- Jan 19, 2018
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I couldn't do it. I won't even let the wife boil potatoes in my kettles. I worry enough about nasty beasties hiding out in minute cracks already without adding to the worries. If I ever saw her put any raw meat in one of my kettles I'd pass out. Just thinking about it gives me the Willies!!!!lol, i've fried quite a few turkeys in my brew kettle.....
your thinking like my wife....she eyes my Chapman and Avil brew kettles and fermenters with such envy and jealousy...licking her culinary chops, dreaming of the boiling veggies and pot roast she could fit inside. I guard my equipment with love and vigilance. Her Cusinarts will just have to do thank you very much!!!!Seriously, we're talking about a high quality stainless steel pot on the hot side. I definitely wouldn't serve gravy out of my PET fermenter. But then again, it does have spout...
So was mine. I still use it. A 20 quart Tramolina triple steel pot that I drilled for a weldless spigot. But I've ONLY ever put water in it. After I finish with my new HLT, the wife can have the Tramolina and boil meat and veggies to her hearts desire!Up until the MegaPots I now use with induction, my HLT was a 5G stockpot from my cheffing days.
You know you can ask your town or county for a local water analysis and a lot of LHBS also have them posted.Took inventory of my equipment after a 5 year hiatus & two moves. Also checked BIAB BK thermometer calibration and new boil-off rate.
I’ll probably order a water quality test kit later tonight.
Also finalized a revised dampfbier recipe for brewing in the next 2 - 4 weeks
Nice! I love saisons. It was my first summer time light beer that I brewed. And now I have my recipe down to a good repeatable set up. Maybe next time I will incorporate some fruitKegged the bulk of my rye Saison and transferred some to a secondary to condition on blueberries as a test batch.
Saisons of all types are my favorite. It's only been a couple days and the fermenter smells amazing. I'll post some updates once the time comes to get it out of the fermenter. I may start using fruit more often if this turns out well. Give it a go, too!Nice! I love saisons. It was my first summer time light beer that I brewed. And now I have my recipe down to a good repeatable set up. Maybe next time I will incorporate some fruit
At least that! I figure I go through 1.5 propane tanks a month; at $24 a pop at HD after tax (I hate going to the corner store, if I get there and only one person is working I may have to wait up to 15 minutes before they can come out and exchange the tank), not to mention the time and gas getting there, I'm going to save at least $200/year on fuel alone. And the times I've put off a brewday because I just didn't feel like schlepping empty tanks to get exchanged...who knows what could have happened. Also there's the ultimate satisfaction of upgrading my brewery by myself. OH yes my arms are tired tonight from patting myself on the back!me either! looking forward to a report back, then a second one on your gas bill...betting this will save you around $4 a batch or, 90 cents a twelve pack!
Have your freind teach you how so you can do the next one on your own. Give him a second 6-pack for the lesson.Ok so today, gathered all the tools to drill my new kettle, last item I needed was the auto punch for the pilot hole. Was stoked! My 1st kettle drill ever! ......Not! Wife kept poking her head in the garage, shaking her head, warning me if I mucked it up, it's a waste of a good kettle...great confidence booster.........after several of these barbs launched at my no experience drilling a kettle self...heavy sigh...i crumbled. Yet again I was forced to swallow my brewing pride and call my old HS buddy who works in a machine shop who is gonna do it Saturday for a 6 pk Guinness Blonde. Oh the shame...
I felt the same way when I did both my HLT and my BK. Scared to death I was going to mess them up, but take heart my friend; that's why they make plugs. It is really easy to do, and if this old lady can do it so can you! Instead of using a punch for the pilot hole you might want to consider getting a hole saw, that has the punch integral to it. That's what I used and it worked a treat.
Im not afraid I was ready and stoked!!! And I already had the plugs picked out and on standby on Ama Almighty Zon if I needed them . But the wife didn't want me to. So I deferred. But I do have an old pot or 2 I can practice on. It's so much easier for my friend to do it with all the shop amenities available to him. Next time heh heh hehI felt the same way when I did both my HLT and my BK. Scared to death I was going to mess them up, but take heart my friend; that's why they make plugs. It is really easy to do, and if this old lady can do it so can you! Instead of using a punch for the pilot hole you might want to consider getting a hole saw, that has the punch integral to it. That's what I used and it worked a treat.
Serious Mad Fermentationalist stuff !!!I am just sitting here amazeballs at what I can do with a lot of research, help from a stranger at HD, and my own ingenuity. Brewstand is now fully natural gas, or will be once the second hose and adapter gets here tomorrow. Thought I had plenty of yellow gas tape but it went somewhere in the wind when cleaning the garage; had plenty of blue monster tape though. Standing in the plumbing aisle at HD with a handful of brass fittings, stranger comes up and asks what I need; I said I have all the fittings I need I just need to know where the yellow gas tape is in this place. He asked what I was working on, and I fibbed a bit and said converting propane burners to natural gas. He said, Barbecue? I said, Kinda. Same concept but for brewing. He's apparently a contractor and said he only ever uses the blue monster tape, I said I have plenty of that, and he said you're good to go. $55 later with my handful of brass, and home to put it together. Fully tested for leaks with soapy water, connections tight but not too since I know brass can crack if you crank on it too hard. Took ten minutes after I had it together to work up the cojones to actually turn on the gas an give it a go. We have blue flame! Not as high as propane, but if I have to take a little longer with a brewday I do not give a sh*t if I don't have to run to the corner store for propane every couple of weeks. Ran a test with 4 gallons of cold water from the tap, went from 75° to 163° in about 10 minutes so I am one happy brewer tonight. Cannot wait to put it to the real test this weekend!!