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IvanBrew 08-06-2013 04:22 AM

Brewery Re-Start
 
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For those that missed my thread in the Introductions forum, I'm making a return to the hobby after a 10+ year absence. I finally got re-energized a couple of months back and started making plans.

I'll document my setup in this thread, though having seen many of the setups posted here, I don't for a minute claim to be doing anything earth shattering.

My eventual goal is to move to a half barrel setup. Some of what I'm doing now is with that in mind. In other words, of you see something that looks like overkill, remember that I hope to grow this rig in the not too distant future.

Now, with all that preface behind me...

Look what showed up in the mail today! (I felt like a 5yo at Christmas!)


IvanBrew 08-09-2013 02:29 AM

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I made a little mid-week progress:


I also got the fittings swapped out on my other kettle and pump.

Hopefully the new burner and controller show up tomorrow. I'm wanting to get everything set to do a wet test next weekend.


IvanBrew 08-09-2013 02:29 AM

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I made a little mid-week progress:


I also got the fittings swapped out on my other kettle and pump.

Hopefully the new burner and controller show up tomorrow. I'm wanting to get everything set to do a wet test next weekend.


IvanBrew 08-12-2013 02:24 AM

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I'm pretty happy with this weekend's progress. I got a small storage shed set-up behind my garage to free up brew space in the garage.

Next up I cleaned my old mash tun which had an adhesive backed rubber heater on it. This kettle is becoming my new HLT and will be direct fired, so the heater had to come off. That involved a lot Krud Kutter, elbow grease, and swearing, but came out great.

I made some alterations to a heavy duty shelving unit I already had, built a base with casters for it, and reassembled the whole thing.

Finally, I got the new Blichmann burner and Tower of Power controller set-up.

Hopefully my new boil kettle will show up tomorrow and the fun will continue


IvanBrew 08-12-2013 02:24 AM

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I'm pretty happy with this weekend's progress. I got a small storage shed set-up behind my garage to free up brew space in the garage.

Next up I cleaned my old mash tun which had an adhesive backed rubber heater on it. This kettle is becoming my new HLT and will be direct fired, so the heater had to come off. That involved a lot Krud Kutter, elbow grease, and swearing, but came out great.

I made some alterations to a heavy duty shelving unit I already had, built a base with casters for it, and reassembled the whole thing.

Finally, I got the new Blichmann burner and Tower of Power controller set-up.

Hopefully my new boil kettle will show up tomorrow and the fun will continue


IvanBrew 08-12-2013 02:24 AM

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I'm pretty happy with this weekend's progress. I got a small storage shed set-up behind my garage to free up brew space in the garage.

Next up I cleaned my old mash tun which had an adhesive backed rubber heater on it. This kettle is becoming my new HLT and will be direct fired, so the heater had to come off. That involved a lot Krud Kutter, elbow grease, and swearing, but came out great.

I made some alterations to a heavy duty shelving unit I already had, built a base with casters for it, and reassembled the whole thing.

Finally, I got the new Blichmann burner and Tower of Power controller set-up.

Hopefully my new boil kettle will show up tomorrow and the fun will continue


IvanBrew 08-12-2013 02:24 AM

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I'm pretty happy with this weekend's progress. I got a small storage shed set-up behind my garage to free up brew space in the garage.

Next up I cleaned my old mash tun which had an adhesive backed rubber heater on it. This kettle is becoming my new HLT and will be direct fired, so the heater had to come off. That involved a lot Krud Kutter, elbow grease, and swearing, but came out great.

I made some alterations to a heavy duty shelving unit I already had, built a base with casters for it, and reassembled the whole thing.

Finally, I got the new Blichmann burner and Tower of Power controller set-up.

Hopefully my new boil kettle will show up tomorrow and the fun will continue


IvanBrew 08-19-2013 02:38 AM

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I think my wife's about a day short of killing me for ignoring her Honey Do list, but the brewery is up and running! lol

I ended up replacing the burner under the boil kettle. I couldn't find a replacement orifice that worked, and after placing a 20 gal kettle on it, I'd started worrying the old one wouldn't have the BTU's anyhow.

Amazingly, everything ran pretty well first time through. I wet the system down for the first time today and ran a mock brew-day with water. I also ran PBW through the pump.

I still have lots of little things to do, like paint, plywood skins over the wire shelves, a couple drips here and there, etc...

Here's the glamour shots:


IvanBrew 08-19-2013 02:38 AM

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I think my wife's about a day short of killing me for ignoring her Honey Do list, but the brewery is up and running! lol

I ended up replacing the burner under the boil kettle. I couldn't find a replacement orifice that worked, and after placing a 20 gal kettle on it, I'd started worrying the old one wouldn't have the BTU's anyhow.

Amazingly, everything ran pretty well first time through. I wet the system down for the first time today and ran a mock brew-day with water. I also ran PBW through the pump.

I still have lots of little things to do, like paint, plywood skins over the wire shelves, a couple drips here and there, etc...

Here's the glamour shots:


IvanBrew 08-19-2013 02:38 AM

4 Attachment(s)

I think my wife's about a day short of killing me for ignoring her Honey Do list, but the brewery is up and running! lol

I ended up replacing the burner under the boil kettle. I couldn't find a replacement orifice that worked, and after placing a 20 gal kettle on it, I'd started worrying the old one wouldn't have the BTU's anyhow.

Amazingly, everything ran pretty well first time through. I wet the system down for the first time today and ran a mock brew-day with water. I also ran PBW through the pump.

I still have lots of little things to do, like paint, plywood skins over the wire shelves, a couple drips here and there, etc...

Here's the glamour shots:



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