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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How about least favorite style of beer?
« on: January 22, 2010, 03:43:30 PM »
Spice, Herb, Vegetable
+1 to this.  Also, I'm inclined to add "bottled commercial beers" to my list.  I'm too often disappointed because they've been somehow mistreated before I get them - old, oxidized, light struck....

All Grain Brewing / Re: First stuck mash: batch sparge
« on: January 14, 2010, 02:33:05 PM »
I've had a couple very slow run-offs where the problem was that doughy/pasty protein, called "teig," that you saw on top of the grain bed.  In both cases, the teig was so dense that the wort was just sitting on top of it and not flowing down through the grain bed.  The solution for me was to "cut" the grain bed while sparging.  I use the edge of a long spoon or my mash paddle and cut down through the grain bed in a criss-cross pattern.  As long as you stay an inch or so above your braid (or manifold in my case) as you cut, there will still be an adequate filter matrix at the bottom of the tun and the runnings will stay clear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning
« on: January 14, 2010, 02:21:54 PM »
OxyClean, Star San and BKF.

Pimp My System / Re: Some of my stuff
« on: January 13, 2010, 05:02:31 PM »
So the grist hopper/stirrer is for mashing in and stirring the mash, right?  Does the converted plastic drum MLT hold temperature during the mash pretty well, or do you use a RIMS or HERMS?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wort chiller
« on: January 13, 2010, 04:50:36 PM »
If your IC has garden hose fittings, the item in the link in hokerer's post will work.  Since it's out of stock, you can probably find what you need at a Home Depot or Loew's.  If you don't have garden hose fittings, take a piece of the hose to the store with you and go to the plumbing department.  You'll need a hose barb that fits your hose, and then some sort of fitting to adapt from the hose barb to your faucet.  Another way to do it is to use a short piece of an inner tube and a couple hose clamps to adapt from the faucet to the hose barb.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stuff I'm finding under the microscope
« on: January 12, 2010, 10:31:12 PM »
Here is a crude drawing of the thing with a yeast cell in comparison:

Sorry Kai, but it totally cracked me up that you labeled that sketch as "Thing."  May I suggest that it henceforth be known as the "unidentified flagellate organism."  Wait - that's UFO...   Kai, there's a UFO in your beer!  Run while you still can!  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Ice Cube MLT conversion
« on: January 12, 2010, 07:43:11 PM »
FWIW, A good manifold or braid design will work fine with a pump, too.

Equipment and Software / Re: Three Tier Stand - Design Considerations
« on: January 12, 2010, 07:36:38 PM »
If you're set on a three-tier system, go for it.  However, have you considered a two-tier system with a pump?  That would let you keep the overall height lower.  You'd be able to fly sparge if you want, and you can use the pump for a variety of other uses - like recirculating while chilling, or pumping to your fermenter.  I'd suggest that you try building a a mock-up of your system to try the height dimensions you're thinking of.  You could do that with a ladder, table, saw horses, or whatever is handy.  I did a brew session with a mock-up of the system I'd been thinking about to see how it worked out.  It was very helpful to actually brew on the mock-up because I found some things I'd like to change, add, and delete from my design.

I've been working out the details for converting a salvaged factory cart to a brew cart, and I've settled on a single-level system.  I batch sparge, so I'll only need one pump -  which I recently got as a holiday gift.  The cart will have two burners on one level, and a folding shelf on the end to hold a mash tun.  I might even try to design the shelf so I can tip the mash tun for emptying.  I settled on a single-level system because I won't need to lift very much, or have hot water up high.  I also want to be able to look into the top of any of the brewing vessels without using a ladder, stool, or mirror.


The Pub / Re: How appropriate is this
« on: January 11, 2010, 09:15:34 PM »
Where's Weazeltoe? He would get a kick out of this.  8)
He was probably driving the train!  ;)

Pimp My System / Re: I give you THE BEAST
« on: January 11, 2010, 09:03:08 PM »
I'm working on a brew cart over the winter, and will "borrow" your adjustable-height burner design.  I bet those bins are handy, too!  I presume you do hot CIP with something like PBW or OxyClean?

Equipment and Software / Re: Ice Cube MLT conversion
« on: January 11, 2010, 08:50:11 PM »
That manifold is a slick build though.  
Here's the same manifold configured with just a few different parts in my 28-quart Rubbermaid that I use for smaller batches.  It's sort of like having MLT "Legos."  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Ice Cube MLT conversion
« on: January 11, 2010, 08:44:22 PM »
Shouldn't need to cut a new hole.  As long as you have the two elbows (in the picture above), you could just attach a braid instead of the manifold shown.  Both (manifold or braid) should work equally for batch sparging and leave you about the same amount of deadspace.
+1  The elbows do the job if you establish a good siphon when collecting your wort.  You could also use a piece of flexible tubing run directly through the cooler's drain, or through a drilled stopper something like Mullerbrau did with his:  His isn't a 60-quart, but the idea and the physics are the same.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ice Cube MLT conversion
« on: January 10, 2010, 02:39:40 AM »
I also use a CPVC manifold in my 60-quart Igloo, but I think a braid could work, too.  The key is to establish a good siphon when you collect your wort.  Here's a picture of how my manifold is configured.  The manifold has slots cut into the CPVC that rests on the bottom.  I cut them with a hacksaw, and they're about 1/2" apart.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: what are your goals for 2 ought 10
« on: January 05, 2010, 07:45:28 PM »
In no particular order:
* Work out a practical (for me) way to reuse yeast
* Get better results with lager beers than I did last year - bigger starters should help
* Assemble my brew cart, now that I have most of the components - maybe with natural gas burners
* Score 70 or higher on the BJCP exam (February 13th)
* Be more active in my local homebrewers' club
* Teach a friend to brew

Equipment and Software / Re: Using a pump
« on: January 05, 2010, 01:58:59 PM »
In reference to the posted link, why does it say "This is the real deal" when comparing the side inlet vs the center inlet? Does it make a difference other than aesthetics? I would think I could just install an elbow into the center inlet model and till get same effect.

And also, is $130 pretty much the going rate for the March pump?
I don't think the inlet orientation (center vs. side) makes any difference in the pump's performance - it would just affect how you configure it for your system.  The $130 price was the best I found at the time for the 809-HS with a plug and cord.

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