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Equipment and Software / My pump hates me. What to do?
« on: May 05, 2011, 08:39:15 PM »
Dear Sally,

I bought fairly expensive 50 GPM pump and I run it for couple of months.
Pump is hard to prime.
It leaks whenever it wants (or sometimes it does not leak at all).
if it pumps 30 GPM than that is a miracle.
What to do?

Your truly
Frustrated with pump.

Equipment and Software / Re: New brewery
« on: May 05, 2011, 08:30:07 PM »
Dead grandmother, actually. And, change of plans. Addition will now be 8x10.
Cheer to grandma.
You will always think about her when you are there.

Equipment and Software / Re: All electric brewing system
« on: May 05, 2011, 08:29:02 PM »
If you are looking to buy bits, High Gravity sells heating elements, controllers, electric kettles, etc.   I've never used any of their stuff, but it's probably worth a look.
The only issue I have heard about that system that control box is not wired to the code.
Whatever that means.

Equipment and Software / Re: Plate chiller
« on: May 05, 2011, 08:23:27 PM »
That is a really nice hop stopper.  Weaze, I think you'll like the therminator. I used mine for the first time last week and it was amazing. I boiled some water and backwashed it with the pump to clean them both out. My concern is the best way to "dry" them out and store them. Any hot tips out there?
Blow them with clean compressed air or CO2.

Equipment and Software / Re: Another pump question.
« on: May 05, 2011, 08:20:48 PM »
Thanks man. Also, does the March work in fwd and rev?

Negatory... at least that I know of.
Just forward.
That thermoplastic tubing from NB is very good with good price.

I am taking a week off from brewing.

The Pub / Re: Storms in the southeast
« on: April 28, 2011, 04:48:10 PM »
Hey Denny-
I talked to Keith on the phone this morning. He and his wife/kids were fine. No damage to their place. No power but he seemed to escape any damage.
Thanks Brandon,
I was thinking about him when I heard of tornadoes in Huntsville.

Thank you.
Worked just fine.

The Pub / Re: Beer Hunter movie trailer
« on: April 24, 2011, 07:29:49 PM »
Thank you for the link.

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort Chillers
« on: April 18, 2011, 04:55:08 PM »
It is all about surface area and heat exchange.
In 10 gal IC works pretty good.
This is not so true with my 210 gal brewpot.
I just ordered plate heat exchanger.

Equipment and Software / Re: or plastic?
« on: April 18, 2011, 04:47:04 PM »
I have been using mini brew plastic conical for over 3 years.
Works great.
If someone talks about scratches in platic conical, they do not know what they talk about.
SS looks pretty but most of thei time my conical spends in fridge.

I love conical for harvesting the yeast.
No other benefits over plastic bucket.

Equipment and Software / Re: False Bottoms
« on: April 17, 2011, 07:23:33 PM »
Didn't Freddy Mercury sing a song about False-bottom Girls?  (get on your bikes and ride!)   ;)
I think it is Fat bottom girls.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: April 17, 2011, 06:55:00 PM »
So I bought the motor (177.7 rpm version) and it works great.  No problems with a monster mill 2-roller.  I did buy the larger lovejoy couplings rated for 40 in-lb of torque at McMaster:

6408K123    Flexible Spider Shaft Coupling Hub 3/8" Bore, 1-23/64" OD, without Keyway    $3.62   
6408K712    Flexible Spider Shaft Coupling Hub 1/2" Bore, 1-23/64" OD, with Keyway       $3.62
6408K73    Buna-N Spider for 1-23/64" Outside Diameter Flexible Spider Shaft Coupling Hub   $2.15

I wired it up with a combination single pole / 3 way switch so I can reverse it if necessary, but I haven't had a jam yet.

Looks very pretty.
Thank you for the bracket info.

I used galvanized corner hangers but they are too soft to hold the motor.

I guess it is more the challenge to download the file.
Thank you for the offer.

My kettle:

Steam fired???

How many gallons it is?

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