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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!


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

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.


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.....

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!

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!


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!

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.....


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Timing a D rest
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:43:58 AM »
I would err on the side of being late than early though.  If you pitched properly then you should typically not even need a D-rest.  I bring my lagers up to 65 for 2-3 days then crash to 32 anyway.  I played with stepping it up and down but came to find it made no difference that I could tell and took too much attention.  YMMV.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Airlock vs. Blowoff tube
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:33:51 AM »
It would only effect the amount of Krausen if you actually had some blow out.  However, this is a good thing as you are also blowing off hop particulate, old yeast and any other nasties that are caught in the Krausen.  Some folks, including Kai I think I remember make it a point to blow off some Krausen in every brew.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Decanting yeast starters?
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:21:20 PM »
Decant 100% of the time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew All Stars
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:21:41 AM »
Love of the craft, doing it well, teaching others and being happy when your pupils teach you.

I had a beer in my chest freezer carbing and when i took a pull i realized in needed somemore conditioning so i removed it and now its at room temp again and i plan on leaving it for at least a month or 2..My question is will the temp change from 38*F to room temp hurt the beer?

RDWHAHB.  Or just leave it in the chest freezer if you have room.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ive gotta ask
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:37:24 AM »
It only happens to me when I'm trying ti kill an almost empty keg to put another one on tap.  I keep drinking and drinking and there's still beer left....

For me, it's always when I have another beer to keg in the morning. I'll think, "there can't possibly be more than two or three pints left…" Famous last words.

THIS!  Need a keg, swear there is 1-2 pints left, wife comes down a few hours later and asks why I'm drinking so much.  She doesn't believe the magical keg story for some reason..... ???

Beer Recipes / Re: IPA Water profile
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:07:25 PM »
I haven't got to the point where im testing my water yet but I want to. What kind of tests or kits are you guys using? It seems like the kits are pretty pricy.

Try calling your water supplier, unless of course you have well water.  Then Ward as above.

I spoke with Mitch Steele at the NHC in Philly and he said that he shoots for 160 Calcium in his IPAs and doesn't care about sulfate at all.

Just another variable.  Personally I shoot for both.  ~300 Sulfate and ~160 Calcium.


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