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Old 06-27-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default Death Star, fully armed and operational.

Hey guys,

After more than a year of planning, and nearly six months of collecting parts, testing and building, the Death Star is operational! This post is not meant to be an educational how-to, but rather just my two minutes to be proud and show off. Once I polish this rig up, I will probably post a follow up on how and why I built it the way I did. Numerous obstacles were encountered and several concessions had to be made, but at 3am this morning I boiled water. I have never been so giddy to boil water.

"Death Star" was just a working title that stuck from the beginning. I knew I wanted the big chunky light up buttons. I wanted it to look 1970's industrial meets homebrewing steam punk. I wanted it to look like a control panel off of the Death Star.

Blah Blah blah.... Here are some crappy photos taken during the last 24 hours.







Now if you'll excuse me, I have some autotuning to go do

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Old 06-27-2012, 03:03 PM   #2
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<insert jealousy>

any idea how much you spent on that rig, approximately? both hours and dollars... if you're willing to share.

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Needs more square buttons and levers to be fully operational.

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Unless you brew in a Vader or Emperor Palpatine outfit, it's not fully operational.

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any idea how much you spent on that rig, approximately? both hours and dollars... if you're willing to share.
That is hard to tally up for so many reasons. I won both the pumps, so those cost me nothing but they have a value, you know? Being intermittently employed allowed me to scrounge lots of stuff up on eBay at lower than market prices too. Then the time in is difficult to measure, as I probably spent a full 2-3 days thinking, mocking up, and testing different components.

Let us ball park my cost at just over a grand. Time in on the actual build? Let's estimate that at a solid 24 hours for the control panel and wiring and another 24 for the assembly with its plumbing and hard wiring... but that's just actual build time. That doesn't count my original plumbing that all got torn off, my numerous mock-ups, or hours spent staring and thinking.
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Needs more square buttons and levers to be fully operational.
I have been searching for months now, but whenever I search eBay for a "Lever that goes BEEEEOOooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuu." I get no results.

If it is at all redeeming though, I overheated one of the potentiometers a bit while soldering and sometimes I have to give it a little love tap to make it work... Millennium Falcon style!
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"Now witness the brewing power of this fully armed and operational brewing-station!"

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Looks great man. I have a 2 vessel system, although mine's not all fancy with a RIMS . Would love for you to post the process of a brew day.

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Commence primary ignition. You may fire when ready.



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