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Old 01-22-2010, 03:14 PM   #611
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but I know I wont be carrying the kettle, that I do know.
Don't give up now! After a few brews of carrying that around you'll be jacked!

Just think of the upsides. You can create your own workout DVD's "The Pol's Brew Man Workouts". With just the proper gear you too can extraordinarily strong while brewing!
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:29 PM   #612
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I rinse with a Star San solution afterward (some things didnt completely drain) and I thought it may help keep critters from growing.
I've been tempted to do the same but fear leaving acidic solution in the copper bits. I'm coming up on a full year of brewing on the CB-20 and think I'll tear down the pump/chiller bucket soon to have a close-up look at things. I'm particularly interested in what the insides of the March look like after a year of CIP cleanings...
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:36 PM   #613
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I've been tempted to do the same but fear leaving acidic solution in the copper bits. I'm coming up on a full year of brewing on the CB-20 and think I'll tear down the pump/chiller bucket soon to have a close-up look at things. I'm particularly interested in what the insides of the March look like after a year of CIP cleanings...
This is one reason (one) that I used SS on the new build. I cant see inside the copper coil, I dont know what is going on in there, I dont know what the state of the thing is.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:07 PM   #614
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Cleaning the kettle and plumbing, easy.

Starts with a "warm" 5 gallon water volume and a brush to knock the majority of the hop junk off etc. Then I pump it dry. Then I load 5 more gallons of water in, 1oz of Oxi Clean and heat to 150F and let the pump recirculate it through the plumbing. The PID maintains that temp... I come back a few hours later. Drain, it is done.

No bugs, really pretty simple. I liked the adjustable pick-up tube for the CIP
Sounds like a charm

I asked a vendor ( who claims to also do custom work) about installing 1" flanges for electric elements even offered to give them a drawing with an authorization and release and they dopes told me they wouldn't sell it to me because they think it'll be sloppy.

I found a 60 quart 1/4" thick (yes #1 gauge) Aluminum stock pot that I can modify myself for $145.

I'm planning on building a system that will incorporate a Recirculating HERMS mash processor and want to also eliminate as much open air my brew sees through out the process.
I've always brewed in the kitchen but will be relocating to a less clean location. I prolly will end up using UV lamps to kill atmospheric molds and mildew.

The location is a old cellar so a propane fired kettle is not a desirable option, and at 1 - 3 Gees a pop an induction coil is also off the table.
That leaves water heater elements.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:59 PM   #615
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Woohoo, Scored a free 9.75"x8"x5.75" steel control box from work today. I know you said it was cramped in your 8x8x4 but this is free and I gots small hands These are internal wall to wall measurements.

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Old 01-29-2010, 07:19 PM   #616
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Woohoo, Scored a free 9.75"x8"x5.75" steel control box from work today. I know you said it was cramped in your 8x8x4 but this is free and I gots small hands These are internal wall to wall measurements.
I went with the 8x8x4 in spite of what I'm sure is sound advice. We'll see how it goes this weekend...

Wish I could have gotten one for free!
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:32 PM   #617
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Those smaller boxes work, obviously... they just have to be laid out well and you have to cut the screw mounting flanges off all of the outlets in the box. Notice how mine arent affixed with screws? That is why, no room for the flanges.

Good luck fellas. Wish me luck with my 100% virtual control panel on the new build. I HATE building panels...

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Old 01-29-2010, 09:41 PM   #618
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I went with the 8x8x4 in spite of what I'm sure is sound advice. We'll see how it goes this weekend...

Wish I could have gotten one for free!
It can be done. It is hard to make it look nice. As you can see mine is a bit cluttered but. It works. You just need to plan it out before going to town.

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:18 AM   #619
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I'm going to get some stranded wire tomorrow!

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POL might you post a schematic of your control box?

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