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#41 Gusso

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Posted 11 August 2023 - 05:30 PM

Looks like a science lab next to my medieval methods!

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Posted 11 August 2023 - 05:37 PM

Looks like a science lab next to my medieval methods!


Much simpler than how I was brewing. In the end all that matters for anyone is to make good beer. Looking forward to breaking that 2 year drought.

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Posted 11 August 2023 - 06:34 PM

I like it!

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Posted 11 August 2023 - 06:38 PM

I've been following the HVB not brewing thing long enough to be super excited about this.

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Posted 12 August 2023 - 10:24 AM

Well, I went to buy the GrainFather but, they were out of stock and the other retailers are 100+ more.

Checked in with More Beer and they had the Brewzilla 9 gallon on sale for 349.00 as a one day deal.

Pulled that trigger for sure.

Ordered a SNPA clone kit.

 

I was in Columbus, GA this morning and stopped by the local brew store. My laundry room was bigger than the store front. Prices were high as a cat's back too. Kits were 45-60.00 each.



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Posted 13 August 2023 - 06:27 AM

Nice! Did you get the 110 or 220 version. Curious on your thoughts, for the price I was very pleased with the product.

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Posted 13 August 2023 - 09:21 AM

Nice! Did you get the 110 or 220 version. Curious on your thoughts, for the price I was very pleased with the product.

I went with the 110 for the simple reason that getting an electrician out to find space in the box for 220 and run the line would be super expensive since it would tie the guy up for the best part of a full day.

Our breaker box is slap full so, some stuff would have to be moved around to make it work.

 

I won't notice the extra time it takes to get to full boil. I'm only going 5 gallon batches, anyway.



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Posted 14 August 2023 - 01:20 PM

I went with the 110 for the simple reason that getting an electrician out to find space in the box for 220 and run the line would be super expensive since it would tie the guy up for the best part of a full day.

Our breaker box is slap full so, some stuff would have to be moved around to make it work.

 

I won't notice the extra time it takes to get to full boil. I'm only going 5 gallon batches, anyway.

Yeah, that's what I said.  I was wrong...at least for me.  After about 4 batches on the 110 unit, I sprung for the 220 and an electrician.



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Posted 14 August 2023 - 04:39 PM

Yeah, that's what I said. I was wrong...at least for me. After about 4 batches on the 110 unit, I sprung for the 220 and an electrician.


Even though I still use old time gear, I'll occasionally look at how fast an electric unit can get 7 gallons of wort to boil. Looking at the info above, 120 would be too slow for my liking.

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Posted 14 August 2023 - 04:48 PM

I have an excel sheet if anyone wants it where you enter voltage, wattage, volume and starting Temps and it gives a good approximation of time. I think it is from 10+ years ago in the NB forum but still works.

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Posted 15 August 2023 - 06:12 AM

Even though I still use old time gear, I'll occasionally look at how fast an electric unit can get 7 gallons of wort to boil. Looking at the info above, 120 would be too slow for my liking.


110!

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Posted 20 August 2023 - 05:31 PM

Hoppy Citra blonde in the fermenter. Hit my volumes but not gravity. Need to make some tweaks in the crush and stir the mash a couple more times but the unit itself worked perfectly.

Eta:735 days between batches!

Edited by HVB, 20 August 2023 - 05:31 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2023 - 06:34 PM

Woohoo!

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Posted 22 August 2023 - 04:28 AM

Fermentation is going nuts so at least I did something right :). Planning some kind of lager, this weekend. I plan on tweaking my crush and leaving off the top plate so I can stir the mash easier. Hopefully that will bump up the efficiency.

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Posted 13 September 2023 - 04:51 PM

Well, I went to buy the GrainFather but, they were out of stock and the other retailers are 100+ more.
Checked in with More Beer and they had the Brewzilla 9 gallon on sale for 349.00 as a one day deal.
Pulled that trigger for sure.
Ordered a SNPA clone kit.

I was in Columbus, GA this morning and stopped by the local brew store. My laundry room was bigger than the store front. Prices were high as a cat's back too. Kits were 45-60.00 each.


If you a 120 VAC outlet on a second breaker, get a hotrod from brewhardware.com. It will reduce the ramp time and make your brew day much easier.

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Posted 26 September 2023 - 06:42 AM

Reduced ramp time is the best

I’m about to add an external calandria at work to take my ramp times down from like an hour and a half+ to like as soon as I’m kettle full I am boiling


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