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Old 05-06-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default My insane 25 Gal, 100 Percent Hard Plumbed Tri-Clover, Automated Tippy Build

First off I could not stand keeping this a secret for any longer.

A little back ground: I have been brewing for about 9 years now, don’t tell the authorities because I was only 18 when I started. I jumped into AG a year later. Then someone on HBT inspired me to build my first partially AG automated rig, which consisted of a few love controllers, welded stand and 5 gal pots, pump, two burners and a separate HEX. This was pretty impressive for my first stand. It took me two years to build and, I had it all the way through college. To say the least my friends loved all the beer on tap.

The perfectionist that I am started to show its true colors when I kept finding the smallest flaws in what many would consider a perfect rig. Little things such as copper piping, cleaning, and not all fittings were welded, amateur automation, etc. So I started dreaming up a build that would become the build of all builds. Except for a few that we all know.

What I wanted:
Hard plumbed Tri clovers
Auto Valves
Stainless Pumps
Sight Glasses
3X 26 gal pots
HEX
Almost 90 percent automated
Tippy Dump
Volume measurement
CIP with separate pump and filter
Bottom Draining tanks
Hard plumbed water and filters
O2 tank
Probably run brewtroller with Beagle bone Black
The list goes on and on

I went out and Purchased a Mig welder and later purchased a tig

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First Pipe Is connected

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Modified Chugger pump head

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Mash tun, Pump Head, Brewers hardware inline filter, to Whirlpool return

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Hopefully this week I should have more parts TC clamps so I can continue, Kinda at a stand still. Brewers Hardware has been amazing with this build. Putting up with an order a week.lol

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Oh yeah I had to stop to fix my deck for a birthday Party I was hosting.

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Nice setup you got going there. What type of automated valves are you using?

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Old 05-07-2013, 05:21 AM   #8
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Pray tell--what is that greenish rotating devive you are using for the tippy dump? Could be the key to a relatively easy conversion

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Sweet

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Go big or go home!

Nice build, dude.

One thing, are those tippy dump joints relatively heat resistant? Looks like greased zerks that could leak all over the place when heated up?

I've never heard of the tippy dump before but looks cool. I use an overhead hoist to grab the spent out mash tun and put it on a hand truck for removal. Anyway, nice going on the build,

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