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freedombrew 03-06-2012 04:16 AM

Building my Two Cooler All Grain Brewery
 
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Time to stop lurking and start writing. Since I'm basing my all grain setup on what I've learned here, I thought I'd share the progress as I go along. This may take a while, so who knows how long it may be between posts.

I got stars in my eyes looking at all the shiny stainless steel equipment out there, and the engineer in me thought the recirculating versions looked super cool, but the more I thought about it the more I liked the simplicity of coolers.

So here's the plan. Cooler for the HLT, cooler for the MLT, one big pot, one burner and one pump. I want to be able to do 5 to 15 gallons at a time so I got the 70 Quart Ice Cube since it's narrow and tall and should still work for the smaller batches. I brew with a couple of other guys and we usually do 10 gallon batches, but I like the option of going big or going small.

I'm looking at the 20 gallon megapot for my brew kettle (because SOMETHING has to be stainless!). I saw a similar pot sold by Home Brew Stuff that cost less, does anybody have one of these? Opinions?

I plan to batch sparge, so I'll use the one pump to fill the MLT and then heat the water for the HLT while the mash is going. After the boil I'll fill the HLT with ice water and recirculate wort through my immersion chiller to cool it off (because I have to recirculate SOMETHING!).

Any advice or feedback as I go along would be greatly appreciated.

The coolers arrived today. Now I just have to clear some space in the garage so I can get the stand (ok, shelf). Here's what I'm planning (roughly)...


freedombrew 03-23-2012 10:17 PM

Process and Plumbing
 
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OK, so here's the process in theory. I'm working up my parts list for fittings. I'm planning to use camlocks to move the hoses around from valve to valve. Any good ideas on hose hangers for over the top of the cooler or kettle?


freedombrew 03-23-2012 10:17 PM

Process and Plumbing
 
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OK, so here's the process in theory. I'm working up my parts list for fittings. I'm planning to use camlocks to move the hoses around from valve to valve. Any good ideas on hose hangers for over the top of the cooler or kettle?


freedombrew 03-23-2012 10:17 PM

Process and Plumbing
 
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OK, so here's the process in theory. I'm working up my parts list for fittings. I'm planning to use camlocks to move the hoses around from valve to valve. Any good ideas on hose hangers for over the top of the cooler or kettle?


freedombrew 03-23-2012 10:17 PM

Process and Plumbing
 
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OK, so here's the process in theory. I'm working up my parts list for fittings. I'm planning to use camlocks to move the hoses around from valve to valve. Any good ideas on hose hangers for over the top of the cooler or kettle?


freedombrew 03-23-2012 10:17 PM

Process and Plumbing
 
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OK, so here's the process in theory. I'm working up my parts list for fittings. I'm planning to use camlocks to move the hoses around from valve to valve. Any good ideas on hose hangers for over the top of the cooler or kettle?


freedombrew 04-09-2012 02:20 AM

New Toys
 
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My wife and a couple of friends got me some brew gear for my birthday. I now have the Blichmann burner with 24" legs and a 20 Gal Megapot. I had assumed it would be a generic pot of some kind, but this one says Polarware on the bottom (for what it's worth).

I looked around at pots and knew what the dimensions were (21" diameter and 17" high), but knowing and seeing are two different things. When I opened the box all I could think was "That thing is HUGE!".

Together these two pieces are almost half of the cost of my entire build. Did I mention I love my wife? I assembled everything and tested it out today, I am going to love brewing with this! Going to use it next weekend for a Honey Porter.

Here's a picture of the new burner and pot next to the old turkey fryer I've been using.


fpweeks 04-09-2012 02:19 PM

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i started out with something very similar...and its a lot of jockeying......so i made some tweaks.

heres my set up. i made the HLT electric, with a 1500 watt element and controller. IT simplified the steps significantly. I pump form the HLT into the MT, and use gravity everywheres else.....


freedombrew 04-16-2012 02:33 AM

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Started working on my MLT conversion tonight. I'm using Bobby_M's idea for a PVC spacer to support the cooler wall. All went well until I tried screwing the camlock fitting into the valve. Either the teflon tape wasn't up to the task, or the threads were too messed up, but I jammed it good. Took a while to get them back apart and it only went in a couple of threads deep.

Saw someone recommend Loctite 567 for stainless fittings instead of the teflon tape. I'm going to get some and give it another try. Anybody else have trouble with this? I was expecting this to be the easy part.


freedombrew 04-17-2012 04:46 PM

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My wire shelving arrived and I had to laugh when I saw the product code. Guess I picked the right tool for the job, these shelves say "ALE" right on the box!



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