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I like beer.


Nov
20
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
20
comment What's the point of going all-grain?
Mike is right. All grain brewing will make you a 'better' brewer. You stop making other peoples' recipes and start thinking about making your own beer. The number of variables you can control during mash is incredible and forces you to really think about what you are trying to make.
Nov
19
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Nov
19
awarded  Scholar
Nov
19
comment Alternatives to a hydrometer?
Indeed. Plus, get one that is marked in %Brix and SG. That way you don't have to do any conversions. Also agree on using both for a while until you get the hang of it all.
Nov
19
accepted Carbonating Kegs In Quantity
Nov
19
comment Carbonating Kegs In Quantity
OK. Yeah. I wanted to avoid buying too many LP->LP regulators. So using manifolds for kegs that can carb to the same volume is probably the best way to go. Any idea about flavor transfer? Friends of mine swear that you should have check valves inline on the CO2 so that you don't get Belgian taste on your IPAs (and such). I've never noticed this in my beer fridge which has three service lines without check valves.
Nov
19
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Nov
19
asked Carbonating Kegs In Quantity
Nov
19
answered Alternatives to a hydrometer?
Nov
19
comment Bubble, Bubble, Toil = Trouble? Brewing's Carbon Footprint
Water wheels made from hand sawn wood? Oh, I forgot they had to make the saw and it had a carbon footprint... =)
Nov
17
answered Bubble, Bubble, Toil = Trouble? Brewing's Carbon Footprint
Nov
17
comment What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?
@Mlusby Is there a way I can send you the info privately? I don't really want to put a complete design out there. Mostly I am afraid of the liability in giving someone a bad circuit design. While I am confident in my design, I don't really want to be even remotely responsible if my design ends up burning someone's house down or electrocuting them. We are talking about a 50amp 220V circuit design after all.
Nov
16
comment What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?
The advantage of the controller is the ability to 'set it and forget it'. It is nice to set the controller to your desired mash-in water temp and then walk away to grind your malts and take care of other tasks. Whenever you are done and ready to mash-in, you find your water is waiting for you. Good PIDs are pretty cheap. Just make sure to get the right size relay and heat sink.
Nov
16
comment What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?
Thanks for posting that formula Morgan. I had it in my notebook, but unfortunately, the notebook isn't close at hand. However, I would question why anyone feels the need to go from mash out to boil in fifteen minutes? You have to ask what you are trying to accomplish. Is thirty minutes acceptable? Are you really concerned about fifteen extra minutes spent brewing beer at home? The phrase 'relax, don't worry, enjoy a homebrew' comes to mind.
Nov
16
answered What wattage element is needed for hot liquor tank/heat exchanger, and what about brew kettle?
Nov
15
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Nov
12
answered What's the point of going all-grain?
Nov
12
comment Boiling with lid on or off?
What Greg said in the answer below. But to clarify. A typical pot geometry will lose 9-11% volume per hour. However, that is dependent on environmental humidity (and to some degree temperature too). Your evaporation rate will be lower when it is humid. Recipes are designed with this loss in mind and should have a higher starting volume. I.e. a ten gallon batch will start with about 11 gallons of extract at the start of a 60 minute boil.
Nov
9
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