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by lord groan
Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:59 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: new hlt build - finally completed
Replies: 34
Views: 6713

Re: new hlt build - finally completed

@kisslikeether - hi glad you like it, the sight glass was a 15mm external diameter so I slipped the olive on to the tube then wrapped a few turns of PTFE on top of the olive, then hand tightened the compression nut. Next I filled the boiler and waited for the joint to weep, then I tightened the nut ...
by lord groan
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: new hlt build - finally completed
Replies: 34
Views: 6713

Re: new hlt build - finally completed

@minesapint - I was surprised how cool the underside was, but heat rises and I have two layers of camping foam between the water\element and the electrics, in practice I don't think it goes beyond 25-30c in the base and the sight glass stays at room temp.
Hth lg
by lord groan
Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Perry - anyone done this from pears?
Replies: 13
Views: 3459

Re: Perry - anyone done this from pears?

I've tasted a few bottles now , unexpectedly mild pear flavour but it develops after a few mouthfuls. Actually very nice, I'll be begging for more fruit next autumn!
Definitely recommended
by lord groan
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Comical
Replies: 17
Views: 1252

Re: Comical

Hi and welcome! Wow, you did have a lot of grief! Don't worry though, you have still made beer. When I've made mistakes or things go wrong I found out that you still get good beer, just not as good as it could be. I'd really recommend doing a full run through with water alone, I did this and it high...
by lord groan
Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fridge dial
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Fridge dial

That depends on how the STC is wired in, in my fridge the original fridge stat is disconnected completely, the STC controls the compressor and a heater. So the stat can be set to anything you like it's now purely decorative. If the fridge stat is somehow wired in as well as the STC then you'd need t...
by lord groan
Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Bottle capper
Replies: 14
Views: 3807

Re: Bottle capper

I've used a hammer capper, a two-hander and now use a homemade bench capper. I'd definitely recommend the bench capper whether shop bought or homemade they're so much better and quicker. I used the bell from my elderly boots hammer capper screwed to a round block of wood mounted in a drill press for...
by lord groan
Sun Dec 20, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Thermo pot hole size
Replies: 2
Views: 1605

Re: Thermo pot hole size

You attach to the inner hole, the larger one is just to give better access for tightening the nut on the fitting. Without knowing what size thehole is its impossible to say exactly what you need. I used a tank connector on my hlt (its not a thermopot its a burco), same thing on my tun, I fitted a fi...
by lord groan
Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: pump power supply
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: pump power supply

This?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-120w-Univ ... SwhcJWHXw-
Not 17v exactly but switchable between 16v and 19v. What are the pump specs? If there's any leeway on the 17v this ought to do it
by lord groan
Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:42 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Today I are mostly pressing Yarlington Mills
Replies: 3
Views: 1792

Re: Today I are mostly pressing Yarlington Mills

But so rewarding! Sounds like you have a great variety of trees, lovely to see you're using them, any chance of pictures? I pressed 40l worth of apples and 22l of juice from pears this year. All from fruit which would otherwise have gone to waste so I feel virtuous for not letting them rot. Trying t...
by lord groan
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: University research into home brewing.
Replies: 31
Views: 6914

Re: University research into home brewing.

done, good luck with the honours project
by lord groan
Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 6000w element
Replies: 13
Views: 2257

Re: 6000w element

How would I wire it? My brewshed has 2 x 2.5mmT&E ring mains fitted. I'd put one element on one of them and a second (or wire 2&3 in series to get a lower power) on the other ring. By my calcs that'd give either 2 2400w elements or 1 at 2400w and the 2 in series giving about 1200w with a really low ...
by lord groan
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 6000w element
Replies: 13
Views: 2257

Re: 6000w element

It's a 10 gallon job, has a 3kw butterfly element now, I thought one of the three would be about 2400w at 240v, then a second could be a booster to get a rapid boil going initially, the third would be a backup.
It just semed like a really neat solution to fitting more than one element!
by lord groan
Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: 6000w element
Replies: 13
Views: 2257

6000w element

Has anyone used one of these beauties? I'm looking to replace my burco element and a 3 x 2000w stainless jobby has got me thinking - so much more control over the power possibly? BTW I haven't forgotten the 13a per socket/ring limitation. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6000W-220V-Wave-Design-Water-Heater...
by lord groan
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Fermentation chamber build
Replies: 16
Views: 1977

Re: Fermentation chamber build

I'd switch the freezer on with the lid/door open. Watch for the frost to appear on the sides or base or wherever. That'll tell you where the cooling pipes are buried, do not drill anywhere near these. Then you can check where you'd like the wires to run for best convenience and if there's no obvious...
by lord groan
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Cider Making
Topic: Perry - anyone done this from pears?
Replies: 13
Views: 3459

Re: Perry - anyone done this from pears?

Update: Fermenting finished at 1002. Still very cloudy. Dropped the ferm. fridge to 5c, after 4 days I racked to secondary. Much clearer, bottled with 1/2 tsp sugar for conditioning. Tasted going into the bottle. Very light pear flavour, probably very easy to drink. Didn't taste like a 7% brew but t...