100% gadget fun. Is great to see this.
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5) I find that noble hops in the full duration of the boil add a very elegant spicy hop flavor that you just can’t get from generic boil hops. Try it sometime and see. I think you’ll find that it’s NOT a waste of noble hops to boil for a full 60. Try it.
My thoughts as well. Every time I have tried to preheat my tun, I have missed my mash temp. When I just tell beersmith that my tun and grain are at 72 or wherever, it calculates a strike temp that gets me where I want to be very reliablyIt also helps to warm the whole thing up by letting it sit for a bit with with the hot water as a precursor to mashing in.I'd rather just adjust my strike temp to account for the extra few degrees needed to heat up a room temp mash tun. One less step to forget when I'm still half asleep and trying to mash-in.
Since I didn't get one of the super insulated coolers, I toss an old sleeping bag over it once I draw the pH sample @ 5 minutes.
I'd recommend going bigger. I use 6 gallon better bottles and my initial volume is 5.5 gallons, it works but isn't ideal. I use a blow off on every batch and some batches blow a lot off. I know John (Hoosier) uses 7 or 8 gallon buckets intended for wine.
Edit - sorry to hear this and glad you made it out unscathed.
I recently switched to 6 gallon better bottles and needed a blow-off on 4 out of 5 batches so far. I wish the came in 6.5 gallon or 7 gallon.
surfin_mikeg - I feel your pain. I broke two carboys, got cut both times. Being a Dad, enough was enough. I use these big wine fermenter buckets and love 'em : http://shop.greatfermentations.com/product/7-9-gallon-fermenting-bucket/plastic-fermenters
For a wonderful and oriental flared poultry smoke I was wowed with this mix....
1/4 lb of black loose leaf tea
1/2 cup of brown sugar
the peeling of 2 oranges or tangerines
mix the above and put in an aluminum or sacrificial pan and flame under it ....
The sugar melts and the orange oils flavor the tea smoke...highly delightful.
Great! That looks like a cheap n easy solution.http://m.harborfreight.com/router-speed-control-43060.html
If you could figure out a way to do this it would be great. I run my 1/2 drill on a monster mill and just zip tie the trigger all the way closed. It runs much, much faster than it should which shreds the husks.
I picked up this link from a previous forum post. It might be helpful for the zip tied drill. -T
Has anybody tried using something like this to control a drill for a grain mill?
With a little further research, it looks like the kettle is from a weber performer. Thus, it has the bracket already.
Looks like I'm back to rigging something up. But the steel cross braces are a nice idea. Maybe I can hang it with just some steel angles tapped into the kettle with SS bolts.