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Equipment and Software / Initial Therminator sanitation
« on: April 23, 2011, 10:55:50 AM »
Would boiling the therminator prior to its first use be the best way to sanitize? Do folks ever use StarSan with these things. I had to buy the display unit so I didn't get a manual.  Do you have to blow the thing out prior to running it? 
Brewing makes me feel like a little kid... what this? what does that do? why? why?  how come?  Thanks for all your help AHA forum!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Working with a pump
« on: April 22, 2011, 03:16:23 PM »
Can you attach a ball valve directly to the outlet port threads or should it be a minimum distance from the valve?

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Equipment and Software / Re: transfer hoses and quick connectors
« on: April 22, 2011, 11:35:57 AM »
Thanks again. Great advice guys.  BTW Tom, thanks for the nudge. I think I'm going to go for it and try the recipe of the week for my first shot at a simple allgrain.  Of course if I do, I dump the Goldings for Mt. Hood and call it Cascadian Pale Ale!  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Working with a pump
« on: April 22, 2011, 10:24:28 AM »
So I picked up March pump to help with my all-grain transfers.  I've heard (and would like to verify) that a ball valve isolation/restriction should only be installed downstream of the pump outport.  My real question is about operating the pump and restricting the flow.  Are there any rules of thumb about this?  I'm concerned about restricting the flow too much and damaging the pump.  Or running the pump too long.  Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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Equipment and Software / Re: transfer hoses and quick connectors
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:50:57 AM »
Thanks Mark. So, how do you secure your hoses when you attach them to the different vessels?

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I believe you're thinking of the Rocky Mountainian Dark Ale Secret Society.

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Equipment and Software / transfer hoses and quick connectors
« on: April 22, 2011, 08:43:09 AM »
I need to stop by my LHBS after work to pick up the final pieces of equipment that I will need to asseble my all-grain system.  The shop owner (who's old shop system i have aquired and re-built) uses what I believe are silicone hoses to transfer hot water and wort through his system. He also uses the plastic quick connections to swiftly reconfigure the transfer hoses as needed. 
Are there any concerns about using silicone hoses with fluids heated close to the boiling point?
Do any of you have suggestions on the best way to oriend the M/F couplings of a quick connection assembly?  In other words should the male or female coupling go on the hoses or the tanks and pump or does this a non-issue. Finally, I noticed that s ome of these quick disconnect assemblies also are available with an "auto-stop" check that prevents flow when disconnected.  Would this be a good feature to have at some or all points of the system where quick connections are used? 
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated as always. I'm almost there!

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Bravo indeed. Cheers!

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I was thinking I should assemble my new to me all grain gear and move some water around to get used to how it works prior to my first all grain batch...but, the past couple days I've been thinking I should just go for it and see what happens with some ingredients.  I've got an 8 gallon HLT, 85 qt. cooler, 20 gal. brewpot, propane cooker, pump, smallish IC. Any suggestions to push me over the edge? Or, should I practice first.

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I had not thought about a paranoia party.  That Sir, is a fine idea.

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Yes, we all get together monthly and plot how we can name a beer after one of our mountain ranges (that runs from Canada to California).  Muahahahahahahah  ::)

Do they always meet at your house or do you move it around?  Must be hell finding enough chairs for everyone and I hope you take turns bringing snacks.
You know I'm not allowed to tell you where we meet.  If you move to BC we can immediately recruit you into the cabal and then you will know all.  But until that time no can do, eh? ;D

What the H, I moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's like three years ago and this is the first I have heard of this cabal! what, you think I'm a narc or something?
Gentlemen please, can we discuss this at the next meeting.  You don't find the cabal, the cabal finds you.

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Should I force carbonate it or wait until it's ready to be put into service.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What beverage to drink this weekend?
« on: April 21, 2011, 09:42:34 PM »
Seems like this time of year is when you see lighter, refreshing seasonals begin to come out. Blonde, or a Pils maybe?  Do you lager yet? I don't have the temperature control for it yet but I'm looking forward to it someday soon.

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Kegging and Bottling / Fresh filled keg storage without refrigeration
« on: April 21, 2011, 09:35:25 PM »
My kegerator is full with four flowing taps and I'm not sure I'll have an open spot by the time my next batch is ready to keg.  What is the best practice for storing a freshly filled corny keg if you don't have refrigeration space available? Or, is this just a bad idea.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Getting started with kegging
« on: April 21, 2011, 09:30:36 PM »
Looks like a really good deal to me. I spent about 200 for my first set up with only one corny. Same regulator as the one listed.
+1 on the large CO2 tank suggestion as well.

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