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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glass or Plastic
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:25:35 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 16, 2011, 05:05:50 AM »
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, 10:31:35 PM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 12, 2011, 02:48:59 AM »
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, 02:57:02 PM »
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 11, 2011, 02:44:06 AM »
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 10, 2011, 04:39:20 AM »
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 10, 2011, 02:32:17 AM »
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 10, 2011, 02:26:25 AM »

Sounds like "fuzzy logic"  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: January 10, 2011, 02:24:02 AM »
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 10, 2011, 01:32:52 AM »
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 09, 2011, 04:17:13 AM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 09, 2011, 04:03:33 AM »
Marzen baby!!!

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