So over the last couple months i've been slowly collecting parts and planning and building my HERMS system. I've been trying to do everything stainless and silicone wherever possible. Of course that increases the time because i've been trying to do it on a budget.
I'm hoping that this systems first brew will be controlled by the BrewTroller controller that we are working on. Eventually I hope to have parts of it a bit more automated.
First off I wanted to have the nicest holes I could possibly make without a plasma cutter in the top of my kegs. So I built a simple jig to help me do that. I had some spare 80/20 extrusion laying around from my CNC machine build so I just used some of that.
Pretty ghetto but makes darn nice circles
That little stubby piece just fits right into the hole in the top of the keg and with the help of a little olive oil spins right around.
The other tough part of this project is the fact that I had to do everything weldless, for some reason it's pretty much impossible to find anyone down here that is willing to do the welding correctly.
Current Rig 4.5KW E-HLT
MasterFlex Peristaltic Primary Pump
March Secondary Pump
Therminator for Chilling
Planned Automated Grain Drop
Automated Hop Dropper
This is really cool, I've been planning a similar setup but was planning on using welded connections. I haven't tried to find someone local yet who could do the welding, but I might just go all weldless. My concern with going weldless is having to break it all down often for cleaning. Any thoughts? I'd also love to see a breakdown of some of the connectors you've chosen. I'm thinking about doing a HX in my boil kettle for chilling like the one in your HLT.