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Old 02-03-2013, 03:28 PM   #411
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Thanks for the advice and yes, my back is killing me. That was the whole point of the gravity system! I'm installing a faucet off my hot water heater in the garage before my next batch, should make cleanup and everything else easy too.

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Old 02-03-2013, 03:49 PM   #412
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Here's the wooden single tier I'm building. It's almost done in this pic. Need to finish the work table part on the end and plumb the water and electric still. Just haven't had time to finish...

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Here's the wooden single tier I'm building. It's almost done in this pic. Need to finish the work table part on the end and plumb the water and electric still. Just haven't had time to finish...
Quick question on plate chillers, I see you have one mounted. Do you pump from boil kettle through the chiller and straight into your fermenter or do you recirculate the wort the through the chiller back into the kettle until the temp drops enough? One pas through the chiller or multiple? Depends on the water temp I guess?
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Quick question on plate chillers, I see you have one mounted. Do you pump from boil kettle through the chiller and straight into your fermenter or do you recirculate the wort the through the chiller back into the kettle until the temp drops enough? One pas through the chiller or multiple? Depends on the water temp I guess?
I'm adding a recirculation/whirlpool port on the boil kettle. The wort will be pumped through the chiller and back into the boil kettle until the temperature is dropped far enough. Honestly I haven't used that Therminator yet to pass on first hand experience. I was previously using an immersion chiller in my old setup. I've seen people on youtube pass through the Therminator once and drop the temp to around 60 degrees with cold enough counterflow water. It's a beast of a chiller.
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I'm adding a recirculation/whirlpool port on the boil kettle. The wort will be pumped through the chiller and back into the boil kettle until the temperature is dropped far enough. Honestly I haven't used that Therminator yet to pass on first hand experience. I was previously using an immersion chiller in my old setup. I've seen people on youtube pass through the Therminator once and drop the temp to around 60 degrees with cold enough counterflow water. It's a beast of a chiller.
Yeah I've heard great things about the Shirron one in particular but they all seem to be a step up from immersion. I am using a keggle right now and trying to decide the best way to whirlpool and transfer. Right now I have a dip tube in the middle that drains it all no problem but all the break and hops go too. I've been moving to secondary after a week... Not to open another topic...
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Very nice! 4x4's and lag bolts? you could park a car on that thing!
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Hey, ours are pretty similar! Question, do you have some sort of heat barrier b/t the bottom brew kettle and post for the mash tun? I've only brewed one batch and did my boil on the garage floor b/c I didn't want to torch the front legs. Thinking of getting some stainless steel sheets.

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Hey, ours are pretty similar! Question, do you have some sort of heat barrier b/t the bottom brew kettle and post for the mash tun? I've only brewed one batch and did my boil on the garage floor b/c I didn't want to torch the front legs. Thinking of getting some stainless steel sheets.
I did eventually wind up putting a thin layer of cement board (durock) against the lower tier (and also the top tier as a precaution) just as a safeguard to prevent the same issue you are concerned about. However, I will state that my sculpture (as built) did not have any evidence of charring, burns, or anything that would lead me to worry about a fire except the fact that I had a burner lower that wood that was nearby. The durock and screws were fairly cheap so it wasn't a big deal and gave me piece of mind. I have since plumbed the whole sculpture for propane and also filtered water to help with ease when brewing.
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Very nice just what I'm looking for thanks.

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