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  1. Bobby_M

    Question for home brew store owners, past and present - where to buy grain bins? best online website and/or store?

    The challenge is putting the investment in to get ecommerce up and running. In 2018 it was worth it.
  2. Bobby_M

    Question for home brew store owners, past and present - where to buy grain bins? best online website and/or store?

    Keep in mind that LD carlson and BSG both require that you have store front (not just a shipping warehouse) if you decided to use them.
  3. Bobby_M

    Why no dual voltage controllers?

    Here's how I'd do it with contactors or two pole mechanical relays. the blue push button is the pump on. The orange push button is element enable/disable. The black selector switch is 240v or 120v element output (in the picture turned to the left is 240v). The volt/amp meter is wired in the...
  4. Bobby_M

    Waited a whole 24 hours to pitch yeast

    Contamination is often the main concern around delayed pitching, and that's always a possibility when you leave growth medium sitting around with mere sanitized (not sterile) conditions. However, the other often overlooked damage is oxygen. Yeast will quickly scavenge available oxygen in the...
  5. Bobby_M

    Question for home brew store owners, past and present - where to buy grain bins? best online website and/or store?

    In that case most of what you need is free on Google maps. If you want to register a domain to publish basic information and make it look more legit, you can do that with a wordpress enabled host (all of them have it). You may have to pay someone to setup the pages if you don't want to learn how...
  6. Bobby_M

    Why no dual voltage controllers?

    It sounds like what you want is just a slight bit different than both of the diagrams. I didn't think you had any intention of powering the whole box on a 120v source but just that you want to be able to run the element output on 240v normally and pull it down to 25% maximum power via voltage...
  7. Bobby_M

    Question for home brew store owners, past and present - where to buy grain bins? best online website and/or store?

    Start now and try to compete with the big boys? The big boys are having trouble selling in this market. I'd open an ice store in Antarctica before trying a new venture in homebrewing. I'd only recommend doing it on a very local level keeping your costs extremely tight, at least until things turn...
  8. Bobby_M

    Do I have a bigger electrical problem?

    I think this goes without saying. I'd assume that there was some practicality barrier that the OP already tried getting past. Maybe not. Maybe he just has a 120v boil coil and controller and doesn't want to have to rebuy everything even if the sub panel can handle a new 2 pole breaker...
  9. Bobby_M

    Question for home brew store owners, past and present - where to buy grain bins? best online website and/or store?

    I wish I "only" paid $5000. I launched the current version of my site in 2014 and this discussion caused me to do the math. Thanks for that by the way ;-) $102,000 over 10 years in website fees. That's not including fees to collect payment (another 2.2% on average).
  10. Bobby_M

    Question for home brew store owners, past and present - where to buy grain bins? best online website and/or store?

    Grain bins? Food grade "garbage cans" for 3 sacks storage, your every day base malts. 80LB vittles vaults for low volume base malts and high volume specialties (Munich, Carapils) Large cereal bins for low volume specialties (Victory, Biscuit). Website host? Probably anything you choose will...
  11. Bobby_M

    Switching to a smaller batch size?

    Smaller batches means more brewing and more learning. Even better, brew medium and split it between multiple fermenters to learn about cold side split variables. The only downside I can think of is margin for error. You have to be more precise with ingredient measurements or you're further away...
  12. Bobby_M

    Do I have a bigger electrical problem?

    Thinking a little more on this, was the system in storage for a while maybe someplace humid? Perhaps you picked up some corrosion on the inside of the big square boil coil connector, or in the female twist lock on the controller cable. When you subbed in a friend's coil and controller, did you...
  13. Bobby_M

    Why no dual voltage controllers?

    Of course it does. :oops:
  14. Bobby_M

    Do I have a bigger electrical problem?

    The system is designed to do "the best it can" on 120v. In general, 2000 watts is anemic no matter how you slice it. The brewzilla, foundry, mash n boil, grainfather and all the others that run 1500 watts don't get over 208F"ish" either. The fact that they are really tall and thin make it so...
  15. Bobby_M

    Do I have a bigger electrical problem?

    Well, it's 10%. In terms of ramp speed, that might only be an extra 3 minutes over 30 minutes. When it comes to a boil, it may be a pretty big difference in visual intensity.
  16. Bobby_M

    Why no dual voltage controllers?

    Doug already hit the main explanation here, it's all about duty cycle. Many PIDs and the Brew Commander have a selectable cycle time, usually bottoming out at 1 or 2 seconds. That means at a setting of 50%, the element would be full power for either 1/2 or 1 second. Since the element is immersed...
  17. Bobby_M

    Why no dual voltage controllers?

    I missed this line when I posted the previous reply. Some commercial controllers have a maximum output parameter that effectively does the same... The blichmann brew commander for example, is capable of limiting the output to 10% or whatever you type in, even though it's shooting for a target...
  18. Bobby_M

    Why no dual voltage controllers?

    The Auber cube controller will run on 240 or 120v. You just have to make a special input cable that replaces the L2 with a neutral and everything works as expected. Of course, there is the topic of whether you're looking to run the whole thing on 120v occasionally or if you wanted to switch...
  19. Bobby_M

    had a hazy for the first time and i almost liked it.

    I doubt the haze is the thing you don't like. It's probably the other characteristics that tend to come along with it such as the extra body. Have you had a Fiddlehead IPA? Green and white can. This beer is just about the perfect IPA in my opinion. Yeah, it's hazy, but it's not like most. It...
  20. Bobby_M

    How to Get Gelatin into Pressurized Beer?

    I sell this kit for less than $20 and most of the cost is in the QD and free flowing ball lock to 1/4" barb that makes sucking the product into the syringe super easy.
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