** The Yeast Brink from Nor Cal Brewing Solutions

    I had the same issue. While I liked using the brink for dry hopping, I have since gone a different route. I now have a butterfly valve on top of my blow off fitting (Spike CF-5), a long spool on top of the valve and a Blichmann spunding fitting on top of the spool. I close the valve, fill spool...
  18. yorkeken

    Spike Conical- observations and best practices

    I’d be interested in this as well. I lowered the temp to 60f for a recent dry hop addition and that was cool enough to send the hops quickly into the sight glass where I cannot imagine they are very effective in permeating the beer. I have a 2” TC fitting with a gas post that I use to rouse the...
  19. yorkeken

    What fermenter is your favorite?

    I have a Spike CF5 (purchased in September, 2019) and agree with others here. Be nice to the gasket, make sure it is seated correctly, use a thin layer of keg lube to insure a good seal (I ferment under 6-8psi) and you’re all set. The ability to access the entire conical with the lid removed...
  20. yorkeken

    Help me decide between Spike CF10 and SSBrewtech Unitank

    I have a CF5 and agree completely. Be nice to the gasket, make sure it is seated correctly, use a thin layer of keg lube for a good seal (I ferment under 6-8psi) and you’re all set. The ability to access the entire conical with the lid removed for cleaning and inspection is one of the reasons I...
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