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  1. GRHunter

    Getting back into brewing

    For a variety of reasons I haven't brewed much in the last year. But my son will soon be coming home from his latest deployment in Afghanistan and he asked if I could brew up some beer for him. Needless to say, I quickly got some motivation to quench his thirst and with back to back to back to...
  2. GRHunter

    Starter out of control

    I made this starter about two hours ago. Almost immediately it started foaming out of the top of the beaker. Is there something I can do to bring this thing back under control? Sent from my iPhone using HB Talk
  3. GRHunter

    Fermentation temp

    What is the fermentation temperature range of Muntons Active Yeast? There is no information on the package or their web site.
  4. GRHunter

    Chilling wort

    First off, I have to say that I absolutely love my new electric brewing system. Because my equipment has changed I am finding that I need to modify some of my processes. I have always used an IC and have been happy with the results. Unfortunately with the addition of a heating element only about...
  5. GRHunter

    What is the smallest fridge that a 6.5 gallon carboy will fit into?

    I want to use it for a fermentation chamber. I seen that Zman used a 5.2 CU and it looks like it has a little room to spare. I found a good deal on a 4.5 CU and I am hoping that it will work.
  6. GRHunter

    Drilling a keggle

    I've drilled more holes in my Bayou Classic than I care to admit to. So I thought that I was a kettle drilling expert. I brought home a 1/2 barrel to make a keggle out of and so far I am getting no where fast. After 30 minutes I have a definite dimple created, but nothing even close to...
  7. GRHunter

    15.5 gallon/half barrel eKettle question

    I just picked up a 15.5 gallon/half barrel kettle with one 1/2" welded fitting. Now that I have it home I am dreading the drilling for the heating element and temperature probe. I am not too worried about the hole for the probe. What I am concerned about is the 1-1/4" hole, will my Greenlee...
  8. GRHunter

    Yeast calculation

    For the beer that I am planning to brew Mr. Malty says that I need 3 tubes of yeast using a 1.89L starter. I don't have 3 tubes, and I don't have a larger beaker. So I did one starter with 1.6L and I was planning on doing a second starter from the first batch. Is there some way to calculate...
  9. GRHunter

    Photos of my new 5500 watt electric system

    After a couple of months of studying and planning, and then 2 weeks of build time, I am finally finished with my little system. I have to give thanks to Kal for taking the time to document the process so well that even us newbies can get into electric brewing. Also to P-J who provided lots of...
  10. GRHunter

    Photos of the new 5500 watt electric system

    After a couple of months of studying and planning, and then 2 weeks of build time, I am finally finished with my little system. I have to give thanks to Kal for taking the time to document the process so well that even us newbies can get into electric brewing. Also to P-J who provided lots of...
  11. GRHunter

    Initial boil test was a success!

    My first impression of my 5500 watt electric system is very positive. It's must faster than I was expecting, 7 gallons went from 60 degrees to boiling in a little over 25 minutes without a lid. And part of that time was at 60% because I mucked up the manual setting. Also, it was eerily quiet...
  12. GRHunter

    Element question

    My heating element came with a rubber washer, but looking at Kals drawings it appears that the stock heating element washer isn't used. Just eye balling it, with the washer it looks like there won't be enough thread for the locknut inside the kettle. I'm in the home stretch now. My controller...
  13. GRHunter

    I'm almost ready to plug it in and see what happens

    Two remaining questions/issues remain. One, most of the diagrams that I have looked at have the contactor between the SSR and the heating element. I wired my contactor between the power source and the SSR. So until I activate my contactor no power will flow to the SSR. Is there any reason...
  14. GRHunter

    Before I start drilling holes

    I am getting ready to drill some holes in my project box. And before I do that I want to let everyone look at it to see if there is something that I could improve upon. I am just trying to build a basic single kettle/single element system without any pumps. I have a 220v 30 amp GFCI circuit that...
  15. GRHunter

    Electrical question ... but way off topic for brewing

    This morning I have been reading about electrical safety, specifically grounding, while I drink my morning coffee. Armed with a little knowledge, I got to thinking about the scene in the movie "Groundhog Day" where Bill Murray commits suicide by sitting upright in a bathtub and dropping a...
  16. GRHunter

    Do the legs need to be balanced?

    As I split my 240v line 1 and line 2 into 120v legs is it important to try and balance the draw? As someone who only plays an electrician on the Internet it seems like balancing the draw on line 1 and line 2 would be a good thing. But before I wasted too much time worrying about it, and in the...
  17. GRHunter

    Bending an element

    The Camco 5500 watt ULD element says that it needs 14" of space. My kettle only has 13" of space. Is it possible to bend the element?
  18. GRHunter

    My Auberins order arrived! Dang, PIDs are much smaller than I thought

    I need to get a few more parts from my local Graingers, but I am hoping to have the controller done by the weekend. For some reason I was thinking that the PID would be about 4 inches square, so I was surprised to see that it is barely half of that. Here it is mounted in the Auberins project...
  19. GRHunter

    Gauge of ground wire

    Now that I am actually getting into my electric build be prepared for lots of questions in here. :) I am running 240v 30 amp GFCI for my system. As far as power is concerned I know that for 240v that I need 10 gauge wire, and for the 120v leg I only need 14 gauge wire. Now everything is 10 gauge...
  20. GRHunter

    Contactor question

    What are the amps for the 120v side of this contactor? I am assuming that a 10 amp switch to activate it would be sufficient. Thanks http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=129
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