Two coat hangers form the frame with the edges of the plate folded over. Precision punctures let water through.
I just built this heatstick which uses a thinned-out J.B. Weld to seal the space around the element connections. 1 teaspoon of acetone per both tubes of epoxy worked well to make it pourable, although if I did it again I might up it to 1.5t to make the pouring go a bit faster. An item… Continue reading J.B. Welded Heatstick
In the past I’ve used one of those 11lb Esacli scales for weighing out grain. It works well enough but the size of your container is limited by its plate so I only ever could weigh 4 pounds at a time. While getting a bunch of other cheap junk to play with from DealExtreme I… Continue reading Hanging Scale for Weighing out Grains
Just did a trial run of my new 4500W, 240V electric hot liquor tank. My previous version was much wimpier, using a 120V 1000W element. Also I used a 48qt cooler this time meaning that I’ll be able to heat all the water for my batch at once. It’ll go like this: Heat the entire… Continue reading Electric HLT Part Two
I just invested in a starter keg setup, and I made a batch of carbonator caps for beer transportation. Using this article as a starting point I drilled the requisite hole using standard twist drill bits. The problem with large bits and soft material is that they tend to suddenly “grab” and make large… Continue reading Carbonator Caps & Hole Punch
To dispense my StarSan I use a bathroom pump soap dispenser. 8 pumps doles out 1/2oz which is the proper amount for the 2.5 gallons of sanitizer I typically make. it’s a lot quicker to squirt out 8 pumps instead of squeezing the StarSan bottle to fill the little reservoir.
I brewed a vienna lager today and with it being late summer I knew our tap water wouldn’t cool the wort far enough. Here in Milwaukee we’re fortunate to have cool tap water all year but it does get up to 55-60 in the summer which doesn’t work well for getting the wort down to… Continue reading Cooling Wort to Lager Temps