HOMEBREW Digest #3725 Mon 03 September 2001

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  Re: RIMS, SSR's and heat dissipation ("RJ")
  Re: Temperature controller + fridge == true love! ("RJ")
  Tap-A-Draft (Squidwerd402)
  Looking For Brewers In Townsville ("Phil & Jill Yates")
  Bass Ale Clone...which yeast? (Denis Bekaert)
  jsp malt mill (Ed Jones)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2001 07:19:50 -0400 From: "RJ" <wortsup at metrocast.net> Subject: Re: RIMS, SSR's and heat dissipation Bjoern.Thegeby at cec.eu.int wrote: "I am about to build my RIMS now and have a few practical questions. Given that I will have a combo of 10A and liquids, I would like to put the electrical stuff in a safe enclosure, IP55 or thereabouts. I have never used a SSR before, but they seem to require a major heatsink. Where do I put the SSR, inside or outside the enclosure? The numbers are 220V current, 1350W element (can be upped to 2000W by wiring a third loop). My planned safety measures include fusing the element (10A fuse), grounding everything and a 220V GFCI. The enclosure would have separate power switches for Mains, Pump and Heater, as well as a 1300/2000W toggle. Which of my ideas will fry me?" Bjorn, Check out these guys... They good equipment and excellent technical reference materials. http://www.omega.com/ Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2001 07:49:35 -0400 From: "RJ" <wortsup at metrocast.net> Subject: Re: Temperature controller + fridge == true love! "John Zeller" <jwz_sd at hotmail.com> wrote: To Doug: "My only point being that all of this is unecessary with either controller. There will be very little fluctuation in the 5 gallons of wort with the probe in the air. I can easily maintain the wort temperature within one degree or so with the probe in the air and this is more than stable enough for brewing purposes. It is much easier and cleaner to keep the probe out of the wort and still have excellent temperature control." I did some temperture tests a few years back with my two lager/fermentation bins, one an old 17cuft refrigerator, the other a new 22cuft chest freezer... And, found that the best way to control the temperatures on both was to strategically place a small wood-stove fan inside, along with a controller... This de-stratifies the air inside making a more constant temperture. The tests were made with a remote thermometer that recorded high-low variations, and was placed next to the controller's probe & away from it (to verifiy results)... The variations were astounding! As much as +8 -12F, even though the differential was set a +/-3F. I originally had the fan come on with the compressor, but found that I needed to have the fan on constantly, to be consistent. I now enjoy a 6F total variation, which is what I thought I had before the testing. PS: The controllers' probe sits (in air) about 1/3 of the way down, from the top, in the bins and the fan is on the bottom opposite the probe. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2001 11:31:34 EDT From: Squidwerd402 at aol.com Subject: Tap-A-Draft Greetings, I was wondering if anyone has had an experience using the Tap-A-Draft small kegging system currently available through morebeer.com. Any thoughts? Thanks, Bruce Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001 20:32:51 +1000 From: "Phil & Jill Yates" <yates at acenet.com.au> Subject: Looking For Brewers In Townsville >From a pilots' point of view, visually descending into Townsville is like arriving on the moon. No vegetation of any particular description but plenty of rocky outcrops and a nasty looking airstrip they call their "international airport". This is the home of Graham Sanders and along with his mates in the tower (I assume they are his mates), they are a bloody rude bunch! I would be inclined to be bloody rude too if I lived in a place which so closely resembled the moon. I wonder how they brew up there, even in winter it is hot enough to have you sweating in a short sleeve shirt. Today (despite being Fathers Day) I flew all the way to Townsville and fully expected to see Graham at the airport. He prides himself in making sure no person gets in or out of Townsville without his permission. I carried with me gifts of hops, special yeasts and two wort kits to appease the cranky bastard. But he was not to be seen. His mates in the tower were so rude I was tempted to wander across the tarmac and pull their noses for them. But what would be the point? Are there really any brewers in Townsville? Maybe there are, but finding them would be like looking for life on the moon. Or searching for a brain cell in Max McDonohue's head. Not easily found!! Cheers Phil Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001 15:01:03 -0700 (PDT) From: Denis Bekaert <Denis-B at rocketmail.com> Subject: Bass Ale Clone...which yeast? Oh my...here I am all ready to brew a Bass Ale clone tomorrow on Labor Day and when I went to the yeast cupboard for a Wyeast 1098 (British Ale) that I thought was there, but what I have is Wyeast 1056 (American Ale). I popped the frozen 1056 in the starter, but wondered if perhaps I should wait until I can get the 1098. I also have a Wyeat 1318 (London Ale III) on hand that I could use. Problem is that the homebrew shop is 60 miles away (one way) and won't be open until Tuesday. Any suggestions? Brew on Brothers and Sisters... Denis in Beechgrove, Tennessee where Moonshine is our history but homebrewing is our passion Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001 19:47:31 -0400 (EDT) From: Ed Jones <ejones at sdl.psych.wright.edu> Subject: jsp malt mill I'm seriously considering buying a JSP malt mill but I don't know if I should buy the fixed or adjustable version. Admitidly, I'm fairly ignorant about grain size and how to even adjust a mill, but I'd learn if it were actually important. What would you recommend? Secondly, the Phil Mill 2 has smaller rollers and probably crushes a little slower, but it seems to be much easier to adjust. Does anyone have any comments relative to these two mills? Thank you! - -- Ed Jones "When I was sufficiently recovered to be permitted to take nourishment, I felt the most extraordinary desire for a glass of Guinness...I am confident that it contributed more than anything else to my recovery." - written by a wounded officer after Battle of Waterloo, 1815 Return to table of contents
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