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Old 09-24-2013, 02:18 AM   #241
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Good things come to those who wait. Kids, family and things that make them happy should always take priority.

Keep up the hard work!

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Had a couple of hours today to build the pump and plate chiller mounting system. Of course, I had to incorporate knotty pine boards and cedar logs. Hard to tell by the pics, but should look decent once clear coated. I just need to order a couple of more cam lock fittings for the plate chiller and run the duct work for the ventilation fan. Almost there!

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What are those tabs that you are using to keep the plate chiller in place?

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Old 09-24-2013, 04:13 PM   #243
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I believe they were in the packet of machined screws that came with the ss outlet plates for my heating element assemblies. Not sure what exactly they would be used for, but they were sitting on my work bench, so I found a use for them.

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Old 09-30-2013, 04:50 PM   #244
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Had a busy day in the brewery yesterday. I spend several hours emptying the room and moving all of the components over to my exercise room. I built a cedar framed, knotty pine paneled door to hide the plumbing under the sink. I wiped down all of the wood work and walls and am ready to finish off the rest of the wood work clear coating. I then plan on priming, then painting the floor with a heavy duty epoxy floor paint, as I don't feel like doing any more tiling at this point. Once that is done, I will run the vent out the back of the house and finish grouting all of the components.

I finally fired up the panel to check out the BCS platform last night via the internal wifi adapter. I was having problems accessing the ebrewsupply network from my IPad, so I sent and email to Ryan @ ebrewsupply. He responded almost immediately with his cell phone number and walked me through the logging on process. I'm a bit of an IT idiot. He was also nice enough pre-load his typical brewing process into the BCS, which will save me a ton of time. His process is slightly different than mine, but it will be much quicker tweaking his processes than having to start from scratch! It is still going to take some time learning the programming, but he gave me a great head start. I can't thank Ryan enough for the quality of his panels and his friendly customer support!

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Had a busy day in the brewery yesterday. I spend several hours emptying the room and moving all of the components over to my exercise room. I built a cedar framed, knotty pine paneled door to hide the plumbing under the sink. I wiped down all of the wood work and walls and am ready to finish off the rest of the wood work clear coating. I then plan on priming, then painting the floor with a heavy duty epoxy floor paint, as I don't feel like doing any more tiling at this point. Once that is done, I will run the vent out the back of the house and finish grouting all of the components.

I finally fired up the panel to check out the BCS platform last night via the internal wifi adapter. I was having problems accessing the ebrewsupply network from my IPad, so I sent and email to Ryan @ ebrewsupply. He responded almost immediately with his cell phone number and walked me through the logging on process. I'm a bit of an IT idiot. He was also nice enough pre-load his typical brewing process into the BCS, which will save me a ton of time. His process is slightly different than mine, but it will be much quicker tweaking his processes than having to start from scratch! It is still going to take some time learning the programming, but he gave me a great head start. I can't thank Ryan enough for the quality of his panels and his friendly customer support!
Sounds like a pretty busy day! I hope you had some time to watch the Lions spank the Bears though
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I recorded it and watched it later in the evening. What a game, especially the first half! I really wish they wouldn't have gave up those last two touchdowns + the 2 point conversions at the end though. I can't wait for the time to come when the Lions can put a team away with authority, rather than letting teams come back to within reach. I really wasn't too worried though.

A big shout out to Izzy for the extra help intercepting 'da Bear's defensive schemes.....what a joke!

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I found some time to work on the brewery this weekend. I did some more clear coating and built a corner shelf for a TV in the corner of the brewery and dressed out the front with a gnarly cedar log that I had laying around. Pics. later. I then went thru my keggles and teflon taped all of the fittings and got everything back together. I also assembled all of my high temp. silicone hoses with camlock fittings. I have been playing around with the control panel programming, but need to modify several processes to meet the requirements of my system. I was able to do a wet test by running my "Heat to Strike" and my "Mashing" processes in the BCS. I found a couple of tiny little leaks at two of the weldless bulkheads, which I have corrected, but otherwise the panel is functioning, the pumps are pumping, and the elements are heating. I plan on flushing the entire system with hot water and pbw and then going thru the entire brewing process (with shorter times on the mash/boil) with water only. I want to make my way thru the entire process a few times before my inaugural first brew on the system. I still need a couple of male camlock fittings for my plate chiller, but otherwise it's almost ready!

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pics of the corner shelf with log trim, sink door, and hoses set up for mashing. I'll eventually upgrade to a flat screen tv in the brewery, as the shelf should allow a 32". For now, I have 3 old tube tv's sitting in the storage side of my basement collecting dust, so I'll use one of those for now. I'll be doing a few more wet tests this week on the system and plan on grouting this weekend. Not sure when I'll find the time to do the acid stain and sealer on the floor, but I'll likely start brewing down there before that.

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Looks good. I just moved and also have several tube TVs, unloading them sucked. I also still have a VCR for Disney movies for my kids. Trapped in the 90's

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Thanks. Yeah, we had a garage sale a few years back and sold several old VCR's and a boat load of outdated electronics. I didn't feel like carrying the tube TV's up though. I have a 36" panasonic that probably weighs close to 100 lbs. I put the smallest of the 3 on the shelf, because the other two would stick out way too far, as they are easily 25" deep.....my how technology has changed. I have a 55" LED that is 1" thick. I took a few measurements last night and the shelf would accommodate a 42" flat panel, but it would be right up to the drop ceiling line once installed. I'll probably go with a 32" for clearance, as the room isn't too terribly large. Time to take a trip to Goodwill and unload the other boat anchors.

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