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Old 09-18-2009, 04:49 AM   #1
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Well after staring at the steel in my garage for the past few weeks I figured it was time I actually started this build. I got a pretty good deal on the steel $50 for 40 feet. I am not an experienced welder or fabricator but I am one of those "I can do anything" sort of people, not outta some weird self righteousness more out of the fact that I'm a cheap ass and wont hire anyone to do work I could have done myself. So the plan is to get the frame done and over the next few months acquire the parts to get it up and running. Its going to be a HERMS system using a CFC as a heat exchanger to maintain mash temps. Or at least thats what I plan on doing. I have never used this method and theres not a ton of info from what I could find. I did see on some other site a guy using this set up, his comments were that once you know get to know the system you can dial it in with ease. He did mention that it was difficult to do step mashes though, who knows well see. Heres some pics so far.




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Old 09-18-2009, 04:55 AM   #2
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Is that your first time welding? And what kind of welder did you use? I've stuck mostly to woodworking, but I know I could pick up welding with a few hours of practice. How much did you spend to get set up with a welder?

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It looks like a nice sturdy brew stand. Not a bad way to begin. Good job!

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Old 09-18-2009, 03:57 PM   #4
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Thanks for the positive comments. Yes this was my first time welding and I was lucky enough to be able to borrow all the equipment from a friend. Its really not too tough if you have experience building things with tools then you can pick it up pretty quick. Just practice with some scrap and play with the settings untill you have a good bead and it sounds like theres a bumble bee on streoids in the room. Some of my beads look great some not so much I think the biggest differece is how much of a bevel i put on the tubbing. I recommend beveling all the edges so that the weld has a bit of an area to pool, less grinding later. Again this is just what worked for me I'm by no means a experienced welder. Also be sure to use the recommended wire gauge for the thickness of metal you are using. I think the toughest part is keeping the whole thing square.

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Old 09-18-2009, 03:59 PM   #5
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you can just go ahead and add yourself to the list of people i hate out of jealousy. good day sir!




but really, looks like a great start.

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Looking good. I'll be starting my build in a few weeks. Never welded before either so following your progress will give me some confidence.

Are you going NG or LP? If LP, high or low pressure? I found the most difficult decision so far in getting parts together is what kind of ignition system to use.

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I think I will initially go LP just because I'm a lazy ass and don't really want to tap into the house NG line without having established a permanent location for the brew stand. Once I figure out where the thing is going to stay then I may consider going the NG route.

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Old 09-20-2009, 03:12 AM   #8
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Nice work so far !! I am 75% done with my Brutus build, just need to paint, then install the 2 pumps and control box. Will post pics soon.

I have two extra new Asco Red Hat Valves part # 8210G15 for trade or sale.

Make me an offer or trade. Looking for love temp controllers, barley crusher, plate chiller, or what do you want to trade !!

These are the identical valves used in the Brutus 10 only brass instead of stainless.

Buy $50.00 each plus shipping or free pickup

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Starting my brutus build as well. I've cut and prepped the steel. I plan to weld throughout this week. I weld for CN railroad, so I'm hoping to be finished within a day or so. I'm going to take my time and not rush through it. Good luck your your build.

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Well after staring at the steel in my garage for the past few weeks I figured it was time I actually started this build. I got a pretty good deal on the steel $50 for 40 feet. I am not an experienced welder or fabricator but I am one of those "I can do anything" sort of people, not outta some weird self righteousness more out of the fact that I'm a cheap ass and wont hire anyone to do work I could have done myself. So the plan is to get the frame done and over the next few months acquire the parts to get it up and running. Its going to be a HERMS system using a CFC as a heat exchanger to maintain mash temps. Or at least thats what I plan on doing. I have never used this method and theres not a ton of info from what I could find. I did see on some other site a guy using this set up, his comments were that once you know get to know the system you can dial it in with ease. He did mention that it was difficult to do step mashes though, who knows well see. Heres some pics so far.
This is coming along very nicely my friend! I can't wait until I see more pics! Please, all of you, keep the pics coming this way! I have pics of almost a hundred systems now and a tear forms in my eye every single time I see one more.
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