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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Brands
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:25:13 AM »
I am also curious about this. I'm looking for a 20CF+ chest freezer for lagering/storage/serving. The idea being that I could serve from the chest freezer, through a nearby wall and into the bar/basement from a sub-basement. If that makes sense.

Events / Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:15:31 AM »
Where's NHC '15 going to be held?

Typically, it is announced at the previous year's NHC. Information was leaked early this past year, which is unusual from what I can gather.

We will likely find out in June where the 2015 conference is.

Beer Recipes / Re: How low can I go?
« on: November 15, 2013, 01:21:48 PM »
I brewed one (okay, a few) of those session IPA things. I would say my favorite was an OG of 1.048 and FG of 1.013, mashed at 157F, US-05. Otherwise, it's just too thin and lifeless.

Events / Re: Which hotel to stay at in Grand Rapids
« on: November 15, 2013, 07:04:40 AM »
I hope I can find something close for less than $195/night - especially if I'm going to be there from Wednesday - Saturday!  :o

Have you thought about freight costs? SABCO's website says free freight right now, and with a large system like that, it could become pricey.

I no longer use the electric heater element, preferring to heat the bottom of the mash tun with a low flame while recirculating instead.
Any particular reason? Just curious.
I installed a switched outlet on the control box for the extra pump.
I like this idea. I may steal it in the coming months.
The newer units are about 10 inches lower than my old one, which is nice.  I may cut the legs off one day.  It needs new wheels anyway.
My God, man! How tall is that thing?  :o Mine is about 5'+ tall and I need a small step ladder to use it. I couldn't imagine using it much higher.

I also have the MB ChillZilla counterflow chiller.  You may find that adding another IC that you can place in a bucket of ice and run in series with the counterflow chiller will cool your wort much faster. 

I am planning on doing this once late spring hits. I have two extra immersion chillers laying around and an extra pond pump, so it should work out better than my stove top, 5 gallon ghetto-system!   :)

Jeff and Pinski, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm sure I'll have more as I get back to brewing.

Equipment and Software / Re: Randall
« on: November 14, 2013, 01:34:25 PM »
Can anyone explain why I would spend $288.00 on a Randall to infuse my beers with stuff (made of plastic, nonetheless) when I could buy the multipurpose Blichmann HopRocket (made of stainless) for $125?

That is, in this theoretical world where I need to spend more money on this hobby.  ::)

The Pub / Re: I don't use the word "awesome" very often....
« on: November 14, 2013, 01:21:13 PM »
Oh wow. I'm buying these for the fiance!

Thanks Denny.  8)

Equipment and Software / Re: Best PH Meter
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:56:15 AM »
I see all these say Automatic Temperature Correction. Does that mean it will read the same whether it's mash temps or room temp?

No. You should still read the pH at room temp.

Equipment and Software / Re: Quick disconnects
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:13:21 AM »
I also have a mixture of black and white gaskets. I haven't had them long enough to develop a bias either way.

Equipment and Software / Re: Best PH Meter
« on: November 13, 2013, 06:10:34 AM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Quick disconnects
« on: November 12, 2013, 12:49:00 PM »
Thanks for the input.  Sounds like the cam locks are favored.  Anyone use tri-clamp (clover) fittings?  Pros or cons for those?   I like to shop local and haven't seen the cam locks anywhere but internet sales.

Thanks again.

I just switched to tri-clamp and really quite like them. They are slightly more geared towards a semi permanent installation (e.g. not constantly moving hoses or plumbing around during the brew day), but that is a non issue with my set up.

First off - I'd take a week off and just brew once or twice a day. Get 'er dialed in as-is before you start tweaking.

I won't be taking off work, but I also won't be modding it for at least the first six-nine months.

- I would like to see a whirlpool nozzle on the kettle.

Okay, I lied about not modding. At least in the small sense. I'm going to attach my Hop Stopper screen to the dip tube and see how that works. I have pellet hops only, so the false bottom won't work very well.

- I wasn't sure if I could mount more stuff to the frame: hop back, therminator ("Go Big or Go Home" is kind of the point here, right?).

I was gifted a MoreBeer convoluted counter flow chiller on the stand with pump and TCs, so that's covered. But as for frame mounting, I was planning on mounting at least one (if not two) GAC filters in series to the stand so I don't lose them.

- If its not going to move, you can hook it up to NG. Sabco offers a conversion kit for $100

The conversion kit also came included with the system, so I will likely do that once I get settled into the new house.

- If you haven't used Tri-clamps before, you'll need plenty of spare gaskets. They're bound to get dirty/dropped/etc. I like Teflon over rubber. You can probably find them cheaper on Amazon or another trade website than on the Sabco page.

Good point on Amazon. Those little 1/2" TC gaskets are way expensive from Sabco. Perhaps McMaster-Carr will sell them too?

All Grain Brewing / Sabco Brew Magic Owners - Thoughts, Processes & Mods
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:54:16 AM »
Hey guys,

I just picked up a Sabco Brew Magic V350MS from a friend in the homebrew club. I've brewed on it once (with the previous owner) but would like to see other people's systems. I know there was an old forum dedicated solely to the Brew Magic but since it is now defunct, I'm asking here.

What is your process? What modifications have you done? Got any pictures?

Cheers!  8)

All Grain Brewing / Re: First "big" beer
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:49:53 PM »
Am interested to learn more about the effect of crystal to fermentation. Why would a pound in a 18.5 lb of grist make a dif.

A pound of crystal, no, but a pound of crystal, a pound of chocolate, a pound of Special B and a half pound of highly roasted malts will begin to limit the amount of attenuation you can get.

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