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« on: November 13, 2012, 11:28:50 AM »
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, 02:19:04 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, 02:04:46 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, 05:31:13 AM »
@ 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, 03:53:21 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: October 31, 2012, 05:22:21 PM »
Bought mine from  Here's what they say

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Oxygen Stones
« on: October 31, 2012, 01:05:54 PM »
I believe you are supposed to boil it and then store in a container with star san.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Beer Bug
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:49:04 AM »
Isn't a refractometer only effective for getting OG?  The Beer Bug is designed to monitor constantly during fermentation.

Equipment and Software / The Beer Bug
« on: October 22, 2012, 01:42:19 PM »
It looks like the Beer Bug is looking for supporters of their Digital Hydrometer. They have some updated videos on their and site showing more detailed info about the device. 

ckpash88 - Blichmann kettles.  I now have a 20 gal. Hot Liq Tank, 15 gal. Mashtun, and 20 gal. boil kettle.  While I enjoyed the coolers for a awhile (I started out with a 5 gal. cooler setup, then moved to 10 gal cooler setup), I decided I wanted to have a little more room in my mashtun and do double batches when I have other brewers over for a brew session. 

The coolers helped get me hooked on homebrewing.. enough to want to take my brewing experience further.

I've also used this same NB system for about 2 years before deciding I wanted to go Stainless Steel with Blichmann's last November... I can also recommend that same cooler system. The biggest beer I did in was a Russian Imperial Stout from Jamil's style book... I had around 22 lbs of grain in it.

Equipment and Software / Re: First All Grain - Temperature Test
« on: October 17, 2012, 03:11:49 PM »
You could upgrade from foil to Reflectix insulation - if you are not using gas to heat the mashtun. You can find it at Lowes or Home Depot and it's rated for up to 180 degrees... When I switched from coolers to boilermaker kettles last year I didn't think about how efficient the mashtun cooler kept the temp. The next brewsession I had created jackets made out of Reflectix around my hot liq. tank and mashtun kettles.  This provided the same efficiency that I had with my coolers.

Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:09:56 PM »
Looks nice.  Are you using a pump and/or RIMS tube ? Might want to think about how they will be secured to it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hose Fittings
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:06:51 PM »
You might think about using a clamp that doesn't damage your hose. the clamp in the Amazon photo will put indentations into the tubing .   Maybe use something like .   Also use Stainless steel instead of brass fittings.

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