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Equipment and Software / How to build a herms setup???
« on: Today at 07:11:53 AM »
If you're going to invest in an electric system, might as well not half ass it. Have an electrician upgrade your circuit to a 30a gfi minimum. This will give you more than enough power for a 5500w element, panel, and pumps.

I'd start with with electric brewery as mentioned above. Spike has an all in system now as well. Basically based around the same design. Both are zero automation outside of holding temperature. PIDs with ramp function exist, but are a PIA to program with four buttons.

Hosehead controllers are RPi based and have more automation. This is the only out of the box micro controller solution I know of.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to build a herms setup???
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:24:09 PM »
Call an electrician. 20a isn't enough for an element plus pumps and panel power. You also want a GFI breaker for safety.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Diacetyl, already in key
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:26:23 PM »
You would need about 3oz of DME to carb up to 2.3-2.5. I'd use about a pint as mentioned above.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Diacetyl, already in key
« on: April 26, 2017, 12:30:57 PM »
From what I understand, krausening the beers should get them cleaned up pretty effectively.
If done well, it will also carb the beer.

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I recommend deleting one post to keep the discussion concise.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does recirculation lower mash efficiency ...
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:06:13 AM »
Yeah, channeling would be my first guess. Try scoring the top of be grain bed after it is set.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash tun and brew kettle reviews?
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:04:43 PM »
 Ss Brewtech kettles are not welded. If you opt for the BME versions, they come with welded tri-clamps.
Brewbuilt kettles are welded. They also have the cool notched lid with silicone flap.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash tun and brew kettle reviews?
« on: April 24, 2017, 05:20:30 PM »
It all depends on what you want. I went with Spike because welded fittings are important to me. Their welds very high quality. They will also custom weld to your specs.

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Events / SCHF 2017
« on: April 22, 2017, 09:30:18 PM »
The old guardian talk last year was crazy popular. NCHF is limited to homebrewers, and the talks there are more popular for sure.

ETA - wasn't implying yours or others aren't worth listening to. I'd for sure be into simplifying.

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Events / Re: SCHF 2017
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:53:19 PM »
Yep, he's giving a talk. I tend to skip the talks at these events. I'm not into jockeying for seats and samples.

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:51:16 PM »
I use disposable shot glasses. Only need a small sample.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sight glass- anyone using?
« on: April 22, 2017, 04:56:48 PM »
Most of the newer commercial kettles have etched markers. That said, the etching can wear off with cleansers. If I didn't have the etching, I'd be more inclined to get a sight glass.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:43:14 PM »
My own fault for not harvesting some from my starter. First time I didn't do that in who knows how long, and it had to be a PC. Maybe I'll find someone that keeps it, probably a long shot.

Sounds like an excuse to buy a sixer of Unibroue.
Easy enough to find fresh bottles and again easy enough to step up.

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Events / SCHF 2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:41:10 PM »
Anybody going?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sight glass- anyone using?
« on: April 21, 2017, 04:04:59 PM »
Derek's sight glass is useful to ensure flow and check clarity, but the OP is speaking of a kettle sight glass. Useful for volume.

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