Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > Kal-Clone Build Starting...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-23-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
RyanITV
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lewes, Delaware
Posts: 28
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default Kal-Clone Build Starting...

I've been brewing for about 6 months with extract, at a somewhat frenetic pace... I'm on batch 18 or so by all counts. I've been reading up on AG brewing for the past 3 months, and have been really looking forward to switching - the level of control over the process and the grain selection seems so much more thorough than what I'm restricted to now.

I went back and forth with ordering a "ready to go" kit from various vendors. From converted igloo coolers to a Sabco (I'm 7 miles from DFH - you see it on display in the tasting room)... nothing really said "this is how you should do it" until I came across theelectricbrewery.com...

I have to admit that I really like brewing in the garage - it's big, has concrete floors, access to water and is where all my equipment is. Plus there's the 8-tap keezer I built; that always helps.

The problem with brewing using propane is proper ventilation and the fact that having to run out and get propane sucks.

We took full advantage of the federal and state tax credits a few years ago and had an arrays totaling 79 solar panels installed all over the roof - so electric power is dirt cheap and readily available. I'm also a tinkerer by nature - I've owned a soldering iron since grade school and am more than comfortable working with it... so I drank the kool-aid and ordered a kit and all the other parts needed.

A bunch of the fittings, the pumps and the two other Boilermakers showed up on Friday. With any luck, the panel kit will be here in a week or two, and then the real fun starts. I'm hoping to have it all together by the end of January, but we'll see.

I'll start drilling holes in the shiny stainless kettles tomorrow...

Ryan

trio.jpg  
__________________
RyanITV is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
BadNewsBrewery
Basement Brewer
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
BadNewsBrewery's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Severn, MD
Posts: 1,084
Liked 108 Times on 89 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

Good luck! Looks like you're off to a good start

__________________
Building a Bad News Brewery - eHERMS

2014:
5gal Scottish Wee Heavy
5gal Saison
15gal American Pale Ale
20gal Belgian Wit (10 dumped)


Keg 1: Apfelwein
Keg 2: Belgian Wit (Failure)
Keg 3: American Pale Ale
Fermenting: Belgian Wit (Take 2)
BadNewsBrewery is online now
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
dcarter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 378
Liked 23 Times on 20 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

You will love it when its done. The control is spot on and the beer will be much more repeatable because of it. Congrats!

__________________
Primary:Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone

My trash heap fridge rescue and conversion to a first class fermentation chamber

If you don't like your job, you don't strike!.....You just go in everyday and do it really half a$$ed, THATS the American way! - Homer J Simpson
dcarter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-23-2012, 11:30 PM   #4
Sparky
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Muir Beach, California
Posts: 289
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RyanITV View Post
We took full advantage of the federal and state tax credits a few years ago and had an arrays totaling 79 solar panels installed all over the roof - so electric power is dirt cheap and readily available.
Ryan
Cool, another solar powered brewery.
You're going to be blown away about how quiet an electric brewing setup is.
And, take your time with the build: Measure twice, cut once.
__________________
Sparky is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-24-2012, 12:58 AM   #5
jaspass
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 18
Default

Congrats on taking the first steps on the build! You will look back and enjoy both the build, and using such a great system. Good luck!

__________________
jaspass is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2013, 12:44 AM   #6
rockinmarty
Big Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rockinmarty's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: St-Hubert, Quebec
Posts: 271
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts
Likes Given: 88

Default

subbed

__________________

Tabhair dom beoir nó a thabhairt dom bháis
My E-brewery build(as cheap as possible)(Be patient slow progress)

rockinmarty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2013, 05:25 PM   #7
RyanITV
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lewes, Delaware
Posts: 28
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Worked on it this past weekend, assembling most of the fittings and drilling the holes in the kettles. Turned out great, though somehow the top HERMs coil fitting ended up 1/8" to the right of the bottom one... it'll drive my OCD nuts - hahahaha!

I sourced a 96" x 30" stainless prep table with casters from a restaurant supply company for a little more than it would have cost me to get a decent miter saw and lumber, so no woodworking for me... hopefully it'll be here tomorrow. I've got some ideas on pump and chiller mounting with it that should work well.

We assembled the Monster Mill last night; I'll be working on the stand and hooking up the motor next week, based on a walkthrough I found here. It's cool to see the stuff coming together!

Waiting at home now for the electrician to put the 50A outlet in the garage.



Ryan

stainless.jpg   kettles.jpg   mill.jpg  
__________________
RyanITV is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-03-2013, 05:51 PM   #8
RyanITV
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lewes, Delaware
Posts: 28
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

Posted just before FedEx showed up with a box from Williams Brewing... my fancy stainless chiller is here!

I went back and forth about using this versus copper... but the price was reasonable on this, and our groundwater here (well) is pretty cold most of the year. In the end, it was an OCD thing... all that stainless looks good together.

Ryan

chiller.jpg  
__________________
RyanITV is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #9
RyanITV
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lewes, Delaware
Posts: 28
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

I had to get creative and expand the tubing slightly on the chiller to use the quick-disconnect fittings. Why they use a non-standard size on the tubing is beyond me, but it should work fone now.

I got the panel kit in on Friday afternoon and laid it all out on the table I sourced to brew on. Can't say enough good things about the kit - everything was clearly labelled, packaged well and was a couple hundred cheaper than sourcing things individually.

I jumped in on Friday night and started with the holes on the bottom of the panel for the receptacles, then finished up with all the openings on the front and painted it on Saturday afternoon. The 22mm hole bunch was worth the extra $$$ - turned out great. Doing the rectangular openings was a bitch, and probably took the longest.

chiller-qd.jpg   panel-parts.jpg   panel-painted.jpg  
__________________
RyanITV is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-21-2013, 11:44 AM   #10
RyanITV
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lewes, Delaware
Posts: 28
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

After making sure the paint was good and dry on Sunday afternoon, I dove into mounting the components to the panel itself. Everything went pretty smooth, save for snapping a tap off in the heat sink. Fortunately, I was able to get it out and had a spare tap to use.

I altered the layout slightly over the directions to relocate the power switch and light so that I didn't have to mess with moving the grounding bolt.

In hindsight, I could have masked off the interior of the panel to avoid the overspray from the rattle can, but it's not really a big deal and isn't visible unless I've got it open. I may try to clean it up a little bit before mounting the internal components.

I laid out the interior components and will be drilling/tapping mounting holes for them tonight.

Ryan

panel-bottom.jpg   panel-front.jpg   panel-open.jpg   panel-interior.jpg  
__________________
RyanITV is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Starting my electric build jakesz28 DIY Projects 25 12-29-2013 03:33 AM
Starting the build! DeanMachine DIY Projects 3 05-20-2012 07:30 PM
starting my build BWN Electric Brewing 55 04-26-2012 05:26 PM
Starting my HERMS build. Zimbigneu DIY Projects 0 02-29-2012 12:09 AM