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Old 09-08-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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I'll start this build thread out by saying I'm NOT a DIY'er and this system could probably be put together at half the price if you can or are willing to do all the work yourself. I had budgeted ~$2000.00 for the Braumeister 20L and really liked the concept of a single vessel brewery and the overall ease of the brew day with this unit. I was almost ready to pull the trigger, but I felt uncomfortable about the purchase. My number one concern was the proprietary parts and I was afraid if I experienced a malfunction, I would have to order the parts from Germany, if they were even available, at very high prices and long shipping delays. This was unacceptable to me.

So, I decided to use the money I had budgeted to put together a system similar to the Braumeister but with standardized parts that would be readily available if I needed to replace them. This will also be an eBIAB system, as I've formulated all my favorite recipes for this brewing style. Since I am not a DIY'er, everything must be sourced "ready to run". I only wanted to have to assemble the items to be ready to brew. I've done over 70 BIAB sessions and thought this style of brewing would fit nicely into my brewery plans.

Here are the goals I am trying to achieve with this build:
• Heavy Duty, all SS 15 Gal brew pot
• All Tri-Clamp SS fittings
• Wort Recirculation
• Automatic Temperature Control
• All Electric
• Single Vessel
• Adhere to the simplicity of BIAB

Updated 12/16/2012 Click Here for Latest Photos and Information

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Old 09-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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I have secured most of the components needed to complete my build and will try and itemize them with costs. Here's a brief rundown of the components used for the build. First was the kettle, after looking around, it was between Stout and Brewers Hardware. Both nice kettles, but I chose Brewers Hardware. The kettles are awesome and heavy duty, at 1.2mm thick. Derrin was very easy to work with and had no problems customizing my kettle. His welds are perfect with great service too. I highly recommend Brewers Hardware.

I wanted everything SS, so I purchased a SS convoluted counter flow chiller. I also purchased a SS two-shelf cart as my stand, its rated at ~700lbs. A chugger pump, 4500 ULWD foldback 240v heater element and 36 qt Bayou Classic SS perforated basket round out the kettle components. For temp control, I purchased from HighGravity their EBC II with 12ft cord and 4 prong GFCi plug as well as the Ranco FE610.

Here's a picture of the kettle just before shipping. As the build comes together, I'll post many more pictures.

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Old 09-08-2012, 02:24 PM   #3
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Itemized list of parts with costs:

Kettle:
1 Kettle $308.00
2 1" Ferrule $7.50
1 1.5" Ferrule $3.80
1 1.5" NPT $15.00
4 Custom Welds $100.00 (3 in the kettle, 1 in the lid @$25.00 ea)
10 1.5" Tri Clamps $60.00
2 1.5" Gasket $2.00
8 1" Gasket $8.00
2 1" Butterfly Valve $94.00
4 1.5" x 3/4 H-Barb $52.00
1 1.5" x 1/2 NPT $15.00
1 1" Pickup Tube $25.00
2 1.5" x 1/2 F NPT $30.00
1 6" Thermowell $29.00
25 FT Silicone Tubing $52.50
1 1.5" x 1" Elem Adpt $69.00
1 Shipping $46.52

Temperature Control:
1 EBC II $295.00
1 Addl 6' cord $12.00
1 FE610 Ranco $99.00 (prewired)
1 Shipping $9.99

Chugger Pump:
1 Chugger SS Center $145.00
1 Shipping $15.00

SS Counterflow Chiller
1 SS Convoluted CC $179.00
1 Shipping $14.00

Misc parts:
1 Camco 4500ULWD $20.79
1 Bayou CL SS Bskt $51.21
1 SS 2-shelf Cart $181.99

Grand Total for everything so far, including shipping is: $1940.30

If I have to add anything, I'll keep this list and prices updated.

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Old 09-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Here's how I anticipate brewing with my new system. First, all will be stationary on the SS cart, with the CCF chiller and chugger pump on the lower shelf. All components will be in line all the time. Coming from the brew kettle outlet to the CCF chiller to the chugger pump then to the top tri-clover in the kettle lid, recirculating constantly during the mash. Once mash out has been completed, the tri-clover will be taken off the lid and placed on the tangential inlet of the kettle. The bayou classic SS basket with bag/grains will be lifted and allowed to drain while turning up the electric element to boil. Recirculation will continue during the boil. Once the boil has completed and the electric element turned off, recirculation will continue into the tangential inlet while turning on cold tap water to the CCF chiller. Chilled wort will be recirculated back into the kettle constantly, creating a whirlpool until desired temp is reached in the kettle. Once ~70 degrees is achieved, let set for 15 minutes, then pump to SS Conical and pitch yeast.

These steps/plans are very much a rough draft and any input here would be very much welcomed.

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Old 09-08-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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Coming from the brew kettle outlet to the CCF chiller to the chugger pump ...
I'd suggest that you place the pump first in line so that there is less restriction on the pump input side. In other words, place the CFC after the pump.

Just saying.
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:52 PM   #6
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Thanks P-J. I think you are right and I very much appreciate the input. Makes perfect sense and something I would not have thought of.

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Here are some pictures of the components I've received so far:

Chugger SSC:

chugger-1.jpg

Chugger SSC front:

chugger-2.jpg

SS Convoluted CounterFlow Chiller:

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Ranco Temperature Controller:

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HighGravity EBC II

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I will be adding more pictures as items arrive and as the build is completed.

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Old 09-09-2012, 12:22 PM   #8
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I don't see how they do those custom welds for $25. What a deal. Almost makes me think I should sell my welder.

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BrewHaas, I would say their margins are in the kettle and custom welding the ports in the kettle is @cost just as a customer (who bought the kettle from them) benefit.

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Nice build, can't wait for the first brew day update. Cheers

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