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Old 07-01-2011, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default My new rig

Finally after many hours I think I'm ready to migrate from extract to all grain. I've passed the wet test and worked through my process.

Its an all electric HERMS with a brewtroller to control it. However, I have to finish configuring it. Still have a few items I need to add as well but will never be completely finished.

The HLT and BK have 5500 elements
The MT has a awesome false bottom thanks to Jaybird
the BK has a whirlpool return with the drain tube about 2.5" from center
HLT has about 45' of .5" copper tubing that will be used to heat and cool
I have stainless just about everywhere possible
Camlocks for easy movement of lines
Two march pumps
Integrated and motorized (forward and reverse) grain crusher

the control panel has:

4 ssr's to control the heating elements
Brewtroller 4
Hoffman Nema ennclosure
EPO that kills the contactors and trips the gfci in my remote spa panel
Keyed power startup

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Old 07-01-2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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Wow Mr. Fancypants, talk about taking a leap from extract! Nice setup, real nice.

I ♥ that mill setup, where did you get the motor?


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Old 07-01-2011, 04:50 PM   #3
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this coming from a guy who has a dedicated brew house that requires sun glasses...

all joking aside thanks. The motor came from surpluscenter.com item # 5-1098 someone else on the board was using it and had good luck with it.

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Old 07-01-2011, 05:08 PM   #4
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Nice work! It is truly a thing of beauty. I especially like the mill setup.

If you could please explain how you heat and cool using the same coil. I know how it can be done, but I'm wondering how you do it. Also, please post a pic of the inside of the HLT. I wanna see!

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Old 07-01-2011, 05:15 PM   #5
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In theory... I will use it to heat like a normal herms system but once I move to the bk with 15 minutes left I will pump the hot wort through the coil to sanitize and create a whirlpool at the same time in the bk. Then with flame out (electrons out) I will put ice in the hlt and add water and continue the process until I get to pitching temps. My fall back is to also use the mt as a secondary vessel to hold ice and water and cycle that through the hlt.

Like I said at this point its a theory until this weekend. Worst case I still have my ic. I don't have any of the inside handy but you can go to shutterfly link I posted at the top to see my album. I should have an inside shot minus the pickup tube.

do you see any flaws with this. I'm open to suggestions.

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What is the first brew going to be, please don't let it be some boring IPA

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you know its going to be a rye pale ale... that is if I can put together a recipe in time.

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That is soooo cool! I wish I wasn't electrically challenged. I can't read a wiring diagram to save my life. Which sucks because wood working runs in the family. Very nice.

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One suggestion from someone who went through the whole getting used to pumps/new system, brew a starter wort batch. You can't wreck it, and you can concentrate on the process instead of the recipe. I just filled as many plastic containers as possible, froze them, and dumped the rest.


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Outstanding!

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