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Old 08-06-2009, 05:21 PM   #1
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I'm going to have a bit of money coming in, and am trying to determine what type of brew rig I ideally want to have. My current setup is as follows:

60qt Boil Kettle / Strike Water Kettle (with valve / glass / themom)
60qt Cooler Mash Tun
Kick A Banjo Burner (on loan now, but buying my own ASAP)
Immersion Chiller
Glass Carboys
Corny Keg Rig

Ideally I want to have a 10g batch rig. It doesn't have to be fully automated, though some automation would be nice. I don't think I want to bother with a RIMS or HERMS system, as frankly, I think it's a waste from what I know about them, but if you want to try to convince me otherwise... now's the time.

My initial thought is to get 2 more 60qt pots and 2 more banjo burners, get rid of the cooler tun, then upgrade to a CFC or Plate chiller, but I'd like to hear some other thoughts.

So... what do I upgrade? automate? toss out?

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Old 08-06-2009, 07:14 PM   #2
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No responses? No one has any suggestions?

Maybe my title should have been "Is my beer ruined?"... that always seems to get a response!

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Old 08-06-2009, 07:21 PM   #3
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This thread has three systems detailed:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/plea...rewery-127359/

Not brewery per se, but would be helpful:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/yeas...i-need-129681/

Another brewery detailed:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/all-...ew-box-125310/

one more:
http://blogs.homebrewtalk.com/Boerde...G_Starter_Rig/

How my brewery design evolved:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/brou...abouter-72118/

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If you have any questions or want some help designing a system, just ask. You gave very little info to start with though. How much money? What automation if you do not want a recirc system? How technically inclined are you?

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Old 08-06-2009, 07:38 PM   #4
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As for the money... not enough for a Sabco, but more than enough for a bucket. I'm not going to say money isn't an object, but I can afford to spend a decent amount if it makes sense to do so. (Still vague, but the best I can do).

As far as automation, maybe some pumps, better temp control... some ways to make the process easier... not sure what else I should be looking for.

I'm an IT guy who used to work in construction... so pretty technically inclined.

The problem is I'm not sure what I'm looking for, so was hoping for suggestions. Maybe the question should be rephrased to "If you currently had this rig and $1000 what would you do?"

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Well in that case, I would build the system I am building It is found at the end of the thread titled "Brouwerij Boerderij Kabouter".

My suggestion is to build the rig first then automate as cash comes in and time allows. My above post has about 5-7 different brewery ideas all around your price range that may offer some ideas for you to use.

If you want my build workbook, PM me your email address and I wills end you a copy.

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Pretty simple and straightforward... I like it.

So, 3 burners, 3 kettles, 2 pumps, inline chiller and lots of fittings... Am I missing anything? (over simplified I know) How do you control temp in the MLT? Are you just manually adjusting the burners as needed?

I would probably hold off on the tri clamps until I know I'm going to commit to the rig 100%, but otherwise it seems do-able.

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Old 08-06-2009, 09:11 PM   #7
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You got it. I control everything manual for now and will upgrade as I get money from my budget. I have been collecting parts for about two years and am steadily getting closer to completion.

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So if using propane... is there a way to accurately control the temp in the MLT? That's one of the things I'd love to automate. I think if I make a 2 level stand and eliminate a pump, I can probably pull off making this with a fairly low expense.

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Going two tier will shave some expense...

I plan to control mash temps with a combined HERMS/RIMS. Step mashes will be done with the direct fired MLT (RIMS) and rest temps will be maintained with the HERMS. Gas solenoids can be easily incorporated to control temps.

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I've used water solenoids before, but am more concerned with gas ones. This is the one issue I'm sort of in the dark on. I guess the mash would have to be stirred constantly to avoid localized heating... so basically RIMS or HERMS seems to be at an advantage here. Would it make sense to set up a rotating mash paddle for this purpose, or am I over thinking the whole thing and stupid not to set up a RIMS if I want to automate this?

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