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Equipment and Software / Re: Direct heat recirculation mash tun
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:44:08 PM »
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, 06:51:11 PM »
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, 02:17:08 PM »
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, 08:36:13 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, 07:24:19 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, 06:32:19 PM »
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, 05:00:07 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft beer sociology
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:02:32 PM »
First of all mr fancy pants bartender hopefully didn't get a tip! Anyway, I brew because it is a masculine thing to do!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water, by John Palmer
« on: March 26, 2013, 04:06:57 PM »
Just received an email from Amazon that they do not expect this book until November 13,2013

Equipment and Software / Re: Stout Tanks vs. Blichmann
« on: March 22, 2013, 12:54:08 PM »
I've done business with both. One of my RIMS modules is from Stout Tanks... Thought about also getting a mashtun, HLT and boil kettle from them, but it was going to take 2-3 months to get it since they come from China.  I have a buddy that bought a mashtun and boil kettle from Stout tanks.  It was the 10 gal. model... except that it only holds 9.2 gallons.... They are nice kettles, but I ended up splurging and buying Blichmann 20 Gal Kettles for my mashtun, HLT and boil kettles because I didn't want to wait + they are made in the USA.    A few other places you should take a look at is maybe or .  Glacier Tanks is fast! They have a pretty cool RIMS module that is nice too.

The Pub / Re: Thanks Joe Bonamassa
« on: March 21, 2013, 05:54:41 PM »
He plays great music to brew (& drink too) to.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whatcha all drinkin on St Pat's day?
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:46:30 PM »
Guiness and a few of my barrel aged beers that are still around...  A Soured Scottish 80 and a recently bottled Old English Ale (aged in a bourbon barrel).

Equipment and Software / Re: Digital hydrometer kickstarter
« on: March 15, 2013, 04:41:28 PM »
I sure hope I get my Beer Bugs (wifi & bluetooth versions) soon - another Kickstarter project... It's a little less expensive..

Events / Re: Have your NHC entries been wiped out?
« on: March 08, 2013, 09:52:36 PM »
My entry is wiped out as well!  I have my labels printed out, and a receipt.

Come on AHA! Get this fixed!

Wood/Casks / Re: barrel recommendations
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:37:23 PM »
If you've moved your beer into a secondary prior to transferring into a barrel you should be fine. It sounds like you have given enough time in the secondary for things to settle down prior to transferring to a barrel. 

I just finished barreling out of my 3rd barrel project and I must admit it's alot of fun!

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