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Old 03-21-2013, 11:39 AM   #11
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Thanks guys, Just to be clear all the progress in the photos has happened over the last couple of weeks... If I had time off I would be done already..lol

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Default Kettles

Ok so I am going a little farther back in time with this post. I wanted to go electric and wished I could afford 3 blichmann kettles... but not being independently wealthy I could not. (Let me say I am not hating on anyone that has blichmann kettles I am just jealous...lol)

So I scoured Amazon and found some King Cooker kettles (15 gallon) and they had 2 listed that were "used like new" so i rolled the dice and bought them. To my surprise the were simply new!! 2 fifteen gallon kettles for under $200 was a steal in my opinion. They were slightly thin walled for my taste, but I was not going to direct fire them so what the heck.


Here they are with some hardware from Bobby in NJ store aka BrewerHardware.com. I have 2 kettles with sight glasses and 5/8 dip tubes.

Fast forward from these photos on to the installation of elements and herms coil....


Sight glass was installed already. Hole drilled for element installation.



The elements I am using are 5500 watt ULWD, here I am removing the stock rubber washer from the element.



The outdoor boxes I used have some stand off nubs that have to be filed off before installing the back plate or it will not sit flush.



Drilling a hole in the back plate, using the opening drilled in the box for approximate location.



Element fits perfectly!



The back plate is held on by screws and JB weld





Back plate installed, now to install the element...
(you do have to drill and tap the outdoor box to accept the back plate and screws)



Some installation goodies from Mcmaster Carr (love that place!!)



Washer and o-ring ready for installation.



Heating element installed, the o-ring sandwiches between the back plate and the outside of the kettle. The stainless washer prevents the o-ring from squeezing out.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:14 PM   #13
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Default Herms Coil Install

Searching for a source of stainless tubing for my herms coil I found StainlessBrewing.com. Zach over there does an awesome job on the tubing comes pre-rolled to your specific diameter and 90 degree bends for the outlet and inlets on the kettle.


That is a thing of beauty!!!



Test fit in the HLT... this thing is gonna fit good!!



Another piece of hardware from Zach compression bulk head fittings. High quality stuff the worked great!



Holes drilled in the HLT and the compression fittings installed.



What the outside looks like.



Coil installed.



HLT done!! Well for the most part, QD's installed the t-fitting and RTD probe installed, valve and QD installed. I am pretty proud of the work!! Wiring is also completed. All that's left is the recirculation port for the top to keep the water moving around in the kettle.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #14
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Default Brew Stand

I was going to build something out of wood but started researching stainless tables and low and behold... I found a restaurant equipper that had an awesome deal on a 6' stainless table. I don't think I could have built a wooden one for as cheap as I bought this one. Besides it is much easier to clean than wood and looks great all the while.


Here is the table in the brewery space... I will mount the pumps on the bottom shelf

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:22 PM   #15
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Default Ventilation

Found an awesome deal on a 400CFM vortex fan on Amazon. This thing really moves some air and it is super quiet... Something that matters to me I usually brewing early in the morning and don't want to wake everyone in the house!!

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #16
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Sorry If I am all over the place on this thread... I just have quite a bit of photos to share... More soon!!!

BTW... Today is the day I get my stainless sink and pre-rinse faucet/sprayer assy!! I can't wait...

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Subbed, super work and nice pics. Stuff like this should be stickied.

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Thanks Bx, I did get some new additions to the brewery today!!

sink and faucet/sprayer assy





But I digress... back to the build!!

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Default Control box part deux

So the paint was complete and I began assembling the switches etc.



I was still waiting on my last PID to switch over to my new enclosure. (still had to brew using the original wooden box.)



My third PID had arrived and I installed all my components to begin my wiring layout. (Tip: make sure to label everything on the back side of the box when you are wiring, it can get confusing looking at everything in reverse!!)



Here I have my relays and SSR's installed, I drilled and tapped all the hole in the plate inside. Much easier to install and should something fail much easier to replace.



RTD probe wiring installed.



I did not take a step by step photo log but here is some of the wiring in progress.



This is the inside wiring completed. I tried to keep everything nice and neat. (if you saw my first box you would definitely think WTF!!??)



LOL SEE WHAT I MEAN!!!



Finally all wired and completed, that is a shot of everything hooked up, labeled and power on.

As you can see it is not an exact replica of Kal's design, however I made it suit what I needed from a control panel. For timers I use my brewing software app on my android tablet, so I found it unnecessary to have a timer. I also nixed the amp and volt meters. I am really not conerned with how much of either of those I am using. Quite frankly if something goes wrong the breaker will trip and that's that.

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Default Framing construction



Right wall framed in.



Both walls framed in.



220v electric run and terminated into the dryer plug.



Rough plumbing in place.



Vortex fan in its proposed mounting place.



Looking up from under the fan, wound up having the perfect place duct the fan out of the house.
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