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by lord groan
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Putting an STC1000 or similar in a burco
Replies: 5
Views: 412

Putting an STC1000 or similar in a burco

My HLT is small, 18l, it needs refilling twice for a brew, this works ok cos the 1st refill heats up while a mash is on, the 2nd is only a top up and happens while the 1st batch sparge is underway, BUT I'd prefer a bigger HLT. Anyway I picked up a 40l Parry tea urn cheap and found the simmerstat con...
by lord groan
Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Burco not switching off properly
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Burco not switching off properly

Has anyone noticed that their burco remains on when the simmerstat is set to 'off'. I noticed this on a friends burco, he had just bought it 2nd hand, we were testing it and it heated up fine, if the control was on max the element stayed on, if it was between 1 and max it cycled on and off as it sho...
by lord groan
Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Ahhh - so thats what a 'vigorous ferment' looks like
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Ahhh - so thats what a 'vigorous ferment' looks like

Thanks for the link Jammy,
Ditch wins - no contest, mine was much less dramatic than that!
But I am now going back on the scrounge for a 30+l chutney barrel to serve as my stout fermenter
by lord groan
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Ahhh - so thats what a 'vigorous ferment' looks like
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Ahhh - so thats what a 'vigorous ferment' looks like

Did my 2nd personal AG brew yesterday (done a few joint ones with a friend too) - GW's Guinness clone, gravity after partial cooling was 1048 at about 28c. Does this mean my efficiency is good? OG should have been 1042 according to BYOBRA. Rehydrated a sachet of Muntons yeast and pitched at 10pm. Ca...
by lord groan
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Are you a Kegger or a Bottler?
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: Are you a Kegger or a Bottler?

My history is very similar to yours, began on kits and bottled them all. I even used a hammer capper to begin with, the most terrifying homebrewers tool ever! Then moved on to kegging. After last summer when 1 keg turned nasty in the summer heat I decided to bottle a couple of brews to tide me over ...
by lord groan
Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: partly homemade bench capper.
Replies: 1
Views: 780

partly homemade bench capper.

Got an old hammer capper and a drill stand lying around? After my recent experience of breaking 5 bottles with my venerable boots 2-handle capper, I decided on a new one, like the 'emily' (iirc). Then you good people made me want a bench capper instead. After looking around online I thought they all...
by lord groan
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Traditional Keg stacking device ?
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Traditional Keg stacking device ?

Whats the inside diameter of the top of the keg? Wondering if a 160mm soil pipe section would sit snugly inside, cut long enough could it then fit inside the base of the upper keg, a nice big round hole in the side could give access for the coupler to the lower keg? first soil pipe link i found: htt...
by lord groan
Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Buffalo Boiler Thermal Switch & Element
Replies: 55
Views: 21203

Re: Buffalo Boiler Thermal Switch & Element

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by lord groan
Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 'Free' bottle crate dividers
Replies: 0
Views: 315

'Free' bottle crate dividers

Ok so I built a few wooden crates to hold my bottles, http://imageshack.us/scaled/medium/593/crate3.jpg What I didn't do was think of dividers to stop the bottles rattling against each other #-o I'd been mulling over the best way to make some, then I was in Aldi doing a bit of shopping when I spotte...
by lord groan
Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Brewing Stand Upgrade (Updated)
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Brewing Stand Upgrade

Nice job DC, gives me a few ideas for my next brew stand. One thing though, is the base of your stand reinforced? I ask because with the uprights sitting on the corners of the base, the 4 corners of the base board will have to carry all the weight of the stand and the HLT and MT and any water in the...
by lord groan
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Ball valve on an old boiler
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Ball valve on an old boiler

Lovely boiler, I have a similar smaller capacity (18l) corsair which is used as an hlt. Sadly the small capacity means refilling twice while mashing. Anyway - you are already fully insulated, there is already a spacer to prevent accidently crushing the skins together so as Fil says , have a look at ...
by lord groan
Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Ball valve on an old boiler
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Ball valve on an old boiler

just done a similar thing with a friend on his old burco, as Fil suggests we used a long threaded brass nipple, silver soldered a back nut to one end and fed the threaded part out through the wall leaving the back nut ( with a homemade silicon washer) pressed up against the inside of the tank. As lo...
by lord groan
Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bottle Capper and breaking bottles - help
Replies: 9
Views: 884

Re: Bottle Capper and breaking bottles - help

Thanks folks, will start investigating bench cappers and get a close look at an Emily. Matt12398 - I know, clear glass - tsk tsk tsk, the brew was my neighbours, and the bottles were his, I did say he should use brown but he pointed out that they stay in his cellar room in the dark until he drinks t...
by lord groan
Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bottle Capper and breaking bottles - help
Replies: 9
Views: 884

Bottle Capper and breaking bottles - help

Bottled a batch today but lost 5 bottles when the capper broke the neck off the bottles, all snapped just under the neck rim. I use an old 2 handled Boots crown capper. http://imageshack.us/scaled/medium/534/mno6.jpg Until recently this has never broken a bottle. My last batch bottled fine except fo...
by lord groan
Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Buffalo Boiler Thermal Switch & Element
Replies: 55
Views: 21203

Re: Buffalo Boiler Thermal Switch & Element

If you remove the thermal fuse and join the wires together I'd seriously use a connector strip of some sort instead of insulating tape. I'm afraid the heat from the boiler will cause the sticky on the tape to decay and it'll come loose. You've then got uninsulated live wires right next to a lovely S...