So it turns out a drill chuck+marga handle works way better than a plumbing compression fitting!
Used a dremel to cut some edges for the keyed parts of the marga handle. Goes through that 8kg pretty fast, 6 minutes?
Anyone seen a thermosiphon in action for boiling+lifting water? Came across these guys who're using one to boil mash water and "pump" it up above the kettle, kind of intriguing.
Aha, thanks Mark for pointing out the Crabtree Effect. I suppose you could feed the starter with some more sugar after it's done a first ferment, but that isn't much easier than just stepping it.
Moad I reckon the problem for low alcohol beer would be byproducts of using alcohol dehydrogenase -...
Maybe this is a crazy idea, but bear with me.
Is there any enzyme or similar that can break down alcohol? Wondering if you could put that in a high gravity starter (1.60 OG?) and then you'd end up growing a lot more yeast, but it would stay healthy since the alcohol levels haven't gone too...
Bringing back this old thread, anyone seen a good long thermometer, 40cm+? It'd be nice to reach to the bottom of the mash tun, or low water levels in the keggle without steam burns.
There's the ThermoWorks RT610B-24 which looks pretty good though a bit slow, but it's out of stock and about...
Here's my basic setup for hand crushing, 8kg hopper. I thought the nylon compression fitting for the old Marga crank was a clever idea, until I tried some hard carahell and the copper pipe just kept slipping. I'll have to find a better crank or attachment there.