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Old 01-15-2013, 02:56 PM   #11
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Nice work! I, too, am limited to the stove in the winter and find myself in much the same place as you.

I'm almost thinking I should put something like this together with a 1500W element that I could plug right into the wall to supplement the stove top.
I made a 1500W heat stick to help my stove in the winter time, it works great. Note; I didn't want to mount an element in my kettle because I still like brewing outside with propane when the weather is nice.
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:57 PM   #12
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I made a 1500W heat stick to help my stove in the winter time, it works great. Note; I didn't want to mount an element in my kettle because I still like brewing outside with propane when the weather is nice.
I've seen some pics of a few of those heat-sticks. I know that I would love brewing outside on occasion, but it would be problematic under my current living conditions. Can't even fire up my own grill here at this apartment complex. They have some kick-ass community grill pits though. I wonder if I rolled a big propane rig out to one of the grill pits they would be cool with it.....some how I doubt it. I would probably make some new friends based off curiosity alone.
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Update:

Since this post, and the testing of my element install and control panel wiring modification, I have completed some new modifications and an initial brew-day on the new equipment. As I mentioned previously, SWMBO and I have been temporarily in a very small apartment over the past couple years. So if you're wondering why this is all done inside my apartment and in bare-feet...well that's just how I have to roll at the moment.

The following pictures document the process:

The first order of business, prior to brewing with my new electric Boil Kettle, was the installation of a valve, dip-tube, and sight-glass/thermometer assembly and some CamLock fittings to my transfer tubing. I received my order from Bobby M and my little brother (who is a giant compared to me) and I went to work.

Center punching for pilot hole drilling. Sight-glass assembly position marked on masking tape.


Drilling pilot hole for sigh-glass assembly


Pilot hole complete


Using step-bit (for the first time) to drill 7/8" penetration


Slow and steady with the step-bit


EVOO for lubrication


One final step needed from the inside


Final step drilled from the inside (for internal side seal)


Inside of Boil Kettle after final step was drilled


A quick dry-sanding with 220 grit sand paper
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Measuring dip-tube for height


Marking for drain penetration


Center punching drain penetration


Drilling pilot hole for drain penetration


Slow and steady with the step-bit again


A look at both penetrations


Some final touch-up with the 220 grit sand paper

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Installing for dry-fit test


Fit-up went perfectly as planned


Plumbing in the hardware


Sight-glass assembly going in


Lots of teflon tape where it matters


Installing the ball-valve on the dip-tube bulkhead


Ball-valve snugged up


CamLock fitting installed


Assembly complete


Leak-test passed

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1 gallon at a time for sight-glass calibration


Calibrating the sight-glass


Sight-glass level markers going on


Meanwhile....strike water is coming up to temp


Preparing tubing for CamLock fitting installs


CamLock fitting install (My little bro was in charge of this part)


Test-fitting hop-back


Test-fit for gravity feed set-up

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Doughing in


Wort transferred to Boil Kettle (7.75 gallons)


Boil Kettle fired up


Time to scrape the fop


Boiling like crazy in less than 15 minutes


A BIAB grain-bag was used as a hop-bag


Binder clips are handy...but watch out for that steam, it bites


Whole leaf hops for the hop-back


We only used 2oz in the hop-back for the first gravity feed run. Not even a hint of a problem.


Gravity feed set-up assembled and ready to go


Gravity feed set-up working perfectly with about 3 feet of drop


Sample for gravity check


"Dead-on-balls accurate, Vinnie"


Juiced it up with some O2


Everybody into the pool!


Happy yeast colony

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That is one heck of setup, you should be very proud of that thing. I am a sucker for shiny stainless, bright copper, and high quality fittings. Outstanding Work!

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That is one heck of setup, you should be very proud of that thing. I am a sucker for shiny stainless, bright copper, and high quality fittings. Outstanding Work!
Thanks! By the way....are you able to view all of the photos completely? What I mean by that is, are they all downloading or are you having partial picture loads due to the picture sizes? I am having a ton of trouble.....I may need to resize the photos and repost.
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