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  1. johnodon

    My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station...

    We're in business! I went with the bucket-in-a-bucket design with one small mod. Left bucket has the bottom cut out along with the center of another lid that acts like a skirt to support it on top of the right bucket. Crush and just lift off the top bucket and you are left with a bucket...
  2. johnodon

    My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station...

    Just to check myself, I ran the output through a strainer. In the first pic, you can see the separation of what was passed through the strainer on the right vs. what remained in the strainer on the left. The second pic shows a cloesup on what remained in the strainer which should contain the...
  3. johnodon

    My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station...

    I picked through the entire crush and didn't find any hulls intact. My main concern is (and always has been) the notion that shredded husks add astringency to the final product. I know that this is a Hillary vs. Trump kinda topic and has been poo-poo'd by most of the Corona Mill advocates so I...
  4. johnodon

    My Ugly Junk- Corona Mill Station...

    Is this too fine of a crush for "BIAB in a Cooler"? I see lots of mangled husks but I also ran the drill full out. Does that become less of a factor at slower speeds? EDIT: Hey my American friends....see the post #? :D
  5. johnodon

    OK to store corn sugar and water mixture?

    So, I was getting ready to bottle my latest batch. I boiled the water and corn sugar mixture and was letting it cool when...BAM...I tweaked my lower back. :( It is OK to put the mixture into a sanitized canning jar for a few days when I am ready to bottle? John
  6. johnodon

    Experienced BIAB Brewers – I Need Your Input

    This is the 15 gallon pot that I got: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f16/update-international-60-qt-induction-ready-stainless-steel-stock-pot-w-cover-149-a-471100/ This thing is incredibly heavy and very well made! Free shipping to store and you can find a $15 off $150 coupon. I used the $4.87...
  7. johnodon

    Success! New BIAB brewer's 1st batch fermenting

    Welcome aboard and congrats!
  8. johnodon

    For those of you who BIAB + Sparge

    Has anyone actually tried to do a hybrid BIAB + batch sparge? I am thinking of trying this with my next brew... - Mash in my bag with half of my total water (~5 gallons). - Vorlauf. - Drain kettle into a bucket dedicated to hot wort transfer. - Batch sparge for 10 minutes with 2.5...
  9. johnodon

    How to brew All-grain without a separate mash-tun, and without using BIAB

    Or just dedicate one bucket for transfer only.
  10. johnodon

    How to brew All-grain without a separate mash-tun, and without using BIAB

    Surprised this thread hasn't blown up. I'm interested in hearing more opinions.
  11. johnodon

    How to brew All-grain without a separate mash-tun, and without using BIAB

    Fortunately I am one of those who never had this issue with the braids. Not sure why but I didn't question it. :) John
  12. johnodon

    How to brew All-grain without a separate mash-tun, and without using BIAB

    Looks great! My thought is that since you go to the trouble to remove the bazooka anyway to clean it, it may be worth it to have a mesh one just to make your runnings that much clearer. Of course it is an extra cost but problably only $10 or so if memory serves. John
  13. johnodon

    For those of you who BIAB + Sparge

    Do you find that you do not need to crush your grains as fine since you really are mashing in a more traditional fashion? I have been contemplating moving from no sparge to pour sparge to avoid having to crush my grains so fine in the hopes that I would avoid so much trub. Also, check this...
  14. johnodon

    How to brew All-grain without a separate mash-tun, and without using BIAB

    I am intrigued also (being a BIAB brewer). One suggestion... For the mash I would opt ot use a SS mesh water supply line casing (much like you see in traditional cooler mash tuns). I can't see the bazooka tube doing a very good job at filtering the fine grain particulates. Prior to...
  15. johnodon

    $6.44 Fermentation Bucket (2 - 4 gallon batches)

    The lids that I listed above also have a gasket and are a MAJOR PITA to get off. If anyone has weak fingers I suggest you get a lid remover. :) John
  16. johnodon

    $6.44 Fermentation Bucket (2 - 4 gallon batches)

    I'll preface all of this with the following: 1. Cost of an airlock is not included. However, if you have some 1/2" OD vinyl tubing lying around, you can just shove that into the grommet and use it as a blow off tube. 2. You can do all of this for $.50 total cost if you don't mind...
  17. johnodon

    First BIAB Brew Day Today

    A common mistake. Don't get hung up on efficiency. It is all about consistency! All higher efficiency means is that you can use less grains to achieve the same OG (really just saving you $$$). It is far more important that you can achieve consistent brewhouse efficiency. If you can...
  18. johnodon

    First BIAB Brew Day Today

    OK...so you know most of the basics then. I did one extract and then jumped into full blown AG (converted cooler --> mash tun, etc.). I then discovered BIAB and wish I would have found it sooner. :) John
  19. johnodon

    First BIAB Brew Day Today

    Yes. You say it is your first BIAB. By that can we assume you have brewed before (extract)? John
  20. johnodon

    $4.87 keg tool

    Well, I just used the $4.87 tool on the heaviest, thickest walled pot I have ever seen and it performed beautifully. I was really concerned that the copper reducer or the PVC sleeve would fail but they both passed with flying colors. The only thing that I used/did differently was rather than...
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