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    Slow PWM using hacked LED dimmer

    Very clever! Should be pretty easy to feed this into an SSR and presto! Manual power control.
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    Help with new electric build

    At some point, you'd want to be able to completely cut power to the system, but that can be as simple as unplugging it. If you break either of the hot lines, though, you'll stop current flow though that device. In OP's diagram, the switch will turn off power to the outlet (presumably for the...
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    Help with new electric build

    That is basically it. Of course, you'd also have some sort of temp sensor wired to your PID. I use a two-pole relay to cut power to both hot legs when I have the switch turned off--it complicates the design a little bit, but it gives me a lot more flexibility with the switches (the switch...
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    Mash pH?

    This thread should answer your questions: https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f128/brewing-water-chemistry-primer-198460/
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    Why not let wort cool overnight in brew kettle?

    There's a very lengthy thread here on no-chill brewing, but I don't have the link handy--I'm sure a search would find it. The short version (i.e., the version I remember) is to use your hops for 20 minutes less than called for. Thus, if you have a hop addition that's supposed to boil for 60...
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    Why not let wort cool overnight in brew kettle?

    If you've got it in the airtight cube, and you did that right off the boil, there's no reason to try to hurry it along with an ice bath--you can reportedly let it sit for weeks, if not months, before pouring into the fermenter and pitching the yeast with no quality loss. I don't speak from...
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    Why not let wort cool overnight in brew kettle?

    The difference between leaving the wort in the kettle and racking it into a cube is that the cube is airtight. The boiling wort sterilizes (or at least thoroughly sanitizes) the interior of the cube, and nothing can get in until you open it (24+ hours later) to pour it into your fermenter and...
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    Noob brewer!!! looking for tips

    Gravity is simply an indication of how much "stuff" (i.e., sugar in this case) is dissolved into your water. Since sugar is converted into alcohol by the yeast, a decrease in the amount of sugar means it's been turned into alcohol. A "normal" beer recipe might start with a gravity of 1.050...
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    Cleaning Chugger pump?

    Just bought a SS head Chugger pump to recirculate my BIAB. What's the best way to clean/sanitize it? Should I just recirculate some PBW solution, or do I need to tear down the pump head every time to clean it? Or something in between?
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    pH meters

    The storage solution is fairly standard (i.e., you don't have to buy Milwaukee's version of it), but yes, it's said to be important to use it. The probe comes with a rubber cap that can be filled with a few mL of that solution, so you don't use it very quickly.
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    Ebrewing options and newbie electrical questions

    That's why you're supposed to flag the white wire on both ends with some red or black electrical tape, to mark it as another hot. It's a step that seems to be frequently missed, though.
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    Ebrewing options and newbie electrical questions

    My electric system (with a 5.5kW element) took around 20-30 minutes total to bring 8 gallons to a boil. If we figure 30 minutes, that's 2.75 kWh. I run it at 65% for the boil, so for an hour-long boil that would be 3.6 kWh. At my electric rates, that's about 65 cents' worth of electricity...
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    Who online offers double crushing?

    Ritebrew.com will double mill at no charge.
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    Ebrewing options and newbie electrical questions

    If those wires are connected to a two-pole, 30-amp breaker, you'll have plenty of power to run a 5500-watt element. The two common options for power control are a PID + temp probe + SSR (~$100 from Auber Instruments), which will let you set a temperature and hold it quite accurately; or a...
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    Ebrewing options and newbie electrical questions

    You really need to read up on household electricity a bit. If you bond the two hot legs together, hopefully you'll blow the breaker--otherwise you'll probably burn your house down.
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    Ebrewing options and newbie electrical questions

    Nonsense. Household electrical wiring is sized based on the amp load, not voltage, so those wires could most certainly carry household 240v power. They would, of course, need to be connected to an appropriate circuit breaker, and they may not be big enough to handle the current required, but...
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    Stuck fermentation?

    The smell is good, the taste not bad (given it's warm and flat). I went ahead and kegged it--figure at least I can see how it'll be cold and carbed before I decide to dump it. After all, not much work to siphon it into a keg and hook up the gas. Next up, a pump so I can recirculate the mash...
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    Ph and mash

    There's a brewing chemistry primer sticky in the Science subforum--check that out for a lot more detail on this question.
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    Stuck fermentation?

    The temperature was taken with the temp probe for my PID controller, which is at the bottom of my kettle. I do trust the temp reading; it's right where it should be at a boil. I suspect a temperature gradient, as otherwise physics wouldn't allow the temperature to increase when adding a...
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    Stuck fermentation?

    Short version: I brewed a batch of BierMuncher's Blue Moon clone (https://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/blue-balls-belgian-wit-blue-moon-clone-24978/) three weeks ago, using US-05 yeast as recommended elsewhere in the thread. Starting gravity was 1.038. The gravity has been stable at 1.020 for at...
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