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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:02:32 AM »
I know I always say this but...  people tend to like the mill they have.

I have a BC.  I've used it for 7 years and it has always worked great until last Spring when it started having issues pulling grain into the rollers.  The main roller would spin but no grain would go through. 

That is the issue I had with the BC and the Captain Crush.  The BC started doing it after about a year, and the CC did it right off.
I have never liked my Barley Crusher. Mine had the same "sticks all the time" issue. I would give it away if anyone local would take the stupid thing.

I've bought a MM3 and direct drive motor, but have yet to set it up yet.

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Pimp My System / Re: Pimp My System Question
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:07:11 PM »
You can upload them via mobile if you use Tapatalk. Very easy.

Use extreme caution if considering uploading pictures of stills...

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Here is what I did on the elements
I'm not seeing a picture if there is supposed to be one. Just FYI.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: ALMOST perfect brew day (question)
« on: November 15, 2014, 12:28:18 PM »
That looks exactly like Hop Shot residue. That stuff is nasty, but it works well.

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Yeah, there are plenty of threads all over for that kind of build. I'm curious about the PLC / RIMS /custom software route.

Thanks though!

Paul, I looked at yours and will probably be send you some questions along the way.
First one: can you describe how you attached the elements to the kettles? Are they on some sort of disconnect or do you need to take the cord with you when you take it off the stand to clean it?

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I converted my sabco kettles to electric last week. I used weldless fittings and it worked fine. I did go to a welder and have 1.5" TC ferrules welded on so it would be easier to pull and position the element. I use an ebrewery control panel. That first electric batch was sure nice.  Quiet too.
So did you use the existing PLC or are you running something separate to run them? And what year is yours, if you don't mind me asking?

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Good to know! Thanks Paul!

My garage is a bit weird in that it doesn't have a back door. This is basically the back wall, opposite the garage doors.

I think (if I do this) that I would keep the brewery right where it is for brewing, since the sink is just to the left and one fermenter is just to the right. The back wall is constructed in such a way (split level home that has a 2' overhang in the back on the second level above the garage) that I could run the ducting through the upper portion of the wall, through the soffit, and back down into the soffit. With that ~2' duct run, you won't even see the ducting from the deck out back.

I think I'm going to talk to a friend over Thanksgiving that welds stainless and see what kind of attachments I can put on my kettles for the elements. Perhaps he can weld up a condensate hood out of sheet steel. I'll have to look at yours and see what you did. Are you RIMS or HERMS?

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All Things Food / Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:05:51 PM »
None of us have children and 2/3 of us are homebrewers. I think we'll be fine. ;)

I make nearly everything from scratch, so that isn't an issue either. Well, nearly everything... That tomato paste in a tube is just too convenient!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging the NHC
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:16:03 PM »
Haha! I've been off the forums for months and y'all are still talkin about me! :D

The beet beer was a beet cream ale. Did you get any mit schuss?? We started serving it with lemon honey soda later in the night.

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All Things Food / Re: Thanksgiving is Coming!
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:04:11 PM »
Oh! I'm hosting for the first time this year too.  ;D Just 6 of us for a little friendsgiving, but it's a start!

I'm doing a spatchcocked turkey, mushroom stuffing, and roasted acorn squash w/ wild rice, while others are bringing desserts and sides.

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Yes, I've been out for a while - brewing 90 gallons on a strict schedule for the wedding kinda burned me out for a bit. But I'm getting back into it with this...
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So here's a hair-brained idea: what if I was able to reprogram the PLC on the Brew Magic to also control heating elements in the BK and HLT, as well as use the 2000W heater in the RIMS tube to actually raise the mash temp?

For those who aren't intimately familiar with the Brew Magic, it has a Unitronics V350 touch screen PLC in it, which is a 12 relay PLC. The Brew Magic is currently using 2(? - basically not many) of the relays.

Theoretically, the BK and HLT could be converted to electric fairly easily. Add element, add wiring, and use a simple controller like High Gravity has (with the turn knob) to control the heat output. Done, but not pretty.

If I wanted to go pretty, I could add programming into the PLC (with appropriately stepped relays) to control the BK and HLT elements.

BUT. What if I could reprogram the RIMS tube heater logic to work when I want to raise the mash, instead of just maintaining the mash? I know the element in place can do it, if you trick the program, but it's tedious. The Sabco software only operates the RIMS tube element if you are -4F to -0.01F from your set mash temperature. It will be off otherwise, and you are forced to use the propane burner to bring it up any farther than this. Here's my trick: If you have a steady mash temp at say, 152, and you want it to be 158... program the set point to be 154, then when it gets there, go to 156, then when it gets there, go to 158. And then you have a RIMS element works as a step masher! Ha.

So how crazy is this? I've searched the internet and no one has seemed to do this specific thing. There are plenty of conversions from super old BMs to electric (before they had the PLC), but none using the existing PLC with new custom software.

I already talked with our lead electrical engineer in the office and he seems to be quite excited about it. He also indicated that the reprogramming/wiring of the PLC would be the easiest part of this (from an EE perspective, of course). Rewiring the house for 30-50A and getting a condensate hood installed would be the difficult part, according to him. Ha.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Alternative to lactic acid
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:52:26 PM »



Hmm, Oarsman, that is a sad version of a Berliner Weisse. It is still pleasant, just not nearly tart enough.

That's about as nice as I've heard Oarsman described. :)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Online fermentation using Tcontrol
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:31:08 PM »
I wish I had the knowledge to build something like this.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:37:50 AM »
I have keggles on the Sabco. In my world, they work great and produce repeatable beer. It is likely that I will never replace them.

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