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My question(s) is:
Is this going to be a good set up? I've read various forum posts supporting these while others say I will burn out the motor.
Will something like a plug in temperature control work out in the long run for a kegging system down the road?

I'm looking for some knowledgeable opinions to help guide my next step.
Good set up? Hell yes! I have 3 freezers and controlers.  Go with the Ranco ETC-111000 for fermentation control. 1 degree granularity.  I finally found a Ranco 2 stage ETC-211000 on Ebay for $50 (SCORE! ;D) since the spring and fall weather in NC can require cooling or heating over a 24 hour period.  The only issue is, like gremlins, you can't get the probes wet.  This guy  http://www.brewershardware.com/Ranco-Temperature-Sensors/ sells waterproof replacement probes for several of the controller brands.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dear yeast...
« on: September 29, 2010, 11:00:16 AM »
I never have blowouts. Probably because I'm too damn lazy to make a starter.

Somebody is due for a blow off...

 ;D

You said it, now it will happen!

Some yeast just can't help but blow-off, no matter what you do or don't do for them.

Ah, I recall cleaning the ceiling in the living room of our last house so we could sell it...
Your wife let you ferment in the living room?  Now there's a keeper!

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Ok, I'm going to put my $.02 for the crystal and color malts.  Use whatever base malt you want.  MO is good.

5. lb Crystal 120
I'm assuming this is a typo? :)

Oops, that's .5 lb Crystal 120
Scaling down from 10 gal recipe.

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Ok, I'm going to put my $.02 for the crystal and color malts.  Use whatever base malt you want.  MO is good.

5. lb Crystal 120
6oz Carared
3oz Carafa Special II (450L)

For a 5 gallon Batch

Chocolate malt is going to give you brown, not red.

I use this in my Irish Red.  It should give you a deep garnet color about 15.5 SRM (Beersmith).

REAL good with Denny's Favorite 50.  Mash @152
US-05 and the Chico liquid yeast are going to dry it out too much.

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The Pub / Re: Gawd I need a Promotion
« on: September 27, 2010, 06:13:16 AM »
Hey...only 77 more posts until I become a brew master  ;)
SLUT!

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The Pub / Re: Gawd I need a Promotion
« on: September 27, 2010, 05:23:53 AM »
Post counts, and titles based on them, are stupid in my opinion. Just because you type a lot or have a lot of excess time on your hands, doesn't make you a better brewer.
Yes it does.  Look at Denny! ;D
Denny had over 300 batches brewed and his own yeast strain before this forum even went active.  He is a prolific poster BECAUSE he is a better brewer and has the experience to back it up.  Let's just be thankful that he has the time and is willing to share it with the rest of us!

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Pimp My System / Re: My three tier system just built it.
« on: September 21, 2010, 05:57:53 AM »
Yeah, the HLT burner is ok but you need to shield the platform your mash tun sits on.  The heat wash from the kettle will toast that pretty quickly.  You can get some 16-20 inch aluminum flashing from Home Depot that would work great.

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Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS and false bottom
« on: September 20, 2010, 06:03:39 PM »
I have 2 valves - one on the pot and one on the outlet side of the pump. I usually start with the one one the pot wide open, I have a March pump and it's gravity fed. I usually have the outlet on the pump only a quarter open or less. I run for a while like this and can tell when ther grain bed is set. The flow slows down a bit but stays even. It seems that when I up the grain bill I get a "stuck" recirculation. I am thinking it has to do with the depth of the grain bed.
Are you sure you are not getting grain bits stuck in the valves 'cause they are not fully open?  Keep the valve on the inlet side full open.  March pumps only like their outlets restricted.  I get lots more bits when my grain bed gets thicker.  Open the valve on your outlet side occasionally especially during the first 5 minutes or so and let the splooge loose.  Also try opening the gap on your mill a little, that will make the bits bigger so they will stay on the mash side better.  Finally add some rice hulls to the mash.  That will also keep the bits on the right side.

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Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS and false bottom
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:36:55 PM »
How fast IS your flow rate? I have a rims setup using a 13.3 gallon keggle with a 12" domed perforated false bottom.  My typical grain bill is 22-25 lbs but my flow rate is 1 gallon/minute or less.  I have a very small mash pump.  Even then I start the pump at about 1/2 open for the first 10 minutes or so as the grain bed settles then open the valve up all the way.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: placing a chest freezer "keezer" in Garage
« on: September 15, 2010, 03:06:45 PM »
I have a Ranco 2-stage, 40 watt bulb covered by a small metal coffee can.  Works great!  Does the temp get down to 0 inside your garage?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Minimum time needed for a starter
« on: September 15, 2010, 01:49:49 PM »
OK, back up and regroup.  Hit with O2 for one minute, every 8 hours, for a couple of days.  Just enough flow to see the foam coming up from the stone and swirl with the starter.  I figure the O2 that does not go into solution will stay in the flask.  The foam only persists for a few minutes and doesn't get more than 1" thick.  Is that still to much?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Minimum time needed for a starter
« on: September 15, 2010, 01:01:45 PM »
So, hit the starter with O2 every 8 hours for a couple of days?
Sure, although that might not be as good as a stirplate.  It foams up pretty quickly so there's only so much O2 you can bubble through it.  Some foam control and/or a larger vessel would help.  But the stirplate is set and forget, so I like that solution better.
No, no, you misunderstand.  2 or 4 liter starters in a 6 liter flask on a stirplate, with .5 micron sintered stone!

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The Pub / Re: Does every state poke sport at the state to the south?
« on: September 15, 2010, 11:38:05 AM »
But back on topic, the poking fun happens more east/west here and we have a severe inferiority complex when it comes to the neighboring southern border  ::)  even though Canada is larger (see there it is again).
Yes, but my wife keeps telling me size doesn't matter!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 15, 2010, 11:32:25 AM »
Northern English Brown on Sunday

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Minimum time needed for a starter
« on: September 15, 2010, 11:04:01 AM »
It won't happen instantaneously, but they will start to grow as quickly as they can when the conditions are right for growth.

So, hit the starter with O2 every 8 hours for a couple of days?

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