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  1. wbyrd01

    Help me understand Solid State Relays

    I just finished building my 240v control box with a DSPR320, 5500 watt element, using a Leviton 3032 switch to allow power to the SSR. I have a 240 LED indicator light wired to come on when the SSR is on. My problem is that as soon as I turn my switch on the LED comes on and I read 230v across...
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    Heating element and HERMS coil location

    Is there any reason why my heating element and HERMS coil shouldn't touch? My brew kettle is so big that for me to keep my coil under water it touches the heating element. I actually have the coil weaved around the heating element right now. It's not permanent yet. Just wanted to make sure it...
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    Arizona All of my homebrewing equipment and keezer

    I would like to sell it all to one person rather than parting it all out. I will split it up for the right price. Shipping will be paid for by the buyer. I have a keggle with stainless fittings (dip tube, valve, recirc fitting) and sight tube. 10 gal cooler mash tun with stainless fittings (dip...
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    Very malty (read, too sweet) Strong Scottish Ale

    I posted this in another subforum but it may not have been the right place, only been looked at once and zero replies! Last year I brewed a strong scottish ale that I wanted to have as a Christmas beer. Long story short, after eight months of aging I kegged it, hooked up the gas and let is...
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    Please tell me this isn't an infection.

    I've brewed about 15 batches of beer and this is the first time I've seen this. Please tell me it's not an infection!
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    First homebrew competition and I got bronze!

    I'm pretty excited! The results for the Great AZ Homebrew Competition were just posted and I got bronze for my One Eyed Dollar Dunkelweizen! I really entered the competition just looking to get feedback on my beer. But I'll take the prize too! Can't wait to get the score sheet back to see the...
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    Should I pitch fresh yeast?

    On Friday I made a batch of Brandon O's Graff and used a Nottingham yeast slurry I had stored in the fridge from a batch of Apfelwein. The slurry was in a pint sized mason jar and had been in the fridge for about two weeks. I followed the Graff recipe exactly, aerated with my O2 set up, and...
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    Homebrew competition - bottle question

    Is it ok for me to use bottles from Bass that have "Bass" written on them? I know they can't have labels but what about where the name is actually a part of the bottle? Thanks.
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    Cheap WalMart OxyClean

    I bought a big tub of this stuff, it's actually called Sun OxyGen Cleaner. I've used it a few times and it always leaves a white residue on everything. Just last night I washed a load of bottles in my dishwasher with a scoop of this as the cleaner. Every bottle in there is covered with this...
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    Thinking about going electric

    Like the title says, I'd like to go electric. Tired of getting propane and with summer coming I'd like to get away from the heat that propane brings with it. I do want to do this as cheap as possible though. I'm thinking of using my current 36 quart stainless pot as an HLT (refilling and...
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    Fermenting peppers!

    Here's one I thought you all would like, considering we're all fermenting fools!!! :D Most of this is taken from this thread on (just giving credit where it's due!) In fermenting peppers we use microaerophilic...
  12. wbyrd01

    Picklese - Hot pickled cabbage. So good!

    Picklese - 6 Scotch bonnet peppers 2 cups thinly sliced or shredded cabbage ½ cup thinly sliced or shredded carrots ¼ cup thinly sliced or shredded onion ¼ cup green peas (frozen) 4 whole cloves 1 teaspoon salt (optional) 8 to 10 peppercorns (optional)...
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    One vessel, partial mash question

    In reading on techniques for mashing I've learned that I should mash with approx 1.25 quarts of water per pound of grains. Most of my recipes call for around 5lbs of grain (plus 3lbs of DME) so I would want to use about 5 quarts of water or so for my mash. I only have one vessel large enough to...
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    Brass compression fittings, ok to use in the boil?

    I initially posted this in the DIY forum this morning but no one has even looked at it so I thought maybe I should move it over here. :mug: I built an immersion chiller using 1/2" copper tubing but wasn't able to find a tubing bender for 1/2" (other than the crappy spring one that just...
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    Spilled half the vial of yeast

    This past Saturday I brewed a stout using WLP004 (Irish Ale Yeast). On Friday I was preparing to make a starter with the yeast and when I opened the vial about half of it sprayed out all over the place like what happens when you shake up a beer and open it. I put the rest of the vial in the...