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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 11, 2015, 06:45:22 AM »
As always, Jon, Diane, and everyone that posts here: thank you for the kind words of encouragement! I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I'm not learning all this stuff to keep it to myself! If I can pass on something I've learned from another homebrewer, then this thread is a success.  8)

Steve, I hand ground down the 7mm keyway until I could get the 6mm Lovejoy on the shaft. I bought a hand grinding stick-thing at Lowes and just went at it. It's not pretty or easy, but no one will notice except me.

Basically, you have this setup: motor -> 6mm keyway -> spider -> (whatever Lovejoy fits the Schmidling shaft) -> schmidling mill.

Depending on the mill's shaft height, you'll have to make a spacer from where you mount it to raise up the mill shaft to approximately the height of the motor shaft. It doesn't have to be perfect, just pretty close - that's the joy of Lovejoys. The wiring diagram you'll likely need to use for the Power Grinder is #2 in the hand drawn packet. #1 makes my MM3 run backwards. IDK which way the shaft is facing on the Schmidling, but I'm sure you can figure it out from the pictures I've posted and by looking at your mill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:47:40 PM »

to each their own.  I only care that the beer a system makes is beautiful.

Yeah, I like nerdy math as much ad the next brewer, but relaxing a bit still produces winning beer, so I dont see the point in getting any more spun up about it. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:15:49 AM »
I also copied your MM3/Powergrinder into a stand last week. First brew with the new mill. Killed 25 # of grain in about 1.5 minutes flat at 180 rpm. Loved the crush, but the numbers will tell if I am hanging around where I expect.

Sweet!  8) Pics?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:12:36 AM »
Yeah, I've gotten higher numbers when I either fly sparge or when I really take proper measurements for strike water used, first runnings volume, strike water needed/used, etc.

I'm basically leaving sugar in the brewery by being a bit lazy. Sure, I could fly sparge (but it takes too long!) or actually use math, but it's more relaxing to me to just grab all the sugars I feel like grabbing and make volume adjustments in the boil kettle. If I end up with more or less beer, so be it! Grain is cheap, so high efficiency is not a priority. Shaving an hour or two off the brew day is a priority!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:09:04 AM »

The hefe will be brewed the day after our comp, 2/22. I think it's going to have to be a group effort to get that thing brewed after the banquet.  :o  So sometime in mid-March? Let me know when you're coming up here and we'll get you some.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:32:57 AM »
Very nice setup!  I've gotten noticeably better extraction with Avangard pils, so I'm curious to see how you end up. Great February weather.

I've seen this reported from some . i haven't seen any big difference- besides a point or so and that's within the variability expectation. perhaps though i'm not going to see much difference as I do crush pretty tight.

I also didn't see much of a difference. I got 72% efficiency, which is my normal. Not sure why it was similar to a no sparge from last weekend, but I estimated that I'd get 72% anyway so I nailed my numbers (1.049 OG) - just didn't get the extra beer I was kinda hoping for! Perhaps next time I'll take better mash notes. Yesterday was a laissez-faire type of brew day. The weather gave me a case of 'don't really cares'.  8)

Hey Scot, when do I get to try the cyser? :)

I think I figured out the no sparge/batch sparge similarity. I don't really do a no-sparge. I just mashout with the extra water, recirc, and drain. It's basically a quick batch sparge.

Equipment and Software / Re: What grain mill to go with
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:10:56 AM »
Agree with Steve. I have a MM3 and hopper. Since I used a square (per his input), assembly was easy.

Edit: it replaced a non functioning Batley Crusher if that's of any value to you.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Not Pitching
« on: February 08, 2015, 04:25:50 PM »
I'm doing the same thing right now. You're good to go.

How about nothing at all?  Beer flavored beer...
Coming from the 'Experimental Beer' coauthor... ;)

Husband just bottled his American Wild Stout today. RIS with Pedio, Brett L, and Maker's Mark soaked oak cubes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 08, 2015, 11:22:29 AM »
I figured I should take advantage of the amazing day before it's 20 again. I've been talking about brewing this Pils since July of last year. Ha.

General Homebrew Discussion / B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 08, 2015, 10:41:40 AM »
Just wanted to say that is it February 8th in KC and it is 65f out. Just mashed in a German Pilsner and nailed the temp.

Trying out the newer mill with a batch sparge and Avangard Pils. Let's see what kind of efficiency we get today!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition changes your category
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:06:50 AM »
I just want to go on the record and say that while KCBM 32 matches nearly all of the qualities of the comp mentioned here (judging dates, same circuits), it is certainly not KCBM 32. We would not move an entry and will call the entrant directly if we think that there is confusion to ask the entrant what they want to do.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 05, 2015, 01:27:22 PM »
Sadly, I won't be judging first round this year - not having it here in KC and other life events. I'll be at the Finals though!

So... First Round volunteers get preference in the next year's competition. What about Final Round volunteers? I didn't find specific language regarding that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: induction cookers?
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:23:41 PM »
Well then! I'm not doing the stopgap solution because of all the reasons you stated.

When I bought our house, I wasn't planning on having an electric brewery (just bought the Sabco) so planning on converting to electric is now a slight pain.

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