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Messages - stadelman

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:10:20 AM »
Yep.  It screws into the back of the bulkhead.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:00:17 AM »
I just recently wrote a post that takes you from stovetop extract to all grain outside, using current deals, for $191 shipped...
http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2012/05/from-stove-top-extract-to-all-grain.html


So I just bought a place with plenty of space to start all grain brewing. I have read a lot of articles and looked at many different set ups but want to know what I would need for the basics. As much as I would like something badass and tricked out I just want something that will allow me more control of my beer.

I have been brewing extract with specialty grains in my apartment for almost a year now and while the beer taste great I would like to take the next step into this obsession.

Even if you just show me a link to a good site with information or your own set up that would be awesome. And about how much do you think it would cost to get a "starter" set up that I can upgrade easily?

Thanks a bunch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting in a corny keg
« on: April 06, 2012, 11:46:57 AM »
Not for a 10 gallon keg, the stock tubing is a perfect length for that.  The tubing does need to be trimmed off for using in a 5 gallon keg.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting in a corny keg
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:26:03 AM »
Pretty much.  I've got a write of it here...
http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2011/02/new-product-for-us-homebrewers-you-can.html

It works really, really well.

Have been fermenting in a 10 gallon keg for quite a while.  It works great!  I use a cask widge flow when transferring to reduce/eliminate sediment pickup all the while not wasting any beer.
Awesome idea!  I bought one to try for serving, but using it in the corny fermenter is genius!  Just pop a little gas-in diptube on the beer-out side and push the silicone hose on?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting in a corny keg
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:34:53 AM »
Have been fermenting in a 10 gallon keg for quite a while.  It works great!  I use a cask widge flow when transferring to reduce/eliminate sediment pickup all the while not wasting any beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Where to get Blichman Brew stand......
« on: January 16, 2012, 07:41:08 AM »
I had heard the same thing.  A homebrew shop owner told me that it was available and used for some sort of office furniture, I think cubicles.  I contacted John Blichmann and asked him about it and he said it is not the same thing and it is not commercially available.

After talking to some people that deal with metal stock, I was told that their center support is a commercially available piece. The legs to the stand are easy to make through welding or if you have a friend with a metal shop that can bend them up. It's more work to do, but could be alot cheaper, though I don't know I just bought it from be.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sight Gauge
« on: February 22, 2011, 03:48:24 PM »
I have a sight gauge from brewhardware.com and it's great.  Outstanding customer service as well!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Going All Grain & Have Equipment Questions...
« on: February 09, 2011, 02:29:22 PM »
Amazon has a great deal on a 10 gallon kettle right now-
http://www.homebrewfinds.com/2011/02/winware-10-gallon-professional-aluminum.html

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Loss of CO2 at higher psi
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:31:02 AM »
At one point I had a secondary regulator that had a pressure relief valve that was set to a lower pressure.  It started (slowly) releasing pressure at about 30 psi.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Pellets clogging fermenter dip tube
« on: January 12, 2011, 09:03:42 AM »
Looks like these guys distribute this product.

http://www.ukbrewing.com/

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Pellets clogging fermenter dip tube
« on: January 11, 2011, 02:34:27 PM »
That's a great idea!

If you think about it.. bump this thread when it's available.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Pellets clogging fermenter dip tube
« on: January 06, 2011, 12:19:38 PM »
It's a 10 gallon cornelius keg, so I have a good sized opening.

Not sure I want stick all that stuff in my keg. :)  I have thought about a diy mesh filter kind of like the hop stopper.  The goes along the same lines as your idea.  Increase surface area to lower the chances of clogging.

Ideally, I'd like to have a variable height dip tube, like this- http://www.brewershardware.com/American-Sanke-Keg-Fermenter-Kit-with-Thermowell.html

Start racking slowly at a high height under co2 pressure.  Slowly lower the dip tube until some trub shows up.  Finally, pull the dip tube up a bit so the beer runs clear.

I can drill a hole in a lid and I can use a standard stainless racking cane.  The thing I'm missing is some sort of grommet or o-ring to make it pressure capable.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Pellets clogging fermenter dip tube
« on: January 06, 2011, 10:05:45 AM »
Hmmm.... sounds like a good idea.

The description says that hop pellets may cause clogging, but that's not your experience?


Stadelman,
I too ferment in a 10 gallon keg and dry hop with loose pellets.  This is the solution I came up with.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/default/surescreen.html

I just place it on the end of my dip tube before I sanitize and fill my keg.  It is a little bit of a trick to hold it onto the tube as you insert it into the keg, because it will fall off occasionally.  Once it is in place you are good to go.  I have a dip tube that I have cut off the last inch and one that is normal length.  With the sure screen or similar screen I have never had an issure with the out tube clogging with pellent or dry hops in any amount or length of tubing.  It may not be of help in your present situation, but I would definitely do this for future batches.  You could certainly attach the sure screen to a racking cane to get your latest batch out of the fermenter, although I don't think it works as well.  

Hoser

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Equipment and Software / Hop Pellets clogging fermenter dip tube
« on: January 06, 2011, 08:20:43 AM »
I ferment in a 10 gallon keg.  It works great most of the time.

I have three dip tubes cut off at various lengths.  I use a different length of dip tube depending on how much hop/trub material I believe will be in the fermenter.  Again, works well most of the time.

The last beer I made called for just over 6 ounces of dry hops.  I used my shortest dip tube.  I cold crashed and waited for the hops to settle.

As you can imagine from the title of this post, it didn't go well come racking time.  Clog after clog.  I finally did get the beer to transfer, but when I went to serve it, that keg clogged too.

So, I'm looking for a way to avoid this.  I'd rather not cut the dip tube even shorter.

My current best idea is to get a Better Bottle with a racking arm for these kinds of beers.  I've thought about a screen but from what I've read, these clog too with pellet hops.  I would really like to develop a technique to vary the height of the dip tube (and still transfer under pressure).  I recall a forum post that talked about a way to do this, but I have not been able to find that.

Any ideas?  Thanks in advance. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Deals Blog...
« on: December 21, 2010, 02:06:36 PM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone!

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