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  1. Surly

    Spike 30 gallon boil kettle.

    I have a Spike condenser lid. Would like brew kettle to go with it.
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    Considerations when purchasing a home RO system.

    For years I brewed using RO water. Living in the country using well water I thought that my safest option. I need in access of 20 gallons per brew day due to my brewing capacity. I want to be able to brew two times a month. Therefore, I would like to have the capacity to prepare 50 gallons a...
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    How long are water analysis reports considered valid?

    I live in an area with many active springs. A number of years ago I sent for a water analysis from Wards. It was taken from my water well that was approximately 35 feet deep. This spring I drilled another well that is 60 feet deep. In general, how often if ever should we retest? And, is a...
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    DIY beer cases

    Anybody know of a set of directions for making wooden beer cases?
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    Moving from single tier to stand alone burners.

    My single tier two burner brew stand needs work. After 13 years or so I must replace one burner. And yes, it needs a good cleaning and shelving replacement etc. I don’t want to do the upgrades. The unit was built as a rollout operation. I would move it to the patio and connect to my natural gas...
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    Purchasing Hops on line

    Hi I am in need of purchasing hops by the pound. I usually use Hops Direct but shipping costs have really increased. where do you shop? Thanks.
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    Upgrading Mash/Sparge Cooler - What is new?

    Long time user of a 100qt Coleman Extreme for batch sparging. It was ok when I brewed 15 gallon batches. I recently moved to 11 gallon batches and would like a new cooler. The Coleman now seems too large for grain bills of around 30 lbs. I now mash with 9 gallons and sparge with about 12...
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    Scaling a recipe for a SS Brewing Technologies 14 gallon fermentor

    Greetings I need to scale my recipes from a 15.5 conical to a 14 gallon conical. Anybody now what I should set my BeerSmith software for gallons into fermenter?
  9. Surly

    Kegco's Stainless Steel Counterflow Chiller

    Highly likely I will place an order, but just checking in first. Anybody have experience with Kegco? Or, this chiller? There is not a lot of info out there, but it looks like a good product at a decent price. Thoughts?
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    Bottling directly from a conical

    I have a conical with 15.5 gallons of beer. It has a racking arm that I can attach a bottling wand. I usually use two carb tabs to a 12oz bottle to carb a few bottles for gifts, parties etc. Must transfer beer to some kegs but would like to bottle a couple of cases or, 24 bottles and...
  11. Surly

    SS Conical Fermentor 15 gallon

    I have been building my brewery in stages from a five gallon extract brewery using my kitchen stove. I have been upgrading all of my equipment and now want to take the brewery to the next step. I am currently brewing 15.5 gallon batches in my plastic conical set in a converted frig. I built...
  12. Surly

    SS Conical Fermentor

    Hi Currently using a DIY plastic conocal with ss sight glass and fittings. I yield a 15 1/2 gallon batch using a converted refrigerator as a fermentation chamber. Would like to upgrade to ss. Any recommendations? Still want the same volume. Thanks
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    Anybody make their own coasters? I have six house beers that I have designed labels for. I would like to use each label to make about 25 coasters for each style of beer I have. Any ideas on the material I would use and the process to make the coasters?
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    Need New Malt Crusher

    After seven years it is time to leave my Barley Crusher go. Tired of dealing with it. Am looking to upgrade to a Monster Malt 3. There are very good reviews but many are dated. So I m asking the community to give me some quick feedback. Before I commit a couple of hundred bucks I...
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    Lactic acid sub for acid malt

    I will be brewing 15.5 gallons of a low gravity beer. The 31 lb grain bill includes 22 lbs Vienna and 10 Pilsner. Of the 26 gallons of water to be used I will use 10 gallons of RO during mash in and 10 of RO at spare, adding 6 gallons of my well water to that sparge. I have...
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    Oxygenation in a 15 gallon fermentor

    When brewing smaller batches I sometimes used an oxygen tank with a diffusion stone to add oxygen to my wort prior to pitching yeast. I now brew 15 gallon batches using a conical for fermenting. Anybody out there oxygenate wort in conicals? Is it worth the effort?
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    Source of High temp silicone tubing at a good price

    I am in need of purchasing some replacement tubing for my brewery. High temp with at least some visibilaty to liquid in tubing is preferred. Somebody know of a good source?
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    Converting from 20LB portable L.P. tank to homes L.P. tank

    I have a single tier two burner brew rig. I have been using it with a 20 LB LP tank and it kicks butt. The burner are the 10" Hurricane/Banjo type. I had the local LP people come in and run a copper tube from my house tank to my new brew shed. They added a regulator. I am not getting...
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    Ventalation/Exhaust Fan sources

    I am developing a 12 by 19' dedicated brewing facility. It will be a three season brewing facility. My brewing set up includes a single stage duel 170BTU L.P. burners. I have a double door set up to the outdoors, two windows located nest the the brew rig and a door opening into my wood...
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    Yeast Harvesting Conical Style

    You folks with conicals: Do you wash your yeast after harvesting, or, do you just let it sit, decant and pitch. (Or store and make a starter before reusing.) I harvested about a gallon and a half from my 15 gallon fermentor. I will let it settle, then decant and consolidate from two...