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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 16, 2011, 01:35:48 PM »
Here it is.
The brewhouse:

Can you guess how many elements are there?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glass or Plastic
« on: January 16, 2011, 01:25:35 PM »
Plastic. glass is way to heavy.

Glass. If you can't lift your carboy maybe you should take up knitting.
Knitting 101 is coming to this household.  ;)

No brewing this weekend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RIP Merlin RO systems
« on: January 15, 2011, 10:05:50 PM »
Ad looked pretty interesting.
On demand RO without tank that will deliver.
Too bad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I is a STAR!
« on: January 13, 2011, 03:31:35 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:48:59 PM »
A couple hints.

Remember to add the stir bar when boiling your starter and remember to use your magnet on the stir bar before dumping into your wort.

I would recommend inserting stir bar into the cold wort before you start boiling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: where to buy brewing mural/posters?
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:57:02 AM »
I really like the mural art at BJs Brewery and was wondering if anyone knew where similar prints may be purchased?

Here is one I found online:

Excuse me for saying this.

This kind of art reminds me "social realism".
People working in fields. everybody happy, celebration of people and work.
Farmers are already there. All I am missing is factory workers and smoking chimneys.

Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Bohemian Pils Malt
« on: January 10, 2011, 07:44:06 PM »
You do not need to.
If you do Protein rest do not make it longer then 15 min.

It is little bit darker then German Pilsner from the same maltster.
I like that malt.

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: January 09, 2011, 09:39:20 PM »
50A circuit is not that much for 6BBL. Are we talking 3 phase or single phase? If it is single phase we are talking about 10,000W.

Yes, that was a typo. It's an 80 A circuit, 18 kW element. At 33 kW I think you'll have a great system.
Thank you.
I will sleep much better now.
I always worried if it will be enough.

Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: January 09, 2011, 07:32:17 PM »
Yes and yes.
I am going to pick it up tomorrow.
I am using Auber PIDs with SSRs.
It will be semi automatic.

Looking forward meeting you again.

Equipment and Software / Re: Polishing kegs
« on: January 09, 2011, 07:26:25 PM »

Sounds like "fuzzy logic"  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: January 09, 2011, 07:24:02 PM »
Interesting. Gonna have to look into that, thanks!

Keith, google "pulse width modulation". Neat scheme all around.

Just out of curiosity, what's your boil volume? Around a barrel, right?

The only reason I ask is that we boil 6 bbl using an electric element, maxing out a 50 A circuit, and it's a huge PITA. Averages about 80 minutes to get from mashout to a rolling boil. (And that's only 193°F!)

I start the boil off at around 50 gallons. It only takes about 60 minutes for me to bring 36 gallons or so to strike temp, and then after the mash I am usually boiling within 20 minutes.

As far as build up on the elements goes I clean them regularly. I didn't build the kettle (one of my business partners did) but in the BK we use low density elements that don't seem to collect a lot of build up. Normally I can hose them off but about every 3 brews I heat up some PBW in the kettle and soak over night.

50A circuit is not that much for 6BBL. Are we talking 3 phase or single phase? If it is single phase we are talking about 10,000W.
How many Watts your element has? I should have about 33,000W for 5-6 BBL system. I should know in a few weeks if it is enough.

I do have one thought. I run my current system with a BCS-460, so could it be as easy as setting the element to turn off when the boiling water hits 213F or 214F and then turns on again when it drop below 212?

I haven't had any luck with the controller going be temperature in the boil.  I believe it is due to the gases of the boil interfering with the reading of the probe.  It would either simmer or boil too hard, that is why I have it running on duty cycle rather than temp.  YMMV

I think that with Auber PID Controller you can say I want let say "70%" (percentage) of power when you are boiling.
At least that is my understanding.
We will see in a few weeks  ;).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much did you brew in 2010?
« on: January 09, 2011, 06:32:52 PM »
Guest-brewed my Saison recipe with a pro brewer 2 times (250 gallons each time), so my total for 2010 gets bumped to:
10 brewdays and 580 gallons.

Sounds like fun

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dornbusch's Advice for Alt?
« on: January 08, 2011, 09:17:13 PM »
CaraAroma has a toasty notes.
I would leave it out.
Another trick is to add Carafa Special to the mash out.
This will reduce contact time and gives you the color but reduce roastines.

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