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by lord groan
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Elements for 50l kettle - before I buy!

I had to buy a new kettle just before xmas, only needed an emergency one for short term use so went with this from argos https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9016710 £5.99, element rated 1850-2200w depending on supply voltage. Still the sort of element I used on my first boiler build - I instantly went b...
by lord groan
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fermenting In A Catering Urn (water boiler)
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Fermenting In A Catering Urn (water boiler)

I had a similar problem a few years ago. Basically what you need is a box wth a safe heat source and a thermostat. I started by using an old cupboard big enough to hold the fermenter, then I put an old central heating thermostat in the cupboard and wired my old Boots brew belt to that, a lead from t...
by lord groan
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Stuck mash
Replies: 45
Views: 2613

Re: Stuck mash

I wonder... looking at your false bottom, it is very slightly dished in shape and if I'm looking at the pics right your wort pick up tube collects the wort from under the dish (concave side) ..yes? If so I'd guess the weight of grain sitting on the false bottom is pressing down on the convex upper s...
by lord groan
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: storing opened hops
Replies: 4
Views: 434

storing opened hops

Pushing the definition of brewing equipment... but I've discovered that the heavy polythene bags Lidl Super Nutty or Super Berry Granola comes in make excellent resealable airtight bages for opened hops. You can write easily in biro on the outside of the bag too, just squish 'em flat, seal 'em up an...
by lord groan
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: idea for mash tun
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: idea for mash tun

I did a similar thing years back but only used it as a fermentation cupboard, I used a central heating stat to turn a brewbelt off and on. Not great at controlling exact temp, but did keep the fermenter at a steady temp so fermentation time dropped from 2+ weeks to 3-4 days, flavour was better too. ...
by lord groan
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: PTFE
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: PTFE

I hope so!
PTFE is what they use on non-stick frying pans, it must have been passed as safe, I've used it for plumbing joints in my homebrew kit for ages. It'll not be damaged in a 90 minute boil, When I strip the joints for cleaning after a brew the tape is unchanged.
hth
by lord groan
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Burco heater questions
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Re: Burco heater questions

Hi, They do exist, but aren't easy to come by. There have been a few models, with the most recent that I've seen being double walled - painted steel outer with S/S liner. The most recent (1960's ish?) use a standard 3kw butterfly element, model no. F44L. I usually see the older galvanised liner ones...
by lord groan
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bypassing fridge thermostat
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Bypassing fridge thermostat

I'll admit I started with considerable trepidation Wonky, but taking it one step at a time and not thinking about the whole job meant it went quite easily in the end.
It seems complicated but it really isn't
cheers
by lord groan
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bypassing fridge thermostat
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Bypassing fridge thermostat

Yup, I never had to touch the earth - definitely still connected. The Live, neutral and earth come in to a terminal block from the mains plug, that hasn't changed. The earth is still connected to the metalwork- thats unchanged too. But from the terminal block the live goes to the STC and from there ...
by lord groan
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bypassing fridge thermostat
Replies: 13
Views: 962

Re: Bypassing fridge thermostat

I did as WonkyDonkey suggests - I fitted an STC 1000 to my fermenting/chiller fridge, I bought 2m of 4 core flex and an STC1000 This is what I did on my fridge... I UNPLUGGED THE FRIDGE!!! Then I took the stat off the side of the fridge and fed the STC temp. sensor wire through from the back into th...
by lord groan
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Winemaking
Topic: Grit
Replies: 3
Views: 887

Re: Grit

I get this when I use yeast nutrient, could it be that?
by lord groan
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: homemade apple press and scratter in action
Replies: 16
Views: 4581

Re: homemade apple press and scratter in action

Hi Scotsloon, Hopefully this will help. Please note the whole thing was built from scrap wood scavenged from various places. I'm fortunate to have a charity-run wood recycling project nearby where I got most of the wood. I never had any plans I just designed as I went, I think it is probably over-en...
by lord groan
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass
Replies: 10
Views: 2107

Re: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass

The first pint of this years crop, clear and bright (thats condensation on the glass), very dry which is just how I like it and needing a little more bite I think, the lack of cookers or proper cider apples shows up in the lack of acidity. That said it isn't 'flabby' so I'm very happy with it https:...
by lord groan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: and now it ends - the 1st cider of autumn in the glass
Replies: 10
Views: 2107

Re: and so it begins... first cider of autumn! and pics for Crastney

Pics as requested! Sorry didn't get one of the scratting happening Apples https://i.imgur.com/O4009tYm.jpg scratter/press, moved into shed due to rain https://i.imgur.com/SLbZdPIm.jpg after 2 pressings, 2 fermenters in the fermentation fridge, the bottom one also has 1.2l blackberry juice added http...
by lord groan
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Cheap scratter
Replies: 3
Views: 1251

Re: Cheap scratter

My daughter took this picture 2 weeks ago when we were scratting, please excuse her helpful notations! https://i.imgur.com/y5R3t5vm.jpg The scratter is the waste disposal unit, I got it second hand for £8 or £9 IIRC and then I dismantled it for Very careful cleaning and sterilising. I mounted it on ...