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Equipment and Software / Re: Need some advice on this electrical diagram
« on: January 22, 2011, 04:34:02 PM »
Check HomeBrewTalk forum and search your subject.
They are very technical in that kind of way.

Does not the BCS have forum on their own?

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Equipment and Software / Re: New toy!
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:10:05 PM »
very pretty.

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Planing on brewing Sunday.
I did not decide what it will be yet.

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For some reason I was thinking the certification was 5 years.
I think it is aluminium vs. steel tanks.
Quick call to AirGass will be great source of this info.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Extra magnet for stirplate
« on: January 19, 2011, 03:12:55 PM »
Harbour Freight sells some strong magnets.
Look for Rare Earth Magnets.
Something like this:
http://www.harborfreight.com/10-piece-rare-earth-magnets-67488.html

These particular magnets are pretty small but they have also larger once.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:31:24 PM »
Whew! Nice...

Had no idea. Seriously. The IC thread I was looking at those pics. Man. A 7bbl system?

Are you gonna keg or bottle? Both?


It is about 6 BBL usable volume.
Yeah that heat exchanger is quite impressive.

We will be kegging and bottling into growlers.
We will make growlers returnable (with deposit) as we could reuse them.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:27:32 PM »
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.

Would have never thought of that at first but the idea is brilliant and simple and efficent.

Nice work and i may have to make a trip out there when it opens up.
You are more then welcome to stop by even before we open.
It is one big A** homebrew system  :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dornbusch's Advice for Alt?
« on: January 17, 2011, 07:40:06 PM »
I have a similar experience with Munich II 100% mashes as Denny but I step mash.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Immersion chiller: buying vs. making
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:23:59 PM »
Nice install Thirsty Monk!  How many feet of copper is that?



It is about 50 ft of 1 inch soft tubing.
Not very practical for home use  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 16, 2011, 04:52:28 PM »
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 16, 2011, 04:45:45 PM »
Six!  Does each heater element run off of its own 240 V current?
Yes. Each element will be on it's own breaker.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner brewing
« on: January 16, 2011, 02:57:44 PM »
Pisner beers aren't really typical of Prague, and Staropromen gets a lot of ribbing for their yellow beers over there.  Most pubs carry Urquell or Budvar Pilsner, with Staropromen relegated mostly to supermarkets.  Not that I'd blame their yeast for that, and it probably could make a fine Pilsner.

Prague, however, is more of a Dunkle town, historically, since it has hard water more like Munich and the OPs than Pilzn.  This is probably the yeast used by U Fleku to make their famous Dunkel.  I'd use 2782 yeast to make a Dunkel or Schwarzbier,

I am sorry to tell you that you are wrong.
Pilsner style beers are brewed all over the Czech republic and are as native as Hamburgers for good old US of A.
Praha/Prague included.

If you could not find Staropramen on your visit there, may be you should have walked off tourist track and find out where and what native are drinking.
U Fleku is a tourist trap and for 60 crowns a pop you will not find too many natives there.

By the way water for Bo - Pils should be from soft to moderate.
You adjust your recipe based on your water.
If you have soft water you can add more hops.
If you have moderate water you use less hops.
You should have NO lingering bitterns regardless of water hardness.
Also Bo - Pils should not be too bitter.
Pilsner Urquell is 34 IBUs.

Hope this help.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Forced Fermentation Test
« on: January 16, 2011, 02:18:48 PM »
I was always curious about FFT but have never done it.
I should start doing this one of these days.
Kai thank you for awareness.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Immersion chiller: buying vs. making
« on: January 16, 2011, 02:07:15 PM »
I just made one.
Here is a pic:

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Equipment and Software / Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 16, 2011, 01:48:21 PM »
Remember to add the stir bar when boiling your

It is very important that you DO NOT add the stir bar after the wort has been heated to boiling temperatures. Because the flask is so smooth the wort is actually superheating if the stir bar is not in there to provide nucleation sites. When you then add the stir bar later the wort will suddenly boil and shoot out of the flask.  This happened to me once and I am lucky that neither I, or someone else got hurt. The wort sprayed 5 ft out of the flask and hit the cabinets.

Kai


That is exactly what happened to me.
I was lucky I was wearing paints (No Paints brewing reference).
Boiling wort was all over stove and me.
It shot out about 1 qt of wort from 4 liters.
I was so shocked that I did not know what to do first.
The casualty if this was that sticky wort got into electronics of the stove and we had to replaced it.
I was not hurt.
Live and learn.

So do not do it.

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