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    All-Grain DIY Equipment on the Cheap!

    Isn't your conduit lock washer going to rust?
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    Silicone tubing supply?

    I got 5 feet from amazon for about $10. If you have amazon prime, it's free ship.
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    $5 SS stock pots

    I have one of these and have been using it for years. They're very thin gauge steel, bot work just fine if those volumes are good for you.
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    DYI HERMS- Heating Element question

    You could figure out what phases different outlets are on, run extension cords, and get 220.
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    Slow Starters from Frozen yeast bank

    When freeze/thawing: freeze slowly. There have been reports of increased viability by letting your yeast sit in the fridge for 4 days, then add glycerol (someone reported 13%, I've always heard 25% final - that would be 1ml glycerol to 3ml yeast culture). Then freeze. This allows the yeast to...
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    ebay aquarium temp controller build

    I inquired diytrade and they're about 13 a piece with freight from Shanghai for minimum order quantity (MOQ) 100. You could beat the other guy on shipping (his is $10) and a buck or 2 on price and still come out ahead. I don't know if there are any duty fees involved or not. They ship...
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    Dortmunder - Lagering and bottling

    We are using a fridge, so I don't think we'll get much below 40ish. I feel the same way - better safe than sorry. Oh yeah, I did a 5 gal batch and used the same grains posted for a 5.5 gal - I hit 1.054. I was a little off on the protein rest temp and mash temp too. I used a turkey fryer for...
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    Dortmunder - Lagering and bottling

    THANKS! This is our first lager. I had some issues with figuring out the wiring on the temp controller (Ranco digital) but once I realized that I had LOAD and LINE switched, it was all good. Hopefully as good as this lager will be. I would rather eyeball it than take gravity readings and risk...
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    Dortmunder - Lagering and bottling

    I have my lagering schedule. I'm using this recipe: from poobah58. He lagered at 52 for 4 weeks, conditioned at RT for 2 days, then second lager at 40 deg for 40-60 days. He did the second lager in the keg. I will be bottling...
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    Magnetism and DIY Stirplate

    I found cheap rare earth magnets that work at harbor freight. If you have one of those locally call them with the item number 98371 (see link below). They were strong enough for me. And, only $1.99 for 10. - Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices
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    Boiling question

    Thanks for the info. I didn't realize about the full boil actually tasting different. But in regards to sugar levels and OGs, I don't get it. Forget about grains, etc. If I put a 5 pound bag of sugar in 4 gallons of water, boil for 1 hour and end up with 3 gallons of water with 5 pounds of...
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    Boiling question

    Hello, I now have 2 AG batches under my belt (both Edwort's Haus Pale Ale). My question regarding boiling is this: why does it matter what you end with? Why not just top off with water? I did the haus pale ale recipe for a 5 gallon batch (it's listed for 5.5 gal). I only have a 5 gallon pot...
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    Going to Shiner TX

    I played quarters on the bar in the brewery for about 2 hours one afternoon. I think we were supposed to get 1 or 2 samples, but I must have had about 30.
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    How many gallons of EdWort's Haus Pale Ale have been made?

    +5 - bubbling away! from last weekend.
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    Cracking grains - first all grain

    Thanks for the great picture. It really helps. I think that is actually pretty close to what I'm getting with the corona type mill. I've decided to relax and just go with the flow, and use my hand cranker corona. Thanks again, Sam
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    Cracking grains - first all grain

    I'm posting this in the beginner forum because this will be my first all grain. I'm making Bee Cave Brewery Haus Pale Ale (link) and I'm going to do the BIAB method. I don't have a grain mill, and I bought the grains whole. The LHBS is not close to where I'll be brewing. I have an old hand...