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Old 01-30-2012, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Coffee_Creek E-HERMS Build

Just starting my E-HERMS build this weekend.
I plan to have three Keggles, HLT, MLT, BK and three pumps. I want to run two 5500 watt elements at the same time along with two pumps. For now I'm looking at buying a chiller from Sabco, it's very pricey but it does what I want to do. We'll see how the funds go.
I plan for this to take a few months because of a upcoming move. My wife and I moved from Alabama to Washington state 10 years ago due to work and now it looks like we're getting to move closer to home, Richmond KY. So, I hope to get the kettles finished before the move and build the stand after.
This weekend I started on the kegs by cutting the tops out using an idea posted by PassedPawn. This is by far the easiest and cheapest way. I can't say thank you enough to PassedPawn for sharing this idea.
I also started polishing them for a chrome shine. Man, this is a LOT of HARD and VERY messy work.
Also purchased my 50 amp spa breaker box from Home Depot for $52.00, it was $98.00 at Lowes.

I will post as often as I can to keep this undated.

I'm really going to need a LOT of help from you guy's. I've read up on Kal's, Tiber_Brew's, Caynonbrewer and a few others, also have a diagram from P-J who I can't thank enough. I know I'll need much more help as the build progresses.

Here's a few photo's of the start....

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Looks like a good start!

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great start, the pictures of the grinder remind me of this for some reason:

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NICE CUT.. really cool gauge

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Subscribed! Planning on building a rig myself, wondering if I'm going to go electric or propane.

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Default sanded off edge after cutting top and polished

After cutting the tops out of the kegs I removed the sharp edges using the 4.5 inch grinder and a die grinder.

Completed polishing one keg and started on another one using Gator Grit pads purchased from Lowe's. I hope this is the last time I need to polish kegs.

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great start, the pictures of the grinder remind me of this for some reason:

Nice, he looks like I did after only a few hours of polishing on one keg and wondered if it was going to be worth the time, effort and money.
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NICE CUT.. really cool gauge
Thank you, I used an idea posted by PassedPawn. It makes cutting the tops out very easy and does a "factory" looking job. I've been working with metals for years but never would have thought of this. My friends, who also work with metals, that have seen the finished cuts asked if I sent them to machine shop.

Thanks again PassedPawn for sharing this.
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Oh MAN! You could shave in the reflection of those!

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Thank you, I used an idea posted by PassedPawn. It makes cutting the tops out very easy and does a "factory" looking job. I've been working with metals for years but never would have thought of this. My friends, who also work with metals, that have seen the finished cuts asked if I sent them to machine shop.

Thanks again PassedPawn for sharing this.
what is the white thing attached to the grinder handle?
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