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All Grain Brewing / Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« on: July 22, 2010, 03:36:27 PM »
The Fedex guy showed up today with my new toy!
 I crushed 7 pounds for my next batch with the crank and will never do that again. I was sweating in the kitchen cranking that damn thing. Glad to have a motor and drill to run in from now on.

I suffered cranking that thing in the kitchen forever (probably 7 batches).  Tried the drill and had the chuck seize up on me.  Finally got the Surplus Sales motor rigged up to a switch on a table and life is good.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cornies as fermenters?
« on: January 07, 2010, 10:45:12 PM »
I've been doing ten gallon batches in a 15 gallon corny keg for the last 9 months or so.  All the pluses previously mentioned apply.  The only downside is weight.  So I put some casters on my chest freezer and roll it over to the brew stand to pump the wort from the BK.  I had to put a 12" collar on my chest freezer to accommodate it. 

I've bought glasses from these folks and they are good quality.  They will put your logo on it, but it's not cheap.

I have been fermenting in a 15 gallon corny keg from for the past five months and have been very pleased with the results.  I cut about an inch off the dip tub and can do closed transfers to smaller kegs.  The only downside was the weight when loaded with beer.  Solved that by putting casters on the chest freezer and rolling it over to the brew stand where I pumped it from the kettle to the keg.

Equipment and Software / Re: Parts source to "Pump my rig"
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:29:06 PM »
I got my pump, silicone hoses and stainless QDs at

Push E.

Same here.  They will ship for free over $60 and the prices on everything was good.  They have the pumps, qd's and silicone high temp hose at good prices. 

The only thing I would do different if I could do it over again would be to get the stainless qd's for longevity's sake.  I've got the polysulfone ones.  With those, not only do you need to cut the cross bars out of the qd's for anything through which hopped wort or grain will pass, but they require o-ring replacement periodically and simply aren't as sturdy.  They're not cheap either, so stainless is the better alternative IMO.

In addition to that, you need to cobble together some hard piping and valves on your pump to make it easier to prime.  I used brass based on price.  There's the whole lead thing requiring that it be pickled if you're worried about that kind of things with the amount of contact time on these fittings.

In addition to the pump

If anyone asks, tell them it is for the purposes of a competition.  I don't know any specifics of the states in question, but in Texas, that reason for transport is written into the home brew law.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cooler Repair Needed - Please Help!
« on: November 16, 2009, 09:23:45 PM »
I'd try attaching that scrap plastic with epoxy puddy.  It is really easy to use and will actually cure underwater.  So I'm guessing it will be good and water tight. 

Pimp My System / Re: Post a System
« on: November 08, 2009, 04:16:34 PM »
Space to store my system was key to its design.  At the time, I was doing five gallon batches.  I mash in a rectangular cooler.  Version 1.0 had one shelf for the cooler (slightly angled toward center to help with draining) and just barely accommodated a ten gallon megapot on the bottom (between the supports).  It stored in a 20" x 20" space.  When I upgraded to 10 gallon batches, I had to have the stand widened to 22" x 22" stowed.  I pushed the casters out for more stability, and added a second shelf.  The legs lock into place with pins, which also hold the shelves in place when stowed.  The burners are bayou classic banjo burners.  The pump through bolts to the stand.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dropping By
« on: November 08, 2009, 03:52:05 PM »
I'll chime in.  Just following the herd.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weaze's "So Long" post deleted.
« on: November 08, 2009, 03:50:53 PM »
Ah, so this is where you went.  I went to NB forum this morning looking for the link to this forum and couldn't find the thread.  I've moderated a few forums (other hobbies).  Moderating is necessary.  Overmoderating can be suicide.

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