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by jimmayhugh
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: How to transfer high proof
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: How to transfer high proof

I use sanke kegs for just about everything. If I want to transfer from one to another, I can use my silver-soldered downcomer along with a triclamp tee to transfer liquids using compressed air. Since I've also done something similar with CSST , I could probably come up with a solution that way as we...
by jimmayhugh
Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Fermenting under pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Fermenting under pressure

I use a Brite tank and spunding valve when I'm making IPAs as it allows me to ferment under a wider temperature range while keeping unwanted esters to a minimum. I searched the site and didn't see a similar topic as it applies to this hobby, so I thought I'd bring it up. It seems to me that if you a...
by jimmayhugh
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Can Propane Burner Damage A Tri-Clamp And A Solder Joing on the side??
Replies: 4
Views: 317

Re: Can Propane Burner Damage A Tri-Clamp And A Solder Joing on the side??

The concept is the same as boiling water in a paper cup over an open flame.

As long as the water level is above the flame level, the water will convect the heat away as steam, and the container will remain at or near the boiling point of water, which of course varies with alititude.
by jimmayhugh
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Silver Soldering tri-clamp ferrules to CSST
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Silver Soldering tri-clamp ferrules to CSST

I don't have an indoor workshop, so when I'm working on a project it's usually on a makeshift table using sawhorses and a table top I made out of 2x4s and 1/2" particle board. I also have to set it up on the side of my house away from the dogs, especially when I'm using materials that may be toxic. ...
by jimmayhugh
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: small ferrrules
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: small ferrrules

Two possibilities:

NorCal Brewing has 1.5" caps with a 1/2" hole drilled into it. I've used these with copper pipe before.

Brewers hardware has these
by jimmayhugh
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Who here makes RTD Sensors?
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Who here makes RTD Sensors?

A quick check at Digikey shows them at $3.43 unit quantity, plus shipping (usually about $10).

Once you include wire, tape, etc, plus your time to make them, I question if it's cheaper...
by jimmayhugh
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Who here makes RTD Sensors?
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Who here makes RTD Sensors?

Adafruit normally sells both PT100 and PT1000 3-wire probes, but it looks like they are currently out of stock. Are you looking for PT100 or PT1000 probes? Are they inserted into a thermowell, or and integral part of a TC or NTP probe? Or are you looking for just the sensor and you'll add the wiring?
by jimmayhugh
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: transferring high abv alcohol - electric pump?
Replies: 19
Views: 2865

Re: transferring high abv alcohol - electric pump?

There are a couple of seals in the gas and liquid tubes but those are typically silicone. And they don't come in contact with the alcohol. And even the racetrack gasket doesn't contact the liquid inside the kegs. There's a rubber seal inside the poppet valve that is exposed to alcohol on the liquid...
by jimmayhugh
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: eBay milk cans + mile hi lids are not plug and play
Replies: 19
Views: 2788

Re: eBay milk cans + mile hi lids are not plug and play

I bought a couple of Temco 50L milk cans a few years back on ebay, and they are practically indestructible. They are 2mm thick, and can be a bitch to silver solder, and the Mile-Hi Dome Lid fits perfectly. They are more expensive but worth it.
by jimmayhugh
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Liquid malt extract for cheap
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: Liquid malt extract for cheap

I will do some research. Not sure if sugar needs to be added to get the SG up or keep adding LME until it's high enough , but that may be to much flavor. When I make a batch, I add 30 lbs of extract to 10 gal of filtered water, mix and aerate it with a paint mixer on my power drill and pitch the ye...
by jimmayhugh
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Liquid malt extract for cheap
Replies: 11
Views: 788

Re: Liquid malt extract for cheap

The LME I regularly use has a ppg of 1.035, which means that a pound of syrup added to a gallon of water will have a SG of 1.035. It's an additive process, so each additional pound of extract added to that gallon of water will increase the SG by 0.035. The ppg is normally somewhere on the container,...
by jimmayhugh
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: WHO HAS MADE THE PERFECT PARROT
Replies: 67
Views: 6180

Re: WHO HAS MADE THE PERFECT PARROT

I had a look at McMaster Carr for 3-way valves and they're crazy expensive in stainless. Distillex has some cheaper options, but the 3-way are bigger than I'd like. https://distillex.aliexpress.com/store/group/Valve/2958194_511608413.html?spm=a2g0o.store_home.pcShopHead_2571554.1_2_5 Brewershardwar...
by jimmayhugh
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: How-to Solder SS Ferrule to Copper Pipe - w/video
Replies: 9
Views: 8881

Re: How-to Solder SS Ferrule to Copper Pipe - w/video

Torch: You will need a MAP torch. Propane is not hot enough to work with the silver solder, or a 2"+ joint, for that matter. I have seen others say MAP is not hot enough and that you need Acetylene. This is not my experience. I have silver-soldered dozens of ferrules to copper and stainless steel u...
by jimmayhugh
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Brazing stainless steel to copper help
Replies: 21
Views: 1233

