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I bought a cheap roll of roof flashing at Home Depot and made a shield that wraps around the kettle. It's held together with two small bolts and hangs on the kettle handle with two small carabiners. When brew day is done, it unbolts and wraps small enough to slip inside the kettle for storage. I made it for my 15 gal pot so it would heat faster but I mostly use it with my 10 gal pot as a windbreak and it helps use less gas.
Yes, a windshield is essential on a windy day.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Running pump for entire boil - thoughts
« Last post by Hooper on Today at 03:16:53 AM »
I bought a cheap roll of roof flashing at Home Depot and made a shield that wraps around the kettle. It's held together with two small bolts and hangs on the kettle handle with two small carabiners. When brew day is done, it unbolts and wraps small enough to slip inside the kettle for storage. I made it for my 15 gal pot so it would heat faster but I mostly use it with my 10 gal pot as a windbreak and it helps use less gas.
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thanks for your advice
steve
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The pump will cause the wort to get colder. When it runs through the hoses it is losing heat. I think you should go with a better wind shield and grind the grains the night before.

I'd second this approach.
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Equipment and Software / pH meter ?
« Last post by juggabrew303 on July 24, 2016, 09:55:10 PM »
Thermoworks has 15% off site wide right now. I just bought a 8689 meter and solutions.
How do you like your meter?


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Ingredients / Re: suggestions for food (beer) safe wetting agent?
« Last post by Philbrew on July 24, 2016, 08:57:23 PM »
My water is very hard. 
It leaves larger water drops especially on glass, and mineral spots unless wiped off immediately.
I was thinking of adding some kind of food safe wetting agent.
Would especially like to add a wetting agent to my sanitizers so they drop clean out of glass vessels, rather than beading up.
Any suggestions?
Is your water from a well or municipal?

Also, wouldn't a wetting agent be detrimental to head retention?
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Beer Recipes / Re: American Blonde - how well will this do in competition?
« Last post by dmtaylor on July 24, 2016, 08:20:35 PM »
Looks good to me, but I'm confused about the clarity question.  I've used both the Kölsch yeast and wheat in some beers (in fact, some wheat winds up in ALL of my beers), but have never had cloud or haze issues.    The brews have always been perfectly bright.

+1, totally agree, I was going to say the same thing.  The beer might start out with a slight haze but should clear in a few weeks.
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Beer Recipes / Re: American Blonde - how well will this do in competition?
« Last post by The Professor on July 24, 2016, 07:58:25 PM »
Looks good to me, but I'm confused about the clarity question.  I've used both the Kölsch yeast and wheat in some beers (in fact, some wheat winds up in ALL of my beers), but have never had cloud or haze issues.    The brews have always been perfectly bright.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Running pump for entire boil - thoughts
« Last post by troybinso on July 24, 2016, 07:15:48 PM »
The pump will cause the wort to get colder. When it runs through the hoses it is losing heat. I think you should go with a better wind shield and grind the grains the night before.
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Pimp My System / Re: Electric build begins tonight!
« Last post by weazletoe on July 24, 2016, 06:26:19 PM »
Curious as to what brand/model of "wet switch"?

  Tom

This guy right here. It's actually made for large rooftop heating and cooling package units.

http://www.rectorseal.com/?s=ss500e
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