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vballdrummer 03-24-2011 04:54 PM

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UPDATE: I've taken delivery of the 20.8 MT and BK. EVERYTHING was as expected - no disappointed one bit. John was OOS of the HLT, so I'm going to play around w/batch sparging as I rebuild my brewery. Now I need to shorten my table, Doh!


Wicked Daddy 04-24-2012 02:36 AM

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So here is the port in the conical fermenter. It's a 1/2 inch camlock and will take a cap for sealing the fermenter.


Wicked Daddy 04-24-2012 02:38 AM

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This is the port with the cap on it.


Wicked Daddy 04-24-2012 02:42 AM

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From the inside: I attached an arm with a sprayer to distribute the wort/yeast/hops into the fermenter. I also made an aeration system that oxygenates the wort on it's way to the fermenter. As the wort enters the fermenter, so does the oxygen. The sprayer aids in churning the wort. This purges the fermenter as well, out of the blow-off (on the lid).


Wicked Daddy 04-24-2012 02:48 AM

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For adding yeast and hops for dry hopping: Yeast slurry goes into funnel and is washed down with some sterile water. I dry hop by first doing a quick boil of pellet hops, cool and pour into the funnel. Wash down with some sterile water.


Wicked Daddy 04-24-2012 04:23 PM

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Thanks! Ask all the questions you like.

Yes, the camlocks and most other hardware came from Bargain Fittings. The sprayer is made from a dip tube and a female compression fitting. Here is the dip tube:

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=157

I buy it without the male fitting and I also cut off 3/4 inch of the short side to gain a little more clearance.

The funnel is from Austin Homebrew Supply. They are local to me but here is the link to the funnel on their site:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=11061

The idea for the fermenter sprayer DID come from a sprayer I made for my mash tun. In the mash tun, I used camlocks to make the RIM hose and Sparge Sprayer interchangeable; RIM hose for mashing and then switch to sprayer for sparging:


Wicked Daddy 04-24-2012 04:23 PM

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Thanks! Ask all the questions you like.

Yes, the camlocks and most other hardware came from Bargain Fittings. The sprayer is made from a dip tube and a female compression fitting. Here is the dip tube:

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...product_id=157

I buy it without the male fitting and I also cut off 3/4 inch of the short side to gain a little more clearance.

The funnel is from Austin Homebrew Supply. They are local to me but here is the link to the funnel on their site:

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=11061

The idea for the fermenter sprayer DID come from a sprayer I made for my mash tun. In the mash tun, I used camlocks to make the RIM hose and Sparge Sprayer interchangeable; RIM hose for mashing and then switch to sprayer for sparging:


Wicked Daddy 04-26-2012 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by cpirius View Post
Think you could throw in a few pics of the racking arm? I'm curious about how exactly that part rotates and seals. I would really appreciate it.
Here you go:

You can see the 2 O-rings. These seal the arm in the TC port. There is also a TC seal and clamp and the ball valve clamps to the arm with a seal and clamp as well. I keep the arm turned to the side and angled down just slightly. This keeps yeast/trub from falling into the racking tube. when it's time to sample or move to kegs; I dump the yeast, loosen the TC just enough to turn the arm and rotate it down, then tighten the clamp. I'll open the valve and let a little flow into a glass to make sure I'm getting clean beer before transferring to the keg.

Wicked Daddy 04-26-2012 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by cpirius View Post
Think you could throw in a few pics of the racking arm? I'm curious about how exactly that part rotates and seals. I would really appreciate it.
Here you go:

You can see the 2 O-rings. These seal the arm in the TC port. There is also a TC seal and clamp and the ball valve clamps to the arm with a seal and clamp as well. I keep the arm turned to the side and angled down just slightly. This keeps yeast/trub from falling into the racking tube. when it's time to sample or move to kegs; I dump the yeast, loosen the TC just enough to turn the arm and rotate it down, then tighten the clamp. I'll open the valve and let a little flow into a glass to make sure I'm getting clean beer before transferring to the keg.


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