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Old 02-13-2014, 03:38 AM   #141
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I just filled my first two kegs last night. (Finally getting liberated from bottling!) Like you, I'm set up to serve three styles and have an APA in primary to round out the trio.

Are you going with a gravity system or horizontal?
doing a hybrid

the MT on top, the HLT under that and half way down on the side is the brew kettle

so you have to pump from the HLT, but gravity after that

I owned one half of a gravity system when I first started, brewed about 2 years on that ans sold out and set up a horizontal with pumps and herms, Sold that after a few years and did another gravity system, sold that after about 7 years and think I am on to something here.
I like the pump so I can do a hybrid rims/herms mash using the system to do steps
but I like the simplicity of the gravity sparge and fermenter fill. Guess I am just a fiddler
but doing mainly 5 gallon brews, a herms system is a bit wasteful to me and a rims system does not have the versitillity I want, so I am redesigning the heat exchanger.
The totally killer thing about this hobby is designing stuff. I think that as we try to emulate what the big guys do we do super brain farts till something works, I DIG THAT.
I am a tinkler and experimenter, I am never satisfied, hence my participation in this thread. I have dome 30 or 40 experiments with different fermentation vessels and techniques. Personally, I think a SS conical with all the bells and whistles is best. I get the best of both worlds. I simply draw the trub off when I need to and leave the beer alone.
But anyway about the new system. I have my stand welded up and I am plumbing it for gas right now. next will be the hybrid rims/herms system.
I figure using the HLT to pump water through a heat exchanger using a pump to move the mash liquid will keep my mash where I want it with a little control over the temp, when I need to step I can use gas to heat an exchanger with the HLT water going through it and the Mash Liqour inside of that. That way I am not putting flame or direct heat to the mash liqour, but have the ability to heat up the HLT water flowing around it hot hot hot. Got the idea when I designed my tankless water heater. I saw the price of those puppies and just made one of my own.
while brazing up the heat exchanger I had an epiphany.

opps sorry for the hijack
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:57 AM   #142
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doing a hybrid

the MT on top, the HLT under that and half way down on the side is the brew kettle so you have to pump from the HLT, but gravity after that

The totally killer thing about this hobby is designing stuff. I think that as we try to emulate what the big guys do we do super brain farts till something works, I DIG THAT.
Wow. Sounds like that is going to be a great system! I know what you mean about tinkering. I'm always trying to find a better way to do things. Being fairly new at this I'm blown away by just how technical it can get in just about any direction you might want to explore.

Good luck with that build and let me know when its up and running. I'd like to know how it works out for you.
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