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    No more clogged poppets and disconnects during closed transfer!

    If you get to the point that it’s clogging, I’d do the triclamp bazooka mentioned above, saw some on amazon with mesh between 30-150 mesh, pick your poison.
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    No more clogged poppets and disconnects during closed transfer!

    You could also try a tri-clamp filter plate: BUNA Screen Gasket | Tri Clamp 1.5 in. 841 Micron (20 mesh) - FDA
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    Grist Analysis: Monster Mill 3

    True, at 70 minutes I had 96% conversion... pretty damn good!
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    Grist Analysis: Monster Mill 3

    You got it.... 3 min shake, side to side, tap every 15 seconds. http://www.craftbrewersconference.com/wp-content/uploads/ImprovingBrewhouseEfficiency-Havig.pdf http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Assets/Presentations/Briess_2007CBC_Practical_Milling.ppt
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    Grist Analysis: Monster Mill 3

    There’s only one way to find out how much you can push the system. I ran this mill forever at 45-thousandths because it was considered “safe” and was surprised how coarse it was... the main reason for sharing this info.
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    Grist Analysis: Monster Mill 3

    I was surprised, I think this mill can be really cranked down.
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    Grist Analysis: Monster Mill 3

    By itself doesn’t mean much, as depends on your lautering system. The percentages represent a particle size distribution, above #14 is coarse, under #60 is fine. Finer grind = quicker conversion, but at the cost of potential stuck or long sparge time. Last mash I did was at 45-thousandths, got...
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    Grist Analysis: Monster Mill 3

    Just thought I'd share for anyone interested, grist analysis from today with new sieves: Malt: Skagit Valley Pilot Pilsner; Assortment: 94-4-1; 4.4% moisture Mill: Monster Mill 3 Roller, 1.5" roller; 1/3 hp @ 175 rpm Gap (1/1000 in) #14 #30 #60 pan 45...
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    Extract/Potential from COA

    Fun stuff... just about as fun as making a gigantic spreadsheet to track this stuff... my test seives just showed up today.
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    Extract/Potential from COA

    I've been homebrewing for close to 25 years, and finally stepping up my game on data collection and building a custom spreadsheet for everything. From my malt database, I'm inputing extract as FGDB% and percent moisture from each malt COA, and based on that and recipe calculating total...
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    Can I store yeast in a piss jar?

    Why complicate things... use a 50 ml falcon tube, come pre sterilized
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    Why I absolutly hate Harbor Freight

    My two cents, I’ve dealt with a lot of the in various settings... I’d try vibrating the hell out of it with a harbor freight air impact hammer from the side to try to knock it loose, while simultaneously trying to capture it with a harbor freight rare earth magnet. If that doesn’t work, grind a...
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    Thermometer recommendations?

    I've had good luck with WIKA bi-metal thermometers (http://www.wika.us/products_TM_en_us.WIKA?ActiveID=12680). They're industrial thermometers, well made and accurate to +/- 1%. They come in various temp ranges and mounting options. I got a TI.30 for ~$20 on-line.
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    Keggle volume measurements

    I just double checked, my numbers look the same as these.
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    Keggle volume measurements

    Mine's a Budweiser keg. Maybe my gallon of milk was not really a gallon :)
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    Keggle volume measurements

    I measured the depth (to the 1/16th of an inch) of 1 gallon (measured by a milk jug) at a time and did a linear regression to get the equation.
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    Keggle volume measurements

    For a 1/2 BBL Sanke Keg: Vol(Gallons) = 1.25 * Depth(Inches) + 0.979
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