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Brewing in former lotion pot

Some relatives recently gave me a 6-gallon aluminum pot that they no longer wanted. The pot was used to make homemade lotion. I've been needing a bigger brew pot, but money has been tight. I'm excited ...
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Boil options with a small pot

I'm about to make my first brew (from an extract kit), it's a 25litre batch (6.5us gal). Following John Palmer's advice I will be doing a partial boil. But the biggest pot I have available is 6litres ...
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Poor hop aroma for late addition hops

My boil kettle is about 56x85cm, so relatively tall and narrow. I get a good rolling boil but no matter how much hops I throw in in the last 5 minutes I can never seem to get any aroma whatsoever. I'm ...
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What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?

I'm completely captivated by www.theelectricbrewery.com, love their directions, and have ordered the parts, so I'll have my experience soon, but what is your experience with selecting hot water heater ...
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How can i stop losing so much water during brew

I am brewing with a 25l HLT, 30l Mash tun and 52l boiler. I am boiling 20l to 25l water in the HLT and losing some water during the Mash and Sparge. By the end of the sparge I am getting about 15l ...
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Mash Boiler – What's a good boiler?

i'm new to the brewing game and am currently waiting for a few whole grain brews to come of age. One thing i'd like to do is purchase a larger mash boiler and dedicate a bit of space in the shed for ...
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Can I make a 10g batch with a 16g kettle?

I'm planning an upgrade to my 5 gallon setup to do 10 gallon batches. In BeerSmith, I've created an equipment profile to estimate my pre-boil volume. Assuming 1 gallon evaporation per hour (I know ...
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Frying a Turkey in a Brew Kettle

Family wants me to fry a turkey in my 14 gallon brew kettle. I'm all for fried turkey but worried about lasting effects on my kettle. Anyone have experience with something like this? Also open to ...
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Do I need a ball valve on my brew kettle?

I am shopping for a brew kettle so I can upgrade to full volume boils. Many pots have ball valves. I can think of two reasons to use a ball valve Drain through it to avoid picking up the kettle to ...
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Is a 12quart pot sufficient for a 1/2 5gal boil?

I am just getting ready to do my first batch. I have all I need except a descent pot. I found a 12quart used stainless pot on Kijiji and was hoping it would be sufficient for half-boils of 5gal ...
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How can I mount a water heater element to a GoldenGate keg?

I have what I think is a GoldenGate style keg. It's got a bunghole, a tapped hole on top and another near the base. I want to mount a electric hot water heater element in the base hole. The base ...
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May be time for new kettle. Advantages of Stainless Steel?

I've had the same 10G aluminum BK since I started AG brewing, about 4 years and 70 batches. I recently left my copper IC in it for a few months and think I may have corroded the aluminum, so it may ...
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Permanent marking of volume in aluminium pot

This technique http://imgur.com/a/dCvS5, shows how is easy to do permanent markings in stainless pot. But what about aluminium ? Does anyone know if it is possible (and safe) to use it in aluninium ...
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Boil kettle from plastic fermentation bin

Can a plastic fermentation bin be modified with a heater element to make a strike-water heater or a boil-kettle?
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Food Grade Steel Drums

I'm thinking about buying some a HUGE Blue food grade steel drums, which is either painted or enameled.If I correctly modify them, will these be okay for FV, Mashing Tubs, Boil Kettle, Strike Boiler? ...
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Are exposed threads in a boil kettle a problem?

I'm currently putting together a new boil kettle, and am planning to use 1/2" NPT threaded fittings attached to a welded coupler. I've seen a lot of designs which have exposed threads and teflon tape ...
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power is cutting out on my (electric) boiler

I have an electrim mashing bin (the standard one of these) that I use as a boiler. This morning as I went to heat my liquor, the element started to cut out (water was around 60°C). When I left the ...
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Screw dimensions for camco/reliance water heater element?

I'm planning to install a water heater element in my boiling kettle. I have been looking at the Reliance and Camco elements but since neither is easy to get by in Finland I really need to go for a ...
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Stainless Steel Scrubber in Boil Screen to strain hops?

So I have a 6" boil screen in my kettle attached to my ball valve. Now this doesn't strain that much hops out because of the larger holes in the screen so when I transfer it to my carboy I run it ...
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Electric brewing in UK or Ireland

I currently brew beer in my kitchen, but the mess, smells and dirty looks from my wife have taken some of the joy out of my brew day. I started looking into an electric brewing solution that would ...
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Process for transfereing from boil kettle to fermenter

At the moment the most frustrating part of my brewday is getting the cold wort into the fermenter. Here is my process. I have a 20 litre saucepan that i use as a kettle that does not have a tap. At ...
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Is it safe to use a chipped aluminum stock pot?

My 32 qt. aluminum stock pot was just delivered that I was planning to use this weekend. Taking it out of the box and inspecting it, there is a fairly sizable chip on the inside about 3/4 of the way ...