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All Grain Brewing / Re: 16000 rpm motor for grain mill
« on: December 10, 2013, 02:17:54 PM »
16000 rpm is fast enough that the spindle design and diameter of anything attached to it needs to be taken into consideration.   I use something like this to bring rpms down to safer levels:  http://www.amazon.com/MLCS-9400-Standard-Router-Control/dp/B001JHQ3G8

That thing is pretty cool. If I used something like that, couldn't I ignore the pulley ratio and just use that controller to get the rpms I wanted?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 16000 rpm motor for grain mill
« on: December 10, 2013, 01:02:40 PM »
I pulled the motor out of my broken down front load washer. Here are the specs on it:

110v   50/60hz  16000 rpm

Any chance I can easily slow this down enough to work as a grain mill motor? If not, anyone have any fun uses for it?

sure, you should be able to with a pully and belt just figure out how many RPM you want and get the right ratio. 1600? 1:10 160? 1:100


Ok, say I want to get it to about 300 rpm. I would go 1:50 to get 320 - right? Wouldn't that turn out to be a huge pulley? The Part on the motor where the belt would attach is one inch diameter.


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All Grain Brewing / 16000 rpm motor for grain mill
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:46:10 PM »
I pulled the motor out of my broken down front load washer. Here are the specs on it:

110v   50/60hz  16000 rpm

Any chance I can easily slow this down enough to work as a grain mill motor? If not, anyone have any fun uses for it?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bale Breaker Brewing- Top Cropper IPA
« on: December 06, 2013, 03:57:37 PM »
I am loving the Bale Breaker stuff. I prefer the Field 41 pale ale to the IPA, but they are both really good. Massive hop aroma and flavor.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked porter
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:52:16 AM »
I guess I would like to use just one mash tun, and try to cut down a little bit on the time to finish the batch. Also, I only want one 5 gallon batch to be unsmoked.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked porter
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:45:50 PM »
Yeah, I like the parti-gyle suggestion. I hadn't thought of that. I can take some first runnings and water it down a little bit to get the right gravity and put it in a smaller kettle for 5 gallons, and then get about 15 gallons of smoked porter to go along with it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recommendations for a saison
« on: November 25, 2013, 09:40:52 PM »
Saison doesn't require a specific grain bill based on Pilsner malt. Historically it was truly a "farmhouse ale" using malted and unmalted grains from the farm. I have made a saison with 5 different types of grain that turned out great. Look up the Crooked Stave brewery's recipes for some inspiration.

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All Grain Brewing / Smoked porter
« on: November 25, 2013, 05:35:05 PM »
I am planning on making a Smoked Porter, but I would like to make it a split batch. I can make up to 20 gallons of this beer and I would like at least 5 gallons of it to not be smoked.

I am thinking that the best way is to just make two mashes - one with 100% smoked malt and the other with the Porter grain bill. Ferment them separately and blend post fermentation. Although I suppose I could blend the unfermented wort after it is chilled.

Any advice?

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Ingredients / Re: What's your favorite American "noble" type hop?
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:18:15 AM »
I used to really like crystal (and still do for some applications) but it seems to have gotten more citrusy, or maybe I'm getting more sensitive.

Funny thing with Crystal. I think it fits better with the other "C" hops in an IPA than in a traditional lager. I am not sure how it came to be so citrusy, but I really like it in an IPA.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Advice on Building a brew system
« on: November 22, 2013, 04:24:33 PM »
I would consider getting a slightly larger kettle if you are thinking about making 10 gallon batches. While you can do it in a 15 gallon kettle, it can get pretty full and boilovers are common. In my system I shoot for 14 gallons preboil to end up with 10 gallons of trub-free and yeast-free beer.

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Other Fermentables / Re: First Cider
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:30:20 AM »
How do you keep the cider from refermenting the apple concentrate?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Sub. Will this work?
« on: November 16, 2013, 08:31:23 AM »
It's not really the same thing. Caramunich is basically Crystal 40-60, depending on which version you have. I would just sub any medium crystal for it, and in an RIS, the crystal 20 will be just fine.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild culture: what is it?
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:26:24 PM »
Doesn't look like mold. What does it smell like?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Scaling down recipes...
« on: August 28, 2013, 09:07:25 PM »
Hops are definitely your biggest challenge. Use some common sense when you evaluate what the computer program tells you and then adjust the hops so they make sense for your system.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Slow Fermentation
« on: August 18, 2013, 03:34:20 PM »
What temperature have you been fermenting at?

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