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Equipment and Software / Re: 2 or 3 roller
« on: October 05, 2010, 10:47:23 AM »
Almost everything we do as a brewery aims for bigger is better.  My decision for the larger rollers comes from mountain biking and the angle of attack of diffferent diameter wheels and obstacles.  Larger wheels have a lower approach angle and therefore roll over obstacles better, so I assumed the same applies to malt mills.  I might be wrong, I am not sure.

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Equipment and Software / 2 or 3 roller
« on: October 05, 2010, 10:39:43 AM »
I have decided to buy a grain mill, I have decided it will be a Monster Mill with 2 inch rollers.  The question is should I go with the 2 roller version or the 3 roller version?

Also, does anybody have an opinion on the stainless or hardened rollers (are either of them worth the money)? 

I am looking at crushinig an average of 800 pounds of grain a year. 

Thanks for the info

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Equipment and Software / Re: Which counterflow chiller should I get?
« on: April 29, 2010, 10:40:41 AM »
When we went to 10gal batches we invested in the Sabco Chill wizard, which is based off of the therminator.  We have put over 500 gallons of wort through it and haven't had a problem.  We usually backflush for cleaning and once in a while run some pbw through it.  It is handy to be able to chill and oxygenate at the same time wieht the built in stone. 

In winter when the water is colder it takes less than 10 minutes to chill 10 gallons to 70 degrees, and in summer it takes about 15 minutes.   It is spendy but if you are making a bunch of beer it is definitely handy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing a Small Beer?
« on: April 13, 2010, 10:39:48 AM »
I did a small beer/partigyle using the final runnings from an Imperial Ale and a Winter Ale fortified with some corn sugar and it turned out quite well.  Ended up with an extra 8-10 gallons of very drinkable beer for about 10-15 extra dollars.  So I would reccomend giving it a whirl,  you don't have much to lose but a little time and a small amount of money.  Good Luck

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Equipment and Software / Re: Regulator won't seal...
« on: March 23, 2010, 03:59:03 PM »
Sometimes the rubber ring is part of a brass fitting which can be removed with a standard hex key (allen wrench).  I pulled one apart after a similar issue to find that the brass fitting was broken into two pieces.  They usually sell these at the homebrew shop or where you got your tank refilled.

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Pimp My System / Re: Three Tier System
« on: March 08, 2010, 11:36:02 AM »
The partigyle was transferred to secondary this weekend with a gravity of 1.004.  So much for a light beer.  It tasted quite good, in a couple weeks it will get kegged and then be on tap a few days later.

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Pimp My System / Three Tier System
« on: March 05, 2010, 03:04:39 PM »
Here is the three tier setup that has been evolving for a little while.  It started as a simple 10 gallon system, then a couple more kettles were added.  This allowed two separate 10 gallon batches.  

The people that I brew with generally like big beers but there had been some requests for some "light beer".  Seeing all the color and checking the gravity of the leftover water in the mash tuns, we figured we could try some partigyles and make some light beer.  Since the partigyle kettle which is in the middle of the bottom gets a blend of worts, the results are unknown until it is sampled later.  I still do not know what that beer tastes like but will take a sample this weekend.  We figure that we can make about 10 more gallons for about $15 extra and 1 more hour of time.  

The most recent brew was a 1.094 Imperial stout, a 1.085 winter ale and a corn sugar fortified 1.065 happy b-day partigyle  (riverrats b-day).  I will post next week about the taste of the partigyle





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Equipment and Software / Re: Propane Burners
« on: January 28, 2010, 11:35:22 AM »
I have two banjo burners and cook exclusively with converted kegs.  The banjo burner is almost two powerful for the kegs as I only use about half power on the burner and the bottom skirts of the kegs are red hot and I have even seen some deformation of the skirt due to excess heat.  Oops. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial IPA
« on: November 16, 2009, 11:45:43 AM »
That is the beer that it is modeled after.  We make and drink a lot of the ferocious (as it is labeled from Midwest Supplies).

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial IPA
« on: November 11, 2009, 02:50:35 PM »
I was hoping for something larger, I have a system that will do 2 different 10 gallon batches at the same time.  The plan was to maximize the amount of grain in each mash tun (approx 35 pounds per) rest for 90 min.  Collect about 11-12 gallons of wort per mash tun.  Boil for 90-120 minutes or however long it takes to get down to about 8 gallons per boil while adding hops throughout the whole experiment. 

That is the plan except I am not exactly sure what ingredients I will use but am thinking about a pile of golden promise malt, some crystal 50-60 and maybe one or two more.  Hops being magnum, amarillo and simcoe or whatever else I can find at the LHBS.  Followed up with dry hopping with more amarillo and simcoe. 

Obviously this plan needs some refinement and I should probably get a copy of Promash soon, but what does everybody think, ridiculous, doable?  What would you change or add?  Thanks

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Beer Recipes / Imperial IPA
« on: November 05, 2009, 11:41:44 AM »
I was wondering if anybody had recipes or suggestions for an all grain Imperial IPA.  Thanks for the help.

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