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General Homebrew Discussion / How long is too long?
« on: December 24, 2012, 03:39:56 PM »
I brewed a beer in thanks giving and didn't bottle it till the following July. It tasted goods but lost some nip from the hops.


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Bc my thought is to use a johnson control system like you use on fridge for temp control to control a 120 volt gas selnoid valve. The control would power the valve to modulate the gas on and off to a burner to adjust temp. when mashing.

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Pimp My System / Kind of a Brutus 10 clone with RIMS, but it works for me
« on: December 10, 2012, 03:56:14 PM »
I assuming that the ranco controller controls the heat element in the rims tube?

Do you have any controls for modulating the element on and off or do the wires from the controller go straight on the leads for the element?


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All Grain Brewing / Kettle Mashing Question
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:00:11 PM »
Well I took my first reading of the batch made on the new equipment the OG was 1.076 and the final was 1.034 should have been 1.012-1.018. So I missed my target I think I was on the hot side. I sampled it and it was a little thick but tasty.


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All Grain Brewing / Kettle Mashing Question
« on: November 29, 2012, 08:53:08 PM »
I used 1/2 inch bc I had it sitting around.


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All Grain Brewing / Kettle Mashing Question
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:34:00 PM »
I know I didn't mess up my last batch bc the airlock was going crazy. I am just not sure if I hit my target temp to get the right gravity... I guess I'll know after it hits fg.


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All Grain Brewing / Kettle Mashing Question
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:30:21 PM »
Two questions.

Should I have the pump recirculating wort while I am stirring?

Would my best bet on monitoring mash temp be right at the kettle valve? If my thinking it right that should be the hottest area in the mash.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Kettle Mashing Question
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:25:17 AM »
I calibrated my equipment before i started both of my thermometers and brewmometer are the same.

I also have a false bottom as well in my brew kettle.

I infuse the first step which was like (i am estimating i don't have my recipe in front of me) 4.25 gallons of 169 degree water to 13.5 pounds of grain. I then stirred for a moment to get it mixed up then turned on my pump to recirculate.

After about ten minutes i would have to stop the pump (if i didn't stop the pump i would lose prime and fight that for a while) and stir to get the heat distributed more evenly.

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All Grain Brewing / Kettle Mashing Question
« on: November 26, 2012, 07:57:34 PM »
So I brewed on thanks giving with my new set. It's a direct fired Boilermaker with a pump to recirculate during mashing.

The problem I was having I think were really bad hotspots. I would read the Brewmometer on the side and it would dip to 140 degrees on the dial the. I would put a thermometer in the mash and it would say 160.

When the Brewmometer would say 140 I would put the heat on and stir then in a couple of minutes I would bring it up to 152 my target temp.

Should I be stirring the mash almost all the time and if so should I be running the pump to recirculate while doing this?


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All Grain Brewing / Jumping back into the game
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:20:56 AM »
I will be recirculating my mash with a pump what should my flow rate be?


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Equipment and Software / Better way to rig my mash tun filter?
« on: November 19, 2012, 07:57:25 PM »
If you don't mind using copper or brass look into using pipe with flared fittings like you'd find on a gas appliance. The parts are cheap.



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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend - 11/16 Edition
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:27:20 PM »
No brewing for me saving it for Thursday so I can brew with my uncle who introduced me to this obsession.

I will be doing a test run with all my equipment tomorrow though bc I added a pump and a kettle for a mashtun (used a cooler previously)


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Equipment and Software / Upgrading Equipment vs Learning Your System
« on: November 12, 2012, 04:45:43 PM »
Upgrading can be fun though. I get quite a bit of satisfaction from building and working things out but changing things or the sake of changing things is pointless.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Is this a good problem?
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:18:24 PM »
I kind of wish I had your problem sometimes bc what limits my brewing is having cases full of beer and no room to put anymore and noone to consume it at times.

Another thing that get me going is having a friend ask me to make a beer that is like (fill in the blank) and I tell them I can make something to the style and they say go ahead. They only drink one and say it doesn't taste like (fill in the blank) and leave me with 5 gallons if their grand idea.


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All Grain Brewing / Jumping back into the game
« on: November 04, 2012, 05:22:57 PM »
For all of it? Or can I get by with just getti g it for the hose off the boil kettle?


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