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Transferring the homebrew to the fermenter #homebrew #homebrewing #homebrewer #homebrewery 
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Harvest is in...
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That's the best bag o'green 
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Ray Kodiak

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Phase #1 of the Controller is complete, now I have a logger and controller, anyways just sharing...
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To answer your question, am planning to open source this whole thing, probably going to post to the Arduino forum soon and ask to have it reviewed and optimized, I am not a C++ pro, but I do learn fast.
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Sorry for the silly question. I'm new in homebrewing. Have the mash tun to get warm with some external devices or just with the sparge water?
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+Marty Fischlin thank you!
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Ed Ballenger

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First year cascades. Might get lucky and end up with enough to brew one batch.
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IMO, it is easier. But the fermentation equipment requirements and processes are very similar. If you ever wanted to try brewing, the knowledge you've gained making wine would give you a good head start +John Hanley​.
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Time to rack my Blaand. I tried making it using both goats milk and cows milk. . . The goats milk is far superior!

http://peapodwine.weebly.com/our-blog/goats-whey-blaand-is-a-success
Blaand made from goats milk
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That sounds interesting (in a repulsive sort of way lol).  Congrats on trying something completely outside the box but I think I'll pass on that one :-)
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David Stelting

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Delicious Cream Ale. What if I told you there was a method that produced beer that was nearly indistinguishable from all grain home brew. A method that made competition worthy beer. A method that allowed you to hit your num...
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Danny C.

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Hello new to this community thought I'd post some pictures of a chiller project I have going....
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Hey Thanks man. So from previously working in the food processing industry and always checking out the latest DIY brewing gadgets I sketched out this idea for a parallel tube in tube heat exchanger. The idea is nothing new. The reason for this build was the fact that my coiled copper counter flow chiller (green garden hose jacketing a copper line) was contaminated and I could not effectively clean and sterilize it. So after the realization (2 bad batches) of not being able to clean it, I tore it apart and began researching other options. I seen plenty of PTHE's out there that used mainly pvc as the jacket housing, or were built from 100% percent copper. I'm not a fan of anything that isn't food grade in my setup, so PVC was out. 100% Copper may have been the next best choice. The idea of 100% copper build presented me with challenges for the design I had in mind. Being in an area that is ag driven I have a few local resources for scrap stainless so I was fortunate enough to start the prototype.

The design:
There are 8 SS cooling tubes, 8 copper tubes, and 8 switch backs that should provide me with a cooling length of around 32'.
Each 1" SS tube is a total of 47.5" in length including the tees.I welded stainless steel washers to one end of each tee and did a little reem work so that a 60"x1/2" copper pipe (not yet shown) would slide all the way through and fit snug.
I will silver solder the around the copper tube fixing it to the stainless steel washer.
I will take 1/2" O.D. Silicone tubing and connect each switch back to move wort through this chiller.
Obviously I will run my chilling water through the 1" stainless in a counter flow fashion.
I will attach Tri-Clover fittings to the supply and return portion of the cooling water outlets.
I have an 1 1/2" square tubing U Frame that I will weld tubing hangers in order to mount the chiller.
I will be able to stand this thing up on it's own or hang it to the back of my Brewtus Killer Brew Stand (also in the works).
Each tube has it's own degree of slope in order to aid the flow of wort.
This will hopefully allow a Chugger pump to push the wort through without loss of pressure, also it will give me piece of mind that there will be very little dead space in this portion of my system.
The ability to remove the silicone tubing throw it in an autoclave and have straight tubes that I can visually inspect and clean is at the forefront of this build.

I hope that this was not long winded and I am always looking for questions comments criticism and ideas on my projects so please everyone let me know what you think in any of the aforementioned areas.

the build is going slow right now because of the heat wave that central California has been going through. Welding + 105F Heat = No Fun.

Cheers!
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Chrissy Holt

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My first home built kegerator. Still need to add one more tap.
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That looks nice. Great work!
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I did a Hazelnut chocolate porter following a recipe from Homebrewtalk (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f126/choconut-porter-54159/). However, I scaled the recipe to my 5 liter BIAB system. That resulted in adding 55g of cocoa powder to the mash at boil time.
After bottling with 6g of sugar per liter for carbonation and waiting more the a month, the beers turned out flat! Could that much cocoa powder mess with my carbonation and head retention? I'm thinking of opening a bottle to add some more sugar and try to carbonate again. 
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David Stelting

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Everyone knows a guy, who knows a guy who wins awards with extract home brew. Every club has a guy who knows the tricks to make an extract taste as good as an all grain brew. These home brewers have learned the little secrets...
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I've been homebrewing cider for a few years now, with a couple of meads and a maple wine thrown in for good measure, and I'm strongly considering adding some gear and brewing beer too.

I have the following:

-12 qt aluminum stock pot (cider doesn't have to be boiled, just pasteurized, so it's not been a big deal to do two runs to get 5 gallons)
-1 - 6.5 gallon glass carboy
-2 - 6 gallon plastic bucket fermenters
-1 - 6 gallon plastic "bottling bucket"
-kegging system with a few empty kegs
-various airlocks, cappers, corkers, etc
-propane burner (garbage find, but tested good. probably from a turkey fryer)
-hydrometer
-various cleaning implements and supplies

I'm sure I'll start with extracts (maybe even kits to start) but I'd like to be able to do all-grain brewing without re-purchasing anything. I have around $200 that I could spend without feeling guilty about it, and of course just buying a few things to start and adding as I go along is a possibility too. What things do I need? An 8 gallon pot with a ball valve and thermometer? 15 gallon? A gatorade cooler with a ball valve? giant fighting robot? Old kegs to be converted into a 15 gallon pot and mash tun? Am I even using the word mash tun right?
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Dammit. Now that kettle is showing up in my ad feed...taunting me...
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David Stelting

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There are a lot of pots on a decoction brew day. Sunday... we were up to our usual craziness again. It was just me and Mark Anthony, and when we brew alone, we tend to do crazy, difficult, and complicated stuff. Now, I am n...
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A friend's homebrew, with matching caps. Never made my own labels.
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Great labels, I love it!
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Ray Kodiak

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Just a little update on the fermentation logger/Controller..., I got the real time clock to work in the LCD display (becomes independent of the internet and date/time protocols which take programming space), and also logging it to the SD card, next work on the controller part, relays came in the mail and when ready I will post code after having it peer reviewed and optimized... I will be using it to control a heating belt in the winter, a 10amp relay at 120 volts is 120 x 10 = 1200watts more than adequate for a heating belt.
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It looks like harvest time...
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First year, not much. I think we got an ounce. Third year we got over a pound.
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Lucas Cashman

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BIAB modified scaffold stand...no more f'n lifting!
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I originally built this for a traditional batch sparge setup w/ a 10gal Gott cooler and pump, but it just ended up being cumbersome. I switched to BIAB to simplify and try to cut down on brew time, but draining the bag by muscle and lifting a heavy pot off my sq-14 burner high enough to gravity drain into a carboy was a pain. Literally. I had it down to 4 hours, hoping to shave more time and save my back with this setup!
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Glen Regan

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New test batch being brewed. Shipwreck Ale... hints of pineapple, mango, and lime....
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