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Old 09-14-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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I've accumulated enough stuff to get started.


My plan is to construct a two panel system. This is mainly because I have been able to salvage a NEMA-1 cabinet from work, and I bought a NEMA-4 Cabinet on E-bay. The NEMA-4 will be on the brewery shelf, serving as an operator station. The NEMA-1 out of the way of water, and will house power relays, contactors and feed the kettles..




I've begun to lay out my controls. I have two Auber PID controllers and a Timer.


I'm thinking about heating the HLT using a sensor in the kettle and heating a HERMS set-up with a sensor in wort flow, using the same controller.

I'd like to test out a switch to select the sensor with out moving plugs.
I'm a bit concerned about circuit impedance in a selector switch, so some bench testing will be done before committing.

The BK will operate with the second PID.
I borrowed from everything I've seen here to cobble a schematic.
This is a first attempt at Tiny-Cad.


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If you plan to heat your mash water and your hlt water on the same element using your hlt, wouldn't it make sense to use one sensor measuring then mash water at the return to your mash tun? IMO you don't need two separate sensors. The temp difference I fond to be only a degree or two off between the hlt and the mash water



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If you plan to heat your mash water and your hlt water on the same element using your hlt, wouldn't it make sense to use one sensor measuring then mash water at the return to your mash tun? IMO you don't need two separate sensors. The temp difference I fond to be only a degree or two off between the hlt and the mash water
That's exactly the plan for heating the strike water. The second sensor scenario would be when using the HLT with a HX to heat the wort.
I have two pumps, Wort and Water.
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Ah, so your HLT doubles as a BK? Good call on the second sensor. I used a 1/2 SS tee with a threaded barb hose fitting and then a 1/2 NPT threaded PT100 sensor in the stream of the wort flow back into the mast tun. I found a guy on ebay that custom made my sensors for me to exact needs for about 17 bucks including shipping.

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I brewed this past weekend in the kitchen. Big trouble! I usually time things so that SWMBO is out of the house during the mess. Well, I've been banished from the kitchen.
The basement brewery is back on the front burner!

This is my work area-to-be as of a week ago.


As you can see, I have a little work to do. I have removed the defunked water softener and other stuff, and have insulated and covered the walls.

Here's a shot from this weekend.


A sink will be located on the short wall.
A heavy duty shelving unit will serve as my "sculpture".


I have half of my controller done, along with one of two keggles.
I'll update with some pics of them soon.
Cheers!

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I feel for ya, swambo layed down the law. I have been brewing in my basement too. What did ya use for the wall covering? Is it vinyl siding?

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Nice area... I am looking forward to seeing the transformation

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I feel for ya, swambo layed down the law. I have been brewing in my basement too. What did ya use for the wall covering? Is it vinyl siding?
Painted metal roofing over framing.
I figured it was cheaper than that plastic kitchen wall paneling, and just as washable.
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have ya given any thought to venting the steam for moisture control? I do my boil below a window and just put a window fan in for venting. Like the washable roofing wall covering idea.

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have ya given any thought to venting the steam for moisture control? I do my boil below a window and just put a window fan in for venting. Like the washable roofing wall covering idea.
Yup. I have an inline fan, like from a greenhouse. It's 6". I have PVC pipe and fittings for the duct. Just need to get it done!


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