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Where you from?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 07, 2017, 07:23:58 AM »
That's great! LOL

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Brew Music
« on: April 03, 2017, 12:45:07 PM »
Gotta have Celtic punk on. Dropkick Murphy, Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, The Tossers, etc...

How do you leave the Pogues off that list?  That's where it started.

They're on it for sure. I just wasn't going to sit here and list all my favs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 03, 2017, 06:51:08 AM »
Maybe you should consider it a test-run, working-out-the-kinks day rather than a brew day.   :)

It took me several batches to get comfortable when I got a new system 12 years ago.   And now I'm doing it all again having recently switched to LoDo.   Don't be afraid to dump something if it doesn't meet expectations.  I'd also stick to simple (less expensive) beers until you get dialed in.     Dumping a big IPA with 10 bucks worth of hops would be a bummer...

Chin up and keep learning!


For sure. I have no plans of stopping. I did a wheat beer, so not a lot of $ invested in it. and like I said, "I made beer today. What did you do?" I've only ever dumped two batches. One a lager that got infected. The other, Santa's Help. Because it sucked. (Sorry Denny) With the low gravity, I'll just chalk this one up a a session beer.
  I told my wife the same thing last night about a test run, instead of a brew day. I thought I had it all dialed in, but clearly not. I'm hoping to get a dry run in this week some evening. My big concern, though, is why my RTD's are showing such a huge swing and inconsistency.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 02, 2017, 07:40:01 PM »
I was expecting a real go of it being a new system, scratch built too boot. But this was crazy. These PID'S are killing.
 I fell right back into being. I knew what had to be five and when it was just a matter of making it happen with this equipment.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Worst. Brew session. Ever.
« on: April 02, 2017, 06:53:03 PM »
If my first couple of brew days went as bad as today, I never would have kept at it. Heated my strike water to 168* and doe in. Put my thermometer to check it, 113*. Apparently, my PID's weren't calibrated properly. So, I add almost 3 gallons of boiling water to bring it up. The best I got was 140* so I let it ride. While doing the sac rest I decide to recalibrate the PID on my boil kettle so I out my thermometer down in it. At this point I have three thermometer all showing different temps. Finally get it failed in. I proceed to run my wort off, no sparge water due to an already thin mash. At about 180* I realize my thermometer is still in the bottom of the kettle. I finally get a decent boil. At 203°. So much for calibration. Finally congress time to chill, and I realize I have no where for my run off water to go. Had to put the end out the house in a bucket and dump it five gallons at a time. I ended up with 4.5 gallons of 1034 wort. Not the be I wanted to brew. Guess I need to do A LOT more experimenting and calibration the system before next brew day.
 Oh well. I still made beer. And that's a lot more then my lazy a$$ neighbors did today!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Time to try it out!
« on: April 02, 2017, 11:03:12 AM »
First brew on the new, 80% committed system. Panty Dropper Honey Wheat.
 Still waiting on my second RTD, and three piece ball valves. Also have too dress the panel up to make it pretty. No plans to build a catwalk, as a pump is in the works.
 Wish me the best!!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Brew Music
« on: March 31, 2017, 08:02:52 PM »
Gotta have Celtic punk on. Dropkick Murphy, Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, The Tossers, etc...

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Well, the Mrs's isn't going to be to happy about this.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: First batch is in the keg!
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:40:30 AM »
Good stuff! Now go check yourself into a Betty Ford clinic. You'll need it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Questions on KettleRIMS build
« on: March 27, 2017, 08:04:18 AM »
I did the same thing. I studied it over and applied it best to my situation. I came up with this. It's a two vessel system with a 52 qt cooler mash tun. Not RIMS or HERMS. Maybe someday, but not for now. Mine is 120v as of now. I will be putting in a 50amp 220v circuit this summer. I built it with this is mind, so it will just be a matter of changing the pigtail, and swapping a couple wires around in the panel and throwing the 220v elements in. Half of work, tops. You can see the temporary wet switches sitting in the shot glass for a test run. They have since been moved to my kettles.




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Equipment and Software / Re: Questions on KettleRIMS build
« on: March 27, 2017, 07:06:15 AM »
Don't let PID's and SSR's scare you. They are actually pretty simple. I incorporated two of them in my electric build. I bought a couple Cinese ones off Amazon. They had good ratings, so I went for it. so far, so good.
 As far as not dry firing, look into these.

http://www.rectorseal.com/?s=ss700e

I have one on each of my kettles just above the element.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast washing
« on: March 22, 2017, 12:03:20 PM »
Note to self.... never type into Google images "yeast infection" while eating lunch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / I Think she's into it!!
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:14:39 PM »
LAying here in bed right now with SWMBO and she's purusing an old issue of BYO I had laying on the night stand. She's been looking at recipes, and asking questions about some of the equipment and stuff. I'm so proud right now!!

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