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Old 04-29-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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I had a toolbox caddy, but it was cumbersome and I wanted a bit better layout of my stuff. I also separated my rims equipment from my chilling equipment since we were fighting for equipment when we were doing multiple batches at one time.

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Detail of the piping header



Flow from the pump goes into the rims tube at the top of the pict. Exits the bottom and through valve positioning gets directed back to the mash tun through the sight tube and valve on the right or is recirced back to the pump inlet through the valve on the lower left. This gives nearly full pump (March AC-5SS-MD) through the rims tube and gives me excellent temp stability and nearly no risk of scorching. RTD is always in the flow whether in full recirc or partial to prevent the tube from overheating.

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Potted the element in a 1/2" conduit LB with some 2 part epoxy



Sneak peek at the modified pump head that will be going on the chiller system shortly!



First brewday was this weekend and everything went fairly well. The flowmeter let me hit a nice .3-.4gpm of drawoff and the auto float in the mash tum kept a rock solid level in the tun.

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Not quite as compact as the sabco chillwizard that inspired me, but the recirc and flow meter make it so much better in my opinion. I only had to futz with the flow on the meter a few times during the sparge to keep it around .3gpm, but otherwise it ran great. 5500w on 120v is a little low for a big mash but I was able to step a degree every 5 minutes or so without flowing too much to stick the mash. It was a 30# 60/40 wheat pils grist with only 2# or so of rice hulls so I wasn't about to push the flow on this batch. Playing with the equipment layout now is a heck of a lot easier than when I get my stand finished and everything mounted to it, so I'd rather figure things out now.

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