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Old 12-15-2012, 01:51 PM   #301
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Thanks woody. Inspired by your work and hope to have a corner of my new place like yours. Thanks.

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:08 PM   #302
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MaxOut Brewers Cart

In an effort to streamline my processes and equipment I created what I call the MaxOut Brewers Cart. It started with wanting an-line oxygen infuser and grew from their. I built an In-Line Oxygen/CO2 infusion device here-

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I tried this on my last brew and the yeast really took off running. I also plan to use it with CO2 for carbonating in the brite tank. I've been trying to organize some of my other brewing gadgets and ultimately evolved into the MaxOut Brewers Cart. I have all my hardware for brewing getting scattered around and decided to consolidate it on a handy cart. It consists of a Chugger pump, 4" X 18" stainless filter, Infusion device with 6" X 2 micron stainless stone, 1.5" X 6" sight glass, 20 LB CO2 tank with dual regulator, M60 Oxygen tank with dual gage regulator and flow meter, three way valve and hand truck.

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Helper/Transfer Pump
In-Line oxygen infusion with or without filtration
In-Line carbonation with or without filtration
Filter
Cool & Oxygenate
Pressure Transfers

It took a long time to figure out the plumbing and how to get the most of of the configuration with as few hoses and changes as possible. I put together a few small hoses with camlock connectors and used camlocks on the valves to the Chugger pump to keep the cart compact.

Here is a few shots of the MaxOut Brewers Cart



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Plate chiller on wing nut mount made out of a strap of stainless. Chugger mounted on custom made stainless mount. (still need a splash shield for the pump)


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Plumbing with three way valve on top, Infusion stone has air quick disconnect on bottom, filter to right, and sight glass in the middle. All the plumbing is mounted with two U-bolts wrapped with silicone tubing and held to cart with wing nuts.



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Gas - CO2 Tank on Right, O2 tank on left, O2 Regulator and flow meter on right, CO2 regulator on top and lighted power switch on top right.

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:45 PM   #303
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top notch, as usual.

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:23 PM   #304
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Dude, that rocks!

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:28 PM   #305
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Great looking system!

Where did you get the filter housing? What kind of media does it use? Micron rating?

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:33 PM   #306
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Great looking system!

Where did you get the filter housing? What kind of media does it use? Micron rating?
I got the filter from Glacier Tanks and it has a 1/16" primary and a 150 micron secondary both stainless steel. Here-http://www.glaciertanks.com/TriClamp...ner_1_1_2.html
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:00 PM   #307
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Amazing!

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:23 PM   #308
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With the new 1BBL configuration I’m running I repurposed the pump I was using and decided I need a stir motor in my HLT to help with stratifications and heat transfer on the HERMS coil. I butchered a 12VDC gate operator and salvaged two gear motors that look like they were up for the task. I decided I wanted to use the existing keggle lid instead of fabricating another solution from scratch. I also wanted t be able to remove the stir motor from the lid if needed so no welding to the lid. After scratching my head for a while I came up with this idea and started work. I used as many parts I had lying around from my previous builds to keep the cost down and maintain the “all stainless” quality of my brew system.
I started with the blades for the stir motor. I had a few stainless strips of 16 gage stainless left over from my volume guides I made for my kettles and decided they were rigid enough to work. I bent them on a vise at apposing angles to create the blades and decided on a piece of 3/8” stainless rod as the shaft.

Here are a few pictures of it coming together-

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:32 PM   #309
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Next I needed a way to attach it to the lid and let it spin free. I all ready had a ½” coupler welded to the lid so I drilled two 1/2” plugs so the 3/8” shaft would slip through it. Now the hard part how to rig the motor to the lid? I had some 1” X 1/8” strap leftover from a project that fit perfect in the channel of the keg fitting. I bent the strap around the fitting and the bent tabs back I could drill through. Kind of made a clamp to go around it. Then I took some 1” X 1/8” tubing and made a bracket for the motor.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:34 PM   #310
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Here is a shot of the motor temporarily in place -

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