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Equipment and Software / Re: HERMS RIMS HYBRID OPINIONS
« on: November 23, 2016, 11:17:22 AM »
That's exactly what I've been using since 2005.  Requires two pumps. I probably wouldn't do it way if I were starting today. Back then a lot of RIMS users were complaining about scorching.  The elements have improved greatly with ultra-low watt density.

I pump water from a bucket through a water-heater element RIMS tube an into the outer shell of a CFC and back into the bucket.  Mash liquor is pumped out of the tun through the center of the CFC in the other direction and back into the top of the mash tun.  A temperature probe in the hot mash liquor return is read by a PID and controls the RIMS element.  I'm very happy with it, but if I were starting today I'd probably get a RIMS Rocket.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash thickness
« on: November 20, 2016, 03:56:36 PM »
Just add water when you add the specialty malts in the same ratio you used for the base malt. If the amount of water you calculate isn't much, skip it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historic British IPA and Brett C
« on: November 02, 2016, 02:05:08 PM »
Affect will be subtle when adding it after fermentation is complete. Even more so if that keg is cold.  My experience has been a pleasant fruitiness with very little funk.  I usually add it to the primary after about 3 days of fermentation.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Advanced Brewing Materials for AHA Forum
« on: October 31, 2016, 12:25:55 PM »
Thanks.  I bookmarked the google drive page in case this thread gets buried.

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I brewed it according to the recipe using Beersmith to adjust to my brewhouse efficiency.  My OG/FG was 1.070/1.023 and it's a fantastic beer.  You'll get a higher FG with all that lactose and it will be a little sweeter.  It should be tasty.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt conditioning
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:18:00 AM »
Biggest thing I noticed when I started conditioning the malt was dust-free crushing.  I used to crush out in the driveway so the cloud would blow away.  That was often brutal since I do most of my brewing in the winter.  Without the dust, I moved crushing into the garage where I brew.  Then I started getting lacto infections in some beers. :(  I guess there still is dust, just not enough to see it.

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What kind of string?

I use dental floss tape with a glob of keg lube at the O-ring. Works great.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dedicated home-brew supply store?
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:54:50 AM »
I live halfway between a full-service LHBS, Maryland Homebrew, and a corner of the 3 Stars Brewery called the DC Homebrew Shop. Each is about a half-hour drive.  Because of its much bigger inventory, I will always head toward Maryland Homebrew unless I have another reason to go to 3 Stars Brewery.

The benefits of living in a crowded, East-coast metroplex, I guess.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 120F Whirlpool hop addition only
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:53:08 AM »
On a friend's advice, I whirlpool-hopped my last brew at 150.  My standard has always been 170, so I'll be interested to taste it.  Your 120 has my interest.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 11, 2016, 11:49:07 AM »
Homebrewing allows me to embrace my geekiness and have beer available all the time.  And it also allowed me to join my homebrew club, which is a great bunch of friends that also have beer available all the time.  About 75% of my social life is homebrew-related, so either I'm a loser or I have a great social life. 8)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New MoreBeer Torpedo Keg Dimensions
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:02:29 AM »
I guess MoreBeer listened to feedback and is now offering torpedo kegs in a more narrow format. I might just need to jump on some of these. They caught me at a good time as I was about to order some 2.5 gallon kegs.
New slimlines, narrower than ball lock.
       Height (in.)    Diameter (in.)
1.5 Gal    10 7/16    8 5/16
2.5 Gal    14 15/16    8 5/16
   5 Gal    24 3/4    8 5/16

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:52:53 AM »
I was serving with my club in the Social Club and completely missed this. Farge.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Getting ready to go electric.
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:23:34 AM »
I believe brewpi "Spark" is the hot-side development product, but it's not there yet.  I use a home-made version for fermentation and it's great.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Some RIMS Questions
« on: May 23, 2016, 07:20:19 AM »
In my opinion, you won't be happy trying to step temperature with 120V.  I did that for years until I finally upgraded to 240V and the difference is night and day.  240 gives you four times the wattage for heating.  120V was good for maintaining a steady mash temp in a cold garage in the winter, but I never achieved a mashout with it.

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