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Orfy 12-05-2005 10:34 AM

Brewery design.
I'm still waiting for my kegs but was thinking of doing the first all grain today. But it's been raining for the last week.

I've had a rethink on the design. I just put this together from bits I already had and have done a test. 10c to 75c in 30 minutes.


I'm going to see if I can do a brew this afternoon.

ScottT 12-05-2005 12:01 PM

Is that heating element installed in a plastic bucket?

Is it not getting too hot for the plastic?

Do you have a temp controller on it?

Orfy 12-05-2005 01:42 PM

You can buy commercials of the same design but they are 80.
It's quite a rigid bucket. It is fitted through a large brass boss. I'm not going to boiling for hours, it's just for raising to mash temp, 168f. I'll keep an eye on it for the first few time. It's a 3kw immersion heater element with a built in theremiostat. I'm not sure how accurate it is though. So I'm using this for now.

Darth Konvel 12-05-2005 01:51 PM

Very cool as long as you don't get a meltdown ;)

Baron von BeeGee 12-05-2005 01:54 PM

I thought one of your kegs was done? Couldn't you mash in that and drain the wort in to the bucket?

Orfy 12-05-2005 02:10 PM

One of them is done.

I'm thinking I can mash inside and boil outside, we've had 2 weeks of rain and I've only got one boil ring and I had the element already.

For all of those reasons I thought I'd put it together like this so I can get going. I'm going to get everything ready this afternoon and hopefully brew in the morning. (I'm not confident I have enough gas in the bottle and don't want to run out outside shop hours)

I'm going to physically set everything up ready.
Here the stuff ready.


Dude 12-05-2005 03:23 PM

Won't that scorch the grain?

Its a good idea--I'd love to do something like that--if it works.... :p :D

Baron von BeeGee 12-05-2005 03:37 PM


Originally Posted by ORRELSE
Won't that scorch the grain?

Its a good idea--I'd love to do something like that--if it works.... :p :D

That's what I was thinking until I saw the pic...looks like orf is using the bucket/element as a HLT and actually mashing in the cooler? As long as the bucket can take the heat, it looks like good to me.

What's the stainless built in unit to the right? Coffee related?

Orfy 12-05-2005 04:36 PM

Yep it's a hot water tank only to feed the mash tun and sparge water.
Into the cooler
Then boil in the keg.

The silver thing is a built in coffee machine. :D


Baron von BeeGee 12-05-2005 04:37 PM

That's lovely. I've got a stand alone which looks nice (to me), but commands a lot of counter real estate.

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