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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.

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

Sounds like "fuzzy logic"  ;D

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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.

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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  ;).

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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

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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 08, 2011, 09:03:33 PM »
Marzen baby!!!

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Brewing on Sunday.
Marzen with 2124 yeast.
Thank goodness it is not Czech Pilsner  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: March pump stir plate alternative
« on: January 05, 2011, 06:47:27 PM »
How about stirbar.com?
http://www.stirbar.com/

They have any stirbar you could imagine.
Bad thing is that they have minimum order.

Just a thought thou  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: January 05, 2011, 03:53:08 PM »
Cool.

I might get the same motor but I was thinking to speed it up just a bit to may be 300 rmps.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:06:57 PM »
Are you thinking about direct drive of drive with belt?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:15:40 PM »
People usually use 1750 rmp motors and then they "gear" it 10 to 1 to about 170 rpm.
So the rmp is about right. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dornbusch's Advice for Alt?
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:06:54 PM »
yeah. 20% crystal is quite excessive to my opinion.
I did try it once.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Some basic knowledge help, please.
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:41:45 PM »
I would never use a whisk in my mash. Too much aeration.

Why is that a problem?  And if it is, couldn't you use the whisk to mix gently?

I'm glad you asked. I'm guessing the concern is "hot-side aeration." I don't have the expertise to say definitively, but for homebrewing (versus commercial brewing) is that a real problem or one of those brewing myths?

Charles W. Bamforth says it is a myth. He said it on Brew Strong show.
If you want to find it, look for his name on Brew Strong.
I think he has two shows there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dornbusch's Advice for Alt?
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:33:05 PM »
D-rest is fine. I usually ramp up my temp at the end of fermentation.
Cold conditioning is always good from 2 weeks to 4 weeks.
I did recently do short protein rest based on this article:
http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/publications/the-new-brewer/online-extras/show?title=style-spotlight-bohemian-dunkel

I have to say that I got a HUGE egg drop soup wort with a lot of protein coagulation.
Actually I did 100F for 10 min then infuse with 175F water to 124F for 15 min.
Other rests were at 143 F and 161F and Mash Out at 172F with HERMS.

I have to say it was interesting mash schedule.
My HLT was at 175F all the time and system was VERY responsive.
So I have to say I am pumped about this mash process.

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