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Old 04-02-2012, 11:37 AM   #21
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Is there a source for the locking nuts on the elements inside the tank?

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:38 PM   #22
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Is there a source for the locking nuts on the elements inside the tank?
Who else but Bargainfittings.com?

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=95
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:39 PM   #23
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Is there a source for the locking nuts on the elements inside the tank?
Got mine from Bargain Fittings. Great company with insane fast shipping.

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...&product_id=95

EDIT: stlbeer beat me by a minute!
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:43 PM   #24
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I ran into the same issue with drilling the holes for the ground. The steel does get hard from using a propane burner. Self tapping screws on that hard and thick material will give you problems. I decided to tap the hole and secure with a 8-32 SS screw. You could go this route or just drill the hole, put a screw, lockwasher and nut. What ever works to make a secure and reliable connection.
That’s the problem, I wasn’t even able to get the hole started, even with relatively new bits and cutting oil. If I could I would be fine with just using a stainless nut and bolt with a ring terminal.

I guess I need to get some better drill bits. The ones I have from Harbor Freight have never let me down until now.

Thanks for the heads up on the self tapping screws, I wont even try to go down that route.
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So I just had to come up with a way to store that grain, it was looking too ugly in the corner of the garage. So I adjusted these shelves in my laundry room so that I could stack two buckets high on the floor, one high on the first shelf, and Rubbermaid containers for specialty grain on the second.

You cant see it very well but the second shelf extends about 8 feet to the left of the picture and holds up to 6 empty fermentors. Top shelf holds boxes of wine bottles, and there is room on the floor to the right of the picture to hold my 13 cases of empty bottles, separated between bombers, regular 12 oz and “stubby” 12 oz.


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Don’t have pictures but I was able to get the grounding hole drilled and bolt secured. Ended up purchasing a brand new cobalt (not “Kobolt”) drill bit (I think it was 3/16”) and a stainless nut and bolt through the ring terminal of the ground wire into the keg skirt.

Also received this watertight Strain Relief Cord Connection which I will use to get the power leads into the junction box. A little expensive but I think the added safety of knowing it is watertight will be worth it. Wire will be run through the side of the junction box through a new hole cut with a step bit.

Another little project semi-milestone - I was able to splice into the PEX waterline upstream from the filter I was using. Installed a tee and new ball valve with a camlock male fitting. So now I can use non-filtered water for chilling/cleaning water. Boy are those sharkbite fittings (lowes brand is “gator-bite”) awesome, even if they are expensive.

I’ll try to get some pictures of this stuff up tonight.

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man, is your project an inspiration.
it looks like you are ahead of the curve but i wanted to point out an electrical reference book that a lot of people who are reading this thread could benefit from:
ISBN-13: 978-0971977969
Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial & Industrial: Based on the 2011 National Electrical Code

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man, is your project an inspiration.
it looks like you are ahead of the curve but i wanted to point out an electrical reference book that a lot of people who are reading this thread could benefit from:
ISBN-13: 978-0971977969
Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial & Industrial: Based on the 2011 National Electrical Code
Thanks hlra for the kind words and link. I don't have much wiring knowledge as it pertains to nec specifics so that would probably be a good one me to read too! My dad and I wired his entire new home construction a few yrs back with the oversight of a professional so I think I know just enough to keep me and my house safe, hopefully.

Going away until Sunday night so won't have any updates on the brewery till then. When I get back my sole focus will be on the control panel. No more side projects. I want to be brewing on this system this month!

I may have to temporarily forgo the herms and gravity drain into buckets and dump if that chugger pump sale never happens though.
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Junction box wired up. Used some electric tape wrapping (yea very professional) to keep the ground wire close to the other two to minimize snagging. Waterproof faceplate goes on front.


Here's what the BK looks like in place. Notice the junction box out of the way towards the back.


Here's my plumbing job of the non filtered bypass.

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