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Equipment and Software / Re: My new fermentation chamber
« on: March 25, 2010, 01:20:25 PM »
I made the shelves out of 2x4s, 3/4 AC plywood on top and 1/2 AC Plywood on the bottom and 2" thick insulation. Then 3/4 Oak plywood for the sides and top and 1/2 AC for the back. then I used more 2" insulation on the inside back and sides covered with 1/2" AC plywood. After assembly I lined the insides with white tectured fiberglass/PVC sheeting, onthe doors I used white board so I can right on the doors what's inside and dates... also added 1" insulation to backs of the doors. I had friend who works for Coke found an old 1.5hp cooling unit out of an display unit, after installing he came over and serviced it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: My new fermentation chamber
« on: March 20, 2010, 12:06:23 PM »
got it down to 34 and held there very nicely pump was able to cycle on and off 15-20 min each

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Equipment and Software / My new fermentation chamber
« on: March 18, 2010, 04:23:31 PM »
Almost finished with the new fermentation chamber it will handle 6 carboys up top for Ales and 4 down below the cooling unit is able to get it down to below 40 deg I will see just how low it will go.http://cid-ea35239d74c34e36.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/My%20Brewery/IMG%5E_0028.jpg?sa=568417238#resId/EA35239D74C34E36!172

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Equipment and Software / Re: burners for 55 gallon pots
« on: November 18, 2009, 06:45:46 AM »
What about propane? Most resturant stuff is natural gas.
They make these available for propane as well

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: November 17, 2009, 07:35:38 AM »


5 - 5 gallon
3 - 6 gallon
2 - 3 gallon better bottles

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Beer Recipes / Re: Beersmith?
« on: November 13, 2009, 09:53:35 AM »
I have always used beertools lastnight I download the trial version of beersmith is there a big difference between the trial version and real thing? The grain ingredients is really lacking, and some of the text is very difficult to read, also in beertools while makeing a recipe I can duplicate ingredients but not in beersmith. Otherwise I really like the layout and versatility of beersmith and may be changing soon.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« on: November 05, 2009, 01:09:38 PM »
I use a 20 gal ss pot with a false bottom. I wraped a piece of water heater insulation around it holds the temp much better.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whatcha Brewin' this week?
« on: November 04, 2009, 08:27:47 PM »
Doing an Robust Oatmeal Porter 16gal Saturday plus having a few friends over to see what brewing is all about.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Insulation For Mash Tun
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:34:15 PM »
Alot depends on the pot...I use a 20gal ss. The wall thickness is less than a keg and so depending on the temp in the garage?even with the insulation my temps will drop 5+ degrees in an hr.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Insulation For Mash Tun
« on: November 04, 2009, 02:39:52 PM »
I use direct fire kind of... I have a 1/4" steel plate that sits between my mT and the burner, this has help to keep from scorching the wort and I don't worry so much about the insulation catching fire. I went to HD and picked up a roll of waterheater insullation.

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