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Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: September 29, 2011, 05:42:42 PM »
Thanks Wiley. I thought you might be interested in this motor unless you are already on your way with the pulleys. Certainly hope it works well.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: September 29, 2011, 02:27:35 PM »
Hey guys I just bought this motor for my MM-3. I hope it has the power to turn it. From what I have read the motor several have used from Surplus Center is a bit weak for the MM-3. But this one has 90 lb-in torque. It only spins at 85 RPM, but I'm thinking that should not affect the grind, just the time it takes to run the grain through.

This motor was pointed out by someone on HBT. I just checked and the guy has 3 left. I offered 75.00 for mine. It was accepted and shipped fast. Now I need to get the rest of the stuff and assemble my Mill Station. I'll report back.

Anybody have any input on the effect of the reduced speed? Am I correct in my thinking that it should only affect the time it takes?

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:45:18 PM »

Bummer! I was hoping you would have good luck with that setup.

I really don't want to run a belt if I can avoid it. I've been running mine with my Milwaukee Right Angle drive drill. Works great, power to spare. Just not the best looking set up. And I have not checked on the speed yet. I see them often in Pawn Shops, so I'll likely look for one to mount on my mill and cover it up with wood or maybe stainless. Not my first choice, but it will work.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: August 10, 2011, 09:46:54 PM »
Thanks, yeah I know what you mean. I have been very anxious to motorize, but I don't want pulleys and belts. But I also can't seem to find a gear reduction with the appropriate speed and power. I keep hoping I'll run across one of the famed "Beefy Bodine" but so far no joy. I'm not even sure they are actually called Beefy Bodine, that's just what I have heard them referred as.

I'll hold off a bit longer and hope you reply with a thumbs up on your setup. It does look good.

Thanks Again,

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: August 10, 2011, 09:24:44 PM »
That looks great! Is that the Surplus Center motor? Has enough guts to handle the MM3? I would like to get my mill done soon, but just not sure about that motor.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Rate for WLP-810?
« on: June 18, 2011, 01:39:06 AM »
Thanks for the help. Can you tell me how you figured that? I'm using the chart from the White & Zainasheff book Yeast. I'm not so sure I am fully understanding how to use the chart. But that is how I came up with my figures.

I appreciate the help, just want to understand how to come up with the right numbers.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Rate for WLP-810?
« on: June 18, 2011, 01:12:15 AM »
Yes I am using a stir plate.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Rate for WLP-810?
« on: June 17, 2011, 03:00:51 PM »
OK MrMalty tells me that I need 568 Billion yeast cells in a 7.17 Liter starter for my brew. I have a 5 liter flask so am limited to about a 4 liter starter. I have done a 2 liter starter with 1 tube of yeast. It is now chilling and I plan to decant and add fresh wort to build my starter.

Now I figure I have 200B cell count. If I pitch that to 4 liter of 1.030 wort and let it ferment that should give me 400 B. Can I then chill and decant that, then pitch onto another 4 liter of fresh 1.030 wort to ferment out. Leaving me with 600 B cell count.

Does that sound correct? Is there an easier/better way to get my starter to the needed 568 Billion?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Rate for WLP-810?
« on: June 17, 2011, 02:41:41 PM »
Dummy me. I did not see the Hybrid option. Dah!

Thank You

Yeast and Fermentation / Pitching Rate for WLP-810?
« on: June 17, 2011, 02:24:28 PM »
I'm about to brew an Anchor Steam clone using WLP-810. I plan to ferment at 62-64*F. So need some advice on how to determine how large of a starter I need. Do I consider this a Lager or an Ale for my starter? Or somewhere in between?

Beer Recipes / Re: Anchor Steam Clone?
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:47:03 PM »
Thanks guys, I'm not stuck to the style. I don't plan to enter any competitions with this. But I would like to see how close to a clone I can get with it. I'm surprised that the recipe would be so much different than the style guideline which is what made me think that it will likely not be a very good clone. I'm not a good enough brewer to look at a recipe and tell if it should be a close clone, but the IBU's certainly look high and I can see that the ABV is slightly lower than the reported 4.9% ABV from Anchor Brewing.

I'm sure I can adjust next time, but I'd like to start out at least in the same ballpark.

Beer Recipes / Anchor Steam Clone?
« on: June 15, 2011, 04:26:45 PM »
I'm ready to brew up the Zymurgy Anchor Steam Clone. I have punched it into Beersmith and have a couple questions.

Here is the recipe,

BeerSmith Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Copy of Anchor Steam Clone Zymurgy 5 Gal.
Brewer: Ron
Asst Brewer:
Style: California Common Beer
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal     
Boil Size: 8.06 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.053 SG
Estimated Color: 8.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 66.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
9 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain           1        85.7 %       
1 lbs                 Caramel Malt - 40L (Briess) (40.0 SRM)   Grain         2        9.5 %         
8.0 oz                Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)             Grain              3        4.8 %         
0.50 oz               Cascade [5.40 %] - Dry Hop 21.0 Days     Hop         9        0.0 IBUs     
1.50 oz               Northern Brewer [9.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop           4        52.7 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Northern Brewer [9.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop           5        13.5 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Northern Brewer [9.00 %] - Aroma Steep 5 Hop         7        0.0 IBUs     
0.50 tsp              Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins)              Fining                6        -             
1.0 pkg               San Francisco Lager (White Labs #WLP810) Yeast    8        -             

Mash Schedule: Temperature Mash, 2 Step, Medium Body
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 8.0 oz
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Protein Rest      Add 13.02 qt of water at 132.8 F        125.0 F       30 min       
Saccharification  Add 0.00 qt of water and heat to 155.0  155.0 F       60 min       
Mash Out          Add 0.00 qt of water and heat to 170.0  170.0 F       10 min       

Mash with 15 quarts water for 30 minutes at 125*F, raise to 155 and hold for 60-90 minutes. Raise temp of mash to170 for mash out, Sparge with 3-3.5 gallons of water at 170*F. Boil 60-90 minutes to yield 5 gallons. Aerate well and pitch yeast at 62*F. Fermant in primary at 60-66*F for one week and transfer to secondary (add Cascades for dry hopping). Ferment in secondary for 2-3 weeks at 48-50*F.

Have 8 oz Acid Malt ready for Mash in case pH is high.

Zymurgy July/August 2004

Created with BeerSmith 2 -

This comes in at 66.2 IBU which is high for a California Common. It is also on the lower end of the ABV scale at 4.6% and below the color threshold.  So is this a good clone of the real deal Anchor Steam or should I make adjustments to bring this into the suggested ranges for the style?

Any suggestions on an Anchoe Steam Clone? Maybe I'd be better off with a different recipe altogether.

Zymurgy / Anchor Steam Clone?
« on: May 21, 2011, 08:38:35 PM »
Can anyone tell me what issue had the recipe for Anchor Steam? I'm about to brew it and would like to re read the article.

Or any pointers to this brew?

Thanks again Gary. Another good show.

Equipment and Software / Re: A burning question
« on: March 08, 2011, 03:39:14 PM »
They could try raising the pots up off the burners a bit to allow more air flow. Maybe some angle iron laid across the burner grate.

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