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by DFitz
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Sweet Corn is a Lie.
Replies: 28
Views: 4279

Re: Sweet Corn is a Lie.

Let's look at these calculations from a different perspective. It cost me about 35 cents to drive to my local feed store and buy 200lb of cracked corn for a batch big enough to fill a 5 gal barrel. Not sure of the price of corn right now so we won't go there. This doesn't seem to make much sense as ...
by DFitz
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: New to me 15 gallon white oak barrel
Replies: 7
Views: 1594

Re: New to me 15 gallon white oak barrel

I just leave my barrels bung up. No need to turn a barrel really. When you emptied it after soaking where there a lot of charred bits?
by DFitz
Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:44 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Suggestions for a pump for a 1/4" coil
Replies: 40
Views: 2295

Re: Suggestions for a pump for a 1/4" coil

Perhaps considering a typical Marine grade RV wash down pump. The only drawback to this pump is the 12v requirement. Look at this on eBay: http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=321680870736&globalID=EBAY-US" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow 70 PSI Washdown ...
by DFitz
Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: What is everyone drinking?
Replies: 1604
Views: 104513

Re: What is everyone drinking?

Jimbo wrote: Im drinking a Pale Ale homebrew and sipping some Kirsch.
Looking forward to brewing soon. Really, I have most of my components ready. The hard part is going to be cleaning the garage and setting up a brewing op.
by DFitz
Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: What is everyone drinking?
Replies: 1604
Views: 104513

Re: What is everyone drinking?

Bourbon & Coke
A barrel aged wheated bourbon. 16 mos. in the barrel 6 mos. in the bottle now. It's come along really nice.
by DFitz
Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: %&*($#%$ SNOW!!!!
Replies: 630
Views: 37312

Re: %&*($#%$ SNOW!!!!

I would love to have some snow. It was 95 and humid to day. One can only remove so much clothing till people start getting offended.. I hear ya! Last night I'm thinking, sure feels warm in the house. Turned the thermostat from 73 to 72. Ambient temp climbed to 75. Walked out to look at the compress...
by DFitz
Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?
Replies: 22
Views: 1783

Re: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?

I've got a 1/2 dozen of their barrels and have never been disappointed with what comes out of them.
by DFitz
Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?
Replies: 22
Views: 1783

Re: Gibbs Brothers to toast or not to toast?

Ugh! $200 for a 10 gal. barrel now! It's a travesty I tell ya!
by DFitz
Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Craft Beer
Replies: 52
Views: 6310

Re: Craft Beer

I like Ellicott's, blueberry wheat is a good one. An obscur NY brew.
by DFitz
Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: old brewing equipment
Replies: 17
Views: 1116

Re: old brewing equipment

I've considered steam for quite a while before settling on an oil medium. In the end temperature control was the deciding factor.
by DFitz
Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: old brewing equipment
Replies: 17
Views: 1116

Re: old brewing equipment

I have a boiler similar to yours that I'm getting ready to modify. I've had the elements for a while now and have recently received the ferrule assemblies. I'll cut and install these ferrules into the jacket and drill the caps to accept the elements.The elements are 3Kw and fit well into a 6" ferrul...
by DFitz
Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Your worst dentist story? Here's mine!
Replies: 30
Views: 1652

Re: Your worst dentist story? Here's mine!

The dentures never did feel right, there is an extra tooth on one side that gags me when I talk. So as long as I keep my mouth shut, it's all good. I have the same problem. Same in it not bothering me if I don't talk. I think my wife had that tooth added as pay back for the extra stitches I request...
by DFitz
Sat May 30, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Pot Still Gasket / Seal
Replies: 123
Views: 45190

Re: Pot Still Gasket / Seal

Maybe something like this
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by DFitz
Thu May 28, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: why are electric controllers so expensive?
Replies: 59
Views: 3998

Re: why are electric controllers so expensive?

