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Old 02-16-2011, 01:47 AM   #31
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Awesome rig. I like how you kept both the gas plumbing and wiring extremely low key and organized.

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Old 02-16-2011, 06:39 PM   #32
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That is a thing of beauty my friend, something to be proud of for sure. Love the low key and very clean gas and electrical routing as well, but that color and the blingmans really put the icing on the cake! Keep up the good work.

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Old 02-16-2011, 06:49 PM   #33
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That's a pretty sweet rig.

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Old 02-16-2011, 10:49 PM   #34
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Off topic, but do you go to the Garage Brewers Society meetings. I live 1.5 miles from Ofallon Brewery and have been thinking about stopping by a meeting to get to know some local brewers. Thanks for the reply.

BTW, awesome build. I want to do a BIAB 10. Basically a temp controlled brew in a bag set up. Anyway. Nice work and great color choice.

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Did you make it to the brew meet last night @ O'Fallon? I know we had some new guys.

Sweet rig, keep the pics coming.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:31 AM   #35
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Awesome!

I had one question for you....why didn't you use gas line sealant???? I saw you used teflon tape....maybe I am missing something

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Old 02-18-2011, 01:17 AM   #36
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I had one question for you....why didn't you use gas line sealant???? I saw you used teflon tape....maybe I am missing something
you are. There is gas line pipe dope on the inside of the threads covering the teflon tape. My local hardware store conveniently ran out of gas tape. the combo of the pipe dope and tape works great though. No leaks at all.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:19 AM   #37
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So i have crossed the finish line. She is all set for a brewday. Here are the last few pictures highlighting the build. The next set of pics I take will be from a brewday and some notes on how well she performed.

The first thing you are going to notice is that the lids dont look like Blichmann lids and they arent. I picked up these perfect fitting stainless lids from a restaurant supply store for 6 bucks each new. I decided I would rather drill into them over the expensive ones that came with the pots. Its really nice because if I decide to run the liquids differently I can always drill into the Blichman lids for the changes.

This first pic shows the lauter collection/recirculation lid.


Here is a top view showing all the lid connections


Here is a pic of the Blichmann autosparge installed in the pot along with their louver button false bottom

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Old 02-18-2011, 01:21 AM   #38
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Here are the last couple pics showing everything set up. The line coming off of the boil ketle is a siphon sprayer set up to aerate the wort after recirc and cooling is completed.

I have a blichmann hoprocket hopback on order but it is unfortunately backordered right now so that is the only thing that will be changing on the setup.




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Old 02-21-2011, 02:59 PM   #39
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I took her out for her initial run on Saturday. Brewed a batch of Belgian Pale Ale. Well, it was supposed to be Belgian Pale Ale. I was intending to hit 1.052 @75% efficiency. I ended up getting 90% efficiency and hit 1.065. :lol: . So I upped the hops to correct the BU:GU. No biggie there. The paint held up fairly well. Theres a few places where I assume some dirt got underneath the paint and instead of curing to the metal it bubbled up. Nothing major though. They system itself was a dream. Even in the wind whipped parking lot behind STL wine and beer the mash never got outside of 1 degree of my set mash temp. I did a step mash just to try it and it performed beautifully. The temp rose just over 1 degree a minute. During cleanup I didnt find any concentrated wort scorches or burnt grain. The Blichmann Autosparge and False Bottom are truly things of beauty. The therminator was simply outstanding as well. It dropped the temperature from boiling to 68 in 11 minutes. I boiled off about 1/4 of a gallon too much but nothing that cant be corrected for next time. Propane usage was far better than before. Im not saying it sips the gas tank but it looks as though I will be getting about 33% more brewing time out of a 20lb tank. For anyone thinking about going with a brutus style stand I cant say enough good things about it.

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Old 02-21-2011, 04:17 PM   #40
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great job! i love the color of it. now only if you could powder coat your kettles black... lol

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