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hammis 11-18-2010 01:53 AM

My Electric Build...Finally....
Ok so i've been working on this build on and off since this past June. I've made some HUGE progress and think i am very close to the end (i hope). I would love to be able to brew in early december and possibly have something ready for Christmas/New Years.

I started out with 3 old kegs from a guy i know (hooked me up bigtime = $0 paid). I cut open 2 and used a wire brush attachment on my drill to clean off all of the old stickers and paint.

hammis 11-18-2010 01:58 AM

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I just drew out the diameter of the holes i wanted to cut in the top of each keg and cut them using my grinder and some nice cutoff disks (freehand). they turned out pretty well. I then used a cheap a$$ step drill bit from harbour freight to drill the holes for my valves (as can be seen on the first 2 kegs

hammis 11-18-2010 02:02 AM

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before moving onto cutting open the 3rd keg and cleaning it up, i finished off my brew stand so i would have some space in my cramped basement to organize myself a little bit.

hammis 11-18-2010 02:10 AM

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I finished cutting open the 3rd keg and plumbing it with a valve. All valves are weldless.

Once this was completed i removed all the valves and took some barkeepers friend, a green scotch brite pad and a hose and scrubbed the kegs until they looked nice and shiney.

hammis 11-18-2010 02:14 AM

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At this point i was waiting for $$$ to accrue in my bank account again and i had a few parts on order so i decided it was time to work on my grain mill setup. I tried to keep it simple, due to the limited space i have in the basement. I bought a bucket and some veneered plywood from the local hardware store and used my jigsaw to cut everything out. I attached the 2 roller monster mill to the base with the nuts it came with and then built the hopper on top.

hammis 11-18-2010 02:20 AM

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Again, I had some time to kill waiting for parts and $$$. So i decided to test out the heating element i had, 1440W with the normal electrical outlet located 5 feet away. I plumbed it the same way 95% of the guys on this website have done, i initially tried Kal's method and was really looking forwards to the way it looked, but i couldnt get a good enough seal, so i gave up and went the other simpler route.

Once the JB weld was dry i connected the element to the kettle, filled the kettle with about 5 gal of water and let it rip. It took about 70 min to raise the water from cold tap temperature to 70 deg Celcius (too long for me, so i swapped it out for a 4500W element instead. I havent tried it yet as i have to still complete my electrical panel (hopefully this weekend)

hammis 11-18-2010 02:27 AM

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So once some parts arrived and i made a trip to princess auto and picked some stuff up (lights etc) i started work on my electrical panel. This was also after lengthy discussion on electrical safety and process with my electricians at work and a few of the guys on this forum. (thanks to all involved :mug: )

Please dont criticize the wiring yet, i havent finished nor cleaned it up (hopefully will get done this weekend)

hammis 11-18-2010 02:29 AM

Thats it for now, i do have some more stuff done i just dont have time to post it now, lol. I will try to update more tomorrow and hopefully LOTS more after this weekend.


klyph 11-18-2010 02:29 AM

I like the 2 tier, you could park a truck on that thing.

Ohio-Ed 11-18-2010 02:48 AM

Nice job!

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