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    For the Dads

    Going electric so it’s in my basement helped me a ton. I’ve got a 10, 8, and 5 year old. Now they want to know when I’m making beer again. Having the brew system outside so I wasn’t able to help with the kids at all did not fly with the wife. If I could do it against (which I can’t and won’t for...
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    Fly Sparge First Runnings- Drain or Not?

    This was the one I was thinking of: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-brewers-podcast/id1156748005?i=1000427141807
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    Fly Sparge First Runnings- Drain or Not?

    We’ll shiiiiiiiiit….I’ll listen to it again! Sorry for the confusion
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    Fly Sparge First Runnings- Drain or Not?

    I listened to an MBAA podcast a few months ago that spoke about efficiency in the mash and they described something similar, IIRC. Now, they have much bigger vessels so take this with a grain of salt. They partially drain the mash tun until they can't see any liquid anywhere over the grain...
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    Sold 3x1.5" Tri Clamp Ball Valves

    The pics aren't coming though for some reason...do they have mnpt threads or 1.5" TC fittings on the end?
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    Controller troubleshooting help

    Bump—could a lose wire have caused this? When I took out the wires the one going to the circuit controlling the BK element popped right out so I’m assuming that was loose.
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    Controller troubleshooting help

    I took pictures of where I had them going. It does looks like I had them screwed up now that I look at my diagram. I had the two wires that should have gone from the top of each of the two pole breakers into the the terminal were actually going from the bottom of the circuit to the terminal. The...
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    Controller troubleshooting help

    Upon further review I found a melted connection where the black wires come together shown in the picture. The top left wire feeds the BK circuit breaker so I am assuming this is the issue and not the breaker. I will replace those wires and the connection but what would have caused that?
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    Wanted WTB Ball Lock Kegs

    I’m located on the VT/NH border but will pay shipping to 05088. Looking for 2-4 5 gallon and 1-2 3 gallon. Please reply to thread if you PM me. Thanks in advance!
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    Controller troubleshooting help

    So I just tested it again…works for about 20-30 seconds then loses power as tested through the circuit.
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    Controller troubleshooting help

    I measured it at the output of the circuit, before going to the SSR. I measured it when it should have been sending 240V to the element. I think I need to know what to test to figure out what failed. What was weird to me is the loss of power to the element without tripping the circuit.
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    Controller troubleshooting help

    A few of you have helped me get my second hand diy 50A controller up and running. It’s done probably 8 batches without a hitch since I got it going earlier this year. I installed a hop stopper from Kal this week—moving my element slightly (I’m talking the end of it away from the TC fitting less...
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    Help with Mash Efficiency/Sparge

    True, but I’ve been brewing AG for 13 years on a few different systems and this is the first time I’ve had anything weird.
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    Help with Mash Efficiency/Sparge

    I grabbed the sample as the pump sputtered the last bit of wort into the kettle. It’s not adding up for me either. BUUUT I think Doug is right that I started transferring before conversion was complete. I had written down 1050 as first running gravity thinking it didn’t make sense, but if it was...
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    Help with Mash Efficiency/Sparge

    Interesting...So I've got 3 gallons of dead space below my false bottom. I mashed in with about 9 gallons of water because of that--to be honest it was a little thin because I misread the sightless. And the sparge was about 9.5. So maybe I mashed thin, it didn't convert fully, and I "under...
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    Help with Mash Efficiency/Sparge

    I did stir several times and I do think the suction from the pump is causing the grain bed to compact on that side of the pot. I think I'll get a center dip tube and slow the flow rate down during recirc--do you think that would be enough? I can also look into creating multiple pickups. Would...
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    Help with Mash Efficiency/Sparge

    I've done 4 batches on my eHERMS system--2 5g and 2 10g. The latest batch, a German pils, was 10 gallons. I sparged at a rate of 1 quart/minute--held pretty consistently throughout--and had a final runnings of 1.035. My MLT has a false bottom and the outlet is simply a port on the side--there...
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    Full volume mash efficiencies?

    There is 3 gallons under the false bottom and probably a gallon and a half left behind because of the way the port is cut. So in BeerSmith I forgot to adjust for those three gallons making my mash way too thick. I should have mashed in more liquid and sparged less.
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    Vermont Blichmann Burner

    No I’d rather give it to someone locally. This thing is heavy and the shipping/boxing would be more than the burner.
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    Full volume mash efficiencies?

    Ok I realize I need to give more info… I have a false bottom that leaves almost 3 gallons below it in the MLT. I typically get about 83-85 brewhouse efficiency and close to 100% mash efficiency when fly sparging a 10 gallon batch. I don’t trust my volume measurements so take that for what it...
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