Look at Auber instruments. You can put together a smokin controller using all of their components with exception of the power cord, plug and spray paint (if you desire a color other than black) for about $130. They sell different size enclosure kits that go together really fast and Auber provides al...
by DFitz
Tue May 19, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Progress
Replies: 23
Views: 783

Progress

Man have I been out of the loop. About 25 years ago I bought a 36" tube style TV. This was the shit! Then came surround sound. Ok, I was on board with that too. I just replaced my old tube with a 60" Vizio 4k ultra HD screen smart tv with wacky jibberish that it takes a rocket scientist to figure ou...
by DFitz
Sun May 17, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: SAMMICH"S
Replies: 41
Views: 1617

Re: SAMMICH"S

Gotta second that Muffelata. Pile it high!
by DFitz
Tue May 05, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Cinco de Mayo
Replies: 12
Views: 580

Re: Cinco de Mayo

Went to my favorite messican restaurant and they were closed for the holidays. :roll:
by DFitz
Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Favorite Food Recipes
Topic: Salami
Replies: 33
Views: 4783

Re: Salami

Jimbo wrote:Come on man, Im looking forward to some nice home made Michigan venison sausage next time we get together! :moresarcasm:
I think I might be able to accommodate that
by DFitz
Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Welding ferrul
Replies: 37
Views: 2664

Re: Welding ferrul

Don't get me wrong. GTAW certainly offers a cleaner weld and in a sanitary application or another application where ascetic or high quality requirements would be mandatory I would say it's got it's place. If you're set up with a tig welder at your disposal that makes it much more convenient. The req...
by DFitz
Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Welding ferrul
Replies: 37
Views: 2664

Re: Welding ferrul

Anyone may be able to make a simple weld pass however can they weld a joint properly? A different matter altogether. As Corene indicates, exceeding the inter pass temperature can cause oxidation. Welding to the electrode manufacturer's specification Isn't as simple as one would think. I see it every...
by DFitz
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Welding ferrul
Replies: 37
Views: 2664

Re: Welding ferrul

pfshine wrote:I tell you what mig has its applications but I have always hated it with a passion. No offense to anybody just me being a snob.
Believe it or not, the no. 1 sold electrode in the country is mig wire.
by DFitz
Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Welding ferrul
Replies: 37
Views: 2664

Re: Welding ferrul

It's an inner shield wire. There's really no need to purge as the welds will be fillet welds. This isn't a pressure application by any means. I'll be using oil as a heating medium in the jacket.
by DFitz
Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Welding ferrul
Replies: 37
Views: 2664

Re: Welding ferrul

I'm getting ready to cut in several ferrules on my kettle. I'll be using SS FCAW. Small diameter wire .030 or .035. These ferrules will house my heating elements. As stated above, GTAW is the way to go, second best option in my opinion is wire; solid or flux core. Those trusty little Lincoln wire we...
by DFitz
Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:29 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: show us your brewing rig
Replies: 89
Views: 14233

Re: show us your brewing rig

figured Id grab a couple pics of my heat exchanger so I can explain it better. IMG_0392.jpg This shows the container with the HERMS coil in it. It has a PID controlled 2000 watt element in from the bottom. IMG_0393.jpg wort enters from the bottom and the temp is read at the output by a probe. If I ...
by DFitz
Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:24 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Union Failure
Replies: 45
Views: 4938

Re: Union Failure

I dont think that leaking is the norm for these things. Lots of people here use them no problem. Hell I did until I got these new ones!I was just looking for a better way. I have a 10" ferrule at the base of my whiskey head then I'm coming off the top of the whiskey head with 2" to the column. I th...
by DFitz
Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Union Failure
Replies: 45
Views: 4938

Re: Union Failure

You guys got me worried now. I have 3 unions designed into my still. :roll:
by DFitz
Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: The Birth of X1
Replies: 34
Views: 3234

Re: The Birth of X1

With testing complete I added the tags showing the various systems and their functions.
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Looking forward to starting the boiler modifications now. I should receive the material for these modifications in the next week or so. This has been a long time in the waiting. :clap: :thumbup:
by DFitz
Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:18 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum Talk......
Replies: 563
Views: 87193

Re: Rum Talk......

Changing your exhaust to a 12v marine application (a simple marine blower) would alleviate rads worries.

I'm more interested in Capt Tillers post though. So are you saying you are using several oak barrels for infused spirits or stainless kegs?
by DFitz
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anybody get any good deals lately?
Replies: 2268
Views: 141780

Re: Anybody get any good deals lately?

Got 4 6" ferrules, gaskets, caps and clamps for $270 shipped. I wish it were less so I could really feel like it was a smokin deal but it was the least expensive of any else I've found. That being said, I think it was a good deal.
by DFitz
Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I BELIEVE:
Replies: 385
Views: 18178

Re: I BELIEVE:

I believe you're right