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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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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast washing
« on: March 20, 2017, 12:20:13 PM »

   Stop taking unnecessary effort and put your time and effort into something that matters.

That's precious time I could be using to look for deals on cherry Jolly Ranchers!!!   :o

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Water / Strike - Beersmith
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:40:02 AM »

First I've heard of it, and a quick google doesn't pull up a link.

My bad. I forgot they are now on version 3.3

http://www.beerbelliesbrew.com/

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast washing
« on: March 20, 2017, 10:38:21 AM »
Just stop that s***, Barry!  There's no advantage to it and it's just one more place you have a chance to screw up!

Well tell me how you really feel!!!  ;D
 
 I'm only doing because, well, because. I figure why let all that yeast go to waste. Plus, I just like having beer related things to do in the evening.  But you do have a valid point, Denny. One more thing for me to screw up.
 
 As for what I''m washing it in, I guess I need to study up on yeast washing. I didn't think there was actual "washing" with any type of chemical involved. I just thought it was the process of letting the yeast settle on top of the trub, move to a new container, and repeat until you are left with basically all yeast.
 Looks like I have some reading to do tonight.
 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Used Equipment Marketplace in Ohio
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:19:56 AM »
I'm in NE Ohio also. Howland, to be exact. Where you at? I'll have to jump in on that action.
Also curious, that wouldn't happen to be the K-100 Aerodyne you're reffering to, is? Best looking K-Whopper, or truck period for that matter. ever made. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast washing
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:13:13 AM »
 This is my first time washing yeast. This is US-05 at its second wash. Is it looking right so far? I've never done this so I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing.


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