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General Homebrew Discussion / Chlorine removal
« on: July 11, 2011, 04:19:22 PM »

I was just doing a little water treatment research on the forum, and I saw lots of information about how Campden will remove chloramines.  I live in Chicago, and the city still uses Chlorine.  Does Campden work for that as well?  I'd like to avoid dealing with a filter, etc. if possible.

Thanks for the help,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping
« on: November 22, 2010, 08:56:05 PM »
Anyone ever use plastic bottles for this sort of thing?

General Homebrew Discussion / Shipping
« on: November 22, 2010, 05:36:31 AM »

I'd like to give homebrew as Christmas presents.  Is there any way to ship it legally?

Thanks for the help,

All Grain Brewing / Re: Fire!
« on: September 05, 2010, 07:52:14 PM »
Thanks for the info guys.  I was planning to use a large LP tank just because we don't have natural gas lines in the garage.  Maybe I'll look at the blichman floor burners.  I just need enough heat to boil about 40 gallons.  I feel like it's two of those big burners, but I haven't done any calculations yet.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Spreading Out the Process
« on: August 31, 2010, 05:55:08 PM »
I used to let the wort sit overnight all the time.  I started brewing when I was in college, and I didn't always pace myself.  Sometimes, the ratio of beer inside to outside (of my belly) just got too high.  Anyway, I never had any bad results.  Of course, 22 year old men aren't the pickiest consumers.

All Grain Brewing / Fire!
« on: August 30, 2010, 06:37:43 PM »
Does anybody have experience with these burners?

How did you support them?


All Grain Brewing / Re: New toy
« on: August 22, 2010, 02:07:27 AM »

Thanks for the ideas.  I'll just scrub and allow to oxidize.

As you can see, me and my friend are trying to walk the fine line between hobby and obsession.  I'm a chemical engineer who sells software for a living, so I need to get my fix somehow.  Just wait until I fabricate a burner setup for the drum............


All Grain Brewing / New toy
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:52:05 PM »

We currently brew 10 gallon batches using a three keg setup.  Mash, HLT, and boil set up as a HERMS system.  We're looking to increase the batch size to about 30 gallons, and with that in mind, I just acquired a stainless steel 55 gallon drum.  A few questions for the group.

1.  It's used, and I don't know what it was used for.  How do I avoid poisoning myself?  I was thinking about getting it electro-polished and passivated.  Is that overkill?  Is there another way?

2.  I was thinking about using it for the boil kettle.  Any thoughts?

3.  Finally, if you wanted a mash tun for a 30 gallon batch, what would you use?  I'd much rather fabricate something than buy a finished product.  It is a hobby, after all.

Appreciate any ideas.

Take Care,

All Grain Brewing / Re: Building a HERMS system
« on: February 07, 2010, 04:28:35 AM »
We already have full couplings welded into the keg (HLT).  I was just thinking it will be a PIA to wind the coil.  I was thinking of taking the wort chiller, cutting the fittings off the end, doing a little tube bending, and putting the ends into the swagelock fittings (coupling from NPT to swagelock).


All Grain Brewing / Building a HERMS system
« on: February 06, 2010, 06:34:14 AM »
We're building a HERMS system and are down to the copper coil which needs to go in the HLT.  Is there any reason not to just buy an immersion wort chiller and use that?  Seems like that would be much easier than buying tubing and building a coil.


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