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Old 10-21-2013, 07:51 PM   #1
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Default CHUBBY Brewing's Official Build Thread

I figured since parts were starting to arrive I needed an official thread to chronicle my build. I am planning a BCS-460 controlled, fully electric, RIMS, single tier 3 vessel setup. I plan on 10 gallon batches for most everything but reserve the possibility to go to 15 gallon if I really push it.

I was a hardcore homebrewer up until about 13 years ago. I was brewing 10 gallon all-grain batches back then on propane burners with coolers for the MLT and HLT. Some medical issues forced a hiatus and then a wife n kids came along and brewing was put on the way back burner. All of my equipment was sold off along the way so now I get to build it bigger and better.

I still have some tough decisions ahead with my first one being what elements to use. I will be running off a 30a 4 wire circuit through a SPA panel to an enclosure with the BCS 460, SSRs, contactors, etc, that I plan on building. But trying to keep it under 30a while factoring in an additional heating element for the RIMS module is becoming a bit trickier than I thought, especially if I go with the "standard" 5500w elements for my HLT/BK. Even with only 1 running that leaves only 7 amps for the RIMS heater, pumps and everything else. So if anyone has any feedback there I would appreciate it.

Oh and just so people don't think my name is only because I'm a bit overweight..... CHUBBY = "Chaska Homebrewers United by Better Beer Yearnings"

But for now, toys....

My 3 new SS vessels just came today. 2 15 gallons and 1 20 gallon, I ordered 3x15g but the seller called and offered to upgrade one to a 20 gallon for the same price. The cost of the bigger pot vs the cost of shipping 2 packages instead of 3 evened out. I think I *may* be able to brew 15 gallon batches this way. Current plan is to use the 20 for the BK.



Some misc supplies. Couple Chugger pumps, along with a drinking water safe hose, grain scoop and a couple refractometers that came with the pumps.



And finally, the space where I plan to build all this. The table and shelf will be removed along with the baseboard heater and a new steel stand will be built in it's place. Conveniently off camera is a floor drain, double basin wash sink, plenty of water hookups along with the 30a outlet for the dryer that will do double duty.



Several large orders were placed this weekend with Electric Brewing Supply and Brew Hardware as well as a Chillus Convolutus from More Beer. So lots of shiny Stainless steel parts and electronic gizmos are on the way.

And finally since P-J is the man when it comes to wiring diagram I will place these two here as the ground work for my design. Some minor changes to the wiring may be done but is still TBD.



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Old 10-22-2013, 01:28 AM   #2
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Ordered
1 x Rheem 240v 1500w SS Element SP10869FH LWD for the RIMS tube
2 x Camco 240v 4500w 02952/02953 ripple ULWD elements for HTL and BK.

Should be a max of 25a if the RIMS and HLT element are running at the same time leaving 5a for pumps and other stuff.

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Congrats looks good.
Getting me excited about my gear.

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This makes me giddy....

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This makes me giddy....
Awesome! I'm a little jealous.
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Some SS bling.



All of my elements have arrived also. Need more SS fittings now that I got that big order in. And hopefully my welding connection will be available soon.

Oh, and the freezer for the keezer is in the basement too!

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Big day today.....

First and foremost



Some cornies



The brains including the BCS-460



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not a bad way to spend 3 grand.

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Is that the 14 gallon conical?

edit: compared to the cornies, it must be bigger than 14

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Is that the 14 gallon conical?

edit: compared to the cornies, it must be bigger than 14
You're right, it is bigger.... it's 14 AND A HALF gallons!!
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