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Equipment and Software / Re: Brew kettle surface area
« on: August 13, 2010, 03:00:22 PM »
I bought 2 of these & I'm VERY happy with the results.

I bought the same one.  It is the exact same pot as the NB Mega Pot.  I checked it out recently at the new NB in Milwaukee.  The sandwich bottom helps prevent hot spots, and the side walls are nice and sturdy.

Only issue I have is that it is more on the wide side, and when I really get a rolling boil I can boil off 1.5 to 2 gallons in an hour.  Same flame with a keggle and I get more like .6 - 1 gallon an hour boil off.

Glad to see I am not the only one to do this ::)  I had a 1/2" (???) wood chisel that was a little beaten up and not used on wood anymore.  Anywho, It was the right size that it bit into the sides of the threaded piece that was still in the ball valve.  I was then able to simply unthread the borken piece.

Hope that helps a little.

The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: August 11, 2010, 02:14:30 PM »


And I wonder just how many people have decided to go all grain about Fergie went on his rant. :)

It was pretty funny, because the first time I listened to it I was like F that, I work my butt off just to make good beer with extract and steeping.  The second time I went "He's right, suck it up and take control of your beer."

That said, first AG I learned a valuable lesson - DO NOT keep checking temperature and stirring your mash when using a cooler mash tun and single infusion batch sparge.  My Dark Mild is much more like brown colored water with grain dust in it, but my second batch hung right at 154 where I wanted it after the initial mash in, and is pretty respectable.

Besides now I get to make a bunch of new equipment.  My 3-roller monster mill (thank you wifey) should be up and running by weeks end.

The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: August 10, 2010, 09:45:27 PM »
Hello All,

I have really decided to jump in here after the untimely demise of Tech Talk.  While it was a bit antiquated, I really enjoyed the information.  I have to admit advice from Dave Houseman on a nearly daily basis didn't hurt either.

I've been brewing for about 5 years, and thanks to a podcast with Mufasa Ferguson on the Session I have been brewing all grain for the last 6 months.

I hope to share some good info and good times :)

The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: November 05, 2009, 02:37:02 PM »
Hello All,

I have been on the BN for about a year and a half, and lurk in all the other usual forums.  Haven't been as active as I would like due to a number of things, but want to get back into it.  I hope to get back to brewing more regularly in the next few weeks.  Hope to share lots of good info, horror stories, and fun in the future!


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