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Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 12:08:15 PM »
Hmmmmm,
That could explain my attenuation issue! Thank you for your help. I'll let you know how things work out, but imagine you already know!!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:48:42 AM »
Probe is in the side of the MT right about the center of the grain bed. You think I should have it sensing the wort as it returns to the MT?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bigger oxygen bottles
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:11:01 AM »
3/8"Countertflow WC pushed by a March pump coming from my BK. Using your method I would have to Step up to 1/2" coming out of the chiller. Sounds simple enough... Thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 11:04:18 AM »
Omega CN8201 PID. I have it wired so the heat wont come on unless the pump is running. Like I said, I am not having any real problems- just thought it might be.Reassuring to see someone else is doing the same. Do you think slowing down the flow rate could be bad, or as long as their's liquid constantly moving past it shouldnt pose a problem?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bigger oxygen bottles
« on: March 22, 2011, 10:22:09 AM »
I contemplated buying an O2 tank- the wanted 90 bucks for the bottle and another 20 for the gas. Never even got to the regulator! I think I'll stick with the home depot bottles and airstone reg. Anyone got any ideas how to build an in-line aireater?

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Equipment and Software / RIMS Heater Too Hot?
« on: March 22, 2011, 10:08:22 AM »
I am using a 240Volt, 4500 Watt hot water heater element to heat recirculating wort. When I raise the temperature on the PID controller, the relay closes the circuit and the heater is on constantly till it gets close to the set point. The the heater "pulses" heat so's not to overshoot.
Since I cant see the heater element, I am curious. When it's on constantly do you think the heater is getting red hot? Also note, I am applying 110, house current and the element is rated for 240. I recently did a decoction and got a stuck mash. I think if I throttle back the flow rate I could avoid this in the future, but have concerns doing so might scorch the hot liquor and/or denature the enzymes.
My beers are  turning out OK (aside from an attenuation issue- save that for another thread) I am just wondering what other RIMS brewers are using as a heat source. Thanks for your input

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Pimp My System / Re: 3 tier gas/electric indoor 10 gallon brewery
« on: March 20, 2011, 06:15:14 PM »
I have a wood stove. You think that's enough flow?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sight Gauge
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:15:27 AM »
THAT'S IT!!!
I WAS using a racking cane; I did not know it was acrylic. My bad. I installed the glass sight tube last night but it is good to know what the problem was. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

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Ingredients / Making soft water from Distilled
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:10:14 AM »
I heard that you can make soft water for Pils using distilled water. Anybody done this, and if so should you add anything to it?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sight Gauge
« on: March 02, 2011, 03:54:32 PM »
I tried using the Polycarbonate as a dip stick once in my BK  and it came out as a limp noodle. I thought it was rated to 250*?
No worries. I ordered a 3/4" glass sight tube yesterday from McMaster Carr. it came today already. Gonna play around with it tonight. Hoping to get (at least) 1 liter graduations with the larger tube.

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Ingredients / Re: Gelatin finings
« on: March 02, 2011, 03:44:50 PM »
just use plain old Knox unflavored Gelatin?

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Ingredients / Gelatin finings
« on: March 02, 2011, 03:27:25 PM »
Never used the stuff. how much and when and how?

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How about a category for RIMS or other brewing systems?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 5 gallon batches with SABCO mash tun
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:59:32 PM »
I'm in tschmidlin's camp. My RIMS mash tun is an inverted keg. I cut the bottom out and fitted the top (now the bottom) with a 1/2" ball valve. this way i get every drop of wort.
There's about 1.5 gal. of "dead space" below the false bottom/plumbing/heater etc. but since i am recirculating the wort, I dont think mash thickness has much effect on overall efficiency. So i usually figure a 1:1 water to grist ratio and add another 1.5g, and use that total quantity for determining strike. any thoughts?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Testing
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:32:38 PM »
On their web site is a submittal form for homebrewers. They suggest using a plain old plastic drinking water bottle rinsed well...

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