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The Pub / Genie or Chamberlain garage door openers?
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:56:23 PM »
My 20+ year old Stanley 1/2hp opener is starting to be a PIA.  Any recommendations on a replacement?


Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 02, 2014, 06:22:57 PM »
Remember, it's a freezer, so the thermostat will probably give you 10 deg at 1 and -10 at the max setting.  I set mine around 4.  The controller takes over, it won't work any harder if you set the thermostat higher as the air temp inside will never get below 20 or so (if you have a fan in there).  The inside temp can get pretty cold if you have 80 deg beer in there and are trying to cool to 50 or so for lager pitching.  Having a fan inside will make the beer cool quicker and keep the inside temp more even.  I usually put a thermowell in one of two carboys to maintain the beer temp.

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 02, 2014, 05:34:26 PM »
What brand/model # freezer did you get?

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:05:38 PM »
The Auber is dual stage.  I put a 115V 120mm muffin fan and a 25watt light bulb (covered) for heat in my fermentation freezer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:50:16 PM »
I also have both.  With the Rancos I keep the probe in a thermowell in a quart of water to prevent short-cycyling the compressor when the probe is not in a carboy.  With the Johnson, I have the Short-Cycle timer set to 5 minutes.  For fermentation, I prefer the Ranco as the temperature swing is tighter.  I did come across this the other day:

Looks pretty neat and has short-cycle protection.  For those that would prefer NOT to wire their own.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hopstand/whirlpool recipe advice
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:15:14 PM »
OK you hopstanders.  With a 30 minute steep, what does Beersmith do with the IBU contributions from the 60 minute boil?  Should you incease the "boil" time to compensate?

Equipment and Software / Re: Chillin' in the Summer
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:57:12 PM »
Nice!  Not sure how you can bear to stand next to a boil kettle at 100F tho.

When I brew in the summer, I mash-in at 6:00am, done by noon!

Beer Recipes / Re: Bourbon stout without a barrel
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:54:10 PM »
For what you want to do, I would just brew Denny's Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter recipe.  No reason to re-invent the wheel.  :)
That would be the "pragmatic" thing to do!

Equipment and Software / Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: June 30, 2014, 02:55:21 PM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.

I just asked my wife if we knew any electrical engineers as I'm pondering this myself.  I'd like to be able to dial up temps as opposed to programming them per Lonny's YouTube video.  I just don't know enough and I don't want to spend my life researching it.....

I also don't want to go touchscreen so I'm in a quandary right now.

With a PID controller that has a manual mode you can just change the setpoint at any time to "dial up" the temps you want.  I wish they offered a 1500 watt/115V heater option as I do not have 230v at my brewstand.

Another Dave

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 20, 2014, 12:13:54 PM »
I'm interested in the Blichman RIMS system.  Any idea about the best way to get temperature control without getting their Tower of Power?

You could build a simple manual control unit using a solid-state voltage regulator and potentiometer for under $100.00.
You can buy one for about $60!

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 20, 2014, 12:09:44 PM »
But I already have the hop rocket. 

Seems like it would be easy to put a a Thermowell into the input side of the HR then use a typical temp controller to turn the power on and off.  But I'm no expert.
FWIW you put the thermocouple on the OUTPUT side of the heating plenum, it takes too long for the mash output to respond to temperature changes.  TC on the plenum out (mash tun in) prevents too much overshoot.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg pressure problems
« on: June 13, 2014, 01:20:13 PM »
How do you pull beer into the regulator when the gas is on?  If you're shaking, and the beer absorbs gas, more gas flows in...

I just don't see beer flowing out.

I shake with the gas hooked up regularly.  I have clear gas lines and have never seen beer come back up.
Me too!  There are two things you DON'T want to do while shaking 1) Turn the pressure DOWN 2) Close the valve on the regulator barb.  Both of these will make beer come up the line.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A father and son bond over brewing
« on: June 12, 2014, 03:01:36 PM »
My Dad would have gotten SUCH a kick out of my brewing.  Unfortunately he passed 18 years before I started.

Beer Travel / Re: Charlotte, NC
« on: May 22, 2014, 06:15:06 PM »
NoDA and Birdsong Brewing (North Side)
Heist Brewing (food)
Tripple C
They are all within a few minutes of each other.
NoDa is the best!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Am I being too anal?
« on: May 20, 2014, 06:18:03 PM »
Part of the issue for me is that I cold crash 3 times.  Once when FG is reached to precipitate the yeast, after which I dump the yeast and I raise the temp again to dry hop.  Then crash again to precipitate the hops and dump them.  I have been kegging at that point and then continuing the cold conditioning in the keg... so I guess its 2 times, the second one in conical and keg.

Anyway, I think the solution that I am going to do is this: once FG is reached just use a stopper with a valve stuck in it.  That way I can keep it closed during cooling and when I go to keg I can just attach CO2 and transfer it with a little pressure to the keg.

But again, this appears to be a solution in search of a problem.  But being the CDO type I'm going to do it anyway.  (CDO is the same as OCD except the letters are in the correct order)
Oooo.  I like the stopper with a valve idea!

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