Re: Brazing stainless steel to copper help

When stainless steel is directly connected to copper, copper galvanic corrosion occurs. ... According to Copper.org, the stainless steel plumbing pipes corrode. You missed part of the problem: "Galvanic corrosion (also called bimetallic corrosion) is an electrochemical process in which one metal co...
by jimmayhugh
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Fun with Technology
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Re: Fun with Technology

I've been interested in getting real-time, updateable ABV readings for a while now, but was struggling with a relatively simple method to do it. I saw a project over at Barley and Hops that used a time-of-flight sensor to read a alcometer in a parrot, and translated the relative height of the alcome...
by jimmayhugh
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: 2" Copper Ferrules..... in bulk
Replies: 10
Views: 1801

Re: 2" Copper Ferrules..... in bulk

Take a look at these...

Also in 4"

Derrin may be able to do a better deal in quantity...
by jimmayhugh
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Ball vs Butterfly Valve
Replies: 10
Views: 950

Re: Ball vs Butterfly Valve

Both are an eaqual pain when it comes to routine disassembly and cleaning, and I get maybe my butterfly valve might have been a cheapo, but my personal preference I'm sticking with the ball valve. I use these instead of the three-piece ball valves. Quick and easy to disassemble and clean, about the...
by jimmayhugh
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Ball vs Butterfly Valve
Replies: 10
Views: 950

Re: Ball vs Butterfly Valve

I only have Tri-clamps, and my experience with both is that the butterfly valves normally come with either rubber or silicone valve seats, and the few that do have PTFE seem to warp or leak sooner. It's fairly common for ball valves to have PTFE seats, and they seem to last longer.
by jimmayhugh
Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Solder Issue - Ferrules to keg
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

Re: Solder Issue - Ferrules to keg

Give it a good scrub with Barkeeper's Friend and a coarse Scotch-Brite green scrubbie, then rinse thoroughly. The oxalic acid both cleans and re-passivates the stainless steel. :thumbup:
by jimmayhugh
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 2" Silver-Soldered Triclamp Port
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: 2" Silver-Soldered Triclamp Port

NJen wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:31 pm
The fact that your old and new tri-clamps are not lined up sets off my OCD though haha.
I'm a follower of the old adage " 'Perfect' is the enemy of 'good enough' " :P
by jimmayhugh
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 2" Silver-Soldered Triclamp Port
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Re: 2" Silver-Soldered Triclamp Port

Just checked the result, dry as a bone... :thumbup:
by jimmayhugh
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 2" Silver-Soldered Triclamp Port
Replies: 4
Views: 784

2" Silver-Soldered Triclamp Port

I was getting tired of disassembling my setup every time I wanted to add liquid. I happened to have a 2 inch radiused TC flange from Bobbie of BrewHardware . The flange is made to be silver-soldered to the side of a kettle, and also happens to fit on the keggle that is my electric boiler. Previous e...
by jimmayhugh
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer
Replies: 7
Views: 959

Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Twisted Brick wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 4:27 pm

Ever consider adding a length of woven ss sheathing to end of your down tube?

Twisted
I have a box of SS scrubbies that work just as well.
by jimmayhugh
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer
Replies: 7
Views: 959

Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

Eire Whiskey wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:50 am
Nice! What size keg are you using?
7.5 Gal, same height as a 15.5.
It's the one in the photo, but would also work in a 15.5 gal.
by jimmayhugh
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer
Replies: 7
Views: 959

Re: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

I've got some 1" carbide drills and a drill press. Slow and steady with LOTS of oil...

If you don't want to DIY the endcaps NorCal has endcaps pre-drilled in various sizes.
by jimmayhugh
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer
Replies: 7
Views: 959

1" Silver Soldered Stainless Steel Downcomer

I've been wanting to replace my current 1/2" copper-kluged downcomer for my thumper for a while now. NorCal Brewing Solutions has a nice SS downcomer available on their website, but I like to tinker so I made my own: https://www.buttcrackbrewery.com/images/Whiskey/DownComer_1.png https://www.buttcra...
by jimmayhugh
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Looking for some help from a Senior C++ developer
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Looking for some help from a Senior C++ developer

It is based on an ESP32-WROOM-32U Funny enough, I have 3 one-wire busses on here for temp sensors. I was taking an arduino-coding approach to this using the arduino-esp32 library but the project has outgrown the capabilities of the Arduino IDE and im now using VS Code with PlatformIO I've also work...
by jimmayhugh
Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Looking for some help from a Senior C++ developer
Replies: 7
Views: 1168

Re: Looking for some help from a Senior C++ developer

What microprocessor are you using?

I've done projects using the Teensy Microprocessors, and one of my older projects was featured on Hackaday in 2014.
by jimmayhugh
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 2 in stainless fitting into copper help needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1398

Re: 2 in stainless fitting into copper help needed

I lucked out when I made my column, I carried a 2" TC ferrule with me to the plumbing supply store, and discovered that the type M hard copper has a thinner wall, which means that the ferrule slides right in and solders easily with no annealing or hammering needed.

It was also slightly cheaper. :D