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Pimp My System / Re: HopHouse Brewery & Taproom
« on: February 22, 2015, 11:36:07 AM »
SWEET!

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Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:21:51 AM »
Nice garage heater Dave! Seriously, nice job. What size plate chiller?

Thanks Diane!  I do actually have to open the garage during the boil no matter how cold outside as it gets up over 80!  The chiller is a Duda Energy high performance chiller.  18.3" long and 40 plates it gets the wort to pitching temps super fast.

Dave

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Culturing from Commercial Beer
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:36:47 AM »
In Brew Like a Monk it was stated that the Monks from Westvleteren and Achel will drive to Westmalle and pick up a fresh pitch of yeast the day before they brew.

+1

Interesting.  However, the yeast I use for my Belgians I got from the bottom of a bottle of Westvletern, which came across the Atlantic ocean, was propagated from the dregs and performs like a racehorse.  Much cooler conversation and story than I went to my LHBS and bought some WY3787..... ;)

Absolutely!  Culturing from a hard to get beer can be fun, and if it performed great, who cares ?

Exactly my point! 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Culturing from Commercial Beer
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:28:25 AM »
In Brew Like a Monk it was stated that the Monks from Westvleteren and Achel will drive to Westmalle and pick up a fresh pitch of yeast the day before they brew.

+1

Interesting.  However, the yeast I use for my Belgians I got from the bottom of a bottle of Westvletern, which came across the Atlantic ocean, was propagated from the dregs and performs like a racehorse.  Much cooler conversation and story than "I went to my LHBS and bought some WY3787 to make a Belgian"..... ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Culturing from Commercial Beer
« on: February 14, 2015, 03:25:23 PM »
Would using the dregs from two beers be better than one during the first step if you used a mason jar instead of the original bottle?

Also, should I cool this wort like a traditional starter?

Yes and yes.  This is a fun project, especially when it works.  My buddy brought a bottle of Westvleteren back with him from Belgium and I cultured the yeast.  I made a clone of their quad which is delicious and now a Dubbel.  So +1000 (for me) to culturing something that's hard to find.

EDIT:  However if you want to culture and clone the SNPA, have at it and enjoy!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter Questions
« on: January 02, 2015, 09:41:59 AM »
Leave it on the stir plate until done and then put in the fridge, covered until you brew.  Let the yeast flocculate and fall to make a nice cake, decant and pitch.

Dave

Edit:  A few extra days in the fridge will not hurt anything....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 3 Hour Mash What Happens
« on: January 02, 2015, 09:07:19 AM »
Good to hear the family is OK and I expect you will find the same with your beer.

You were in dex rest long enough to get your complex sugars.  It's really hard to over-pitch and the sample tasted great. 

Hope you like the result!

Dave

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Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:58:48 PM »
Super nice build! One question, why is the burner on the left much lower than the other two?

Excellent question! 

If I run these burners at full tilt under the mash or for my strike water, they will overshoot by a couple of degrees and scortch the wort.  So the HLT and MT burners are about half power so when they kick on they do not overpower.  The Boil Kettle burner gets 15G of 155F wort to boil in about 12 minutes at full tilt.  So I keep that one lower so I can power it up all the way.  Took this last night to post today so a timely question!

Dave



EDIT: Actually that is at about 75% power......they are sick burners!

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Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: December 21, 2014, 09:43:52 AM »
Thanks boys!  It performed flawlessly on Man Day.  Made 10G of German Pils for the maiden voyage.  The plate chiller took 10G from 212 to 50F in 10 minutes with no ice bath and 45F tap water!  Holy crap!

Working on brew #2 this week.  Something to use my homegrown Cascades.

Dave

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Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:19:57 AM »
BTW-It's natural gas not propane as I see the canister on the left.  Had a line run in to my garage.....

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Pimp My System / Finally!
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:17:40 AM »
After about a year, some $, a swollen hand from drilling out pots, and a lot of questions about why I'm doing this from my wife, the rig is done!  Thanks for all those that helped with posts.  Notice the badass plate chiller from Duda Energy.  Maiden voyage today at my "Man Day" celebration.  Can't wait!


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Pimp My System / Re: 25G RIMS Burner Help
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:09:41 AM »
Your new rig is sweet!  Yea I would guess you drop almost down to the lower tubing and you will be about right.  I run mine on 3/4" and bell down to 1/2" into the burner.  You need enough distance to get the air flowing.  Those burners will heat those kettles in no time.  I'm doing 15 gallons of Kate the Great on Sunday.  It has been a while since I've brewed, I'm stoked.  I wish I had a control panel like you.  Once I dropped mine and gave them the distance for more gas, I fell in love with them.  Keep us posted, nice work on it.

Thanks Coolman!  Posting the finished rig on a new thread.  Dropped the burners and it's running beautifully!  Thanks for all of your help!

Dave

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Pimp My System / Re: 25G RIMS Burner Help
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:37:54 AM »
Burners are too close.  That being said, my gas guy reduced to 1/2" and then back to 3/4" pipe.  Makes absolutely no sense.  He is fixing it tomorrow so I can test again and lower to the appropriate height.  The boil kettle burner performed pretty well, but still some soot.  Total cake on the HLT and it's at the end of the rig.  Here's a photo.  I've mounted the plate chiller since.  It is badass!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/92369419@N03/16037175555/


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Pimp My System / Re: 25G RIMS Burner Help
« on: December 09, 2014, 06:56:04 AM »
Got the boil kettle burner about 8" from the kettle but the others are about 5" due to the extra ball valve for the pilots. I'm running a test this weekend and will post the final layout. It's just about there. Bought a kicking plate chiller from Duda Energy.  Brings 10 gallons to 68F in 3.1 minutes!  Can't wait to run the rig.

BTW-how do you guys clean up after brewing?  I bought 50# of PBW. Just run that through the system and out the chiller?


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All Grain Brewing / Re: brewhouse efficiency question
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:53:02 AM »
I would spend a couple of $ and get some brewing software.  I can't do the math either.....

Dave

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