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  1. mainiac

    What's your occupation: Engineer or Non-Engineer

    From the humble yet honorable start as US Army Grunt, turned Combat Medic . . . moving on in civilian life to concrete construction . . . back into the medical field as a nursing assistant, then to medical records specialist . . . crossover to computer specialist (how did I get there?), onto...
  2. mainiac

    Melted Heating Element

    I have one of these in my 8 gallon kettle that provides assistance to my induction cooktop in boiling. I've used it in many brew sessions over the past year, and had no issues whatsoever. It is stainless steel resistored, and LWD.
  3. mainiac

    What is a SWMBO?

    Settle With My Best Option
  4. mainiac

    What is a SWMBO?

    She Was My Bitch Orginally (don't tell her I said that)
  5. mainiac

    What is a SWMBO?

    She Wishes My Butt Obstructed
  6. mainiac

    What is a SWMBO?

    She Wants My Big Organ
  7. mainiac

    What is a SWMBO?

    She Will Make Beatings Orgasmic
  8. mainiac

    Copper/Steel Galvanic Corrosion

    I am actually taking a similar approach on the brewing system that I myself am building. The nobility of copper and passive SS are both high (they are right next to each other on the galvanic scale), so I do not believe that they would be likely to react with each other. I am not a...
  9. mainiac

    24 hours and still waiting for fermentation

    Did you make a starter, or just pitch directly from the vial? EDIT: Psylo beat me to it.
  10. mainiac

    POS Hydrometer

    The stem looks far off to one side . . . is the bulb perhaps adhering to/dragging on the side of the test tube? Try using a test vessel with a wider diameter so that it can float more freely and lessen the chance of contacting the vessel walls.
  11. mainiac

    Watermelon Wheat

    Are you trolling? Just because you experience a personal failure with a particular ingredient doesn't mean it is unsuitable for making a beer. I have made three batches of raspberry wheat beer, and every one has turned out delicious, and so I will continue to make it. Everyone I have shared...
  12. mainiac

    Watermelon Wheat

    Raspberry makes an excellent fruit beer. I just started drinking a batch I brewed about 6 weeks ago. I used 3lbs of Raspberries added after the first week of primary in a 5 gallon batch of a standard American wheat beer. Let that sit for 3 more weeks and then bottled it. Delicious! I've done...
  13. mainiac

    How many gallons of homebrew in 2015?

    +5 Honey Lemon Wheat +5 Limey Wheat +5 Raspberry Wheat =19,277
  14. mainiac

    So who's brewing this weekend?

    Brewing a 5 Gal batch of a basic American wheat beer tomorrow (Sunday), which will become a raspberry wheat.
  15. mainiac

    whats a good, inexpensive induction plate

    18 gauge wire is not suitable for carrying 20 amps of current. 12 gauge would be the minimum recommended to code.
  16. mainiac

    Favourite Artist?

    I like landscapes, and the works of the 'Hudson River School' of artists have always been inspiring to me . . . Mid 19th Century art . . . I suppose that could qualify as classic. Google it.
  17. mainiac

    Bare ground wire in control panel

    Depending on how you plan on terminating the various parts of your circuits, solid would be okay for short jumpers and such, but for longer runs or routes, stranded is best. Also beware that repeated bending/working of solid will stress the conductor, potentially weakening it. It's really...
  18. mainiac

    Bare ground wire in control panel

    Depending on how complicated and packed the inside of your control box is, there could be a lot of potential for short circuit using a bare wire. I would not do it, and doubt anyone else here would recommend it. For the other wiring, I would definitely use stranded wire. Solid wire is tough...