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Old 11-22-2011, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default My HERMS Brutus Clone

I wasn't going to post this, but a friend convinced me that it's only fair. After all, most of my ideas and designs came from this forum. Feel free to ask questions. It's a pretty basic 1/2 barrel setup with a herms coil. Kettles are from Stout Tanks. Burners are Banjos on high pressure with manual pilots. It's not stainless, but wire brushed and clear coated with a ceramic high temp spray paint.

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This was before mounting the control panel to the stand.


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Old 11-22-2011, 02:19 AM   #2
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That's a thing of beauty!

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Old 11-22-2011, 02:38 AM   #3
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Nice! I just got my Stout Kettles, 20g with the HERMS and whirlpool. How'd they do on brewday?

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Thanks for posting, that is beautiful! How smooth is your brewday? Tri-clovers everywhere, very niiice.
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The stout Tanks work great on brew day. I was concerned the mash tun false bottom's holes were too large, and the gaps too big around the perimeter, but it worked wonderfully. Efficiency was good. I recirculated during the entire mash, and found I had to put a screen inline with the sparge arm stout provides or it clogs up at the start of the mash.

Brew day was pretty smooth. No big problems.

Hardest part was throttling back the pumps.

Came out of the mash with wort so clear it looked like a filtered beer already...

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Default Close up of the bracket for the control panel

Is it possible to give more information about the swivel bar design for your control panel? If so, could you also take a close up picture of your work?
Does it lock in different positions?

Thanks in advance,

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Daniel, it doesn't lock in different positions, but it pivots and stays in different positions as long as the floor is level. It's merely a pin that goes through the end of the arm that it pivots on. I'll try to take a picture tonight if I remember.

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I have been debating using keggles or the ones from stout tanks as well. After seeing your setup I'm going to go that route and sell the kegs I have sitting around. A very nice setup!

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While your taking pics, any chance of showing me what your kettles are sitting on. Your kettle supports? Thanks
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