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Equipment and Software / Re: Keggle hole too big
« on: July 18, 2016, 09:05:37 AM »

So I was working on installing some no weld thermometers into my keggle and I drilled the hole too large. So now the thermometer just slips through and is not a water tight seal, even with O-ring. I did a 1 inch hole when I think I should have done a 7/8 inch hole.  :o

Does anyone know of a product or trick that could shrink down the hole or provide a water tight seal? Or should I go out and buy another keg/keggle?

The only idea I had atm was to get a large washer with a 7/8 hole and weld it to the keggle over my 1 inch hole.

Thanks for any help.
Would a large SS washer with a silicon o-ring or thick silicon gasket do the trick?

I've done this with a stainless brew kettle. McMaster Carr carries some High Temp silicone washers as well as stainless washers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Flow meter
« on: July 14, 2016, 12:08:41 PM »
I'll have to check out that project. Got a link or anything?

As for the overflow, I'll have a wet switch placed 3/4 up my kettles to kill the power to the solenoid. As a fail safe I will have a wet switch mounted 3/4 the up my kettle to kill the solenoid. And, for redundancy I will have a second one to kill the pump. And, for my third fail safe I'm going to invest in a good wet vac and mop.  ;D

Fail safe 2-1/2, add in a web cam to keep an eye on things as the fill progresses.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mill Rollers
« on: July 11, 2016, 12:35:25 PM »
Bought my Barley Crusher back in 2011, just replaced the rollers a month ago. New rollers fixed all my crushing problems. I will not hesitate to replace them a lot sooner if/when it starts acting up. I fought issues for way longer than I should have.

I did not do it under the "warranty" as I figured that the rollers are technically a wear item. Eventually they will dull and it's not a manufacturing defect. I didn't feel right asking them to replace it for free. I figured a $50 investment over 5 years is more than reasonable.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny hits 500 today...
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:43:49 AM »
Batch 150 for me on May 28, Denny's BVIP.
Cheers Denny!

The "Hop Whisperer" aka Eric B's House IPA. I've had a hit/miss - love/hate relationship with both Nelson and Citra hops. Time to give them another try since I have them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for ideas on a new garage setup
« on: February 02, 2016, 10:42:54 AM »
You can go electric for A LOT cheaper. Check out High Gravity Brewing. Brewing in the garage with propane will require some ventilation, electric eliminates the CO2 issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA App Survey
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:15:44 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:57:50 AM »
I use type same cleaning process except I then use an air compressor to blow out all the lines. I installed QD's on either side of the pump to remove hoses and blow the pump out as well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 09, 2015, 07:54:46 AM »
Did you brew the recipe verbatim or have any changes?

Brewed the eecipe as it was designed, no adjustments.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Northern Brewers Off the Topper Heady Clone
« on: October 09, 2015, 05:26:53 AM »
It is a solid recipe. I scored 39.3 and took second place Category 14 at the 2015 March Mashness competition.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roommate drinking all the beer :(
« on: September 22, 2015, 11:41:47 AM »

You crazy people with your magnets, I'm thinking "transparent aluminum" kegs. ;D
I replaced my fridge light bulb with a 200,000 candle power spot light bulb. So, transparent aluminum might skunk my beer.

Almost see through the stainless with that, no need for transparency.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roommate drinking all the beer :(
« on: September 22, 2015, 11:21:21 AM »
You crazy people with your magnets, I'm thinking "transparent aluminum" kegs. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Winter/Garage Brewing
« on: September 17, 2015, 09:49:57 AM »
Fellow Minnesotan here. Finally got fed up with cold weather brewing, frozen hoses and the like and moved into the basement and went electric. I use this fan mounted to the ceiling and venting out the basement window with no moisture problem at all. The thing moves a ton of air. Takes my brew house humidity from 70% to 60% no problem. They also have a 12" version that may exhaust your larger space better.


All Things Food / Re: Pig on a spit
« on: September 01, 2015, 01:32:45 PM »
That is one nice looking hog. We do a hog roast every year but have never done it on a spit, very nice. Congrats on 25 that is a great accomplishment.

Equipment and Software / Re: Punching powder coated steel?
« on: September 01, 2015, 01:12:18 PM »
It can be done but it depends on a number of factors. First being the paint itself. Some coatings are more brittle than others and lend themselves to chipping. Also the tooling involved, how wore out is it, fresh clean edges yield better results. Taping the surrounding area is a good idea. In addition you could try one of the smaller holes in an area of the 2" cutout. Since you will need to have a 3/4" hole anyway, you could try it there or off center so if you need to use the hole saw you still have the option of drilling the correct pilot in the center.

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