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Equipment and Software / Re: Plate chiller cleaning
« on: July 02, 2017, 09:43:51 PM »
I had the same issue with my plate chiller.  Emailed the manufacturer and they sent me a pretty detailed process for cleaning. Here is the jist from Duda for my chiller..


As far as cleaning, backflushing with boiling water, and then using starsans before a brewing day to sanitize are our preferred methods. There are of course many other methods, but the rest seem to have both pros and cons:

PBW - I love PBW. Does a great job cleaning, but doesn't sanitize like starsans will. This is a good option if your filter didn't do a good enough job, or if you don't want to flush with boiling water.

Starsans after a day, rather than before for sanitizing - no point in this. Starsans won't clean as well as PBW will, and the risk you run into is some people like to let the exchanger just soak in starsans. Seeing as starsans is mildly acidic, this isn’t good for the long term life of the exchanger.

Lye solution - this is actually the method I prefer, submerging the exchanger in water and lye, but it is technically not recommended. The lye water will clean and sanitize better than any other chemical out there, but it can do some very minor damage to the chromium coating on the stainless steel, taking away a layer of its protection from corrosion. So you might have to replace the exchanger after 20 years if you go this route. This is also a much more dangerous chemical than the others mentioned, you want proper hazmat gear for this method. But its still the way I go, because the cleaning is second to none.

Baking - throw the unit in the oven, 400 degrees for 3 hours. This is my boss's preferred technique. No chemicals involved, absolutely sanitizes, burns out anything caught inside, and removes any fluids from inside the unit. My objection to this method is that some types of trub, if already inside, can get cooked into the unit and make things worse. “



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Ingredients / Re: Grain
« on: July 01, 2017, 05:52:08 AM »
I don't know where you're located, but some brewpubs or small breweries will sell grains at their cost as long as you buy a full sack.  It might be worth a drive if you could save on shipping.

I bought a 50 lb. bag of base malt at my favorite brew pub for $42.50 with no shipping involved. 

And some home brew clubs will do a bulk order once or twice a year at more favorable prices than you could normally get on line.

The malt I'm using is Cargill special pale which is used mostly for ales.

I'm south of Seattle. I'm in a Homebrew club but we were displaced when the HBS closed; they just found a new place but don't think they do grain orders. Didn't think about the brewery option, I'll definitely look into that.

You could become a member/owner of Flying Bike Coop Brewery and get a bag for $40
What about shipping?

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Ingredients / Re: Grain
« on: June 30, 2017, 03:36:14 PM »
I don't know where you're located, but some brewpubs or small breweries will sell grains at their cost as long as you buy a full sack.  It might be worth a drive if you could save on shipping.

I bought a 50 lb. bag of base malt at my favorite brew pub for $42.50 with no shipping involved. 

And some home brew clubs will do a bulk order once or twice a year at more favorable prices than you could normally get on line.

The malt I'm using is Cargill special pale which is used mostly for ales.

I'm south of Seattle. I'm in a Homebrew club but we were displaced when the HBS closed; they just found a new place but don't think they do grain orders. Didn't think about the brewery option, I'll definitely look into that.

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Ingredients / Re: Grain
« on: June 30, 2017, 12:14:43 AM »
I buy from MoreBeer online. They sell all grains at decent prices in 55, 50, 10, 5, and 1 lb sizes. And, any from 10 lbs. on down ship for free provided you order $59 worth of supplies. I buy in bulk which gives me flexibility to brew whatever I feel like on any given day and keeps the cost of my beer way down.
That's where I was leaning towards. I used to use Breiss only. What do you use?

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Ingredients / Grain
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:58:33 PM »
So my LHBS closed because they extended too much credit to local breweries who didn't pay up.  Sad too because they had just expanded;  not enough capital I'm sure.  Where do you get grain? Looking took buy a base malt for multiple varieties and specialties for color/body. Suggestions?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Anyone used Skagit Valley Malting grain?
« on: February 18, 2017, 05:29:00 AM »
Yes, I have used the copeland for an IPA and another but I can't remember the grain. Both beers turned out great and they were a local grain which is a plus for me

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Counter-pressure bottle filler
« on: February 13, 2017, 05:49:10 AM »
Anyone use one? If so, which one? There are a lot on ebay, most come from China. I don't think I can make one for less than I can buy it due to raw product costs. Suggestions?

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I have brand new one for sale. I bought a  kegerator and don't need it now...never been used..from Williams Warn brewery..make me an offer 3373228623 Michael Duhon

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What kind do you have?


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Kegging and Bottling / Counter-pressure bottle filler
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:28:57 PM »
Anyone use one? If so, which one? There are a lot on ebay, most come from China😐. I don't think I can make one for less than I can buy it due to raw product costs. Suggestions?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Looking For Beta Testers For A Brew Day App
« on: January 29, 2017, 01:44:25 AM »
Will it work for iPad? I currently use beersmith on my iPad on brew day

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bayou Classic 16gal SV build
« on: January 25, 2017, 07:16:21 PM »
7A015

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Sweet! Thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bayou Classic 16gal SV build
« on: January 25, 2017, 06:29:16 PM »
Out with the old in with the new.  Trying for a SV propane then build into an electric RIMS down the road.

64qt Bayou Classic
15" false bottom
15.5 gallon BIAB
Bayite DC pump -2.1GPM

Looking for advice for anyone working with these kettles right now.  Any issues anyone has had with the false bottom or with this little high temp pump.  I didn't want to put to much $$ into this in case I modified for low dissolved oxygen brewing with a 2V set up.  If that's possible.

Thus far I have the ball valve drilled.


The false bottom


I'm not sure how high to put the brew thermometer, currently it is marked for 4.5 gallons but not drilled


The baby DC pump that I want to feed through the Lid into a spray nossel.  The pump is a high temp.  Says it can handle boiling Temp but would not use outside of Mash Temps..



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What is the model of the pump? I'm considering a second one for my mash recirculation, the big pump I have is too strong and I have to close the out valve to restrict flow

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Equipment and Software / Re: Custom immersion chiller questions
« on: January 13, 2017, 11:45:22 PM »
You could also soak it in PBW.

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Equipment and Software / DIY or prebuilt PID
« on: January 07, 2017, 05:18:19 PM »
I bought the equipment for mine from Amazon , used the Inkbird controller, and old alarm panel box, a relay, one outlet, two switches for the outlets, a couple of inline fuzes, and a small switch for the controller. I used YouTube to research the build for the controller box, there are a lot of good videos and some even provide links to the wiring build.  I bought the rims tube, temp well, and heating element from brewershardware.com.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Caps
« on: December 03, 2016, 05:58:59 PM »
Yoga mats? Like Subway?

Lets see...using an inert plastic to cap my mash??? Yeah, that's fine. I'm not eating it.

You aren't stupid enough to believe ANYTHING that Food Babe says...are you?
Sarcasm doesn't come across very well via text, does it?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Caps
« on: December 03, 2016, 04:34:21 AM »
What about when you use a RIMS system? Also, does it make that much of a difference at the micro level of 5 gallon batches?

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