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    Chugger Pumps

    Just wanted to say thanks for the excellent customer service I had with Chugger Pumps. We bought two pumps at the beginning of last summer and had some issues with them recently. When I emailed Chugger they responded very fast and replaced them no questions asked. I have been very pleased...
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    Where do I get 85% Food Grade Phosphoric Acid

    Does anyone know where to get 85%. All I can find is 10%.
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    Sodium Metabisulfite

    How Would this impact the flavor of the beer if there were no chlorine present in the water. I understand what it does and is used for, I just would like to know specifically what it would do if no chlorine were present.
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    Is there ever any need to treat sparge water.

    Is there ever a case where I should treat my sparge water. My water is very soft and I have never treated my sparge water. I have made adjustments to the mash water with great success. pH 7.8 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est 55 Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.09 Cations / Anions...
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    I've been using HWD Elements for a while now.

    I've been using HWD Elements for a while now. I have a 5500 watt element in my RIMS heater and a 4500 watt in my boil kettle. I purchased both elements because they are stainless elements. I think I purchased one at Lowes and one at Home Depot. I also wanted to see if it was possible to...
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    Help with No Sparge Brewing

    I have made about 15 batches with my new system now and I am having some problems. My system is a no sparge RIMS setup. Here is the thread showing my setup I typically fill the mash tun with 7.5 to 7.8...
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    NSRIMS (No Sparge RIMS) finished finally!

    I have been working on this thing since November. I wanted to build a no sparge RIMS to experiment with. I figured that if it didn't work I could just add a HLT and go back to fly sparging. I am using a Sanke keg with a Sabco false bottom for the mash tun. The drain is located on the bottom...
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    Water Adjustments and pH?

    I am in the process of getting my water analysis done so I can make adjustments using TH's spreadsheet. If I make adjustments correctly should my pH land in the correct range or is this independent of mineral content?
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    Help with grain absorption!

    I have a no sparge system and I am finding my grain absorption is not the same with different amounts of grain. I am using a converted sanke keg with a sabco false bottom. This mash tun is bottom draining. I had a 1/2" coupler welded to the bottom. It also has a sight glass. I have double...
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    New Control Panel

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    Pulse Width Modulation

    Is anyone familiar with PWM settings. I have a controller from work that has PWM outputs. I am not sure where to set the Zero Width, Max Width and the Period. The minimum time I can set is 0.1 second. Do some SSRs have limitations on these settings? If I understand this correctly I could...
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    Fermenting Controls Finished!

    I only have control of the fridge now. I would like to add controls to the cooler on the left next. Luckily the only things I had to purchase were the Auber Controller and the temperature probe. Everything else was free from work. The top outlet is always hot. The bottom outlet is...
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    Keggerator just finished!!

    This started out as a True 2 door beer cooler.
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    "HERMS" design with CF chiller.

    I was discussing a herms design with a friend of mine and we were trying to come up with a heat exchanger. He suggested using a CF chiller for the heat exchanger. This sounds like a great idea. Circulate the wort through the inner tube and circulate the hot water through the outer tube. This...