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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometer?
« on: January 01, 2013, 03:29:49 PM »
+1 on the Thermopen... I use one for grilling/cooking...

For brewing purposes I have been using the pocket thermometers  .  I just got an email this morning that they are on-sale until Jan.3rd so I picked up a couple extra just to have on hand.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Kettle Mashing Question
« on: November 29, 2012, 06:51:41 PM »
What size of tubing are you using for recirculating?  3/8" , 1/2" ?   

When I was using a cooler for my mashtun, I was using 3/8" tubing... When I switched to using Blichmann's I had to go to 1/2" tubing to get a better flow rate coming out of the kettle, which meant the pump wasn't having problems...

Equipment and Software / Re: Pumps
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:20:13 PM »
The plastic threads on the plastic pump head are far too easy to cross thread.  Ask me how I know.  Not sure it's worth the price of Stainless, just a warning to be very careful.

Preaching to choir on that one... lol

I owned my March pump for probably 3+ years before purchasing a Chugger head for it earlier this year because of that same problem. Now I have a March pump w/Chugger head and a Chugger pump.  I use the Chugger pump for my RIMS and have the March pump as a spare...

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Fatta en Casa
« on: November 21, 2012, 03:00:21 PM »
Have you guys seen this?

(I backed him for a single oven. We'll see how it turns out...)

I'll take  Some pretty neat stuff on the kickstarter site. I first heard about it when I was checking out the beer bug project (Digital Hydrometer).

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Fatta en Casa
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:27:20 PM »
Made this Deep Dish Pizza for an Old English Ale brew session in May. Recipe from America's Test Kitchen 2011 book..  The dough and the sauce recipe are pretty tasty... Used spring formed pans to make it easier to take the pizzas out when they were done.  

Equipment and Software / Re: Pumps
« on: November 21, 2012, 02:28:12 AM »
I own both a March pump and a Chugger pump. They both work about the same.  I like the Chugger head more because of it's stainless steel construction and the impeller is larger than the march pump.  I use it mainly for recirculating my mash. 

Ingredients / Re: Apricot Flavored Syrup
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:37:59 PM »

Regarding the status of the Illinois bill, recently an email was passed around with a link to see the status:

« on: November 13, 2012, 06:28:50 PM »
I really enjoyed using my military discount from Midwest Supplies last November when I bought a Blichmann kettle... Because of that discount I have been purchasing alot of stuff from them then any other store in the last year.

Equipment and Software / Re: Help!! Pickup Tube/Chilling/Whirlpool Dilemma
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:19:04 PM »
It is as high as your kettle.... from their site : "The mesh basket design is currently being made of  a #40 (400 micron) or #50 (300 micron) stainless steel mesh and is 18" high at the leg and 19" overall height.  "

Equipment and Software / Re: Help!! Pickup Tube/Chilling/Whirlpool Dilemma
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:04:46 PM »
I wouldn't recommend the BM Hop Blocker. I bought it and it didn't help (I have a 20 gal. Boilermaker kettle too).  I found some mesh balls that work better. Also going to try out whenever it arrives...  Another thing you could try is the hop/trub strainer @ Brewers Hardware

Equipment and Software / Re: Pulleys
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:31:13 PM »
@ MACBREW - "That solves the problem of getting them in, but with a progressive back issue, I want to get them out just as easily. "  Definitely agree with on that. At some point I hope to be able to incorporate something like what your talking about.  Maybe something like .. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Pulleys
« on: November 04, 2012, 10:53:21 PM »
I bought a chest freezer about a year ago when they were on-sale and fits 2 carboys nicely. About 2 months ago I finally had a reason to use it to do a double batch of a lager that a buddy wanted to try. About an hour before the end of the boil we set the temp on the Johnson Controller that was going to control the freezer, then put the sanitized carboys in the freezer. After wort finished chilling down in the boil kettle wheeled the brew station over to the freezer and transferred right into the two carboys sitting in the freezer.  Worked great.   

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Oxygen Stones
« on: November 01, 2012, 12:22:21 AM »
Bought mine from  Here's what they say

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Oxygen Stones
« on: October 31, 2012, 08:05:54 PM »
I believe you are supposed to boil it and then store in a container with star san.

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