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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #90 on: January 16, 2015, 07:10:13 pm »
Love the coat rack Amanda!
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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #91 on: January 18, 2015, 12:29:23 am »
Finished the grain mill today. I'm getting much better at this basic electrical stuff!




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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #92 on: January 18, 2015, 01:09:40 am »
Is that a powergrinder motor?

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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #93 on: January 18, 2015, 01:18:11 am »
Love that mill, Amanda. That's a rock solid build, including the hopper.
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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #94 on: January 18, 2015, 01:34:32 am »
MM3 with hopper extension?  How much does that hold?
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« Reply #95 on: January 19, 2015, 02:50:34 am »
Yes, it's a Power Grinder motor, a MM3, and the hopper extension.

I think it's supposed to hold 35 lb of grain, but today is the first day I've used it. We did a 10 lb batch and a 16 lb batch. Here's a shot of the 10# batch:



We are making good progress on the bier hall table and benches, and did two batches of beer back to back today. Man it feels good to get back in the swing of it!

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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #96 on: January 19, 2015, 02:03:39 pm »
Yes, it's a Power Grinder motor, a MM3, and the hopper extension.

I think it's supposed to hold 35 lb of grain, but today is the first day I've used it. We did a 10 lb batch and a 16 lb batch. Here's a shot of the 10# batch:



We are making good progress on the bier hall table and benches, and did two batches of beer back to back today. Man it feels good to get back in the swing of it!



Thanks, I might get the extension.

Weather looks nice there, still freezing here.

Should we start calling you AmandaB?

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« Reply #97 on: January 19, 2015, 03:20:12 pm »
The extension should make brewing 10g batches very nice. I figured it was $25, why not?

What is the gap setting on your MM3, Jeff? I used it at the factory 0.045 setting (as recommended) and was fairly disappointed in the efficiency. 65% for the Dry Stout and 51% for the Maibock. I'm used to running 75-76% with a single batch sparge and the ol' Barley Crusher. I think I might drop it down to 0.039 since the crush looked pretty coarse. All cracked and nicely separated husks, but still fairly coarse. I used to run the BC at 0.038 I think.

And yeah, I guess you guys could start calling me 'AmandaB'. :D
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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #98 on: January 19, 2015, 05:34:18 pm »
The extension should make brewing 10g batches very nice. I figured it was $25, why not?

What is the gap setting on your MM3, Jeff? I used it at the factory 0.045 setting (as recommended) and was fairly disappointed in the efficiency. 65% for the Dry Stout and 51% for the Maibock. I'm used to running 75-76% with a single batch sparge and the ol' Barley Crusher. I think I might drop it down to 0.039 since the crush looked pretty coarse. All cracked and nicely separated husks, but still fairly coarse. I used to run the BC at 0.038 I think.

And yeah, I guess you guys could start calling me 'AmandaB'. :D

+1 on the hopper extension. Big and sturdy.

I have my first batch using my MM3 in the fermenters. I couldn't get myself to leave the gap at .045 as the instructions suggest and set it to .039 which is where I used to run my BC before it crapped out.  My mash efficiency was 78.5%, I don't have final numbers yet for overall efficiency but if I hit my numbers it will be ~82.4%. This is for a very low OG Berliner at 1.034, so there's that.

Crush looked pretty nice and fine. I am a little concerned that the husks were perhaps shredded more than I would like but I haven't confirmed any detrimental astringency yet.  Sparge was just fine with a 40% wheat grain bill and no rice hulls added. 

Nice build, looks awesome!
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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #99 on: January 19, 2015, 06:48:17 pm »
The extension should make brewing 10g batches very nice. I figured it was $25, why not?

What is the gap setting on your MM3, Jeff? I used it at the factory 0.045 setting (as recommended) and was fairly disappointed in the efficiency. 65% for the Dry Stout and 51% for the Maibock. I'm used to running 75-76% with a single batch sparge and the ol' Barley Crusher. I think I might drop it down to 0.039 since the crush looked pretty coarse. All cracked and nicely separated husks, but still fairly coarse. I used to run the BC at 0.038 I think.

And yeah, I guess you guys could start calling me 'AmandaB'. :D
Since it is adjustable, I gaped at 0.035, 0.040 and 0.045. Made a mark on the knob for the first one, and a mark on the base. Then marked the base for the next 2 and noted the gap on the base. Easy peasy.

The crush looks pretty good at a little less than 0.040. The last beer brewed used some malt conditioning to help keep the husks intact. I still use the pico brewing system with a false bottom with slots, so I am not sure i can go too fine. For big single infusions beers I think I can go finer with the SS braid in the blue cooler.
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« Reply #100 on: January 19, 2015, 10:13:42 pm »
Well that settles it, I'm crankin' the sucker down.  8) I like the mark idea, I'll have to do that.

I use rice hulls in the Sabco since I still don't trust it to recirc via RIMS without the rice hulls, so I'm not too worried about keeping the husks intact just yet.
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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #101 on: January 28, 2015, 10:01:27 pm »
I believe that I gapped my 3-roller MM at 1mm.  The crush is pretty good, but I still need to make a cabinet/stand for the thing.

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« Reply #102 on: January 28, 2015, 10:17:59 pm »
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.
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Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« Reply #103 on: January 28, 2015, 10:39:55 pm »
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.
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« Reply #104 on: January 29, 2015, 01:51:51 pm »
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.

I'll let you know when the weather gets nicer around here. Next batch is a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner. After all the wedding beers, I could probably brew a 10 gallon 1.050 beer with my eyes closed!  ;D
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