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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wort chiller
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:50:36 AM »
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, 03:31:12 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, 12:43:11 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, 12:36:38 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, 02:15:34 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, 02:03:08 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, 01:50:11 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, 01:44:22 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 09, 2010, 07:39:40 PM »
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, 12:45:28 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, 06:58:59 AM »
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.

Equipment and Software / Re: What to do with a 40gal SS kettle?
« on: January 05, 2010, 06:53:28 AM »
It might make a nice fermenter.  Maybe you could rig up some way to pump refrigerated water or glycol through the jacket for temperature control.

Equipment and Software / Re: Using a pump
« on: January 04, 2010, 02:13:46 PM »
What kind of pumps are you all using?  I've seen the March 809 recommended.  Any good sources for a nice pump that you know of?
I just got a March 809-HS from "Santa."  One of his elves told me he got it here:

I don't use a grant - I connect the pump to a QD fitting on my mash tun.  I prime the pump with the 1/2" mash tun valve wide open and the valve on the pump outlet mostly closed, and leave it this way during vorlauf.  Then, I gradually open the pump valve until wide open for running off into the boil kettle.

Ingredients / Re: Best Hallertau Substitute
« on: January 04, 2010, 01:55:51 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1/2 barrel to boiling pot conversion
« on: January 04, 2010, 01:43:23 PM »
came out good.  angle grinder.  no water just the stale beer that was leeft in it.  still wanna tune up the edges more....or thats what my arm told me after i washed it.   ouch.
A Dremel with a grinding attachment works well for cleaning up the rough edges.

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