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Old 05-22-2012, 04:25 AM   #31
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I spent about an hour and a half this evening and went with an idea I had to make a false bottom out of the keg bottom I cut out of one of my keggles. As soon as my phone decides it is done backing up I will post a picture...

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:24 AM   #32
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The FB is 12-3/4" diameter. I laid out 1/16" slots radially. 66 slots all total. I put it in the bottom of the keg and pushed down in the center. NO BUDGE AT ALL! I think this thing will handle quite a large mash...

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Old 05-23-2012, 04:40 PM   #33
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I calculated my open space. On the 12-3/4" diameter FB, I have 13^2 in open area. Surely that is enough open area to be useful on this scale...

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My control panel kit came in yesterday from Kal (actually Spike Innovations). Boy-howdy. It is a bit intimidating to open it all up and see it PACKED with components that all have to be wired together.
This is a water-tight electrical enclosure 16"Wx20"Hx8"D.

Here is a tentative layout. I have a buddy that is going to Water Jet the panel door for me... once I get it laid out and give him the DXF file...

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:22 PM   #34
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That is awesome! Subbed. Please keep the pics coming, especially the build of Kal's controll panel kit.

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Finished assembling the temperature sensor cables. Built as outlined on Kal's site. I reinforced them with stainless steel stranded wire and overlaid them with two layers of the expandable plastic mesh. shrink wrapped each end and put on an XLR3 connector to finish it all off. Soldering is interesting to learn. I checked continuity all along and actually found my soldered joints to be good.

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Just got a picture from my buddy that water-jet cut my panel. CAN NOT WAIT TO GET THIS BACK!

The only change I made from my dimensioned drawing is that I moved the temp probe XLR inputs back to the bottom of the enclosure.

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Old 06-01-2012, 11:07 PM   #37
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I did something similar for my false bottom.

I ended up added a few hundred .096 dia holes to it as well. After one or two stuck mashes the time at the drill press was well spent..

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I did something similar for my false bottom.

I ended up added a few hundred .096 dia holes to it as well. After one or two stuck mashes the time at the drill press was well spent..
Can you please post a picture of what you did? I would like to see it.
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Spent some time on Dad's drill press with my hole saws this afternoon. I got all the openings for the electrical recepticals cut. I have (3) temp sensors, (2) heating elements, (2) pumps, and (1) main power in at 240V and 50 Amps.

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The panel door arrived today! I installed all the panel components as a test fit mock-up. It all worked very well except the volt and amp meters. I ended up having to knock off some material with just a few minutes of file work.

I also preped, primed and painted the panel door. I am not sure what happened, but in the middle of the panel the paint will not get a "Sheen" like the remainder of the panel. I noticed a little difference in the way the primer looked in that spot. I wonder if I had some primer come up the feed tube that was not fully mixed or something and laid down more solids there... I will wait 'till tomorrow to see what it looks like and if it is not better I will sand the door and reapply.

Also, I got my 2" TriClamp to 1/2" NPTF adapters in the mail today. I have 3" pipe nipples on order too.

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