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All Grain Brewing / Re: Burning your bag in BIAB?
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:35:02 AM »
A stainless or chrome plated cake cooling rack or steamer rack works great for keeping the bag off the bottom, that's what I used for my first BIAB kettle. My new kettle is a 15 gal Blichmann, I found a chrome plated replacement grill at Bass Pro Shops that fits the kettle perfectly and sits on the stepped bottom lip in place of the false bottom.

All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB: What's necessary and what's not?
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:27:16 AM »
Go as simple or as fancy as you want on the kettle, as others have mentioned you can easily add a valve and thermometer later yourself. Stainless is good if you have the cash, easier to clean and stays pretty :)

Don't skimp on the bag. I started with the large cheap bag from MoreBeer, but it really is too coarse if you crush your grain as fine as you should. Also, it's a square bottom bag so it has a tendency to hang out over the kettle when lifting and draining. I ended up with a custom bag from WilserBrewer that is made specifically for the dimensions of my kettle, and has a rounded bottom for better draining. Prices are fair and quality is top notch, check it out at

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Fundraiser Question
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:53:55 AM »
Excellent, please report back with details on how it's structured and how it went.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hose material
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:50:24 AM »
I'm also using the silicone tubing from BrewHardware, good thick wall and clearer than any other silicone tubing I've used. I'm putting together a gas-fired RIMS system, I'll see if it has the issues that Martin mentioned with his use.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:43:44 AM »
I've used buckets, but the single handle is literally a pain with a full bucket in a chest freezer. If Better Bottles, i use a milk carton. Just recently purchased a Speidel, I think I'm really going to like it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frickin cleaning time
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:37:52 AM »
Thanks to everyone for the compliments on the sink, I did get a little anal with the design.  ;D

Since then I've added two small plastic baskets off the back edge, gives me a place for sponges/nozzles/fittings/other junk.

I guess I'll put it over in Pimp My System, maybe it will make the next Gadgets issue or a monthly writeup. My burner igniter did make this year's Gadgets issue, didn't even know until my issue arrived....

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Fundraiser Question
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:46:56 AM »
If you're primarily interested in rasing funds for your club, there's other options. We recently partnered with a local brewery who supports our efforts to do a brewing demo and raffle during their Saturday tour and tasting. Folks had already paid them for entry and were tasting their beers, so we had no conflicts as we weren't serving any homebrew.

We did two all grain demos simultaneously during the three hour period they were open for the tour/tasting, with great interest from folks. We ended up signing up about five new members, which was an added bonus. We had applications and business cards on the raffle table, and will probably get additional members as a result of that as well.

As far as the raffle, we solicited local pubs for gift cards, t-shirts, empty growlers and other swag. The club donated a set of five pint glasses from local breweries, and a commercial seasonal ale assortment. Our local  homebrew shop donated an extract kit, and a starter equipment kit as two items as well. The brewery donated a gift basket full of swag and beer, and the grand prize of a private party for twenty-five at the brewery. As I said, they actively support us as they started as homebrewers and are still dues-paying members of the club.

Tickets were $5 for 1, $8 for 2, 12$ for 3, etc. Lots of folks would buy two and let us keep the change from a ten dollar bill. When all was said and done we had raised $1000 for the club in one afternoon and exposed a lot of craft beer drinkers to our club and the joys of homebrewing. We'll probably start doing this twice a year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frickin cleaning time
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:23:57 AM »
I went the utility sink route, got tired of getting chewed out for making a mess cleaning in the kitchen. It's setup to be portable, I set it up in the driveway on brew day for quick gear cleanup as I'm brewing. I added two additional fittings, along with quick connects not shown in the photos, and use it for my immersion chiller and an external wash hose as well. I can fit a 15 gallon kettle, which is my largest item (for now). I've also taken it to a few brew-ins for a community sink, makes everyone's day better.

Beer Recipes / Old Ale
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:40:49 AM »
For the Style Nazis. What makes an Old Ale Old?

Questions about the forum? / Re: Links on AHA Page Broken
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:59:27 PM »
Contrary to the banner above, Zymurgy articles are not a click away. However, an HTTP404 error is....

Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:57:46 PM »
OK, I'm back to being myself again. Which is nice, 'cause the heels were killing me....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another thread about plastic buckets (sorry)
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:11:11 AM »
I'll add my vote for the 7.9 gallon Speidel fermenters. Pricey? Yes. Well designed, durable, easy to clean, carrying handles, spigot? Yes.

I like the idea of not needing a racking cane or pump to get beer from the fermenter to the keg, and I can clean this easily with my sump pump CIP system.

Equipment and Software / Re: A better feeler gauge
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:24:54 PM »
I'm with Denny, a .020 gap will crush anything I throw at it. And I do BIAB, so I'm not familiar with this 'stuck sparge' that you speak of.... ::)

Going Pro / Re: CSB (Community Supported Breweries)
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:08:54 PM »
Black Star Co-op in Austin Texas is a successful brewpub that follows this path, waitstaff gets paid a living wage, they don't accept tips and utilize self-directed work teams. Oh, and they make some pretty good beer as well....

Equipment and Software / Re: A better feeler gauge
« on: December 05, 2013, 11:22:04 AM »
Pretty slick. I just use a credit card turned sideways, nice .020 gap.

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