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Old 03-27-2010, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default Brutusesque 20 build almost complete

Didn't realize the brutus 20 was actually a 2 vessel brewery, mine is dubbed 20 due to 20g batches in the 30g pots. My bad!

I started this back in October, have a thread on my home brew club's website, figured I'd make a thread here. Many thanks to all those that i stole err borrowed ideas from planning my build.

All the steel I thought I needed.



Monster natural gas burners.


Tons of stainless fittings, casters, etc.


I was trying to wait for someone to weld for beer, instead I bought a welder and taught myself how to weld. Not hard with a little practice, and its a lot of fun!

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My first halfway decent bead.


End caps welded on for the feet so casters could be mounted.


Same cap ground down to check penetration, all my welds were ground down like this.

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Much later in the welding, almost done.




Heat exchanger for the RIMS.


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Coming together, pots on the stand.


Closeup of caster mounting, I drilled and tapped the feet for threaded casters.


Closeup of a pot holder to keep the pots in place.



The center hole of the burners was slightly smaller than 1/2" threading so I just used the tap to thread the hole, they spin right on, meaning I can adjust burner height easily. Others that have the same NG burners I do said they were too close or too far from the bottom of the vessels. Mine are easily adjustable.




Another angle.

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Spinning a burner on.


Closeup of the dry fit for the Asco valve and pilot valve for one burner.




The control box, I used an aluminum hobby box to mount my BCS-460 and all the SSRs in.



Final puttied plumbing.


Closeup of the quick disconnect for the gas whip.

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Almost done with the control box. i really tried to make it neat, but it went all to hell eventually anyway.



Got the plumbing bits today to tap into my natural gas line in the house. More pics tomorrow of the install, got plumber buddies coming over to do that part, as it makes me nervous. I'm putting one connection in the garage for winter brewing, one under my deck for where I will normally brew.

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Plan on using a grommet where the wires enter the box?

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i'm not sure why, but i don't see any pics.

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Did you buy this as a complete kit or design it yourself through plans? Looks great so far!

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I had thought about using grommets, but the holes will be filled with silicone so its water tight, I plan on a bead of silicone for the plexiglass lid as well.

I just looked what others have done and borrowed ideas to design mine. I bet there have been 200 trips to Home Depot and many countless online orders.

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