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Old 02-18-2013, 02:58 AM   #31
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that's awesome Ruski! it looks great.

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Old 02-18-2013, 12:51 PM   #32
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The grill grate is a perfect fit for a 62 qt pot I'm using, so it should work just as well for any smaller kettle. It's really sturdy and was only $11 at Lowes - it's the round Weber grill grate (22.5"). The only tricky part is holding the basket with one hand while sliding the grate under it...

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I use the same one. Works great.
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Great build russki! Thanks for the brew day play by play.

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:25 PM   #34
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that's awesome Ruski! it looks great.

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Great build russki! Thanks for the brew day play by play.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:19 AM   #35
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russki,

Beautiful build.

I was out in the cold (25*/14* WC) on Monday for my first AG BIAB and I made beer but it wasn't as smooth as my extract brewdays for a number of reasons. :0 I will treat it as a learning experience and look forward to the next brewday. I have the BC 62 QT pot and recently purchased the 44 QT Steamer basket. Of course the smaller steamer basket does not rest on the rim of the pot. I was fine with that, but the cold made me start thinking about the flexibility that going electric would provide. I am very intrigued by your build and it might be something I could plan and do. If you did not have the builtin rim support, do you have any ideas about keeping the basket off the elements? Maybe 3/4 feet on the bottom of the basket?

Thanks for sharing the pics and the info.

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:55 AM   #36
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Awesome build! Aren't these great to brew on

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:09 PM   #37
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russki,

Beautiful build.

I was out in the cold (25*/14* WC) on Monday for my first AG BIAB and I made beer but it wasn't as smooth as my extract brewdays for a number of reasons. :0 I will treat it as a learning experience and look forward to the next brewday. I have the BC 62 QT pot and recently purchased the 44 QT Steamer basket. Of course the smaller steamer basket does not rest on the rim of the pot. I was fine with that, but the cold made me start thinking about the flexibility that going electric would provide. I am very intrigued by your build and it might be something I could plan and do. If you did not have the builtin rim support, do you have any ideas about keeping the basket off the elements? Maybe 3/4 feet on the bottom of the basket?

Thanks for sharing the pics and the info.
If you are set on using a smaller basket, you can get some stainless bolts, nuts and washers and make "feet" on the bottom of the basket to keep it off the elements. Or you can ditch the basket altogether and just use a bag - many do with success.

Another idea is to use a cheap steamer rack on the bottom - just saw this one on another thread:
http://www.capitalcityrestaurantsupp...il.cfm/1580133

Good luck! Once you go electric, you'll never go back to the turkey fryer!
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If you are set on using a smaller basket, you can get some stainless bolts, nuts and washers and make "feet" on the bottom of the basket to keep it off the elements. Or you can ditch the basket altogether and just use a bag - many do with success.

Another idea is to use a cheap steamer rack on the bottom - just saw this one on another thread:
http://www.capitalcityrestaurantsupp...il.cfm/1580133

Good luck! Once you go electric, you'll never go back to the turkey fryer!
russki,

Thanks for the great ideas.

Not really set on the smaller basket, but just bought it and SWMBO would have my nut sack if I bought another one after just one month of use.
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Had about an hour of free time yesterday and built this "over the side" whirlpool arm:


Thanks go to johnodon for the idea.
Russki,

I was considering making a similar whirlpool arm. Did your pump have enough power to create a good whirlpool and trub cone at the bottom of the kettle? I use an immersion cooler so hopping it has enough strength to cut down on my cooling time.
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I don't know if I missed it earlier in the thread, but what are you doing about hop material in the kettle? Are you using a bag for the hops, or just tossing them in loose? If loose, do you have some kind of screen on your drain, or do you just let them circulate through your tubing/chiller?

Awesome setup. Makes me want to reconsider converting the 3 kegs I have into BK/MLT/HLT and just copy your build! How much do you think you have into the build so far?

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