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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wet milling fail / I'm an idiot
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:09:17 PM »
Wow, that is some serious moisture. I condition the grain with a spray bottle as I am dumping it from scale to bucket. I just spray the grain as it falls in. I always let it sit at least 20 minutes before milling after all that spraying as well. It does make my grain bed seem "fluffier".

We live and learn right? At the very least it is a wild photo. How much grain were you milling there?

This is basically what some brewers do at the pro level.  They run the grain through the auger, and into the MLT.  At the end of the auger, they attach a collar that is hooked up to an off shoot of the water inlet to the mash tun so that the grain is hydrated as it enters the tun.  Good for cutting down on dust and preventing dough balls ... possibly a few other things. 

At our level, I don't worry about it.  I just add the grain slowly and stir a lot.

Equipment and Software / Re: RIMS Question
« on: November 09, 2012, 03:49:59 PM »
I use this adjustable return tube from Brew Hardware.  Food grade and safe up to 170 F.

Equipment and Software / Re: Help!! Pickup Tube/Chilling/Whirlpool Dilemma
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:08:06 PM »
I run my dip tube to the side and recirculate through my CFC.  No problems with clogging.  I get a nice trub pile and draw off slowly with the pump to the fermenter.  Not sure how well this would work on the Blichmann kettle with the dip tube setup.

This is mine.

All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:17:06 AM »

dcbc - just a heads up, I didn't do the wiring - the control panels can be purchased assembled.  I did alter the kettles and build the brewstand, etc. however. 

edit - forgot the Blichmann ToP is for propane IIRC.   Nonetheless you can make a simple control panel for $5-600 easily.

A couple of years ago, I had natural gas run to the garage.  I don't miss filling propane tanks a bit.  I haven't noticed any difference in my NG bill as a result of my brewing.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging on a Single-Tier System
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:12:25 AM »
Yes, you need two pumps to fly sparge on a single tier stand.  I batch sparge on mine.  If you underlet your sparge water, you are going to disturb the grain bed. But if you stir your mash for batch sparging anyway, that shouldn't matter much.  I have a top port on my MLT with an adjustable return that I place just below the mash bed. I recirculate with the pump, and the return creates a bit of a stirring/whirlpool that seems to mix things up without really disturbing the bed.  With a bazooka screen like I had on my cooler MLT, disturbing the bed wasn't as big of a deal.  But with the false bottom, I'm less inclined to stir things up.  Seems more prone to channeling.  On the other hand, the pump doesn't seem to cause it to compact or stick too easily.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Which dry ale yeasts to keep as backup?
« on: November 02, 2012, 05:46:19 PM »
I always keep one or two packets of Saf-Lager 34/70.  I have, fortunately, never had a non-fermenting problem with a liquid ale yeast.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Increasing fermentation temperature
« on: November 02, 2012, 05:36:35 PM »
This is my first brew.  In the Yeast book, the authors describe ....

I have to say, this post really shows how far home brewing has come from an information available standpoint.  I think I got my information prior to my first brew off the side of the box (kidding, I read Palmer's Vol. 1 before my first brew).  But still, kudos to you for filling your head with so much great available information before taking the plunge.  You are far less likely than most of us to have to suffer through your first batch (not that mine wasn't caramelly sweet and delicious.  :-X

You are on the right track! 

Pimp My System / Re: Brew Stand 3.0
« on: November 02, 2012, 05:51:37 AM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Gas Pipe Question
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:54:09 PM »
Any chance you will ever go natural gas?  If so, you may want to go bigger.  Also, will the plumbing be supporting the burners or will you have those bolted into your wind screens?

All Grain Brewing / Re: HERMS vs RIMS
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:18:58 PM »
I went back and forth on this numerous times.  I poured over the electric brewery site a lot.  I played with wiring up a dedicated HERMS element in a cooler.  But after I saw the ad for the Blichmann Tower of Power controllers in Zymurgy, my mind was made up.  It's not the cheapest option by any stretch, but it's very much plug and play and works extremely well in holding temps and raising temps.  Keep the flame low and the pump moving the mash liquor around and scorching is a non issue, at least in my experience with it. 

It's worth mentioning that wiring up control panels is not something that I consider myself to be very good at nor is it something I enjoy. 


Equipment and Software / Re: 23 Nozzle Jet Burner
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:09:37 PM »
I'm not sure about the propane burners, but I have 3 of the 20 tip NG burners.  These burners need a pretty good amount of pressure to function properly.  I supply my stand with 3/4" pipe straight from the meter and go down to 1/2" pipe for the final runs to the burners.  Worked fine with no soot.  But when I installed the 3/8" Blichmann asco valves on my 1/2" pipe, I got a lot more yellow flame (not a lot of soot though).  But restrict them more, i.e. turn the valve down too much, and I got soot like crazy. 

It's a little counter intuitive, since yellow flames and soot are ordinarily indicative of a burner's being run too rich.  But in the case of these burners, they need enough gas pressure for the jets to pull in air at the base of the jet as well as to off set the other jets to get a blue flame.  Without enough pressure, they won't pull in the air and will run rich. 

Pimp My System / Re: Brew Stand 3.0
« on: October 31, 2012, 01:53:26 PM »
Nice little action shot from last Friday.  Bohemian Pilsner.  Hochkurz mash schedule.  Controllers worked flawlessly!

Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 31, 2012, 01:51:28 PM »
Looks great!  Good luck with the plumbing.  Get some good pipe dope!

Equipment and Software / Re: Sanke tap / Ball lock gas line adapter
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:06:42 PM »
It's sort of hard to discuss without part numbers, but the two pieces on the right replace your barbed fittings on the sanke coupler.  Then, you convert your liquid and gas lines to the female flared fittings.  That way, you can swap out the threaded soda QDs pictured with the threaded fittings you put on your sanke coupler.  All of my lines have the flared swivel nuts on them for ease of swapping out couplers.

Ingredients / Re: Two Questions
« on: October 23, 2012, 06:19:30 PM »
Worth mentioning that the above example I gave was calculated in Bru'n Water 1.13.

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