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Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle and weldless valve
« on: June 27, 2010, 10:50:32 AM »
Good job on the weldless valve installation.  I like the pick up tube!  I need to do that, too. 

I remember looking at step drill bits at the local hardware store and seeing the price around $40-50!  No way, man!
I found it online for around $12.  Cuts like (cold) butter through metal.


I did my first 12 gallon batch with it after a few test runs with water. Flow was great and really fast. Transferring hot water to the tun was awesomely easy.

However, doing a whirlpool with whole-hops didn't works so well. I figured the hops would set up a filter of sorts around the inlet of the pick-up tube. WRONG. Damn thing clogged immediately. Tried slowing it down etc, but no satisfaction. It was extremely frustrating but the session ended with the wort in the fermenters without major mishap.

Keeping the setup as it is will require the use of hop-bags. I'm tentatively leaning towards this but just don't like using them. Or, I could adapt some SS hose-braid much like my tun. So this setup has it's severe limitations but I learned a good deal about using the pump.

Any bright ideas guys? Anyone?


The Pub / Re: Royalty
« on: June 26, 2010, 11:29:47 AM »
The British royalty are symbolic to be sure but the Queen has some real clout in Parliament as well as billions of $$$.

Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle and weldless valve
« on: June 26, 2010, 11:23:11 AM »
dak - i like the idea of putting the valve on the bottom of the bk but have you had any problems with heat damaging the valve?  I suppose i could actually make a fitting that connects to the bottom and runs out away from the direct heat a bit.

Envisioning what he has done, my only worry would be wort scorching inside the tubing that is in direct contact with the flame. Dak- what are your experiences with your setup as you've described it?

Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle and weldless valve
« on: June 26, 2010, 01:08:34 AM »
Just drilled my 7/8" hole... Had a fortifying drink and measured 17" down the inside and then 14" down the outside. This is where I drilled the hole. The hideously expensive step-bit went through the aluminum like butter. Really clean hole with no real burrs to speak of though I did hit it with a little sand-paper to smooth it all out.

Did a little soldering and it's all done.

Wow. So easy. It was time...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging beer and hot summer days.
« on: June 25, 2010, 10:27:59 PM »
We have hot Summers here as well. I recommend finding a cool closet to store those kegs off flavors could develop since the beer isn't pasteurized.

If the wife/GF won't let you bring the kegs inside I also recommend getting rid of her as well.... ;)

Just break it down. Divide the given volume of solution by the number of bottles.

Equipment and Software / Re: >5 do you all do it?
« on: June 25, 2010, 11:19:24 AM »
I generally do 12 gallon batches.

Found an aluminum 80qt (heavy duty) on Instawares for less than $100.
Mash in a 70qt Coleman Extreme
Natural gas fired on ring-burners

Heavy-duty 1/2" Cu immersion chiller with an ice-water recirc.
Currently wort is transferred with a gallon pitcher and filtered through a China-cap or sieve. Modifications underway to install kettle-valve for my March-pump to transfer instead.

Ferment in 7.9 gallon buckets inside 40 gallon plastic totes chilled with frozen soda-bottles.

It's easy to step down to 6 gallon batches since it's hard to drink 12 gallons of an experimental brew gone awry...

Here's my ghetto setup:

Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle and weldless valve
« on: June 25, 2010, 11:03:36 AM »
Thanks guys.

This is what got bought off AHBS:

I plan to use a pick-up tube but from the side without a false-bottom. At this point I don't plan to mash in the kettle but Who knows what the future will bring. Just want to do this thing right the first time as I haven't taken that path in previous endeavors... :P

The Pub / Re: Anyone following any of the World Cup?
« on: June 24, 2010, 10:25:18 PM »
I'm just hoping USA does well enough to show we aren't totally behind the times when it comes to Football... I mean Soccer. There's a big difference in public interest compared to 10 years ago. And with all these kids growing up with (it) we may be a force to be reckoned with some day.

Go USA!!!

Equipment and Software / Kettle and weldless valve
« on: June 24, 2010, 07:36:47 PM »
I'm close to drilling on my 80qt for the weldless valve. How far up should the hole be placed? I was thinking about 2.5 or 3 inches from the bottom of the kettle.

Ideas? Experiences?

It sounds very much like the priming sugar isn't mixed up properly. I dissolve mine with tap-water in a measuring cup in the microwave. When bottling add the hot solution to the bottling bucket first and then drain the brew into it making sure it mixes well.

Never had a problem doing it this way.

Another solution is to use a syringe to "dose" each bottle with the priming solution.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Newbie wort chiller question
« on: June 20, 2010, 10:07:54 AM »
Using a bathtub full of water makes a great heat-sink for those small batches.

Copper isn't too bad in price. Made my own 1/2" IC by coiling 25' of tubing around a corny-keg. Only wish I'd left more space between the coils for the wort to pass through.

It is true that bigger batches require them but even 20' of 1/4 Cu coiled and hooked up to the sink will cool those 3 gallon partial boils pretty effectively and cheaply.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
« on: June 09, 2010, 11:15:41 AM »

Also, I agree, the hardest part about the drill bit is preparing myself to drill into a new kettle.

I am preparing to do such a thing. Had my March for about two months now and slowly working up the gumption to drill on my kettles. Almost out of beer and I need to brew. But its so darn hot already...

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: June 05, 2010, 11:32:37 AM »
Depends where one builds their hay-bale house and if you want to insure it.  AFAIK insurance companies won't insure these radical alternative types of construction. But then who really needs it if it is basically fire-resistant...?

I've wanted to do something along those lines, but out in the County out of the City limits and their codes. 100% solar and rainwater capture plus vermicomposting toilets  Not up to code technically, but no utilities or septic system to contend with either. Hard to regulate when one isn't connected to the grid.

All Things Food / Re: Brussel sprouts with Hefe
« on: June 02, 2010, 10:19:31 AM »
Interesting. What was it served with?

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