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The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:18:14 AM »
However, the overall beer economy is changing because the beer lovers around the world want something more than a light watery fizzy drink, and prefer variety.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bru Gear - New Kettle/ Conical Manufacturer
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:15:00 PM »
I went for a 20gal kettle w/Tri-Clover fittings... It will be interesting to compare against my Blichmann 20 gal. kettles.  I wish Blichmann would have a Tri-clover fitting version of their kettles.

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:13:31 PM »
I have one from Stainless Brewing to fit my Blichmann 20 gal. boiler maker kettle.  It is nicely built.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:07:13 PM »
Just received my copy of "Craft Beer for the Homebrewer".   Nicely layout and every recipe looks tasty.

The Pub / Re: Fund Raiser for Kathy Stock
« on: December 11, 2013, 03:55:55 PM »
Never met her, but just donated $25 to her fundraiser.  My heart goes out to her & her husband.

Any Zymurgist is good in my book.

Equipment and Software / Re: Advice on Building a brew system
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:02:48 AM »
I would encourage you to take a look at the BCS-460 and BCS-462  Using a web browser and the BCS you can control the temps of your vessels and RIMS/HERMS equipment.  I've been using it for 3 years and it is setup for RIMS... and it can also be used to control your lager chamber or freezer full of kegs.

When I started brewing 6 years ago I was using 5 & 10 gal. Orange coolers, then decided to move up to Blichmann 20 gal kettles for my Mashtun, HLT and Boil Kettles.  If I would have waited a little longer I would probably have purchased kettles from Brewers Hardware instead because I use alot of Tri-Clover fittings in my setup ...

I have a friend who purchased kettles from Stout Tanks and is happy with his purchase.

Equipment and Software / Re: Morebeer ultimate sparge arm
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:33:31 PM »
I bought one a few months ago. It's very nice and sturdy.  It replaced my blichmann sparge arm.

Equipment and Software / Re: Direct heat recirculation mash tun
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:56:23 AM »
You could also use a bucket heater in your mashtun - of course hooked up to something like a Johnson controller and use your pump to recirculate...  The bucket heater can get a bit messy - especially compared to using a RIMS module which is much easier to clean.

Equipment and Software / Re: Direct heat recirculation mash tun
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:44:08 AM »
I'm still considering getting rid of my little 3/8"x25' IC and stepping up to the 1/2"x50' with whirlpool and March pump. I'm wondering about making that pump serve more purposes. What are the benefits of a direct heat recirculation mash tun compared to just old fashioned mashing?

You could introduce a RIMS module into your system, like one from Glacier Tanks .  Put the march pump between the RIMS module and mashtun spigot.  Put in a hot water heating element into the RIMS module, and control the temp in the RIMS module using a Johnson Digital controller.  With the pump on and the johnson controller turning on/off with your temps dialed in, you can recirculate your wort and keep the mashtun heated.   I've been using a BCS 460 system for over 3 years, but before I had that I used a RIMS module w/temp controlled by a johnson controller.

Ingredients / Re: oat malt
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:51:11 AM »
Be aware that Michael Lewis wrote about oats in his book on Stout. His findings were not favorable. He said the flavor was not pleasant at the level they used (I don't recall what the % was).

Just happen to have that book open... p.50 says they used 30%

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Security Breach at Midwest Supplies
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:17:08 AM »
Now I know where the security problem occurred. The credit card co. Fraud protection saw a fishy charge to "payroll Services" for $1. Then there was another charge before it was frozen and I was contacted. Got the letter today.

me too. Luckily my bank caught on very quickly and called to confirm several fraudulent transactions.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: SS Bottles
« on: May 22, 2013, 01:36:13 PM »
You can get them for $34.25 @ Deep Wood Brew Products....and the bottles are bare (nothing printed on them).

Equipment and Software / Re: Stuck recirc in blichmann mash tun
« on: April 07, 2013, 12:24:19 PM »
What is the size of your hoses that you are using for your recirc?  Prior to switching to Blichmann kettles I was using 3/8" hoses, but had a similar problem. Switched out the 3/8" with 1/2" hoses and it made the difference.

When is the stuck recirc happening during the mash?

Pimp My System / Re: 1 BBL garage system with automation
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:32:19 AM »
I like the pallet dolly in the photo's... Really gives another perspective to the size of your system.

Pimp My System / Re: 1 BBL garage system with automation
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:00:07 AM »

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