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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:05:42 AM »
It sure looked like it had a nice clean flame, just not very high. I have had problems with the high flow tripping or whatever. So I know what to look for with that, might need to clean it out though

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:49:31 AM »
No idea why that typed out like that. That could be Sean, but I'm not using the SP10, I have the classic square bayou classic. Don't think it's the same burner or regulator

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:45:31 PM »
Could be.

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But that's not what I'm using. I have the classic square frame. Not sure if it's the same burner different set up

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:54:30 PM »
Thanx Coolman26

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All Grain Brewing / Re: pale malt difference
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:21:27 AM »
I would say if you went 100%, it would be much better to go 100% Maris, vs the Briess. Either wway will make beer, the blend will add some character that 100% of either will not. Probably fine either way though

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Steeping Temp
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:14:19 AM »
What JT and Denny have said above

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:13:36 AM »
Yes what Bob said, but my address instead

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:46:05 AM »
JT, did you find a better solution, or just don't like the Hellfire? I am interested, especially with the leg extensions

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:14:17 AM »
RC are you using it with the standard 0-10 PSI regulator that More Beer says it comes with? And with that, you're hitting those kinds of boil times?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 21, 2018, 04:10:33 AM »
Thanx RC, good notes. Not sure I can/want to swing that kind of price, but it's on the list of potentials

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Equipment and Software / Re: Burner preference
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:17:13 PM »
Just now seeing another option in the Anvil Burner, built by Blichman. Only 2/3 the cost of Blichman, no idea on quality.

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Equipment and Software / Burner preference
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:37:32 PM »
Looking to upgrade my burner for when I want to make 10 gallon batches. I see several options, including Blich Hellfire, Edelmetal Bru Burner (Northern Brewer), Brewbuilt Afterburner(big$$$), Brewer's Best Element Burner(10psi regulator) and I am sure there are others. What do you all prefer, and why? Have you tried both, or several options. My last brew day with 13.5 gallons of preboil took almost 2 hours to come to a boil ( small bayou classic, not the jet or the banjo). Are there other options you would prefer besides what I have already mentioned?

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That ssbrewtech system looks nice, but guess I'm not really in the market for a $16k brewhouse. Wow, caught me by surprise after seeing Ruby Street and sabco in the $5-$10k range

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I brewed for the second time this year last Saturday, June 9th. Did not do as much pre-brew day prep as I would like. Grain, hops, water salts all not weighed out prior to starting my day. Home printer would not work, so my beersmith brew sheets were not printed out. Let the fun begin.
    Go to start my brew day by opening my laptop. It tells me it wants to do an update. Not paying attention to the fact that it's a big one, I ok the update. I'm not even sure how much water I need for my first no sparge brew day. I get 12 gallons heating up while I wait for the update to finish. Over an hour later, the update finishes. My mash water turns out to be a little shy, and a couple degrees over target but I can fix that by adding the necessary water. I get the water straightened out but now need to weigh and mill my grain....
     Get all the grain weighed out, add some to my mill, and turn on my drill. Nothing. Absolutely nothing happens except the powered wheel spins. Gap is off, knurls are a bit dirty from my last experiment with wet milling. Spend an hour getting the mill up and running; which includes emptying it at least 3 times, taking it all apart twice and then it works.
     Turn the mash water back on to get the last couple degrees I need. Mash in with no issues, but wind up 3 degrees higher than intended, still need to figure out my target for no sparge. I did reset my beersmith default for grain absorption, as I am using a mash in a cooler bag, but forget to change my default dead space. After draining mash tun, I am over a gallon high. Boil for an extra 45 minutes to get close. In the end I get 11 gallons of 1.046 ish instead of 10.5 gallons of 1.049 so really did not take a hit with no sparge, just needed to boil longer.
     Boil goes off without a hitch, thank goodness. After chilling, I realize that my yeast (for my pilsner) has been sitting in my ferm fridge for at least 3 weeks at my target ferm temp of 50, as I had to postpone brewing. I pitch anyways, not expecting anything. Getting nothing is exactly what I get. 48 hours post pitch, no signs of fermentation, even upon visual inspection and a new hydro test. I do happen to have 2 "fresh" vials of WLP 860 helles lager yeast that obviously had a different destination and I pitch that. Projection is for a 0.5% difference in ABV and I can live with that. That was pitched last Monday and today I transferred to spunding kegs. Fingers crossed that all the drama with this batch is over. You're welcome for the entertainment.
    My usual 5-6 hour brew day turned into a 10 hour nightmare, and that did not even include yeast pitch. Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. The 6 PS would have saved me this day.

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Jweiss, I hate to laugh as I have had plenty of mishaps. But man your post got me laughing pretty good.

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