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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II - mchias1
the one i have has a thermostat as well, but i shorted it so i could use my own temp controller. i have a thermistor in a thermowell that i use during fermentation. i'd trust your inkbird temp reading over the fridge's....
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II - mchias1
Sounds similar to the wine/beverage cooler I got. Mine is the vissani wine fridge. Can easily fit up to 5 gallon fermenter in it. I shorted across the thermostat and use a wifi plug to turn it on an off (homemade inkbird). Only downside is it doesn't hold temp that long. Right now I've got a...
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II - mchias1
I don't rehydrate my yeast and all I use is dry yeast. It generally gets going around 12 hours after pitching. Depending on the size batch, last batch I did was 3 gallons and with a whirlfloc i still lost .75 gallon to trub in the boil kettle. I also do BIAB and there was a good bit of flour....
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II - mchias1
When I'm doing an oatmeal stout I add the lactose in the last 10 mins of the boil. You need the hot wort to dissolve the lactose. The only thing I add before bottling is priming sugar. My biggest worry about adding lactose at that time would be it wouldn't mix well enough....
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re: Ethernet home wiring services needed (sortof) - mchias1
Get some keystone Jacks. No crimping. They come with a little yellow tool to strip the outer protection. Untwist the wires and push them down. It's a 5 min job for each outlet....
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re: Home Brewing Equipment - mchias1
I do 3 gallon BIAB batches. 3 gallons ~ 1 case of beer. I use a 5 gallon pot on my stove for mashing. Have a 3 gallon PET fermentor. Estimate $50 total for the kettle, fermentor, and bag. I got a wine fridge off Craigslist for $50 that I use for fermentation temp control. I have my own temp ...
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II - mchias1
What's the groups' thoughts on Motueka hops flavor profile?...
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re: Help: Router VPN Set Up - mchias1
you have no control over where the VPN server farm is. Some let you select where your final VPN connection is. You'd have to research to see if any have servers in the Dallas area. This is a decent explanation. [link=(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM9WOmu2-c0&t=1314s)]Lon.TV VPN explanation[...
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re: Help: Router VPN Set Up - mchias1
I have an Asus router. It has VPN capability backed into already. Are you looking to VPN into your house or out of it? Either way, the Asus router has the capability to do both. I'd recommend finding a VPN the supports OpenVPN. After you set it up, you'll get a cert file. You upload this t...
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re: Getting started in home automation...suggestions needed - mchias1
Nothing wrong with starting with Amazon echo. If you use switches/plugs that use the Tuya app and work with Alexa you can always migrate them over to HomeAssistant if you decide to go deeper into the pool....
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re: Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - mchias1
I have the schlage zwave lock. In HA I had to set up a hex security code then put the lock in pairing mode. It paired through my other zwave devices....
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re: Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - mchias1
[quote]whats the advantage of HA over hubitat?[/quote] Really the only advantage of HA over hubitat is it's not controlled by a company. It's all open source software. The main creators actually are part of a company (I think Ubiquiti), but they are still independent. If they ever close, the com...
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re: Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - mchias1
the hubitat won't pair through existing zwave devices? i run zwave through a USB stick, but other than my initial device i haven't done any pairing by bringing it next to a device. you should just have to put the hubitat in pairing mode, then toggle the new device you want to add....
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re: Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - mchias1
Node red for automations. Tasmota on the Chinese wifi devices. HA is just the central hub. Ecobee can be controlled locally. Just have to register as a developer and you get access to the api. If you want colored lights and still use the light switch. Then I'd hard wire power to the light...
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re: Wink Moving to a Monthly Subscription UPDATE - Deadline Extended - mchias1
The issue with a pi is you either need an external HDD or get a quality SD card designed to written to a lot. Most automation software keeps histories and that destroys cheap SD cards with all the writes/erases. Just an FYI from someone who has ruined a couple of SD cards....
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re: Recommendations for security camera's? - mchias1
[link=(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ZdPKE2ckcBhljTc2R_qNA)]YouTube channel[/link] Check out the YouTube channel I linked above. The guy is from the baton rouge area. He recently did a review of reolink cams with BI and their own NVR....
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re: Question about network switches? - mchias1
Yes. You can expand your network by plugging in a switch....
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re: Recommendations for security camera's? - mchias1
Blue iris is $60. It has a ton of features for being so cheap. It supports almost any camera. If you get cameras with ONVIF they are extremely easy to add. It has built in motion detection but can also use motion detection from the cameras if they pass the signal. BI can also be set up to email...
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re: Recommendations for security camera's? - mchias1
Reolink Poe cameras Amcrest doorbell camera (let's you record locally or the cloud, only brand currently) NVR I'd recommend look into blue iris and get a used hp/dell i7 computer for cheap....
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re: Homebrewing Thread: Volume II - mchias1
kegged my munich helles yesterday. i saved the yeast cake and attempted to make bread with it this morning. bread came out tasting ok just didn't rise at all. thinking may need to make a starter first to get the yeast going again before adding it to bread dough. this was just an experiment to ...
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