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#41 denny

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 10:37 AM

Come on Denny, pull some weight with these folks!

 

Couldn't if I wanted to.  I think it's a fairly good policy, but they need to make people aware of it.


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Posted 05 June 2019 - 10:59 AM

I knew it was a risk when I bought it...


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#43 Genesee Ted

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 11:52 AM

I guess I don’t understand what it he registration does? Is theft of these units a major problem?

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 12:04 PM

I guess I don’t understand what it he registration does? Is theft of these units a major problem?


Even if it was a problem I don't think this is much of a deterrent.
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Posted 06 June 2019 - 09:32 AM

Seriously looking at the Anvil Foundry system...


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 09:45 AM

Seriously looking at the Anvil Foundry system...

The price on that is really not bad at all.


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:33 AM

So... I was monkeying around with this machine today, and as soon as it connected to my WiFi, it downloaded another NEW firmware upgrade (it also had done this before when I was checking it out.)

 

When it was finished, I discovered... I now DO have access to the Manual Brewing menu!

 

Oh YEAH!!!!!

 

I'm excited!

 

I'll probably be brewing a PicoPak this weekend. I have 2: Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Denny Conn Little RIPA Rye IPA (a scaled-down Wry Smile Rye IPA - 6.3% ABV and 68 IBU).

 

I'm thinking I'll do Dead Guy first because I know the beer well, plus I can go buy a 6-pack for comparison purposes.

 

I still don't have access to the online PicoBrew Manual Brewing Recipe Crafter, but I've heard that some users have successfully created profiles in BeerSmith for the PicoBrew. I'll see if I can find more info on that.

 

I've also heard a disparaging rumor that the PicoBrew in Manual Brewing mode will not hold as much grain as a PicoPak, which will limit the gravity of the wort it can produce... bummer...


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#48 Genesee Ted

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:43 AM

:frank:
I was gonna say

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:32 PM

The price on that is really not bad at all.

 

yeah - what is the catch here?  that seems way too cheap for the stuff I see in the picture.


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:48 PM

yeah - what is the catch here?  that seems way too cheap for the stuff I see in the picture.

 

 

I know... Almost too good to be true!


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 11:27 AM

I know... Almost too good to be true!

Damn, the 3 gallons complete system including the stainless fermentor and pump is only $515 taxed & delivered.

 

The 5 gallon complete system without the fermentor but including the pump kit, is slightly more, crazy tempting.


Edited by miccullen, 08 June 2019 - 11:27 AM.

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#52 jimdkc

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 02:39 PM

Damn, the 3 gallons complete system including the stainless fermentor and pump is only $515 taxed & delivered.

 

The 5 gallon complete system without the fermentor but including the pump kit, is slightly more, crazy tempting.

 

 

And add $280 and you have a still, too.


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 01:09 PM

Just pulled the trigger on one of these, including the still, which will be used to distill herbal oils for the wife and for a local restauranteur.  The convenience and smaller volumes consumed fit my current and soon-to-be smaller quarters lifestyle.  Which means I will soon have a Grainfather for sale (complete with manual), used once if any one here s interested before I result to the dreaded craigslist.  Any blue boarder will get special consideration in terms of price (located in Tallahassee).


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:29 AM

Just pulled the trigger on one of these, including the still, which will be used to distill herbal oils for the wife and for a local restauranteur.  The convenience and smaller volumes consumed fit my current and soon-to-be smaller quarters lifestyle.  Which means I will soon have a Grainfather for sale (complete with manual), used once if any one here s interested before I result to the dreaded craigslist.  Any blue boarder will get special consideration in terms of price (located in Tallahassee).

 

I'll be interested to hear how you like it & how it compares to the Grainfather...been thinking about getting one of these electric systems.

 

Was it mainly the still option that sold you (over keeping the Grainfather?) Size/convenience aren't that much different are they?


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 07:45 AM

I’m interested in how that still works for you

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 10:27 AM

I'll be interested to hear how you like it & how it compares to the Grainfather...been thinking about getting one of these electric systems.

 

Was it mainly the still option that sold you (over keeping the Grainfather?) Size/convenience aren't that much different are they?

 

There is nothing wrong with the Grainfather, I think they're brilliant.  Getting ready to retire and start a small business and don't see having time to go through the entire process.  Putting something on the kitchen counter, turning it on and hours later have a completed process is  appealing.  In addition, I simply do not/can not drink that much beer any more.  The still is also a factor - I provide  herbs and kaffir lime leaves to a friend who owns a restaurant.  The idea of infusions is something he wants to explore.

 

If you're seriously interested in a Grainfather, PM me.  I'm sure we could work something out.

 

I’m interested in how that still works for you

 

So am I. I'll post after getting a batch or two under my belt.


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#57 Genesee Ted

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:54 AM

I’ve done a dozens of different herb distillations. They are really cool for a chef.

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 12:54 PM

I’m interested in how that still works for you

 

It works great.  Been making hop extracts with ti.


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Posted 18 October 2019 - 06:56 AM

What kind of throughput does it have? It’s a 5 gal pot? How long does a run take?

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 10:23 AM

wait, is that just buying 2 2.5 gallon machines?  https://www.picobrew...oducts/z.cshtml

 

it would be hard to justify that kind of cash now but if I all my equipment was stolen or something I'd be thinking long and hard about this.

 

 

I just looked on CL, a guy is selling a brand new one for $4k near me. Go for it! :)


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