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Old 08-29-2014, 07:34 PM   #131
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A reef chiller would likely work for controlling ferm temps, my concern with going that route was for lagering temps, though it could very well work.

I'm in the process of doing my first batch with the glycol chiller. The pump on my chiller runs non-stop (mixes and pumps), so I decided to run it through the jacket non stop but at fermentation temperature.

I wired up an STC1000 to sense the chiller bath temp, and it kicks the compressor on/off as required - leaving the pump running the whole time. By going this route, I can get away without using glycol as the chiller can be set at a higher temp. I ran the chiller down to lager temps the other day as a test and had no issues with it freezing up.

The beer I'm fermenting right now hasn't budged from the 68* it's set at, and the chiller compressor barely kicks in.

I also geared up a pulley system to lift the colander out - works flawlessly!





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Old 09-13-2014, 04:29 AM   #132
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Hi guys, its taken me awhile to make it here to post, however i purchased a BIAC two days after the system was released, ive brewed 8 batches through it, and alot of the BREWBlog mishaps.... yea those are mine! I believe Meetscriteria was the reciepient of an extra mash colander that was sent my way. However, ive found alot of the same issues already touched upon (valve on the inlet of jacket) and pressure building up with closed valves (municipal water pressure can buckle you kettle, so dont put any valves on your outlet) All in all brewing has been shorten significantly, clean up is a breeze, and ive seen consistent efficiencies of 85%. I've also added a fullport butterfly valve to the conical and it works much better than the ball valvles, ive talked to nathan and suggested he ship every unit with one. Jimmy82 im so jealous of your pulley system! i dont have the ceiling height to manage that so i need a helper or the wife for batches with more than 20# of grain.. Some numbers for you guys with the 1st gen models (the newer ones i cant vouch for) I got these from nathan at Brewha and ill be able to verify these after sunday "I believe your Mash Colander had a lower volume (from the lip down) of 45L/47quarts. At 1:1.25 (quarts:lbs of grain) you should be able to mash up to 37lbs of grain." I hope thats useful to some of you.

To anyone still on the fence about purchasing a 3-in-1 or a BIAC, the equipment is extremely well designed, its affordable compared to some systems, ive found that tying up my system for fermentation has been a non issue, and if you require to free it up you can still transfer to a bucket,carboy, or other vessel. it could quite possibly be your last brewing setup.

Feel free to PM me with any questions, ill do my best to help.

PS. Crunched for time and need some beer in the pipeline, you can do some large volume extract batches PRETTY fast in the 3-in-1

Forgot to mention that i didnt use the Brewha Power Control Box and i went with the High Gravity Brewing SV http://www.highgravitybrew.com/store...l-386p3986.htm i liked the PID setup over the Ranco ETC and its been great. the Ranco is only used for Fermentation temp control for me.

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Old 10-13-2014, 02:03 AM   #133
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I haven't been able to use the mash colander yet...but soon! Thanks again for getting it packed up, etc! I'll post once I use it.

I did finally get a chance to brew again this past weekend and was reminded (yet again) how sweet it is to brew with this set up. I added a valve to the water jacket inlet this time, and that made things much nicer too. Basement temp is now at 62F (that's Wisconsin for you) so I'm back to my bucket heater / recirc through the water jacket method of keeping things warm. Works great!

I wonder what folks have been doing for measuring boil off rate, etc?

I have a stainless steel ruler I suspend in the boil (which I've calibrated) so I know where I'm at with regard to volume, etc. Maybe if you always made the same size batch it wouldn't be an issue...but I often make off-size batches (8.5 gallons for instance for this batch). This method works pretty well I must say.

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Old 10-14-2014, 08:11 AM   #134
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Pulled the trigger a few days ago. Quoting Bluto from the Animal House movie....Oh Boy This Is Going To Be Great.

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Pulled the trigger a few days ago. Quoting Bluto from the Animal House movie....Oh Boy This Is Going To Be Great.
Congrats! You won't regret it!!!
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Flounder, I believe, but I agree with the sentiment.
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:45 PM   #138
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Yaay! I've just placed an order for for a BIAC and a few extras (a couple more hop baskets and a fermenter to keg hose).

Mine's being made with a modified power unit for use in the UK, plus all the electrical components (ETC, pump, solenoid) will be 230v versions as well. The ETC will be a dual stage one, which will do one thing if the temperature is too high, or another thing if it is too low. I just need to sort out how I'm going to deal with maintaining temperature during fermentation.

Really looking forward to picking this up from the docks in London (not looking forward to the 23%-ish taxes and charges, though).

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