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    Aluminum Brewstand?

    Do not build with aluminum. I found out the hard way this past weekend. I've read several opinions about aluminum brewstands but didn't see a definite answer. I was leery when I built the stand but my access to aluminum made me risk it. I can most definitely tell you now, DON'T DO IT. My...
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    max priming

    Thanks, good idea on the bottles. I save my commercial bottles and have several Sam Smith, Fullers, Sierra Nevada and some Belgian trappist bottles, my buddy gives me all his Red Stripe bottles too. Now I will just need to try and seperate them.
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    max priming

    Thanks Revvy, my beers are carbed fine and I don't drink them earlier than 3 weeks. The only reason I want to add more it to match the style. Tastybrew's calculator is telling me my hefe should have 4 volumes of co2, that seems high and scares me. I will probably drop this down some. Any...
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    max priming

    Thanks, would 9 oz even be safe?
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    max priming

    Is 5 oz really max? I used the calculator on TastyBrew and it's telling me to use 9 oz. for my Hefe
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    Priming with DME

    Thanks Conroe.
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    Priming with DME

    I'm following a recipe that calls for 97 grams (.422 cups) of DME for priming sugar. I usually follow the basic 3/4 corn sugar for 5 gallons, and thought this sounded low. It's Orfy's Hobgoblin recipe (97 grams) so I trust the recipe, just wondering if maybe this is a typo in the recipe.
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Yes, tig welding. I have 15 years experiance welding, 8 years welding sheet metal (mig, tig, and carbon arc) and another 7 welding aluminum for signs. Sadly I now sit behind a computer all day so anytime I have an excuse to fab something I get pretty excited. Asked a co-worker here and he...
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Never heard of that before, but I've never welded anything that needed to be this clean on the inside. I was actually thinking a lot about the weld burining through the backside and even thought about welding the inside. It wouldn't be smooth inside but it would have been cleaner. This sounds...
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    If by purging you mean, pre-boil with water than yes. I plan on boiling for an hour or so. If I should do something else, please elaborate. Maybe you're talking about getting the oils etc. out of the metal? I was hoping that a good cleaning and then rolling boil of water would do this...
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Decisions, decisions. I'll have to drink/sleep on this. Sounds like the 16ga would be plenty heavy enough. I can make this pretty easy too. Liked the looks of the one DIY SS pot. Thanks for everyones help and suggestions!
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Thanks for the link wilserberwer. May just go aluminum.
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Yeah, aluminum would be easier but it seems like everything I read or hear points towards SS being much better. I would like to hear what people think on this too.
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    Didn't think of that. That seems like the way to go. Anyone have a thought on the thickness of the aluminum? 1/4" or 1/2"?
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    Fabricating brew kettle

    I am going to fab a 15-gallon kettle out of SS. Problem is that I only have 16 gauge SS. I feel that will be thick enough for the sides but want to have something thicker for the bottom. I can tig 2 pieces of SS together but I also have access to some 1/2" or 1/4" aluminum. I was thinking...
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    Bottling Tips for the Homebrewer

    Great idea BrianP seems like an easy way to go on the diptube. I put the bottling bucket on top of my fridge and hang the filler off the side. I prefer standing and I can rest my hand against the fridge as I fill my bottles.
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    Electric indoor brewers: What size (CFM) bathroom fan? (pics)

    Looks good Cyber. You may be able to get away with a "T" but I think with the velocity you have it would pass over and not fall out. I think you could put a 12" X 10" box in your 6" duct line and put the condensate drain out of the bottom of the box. This would allow most of the moisture to...
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    Electric indoor brewers: What size (CFM) bathroom fan? (pics)

    My expertise was mainly in fabrication but I did pick up some knowledge of air and ventilation. We mainly worked in dust and smoke collection and an occasional kitchen hood. Obviously steam only, is a little different but I was thinking. What if you built a larger box to connect directly to...
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    Electric indoor brewers: What size (CFM) bathroom fan? (pics)

    If you're getting a hood made they should calculate all this for you. If the person making this knows what they're doing you can tell them how long and tall your hood needs to be and they can design it so that it works better. It's not all about CFM (quantity of Air), you also need to look at...
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    Flaked wheat

    Thanks, I was worried it just looked like way to thick, all the water was soaked completely up. I did add about 2 more quarts to keep the bottom from getting too hot.
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