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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« Last post by James K on October 15, 2018, 11:06:56 PM »
I have only used gravity because it works. I have a 3 tier and it’s pretty simple hlt, mash, boil, carboy. Very simple doesn’t need any fixing or repair, I just open valves and it all runs downward. If I need to move liquid higher, I use a pitcher.
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The Pub / Re: The future has never seemed more bleak
« Last post by Bob357 on October 15, 2018, 11:03:05 PM »
It was long ago when Henny Penny declared that the sky was falling in. It hasn't yet and likely won't in our lifetime.
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Ingredients / Re: Hops and bugs
« Last post by chinaski on October 15, 2018, 10:49:55 PM »
I guarantee you that no hop producer washes their hops.  Especially if you intend to dry them before using, it's unnecessary.
+1
between drying them, then freezing them, and boiling them- there's little chance that a few tiny insects are going to harm anything.
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Ingredients / Re: Apples in Brown Ale
« Last post by chinaski on October 15, 2018, 10:47:21 PM »
Anyone ever try replacing the strike water with cider?  I've done replacement with maple sap but never cider, which has a lot more sugar content.  I'm very tempted to try it on a small (1-2 gallon batch size) scale.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« Last post by denny on October 15, 2018, 10:47:05 PM »
I have everything on one level and, similarly to RC, use a pitcher for transfers.  LT drains by gravity to a pitcher or pail as a "grant" and I only lift a bit at a time to the kettle.  I've always done it like this, but appreciate it more as I need to lift less.  Ain't fancy, but it also avoids the PITA factors mentioned.   Unfortunately, there is no pump available to alleviate the need to lift sacks of grain, kegs in and out of the keezer... Maybe Denny will have some workarounds for these kinds of operations, too.   :)

I recommend anti gravity devices.  Like young friends! 

But somewhat seriously, I use CO2 xfers to get beer into keezers, assuming the spacing works for you.  I also split kegs and grain into 2 containers so they're easier to lift.
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Beer Recipes / Re: Tropical Stout
« Last post by chinaski on October 15, 2018, 10:43:17 PM »
Except he didn't ask for advice.  He posted a recipe to share with some tasting notes.
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Equipment and Software / Re: Insulated SS Kettle Specific Heat
« Last post by Koch on October 15, 2018, 10:37:02 PM »
To clarify, I bought the brewing controller and heating element (110v), but i installed it on my old Brewmaster 8 gallon kettle.

I gotta tell yah, drilling the small hole for the 1/2 inch bulkheads for the ball valve and thermowell with a step bit was pretty care-free, but I was terrified using a hole saw to drill the 40mm hole for the 1.5 inch tri-clamp port (the Clawhammer element comes with a 1.5 inch triclamp attachment). The hole came out pretty ugly, but after deburring it, the weldless ferrule sealed fine.

I went to my LHBS to get some silicone tubing and pick up some of their brew (they brew and have taproom onsite), and told the owner about my ordeal. He told me he has a step bit big enough for the triclamp port and he'd have done it for free! That's what I get for being skittish about not being every piece of equipment from them.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« Last post by Robert on October 15, 2018, 10:11:59 PM »
I have everything on one level and, similarly to RC, use a pitcher for transfers.  LT drains by gravity to a pitcher or pail as a "grant" and I only lift a bit at a time to the kettle.  I've always done it like this, but appreciate it more as I need to lift less.  Ain't fancy, but it also avoids the PITA factors mentioned.   Unfortunately, there is no pump available to alleviate the need to lift sacks of grain, kegs in and out of the keezer... Maybe Denny will have some workarounds for these kinds of operations, too.   :)
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The Pub / Re: The future has never seemed more bleak
« Last post by Robert on October 15, 2018, 09:57:35 PM »
Yeah, my yields will be down by then too.  But.

There should be plenty of good malting barley from Greenland by then at least.   And hops!  Think how ideal the daylight hours are there in season...

Sorry for the gallows humor. 

I have occasionally mused about how much CO2 brewing produces, from fermentation as well as energy production, and what some future, low-carbon brewing might be like.  I imagine something mashed (can't help it) but not boiled (like original Berliner Weiße) would save energy.  Yeasts that require no temperature control.   Everything old new again.  Or maybe entirely new processes will be developed to reduce the energy demands of mashing, boiling and fermentation (some are already being kicked around.)  But.  Still need agricultural products in the first place.

Drink 'em if you got 'em.

(I'm really depressed and need a beer now.)
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pump or Gravity Stand?
« Last post by ynotbrusum on October 15, 2018, 09:25:56 PM »
I use Two Toosflo DC pumps and recirc to di step mashes.  I like a couple subtle improvements that I experience with this process, but certainly not lifting heavy containers is the single biggest benefit with a pump.  I fill my kettle to preboil my strike water using a small 2 gallon pail, but pump everything after that point.

YMMV, of course, so try it out and I bet you will find uses for the pump in your process.
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