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Old 11-10-2007, 05:16 AM   #1
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I have been looking at the different RIMS and I saw theBrutus Ten in BYO. I like the look of this system and it looks very simple. the questions I have are.
1.How well will the love controller maintain the temp of the MLT (5 to 10 degree swings)?
2.How many times dose the burner cycle on and off. (worried about the solenoids burning up)?
3.How well does the burner on the MLT work going from flame to no flame?
thanks for the input
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Old 11-10-2007, 05:30 AM   #2
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from what I heard, this system works really well keeping the temp under control

now for a rant!

I am kind of pi**ed! I paid $25 for the plans for brutus and then 3 months later i get the plans free in my BYO!!!!!!!

Ok I'm done!!

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Old 11-10-2007, 01:10 PM   #3
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from what I heard, this system works really well keeping the temp under control

now for a rant!

I am kind of pi**ed! I paid $25 for the plans for brutus and then 3 months later i get the plans free in my BYO!!!!!!!

Ok I'm done!!

John
Yep, I feel bad because I recommended to someone who was new on the forum to look at the AleNuts website to get ideas of a single tier system that is reportedly very good. I guess the new forumite wanted to see more detail so he ponied up the $$$ and then just like you a few weeks later........BOOM. BYO has everything anyone would need to build Brutus.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:32 AM   #4
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What's the cost of putting this together?

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Old 11-11-2007, 01:38 AM   #5
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...and DIY skill level...

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Old 11-11-2007, 03:43 AM   #6
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What's the cost of putting this together?
From the plans I have, the parts list brings the total out to $2300. That would be much more if you cant weld the stand yourself.

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I think that this is probably a 3 1/2 or 4 out of 5. You have to be pretty confidant in your abilities to tackle this. That being said if you don't feel comfortable doing this, but have a handy buddy who could help you do it, I think it would be a good thing to do. That way you know all the blood and guts of your system and understand all the little things when it comes time to either fix or upgrade the system.

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Old 11-11-2007, 01:15 PM   #7
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I am not a welder, and don't know anyone that is. How much welding is required from these instructions?

I just signed up for BYO, not sure if I'll get this issue but I hope so. May have to order a back issue.

I was looking at some pre-made systems (MoreBeer if I recall has several in this price range, but this morning couldn't get access to their website). I would think the Brutus Ten would have more functionality or better components for the same price as these.

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I think that you can build this without a welded stand. I think it would be just as sturdy with the "erector set" style stand or a wooden stand with flashing.

As far as the BYO issue, your HBS should sell them. If not they carry them at my Barnes and Nobel, they may at yours too.

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Here is my setup which uses three Love controllers: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=39422

Due to some personal issues I have not even had a chance to break it in although I have tested it for several hours and have not had any problems with temperature swings.

**EDIT** - Just realized that since mine is electric (vs. gas), I probably can't really comment on the temperature swings...

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I am not a welder, and don't know anyone that is. How much welding is required from these instructions?

I just signed up for BYO, not sure if I'll get this issue but I hope so. May have to order a back issue.

I was looking at some pre-made systems (MoreBeer if I recall has several in this price range, but this morning couldn't get access to their website). I would think the Brutus Ten would have more functionality or better components for the same price as these.
Take a look at Brewpastor's setup; you don't necessarily have to weld. Another thought is that one could build that basic rig and add the bells and whistle's later.
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