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Equipment and Software / Re: Buidling a Cooler Mash Tun...PLEASE HELP
« on: June 07, 2013, 02:43:43 PM »
FWIW, I found that a bulkhead and ball valve didn't work as well for me as the down and dirty method.

+1, I am going on three years with my cooler with some vinyl tubing forced through the drain hole. didn't take the cooler apart at all. I don't even have the fancy valve like Denny has. I just stick the open end under the handle and let gravity be my valve.

(Let Gravity Be Your Valve Baby)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hose material
« on: June 07, 2013, 07:35:48 AM »
a peristaltic pump is one use I have been thinking about with the silicon. I saw something about it on homebrewtalk at one point but I couldn't find it the last time I looked.

They guy built one out of a cake pan, some skateboard wheels and other assorted gear. Silicon would be ideal for that because of it's softness and durability when it comes to repeated bending and squeezing.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Torque
« on: June 06, 2013, 01:21:55 PM »
The motor will be too small, even if attached to a gear drive to turn your mill.  If you have gear reduction the torque does increase, but it will take some b*lls to turn your mill with grain in it.  Don't know how many amps that little motor is, but I'm guess it's probably .1 or less, which at 120VAC is less than 12 watts or .016 HP.  Even if you increase it 30 times through a gear drive, it ain't much.  Something like an old sewing machine motor would probably work.

This is what I'm thinking as well. Do you have any specs on the motor or broken coffee grinder?

Not yet. It's at home. I'll take a look and see what, if anything I can learn from the little sticker on the bottom.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hose material
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:21:10 PM »
I've seen PVC free hose material sold online. What's the point? Has anyone here upgraded original tubing they received in a kit for any reason?

I've never dealt with a kit, but I swear by silicone tubing.  It is far superior to other materials.  The biggest characteristic for me is ease of handling.  I could never get the other tubing stay where I want it.

I like the silicon but it is expensive. I got some once but the next time I needed hose I didn't. it was like 2 or 3 times more than the vinyl stuff.

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Equipment and Software / Torque
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:20:07 PM »
So my 1 year old blade style coffee grinder broke the other day. The plastic bit that held the blade on to the drive shaft broke so the blade just fell right off. We got a nicer burr style grinder which is lovely and was on clearance so it was not too expensive.

But anyway the question around the house is 'what do we do with this perfectly good electric motor?'

I just started wondering if I could motorize my mill with it.

obviously it goes very fast, far more RPM than I actually need so I can gear it down with a larger pully on the grinder but will I have enough torque to actually grind grain?

Any engineers out there want to help a guy out? is torque a readily available piece of info available with the model number of the grinder or would I have to know the motor info itself?

Can I do the math to determine it from the voltage/wattage rating of the motor?

Does the ratio used to gear it down change the torque at all?

school me.

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The Pub / Re: Building Collapse in Philly
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:06:12 PM »
Yeah, Apparently the building that collapsed was actually empty at the time. It was being torn down but something went wrong and it fell on the salvation army thrift next door which was doing business and full of people.

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The Pub / Re: Building Collapse in Philly
« on: June 06, 2013, 11:53:21 AM »
death toll currently at 6

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Steeping grains
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:07:15 AM »
I have read from multiple sources that it is possible to extract tannins if you steep in too much water.  I use 1/2 gallon of water per 1 lb of grain.  I try to steep between 150-155 for 20-30 minutes on my stove top.  I start the rest of my water on an outdoor burner with about 15-20 minutes left.  That way once I am done steeping my main kettle is coming to a boil.  I add my steeping water then cut the heat and add my extract.  It works well for me and saves a little time.  Just one extra pot to clean thats it.   

tannin extraction from grain is a function of temperature and pH. If you can keep either one of these in line you don't have to worry about tannin extraction. For steeping grains in an extract batch it's easiest to keep the temp in line and not let the water get above ~165 or so. The reason that too much water could cause tannin extraction is because the grain only has so much buffering capability to neutralize the alkalinity in the water so if you use lots of water AND let the temp of the water/grain mixture get above 170 then you risk tannin extraction. If you use DI or RO water this is unlikely as the water has so little alkalinity to start with that even a very small amount of character grain is going to be able to keep your pH in line.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Guiness style stout
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:49:00 AM »
Never tried it. curious to hear how it works. You will be pasteurizing the souring addition right? so the whole batch doesn't go south?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from keg at room temperature
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:48:04 AM »
Buy a tub and a bunch of ice and chill that keg down.

I don't think the beer is going to be able to hold enough co2 at room temp to get good carb in the bottle. It sounds like that is what you are experiencing as well. You can try getting a #2 stopper and making a cheap-n-easy counter pressure filler but I am not sure that is going to work.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Infection
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:08:54 AM »
I'm sure it could. I would wipe the whole inside of the freezer down with dilute bleach OR vinegar solution.

The odd thing is that lacto doesn't really like it cold. It should take quite a long time to be noticeable at cold (60s) temps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:17:24 PM »
I drain my wort through a spigot and hose. I attach a sanitized lady's leg stocking to the hose with a zip tie. I drain into a bucket and then pour the bucket through a funnel into a carboy. It is very effective and cheap. I just bought 20 pair at WalMart for 18 cents a pair.

doesn't the ladies leg get sticky? She doesn't mind?

Another nice thing you can do is put some whole cone hops in the strainer or funnel and drain through them. they will act as a filter bed and give you some great hoppy aroma

I gotta figure that one out. When I've tried that in the past the hops float and swirl around. I don't get a filter bed. What am I missing? Thanks,

perhaps let it drain through more slowly so it doesn't float the hops? or press them gently between the funnel and a strainer. When I do it the strainer doesn't fill up with liquid so the hops don't float.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Barrel Aged Barleywine
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:20:55 PM »
I dont mean to hijack the OP's question, but have a similar beer. How do you prepare the maltodextrin?  Do you just dump it in, or boil it with water, etc?  And any suggestion on amount?
No worries about hijacking. I think it was a valid question.  Thoughts on DME?

dme is just going to mostly ferment out. If you have picked up a wild yeast from the barrel I think that even maltodextrin or lactose will eventually ferment back out. DME though, that's just more yeast food.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:17:42 PM »
I drain my wort through a spigot and hose. I attach a sanitized lady's leg stocking to the hose with a zip tie. I drain into a bucket and then pour the bucket through a funnel into a carboy. It is very effective and cheap. I just bought 20 pair at WalMart for 18 cents a pair.

doesn't the ladies leg get sticky? She doesn't mind?

Another nice thing you can do is put some whole cone hops in the strainer or funnel and drain through them. they will act as a filter bed and give you some great hoppy aroma

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:26:46 AM »
Another, admittedly less noble, reason is that it is cheaper to brew all grain.
How so?

grain is cheaper per unit of extractable sugar than extract.

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