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Old 01-28-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default 2 1500w element brutus 20 type setup

well... thanks to my glass topped electric stove for shattering twice (due to brewing...). i've made the jump to do electric brewing! i've had my keggles for quite awhile now, but since i moved to an apartment i was just doing 3 gallon AG batches on the stove. As stated above... thats no longer a viable option!

So! i'll post what i have going so far and keep everyone updated.

Right now i'm just going to plug this into the wall and run 100% for the next two batches (my friend wanted beer for his party in about a month, hence why i'm brewing without the controller at first... i didn't have the cash sitting aside).

So here is whati have so far...

... a broken stove!

don't know how well this is going to show up, but looks like i hit it with a hammer and spider webbed out.


keggle drilled for the ground post



testing if my bulkheads leak at all (it's been about a 6-8 months since i've had liquid in these guys)



false bottom picture... because, why not?



potted elements



going to clean them up after the silicone dries.

i'll post more as soon as more parts come in... which hopefully should be here tomorrow or weds!

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Old 01-29-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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keggle drilled and now soaking in some hot oxy clean
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and here is the diagram i will be going off of

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thanks for the help btw, P-J!

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Can't wait to see what you come up with for the rest of your build. Are you going to use two pumps? You mentioned your doing a Brutus 20 which is what my inspiration came from. My setuphttp://www.homebrewtalk.com/f170/dif...rewery-380514/ uses one pump and gravity like the famous countertop Brutus 20
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f85/coun...s-20-a-131096/

Keep up the good work. Bummer about your stove.

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just a single pump.
Basically it's going to be a reincarnation of my propane setup; just with electric instead of propane. here is a picture of the old stand. i wish i could have taken it with me! but it wont fit anywhere in the apartment .



yours looks great though!!

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MY NUTS ARE IN PORTLAND! MY NUTS ARE IN PORTLAND!! as per the USPS website... and not my wife... haha

and the best part is... this whole thing is going in the kitchen when in use... i don't have enough room in the storage area for a stand. i find that to be quite hilarious for some reason.

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Nice. Plan to eventualy build something similar so thanks for the examples.

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My nuts arrived!



annnnnd we're testing!

so far...
No leaks.
about 2* a minute on 8 gallons... which scares me a bit considering i have to run a boil manually, but we will see!

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times as follows with 8 gallons of tap water starting at 62*

62* - 6:24
70* - 6:27
80* - 6:31
90* - 6:36
105*-6:43
120*-6:49
130*-6:54
140*-6:58
156*-7:07
166*-7:11
176*-7:18
180*-7:20
184*-7:23
190*-7:26
193*-7:33
198*-7:36
this is where it started to slow.
206*-7:50
212*-7:55

All in all... Pretty damn great for what manual control i'm using here and only 3000w.

AND the once it hit the boil... i let it boil for awhile to see how crazy it would get. Honestly. at 100% with both elements, it was quite manageable and a nice rolling boil.

Tonight after work i'm going to run to the hardware store and get some reflectex for the mashtun and the BK and see how much that helps. then maybe i'd be comfortable stepping it up to 10 gallon batches? if all else fails i'd need 2000W elements instead of the 1500w i have now and i'm pretty sure i'd be golden.

Currently testing it for flow and doing great! like my sculpture? haha



tonight should be fun!

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