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Old 05-15-2011, 06:00 PM   #41
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any reason you couldn't figure up a screw on tube to the bottom for filling kegs? have it attach like your yeast catcher, but fill a keg from the bottom? Slip it in the keg, slide the keg under, screw on tube, open valve, fill keg? I'd draw something up of what i'm envisioning, but I don't feel like playing with MSPaint today >.>

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Old 05-15-2011, 06:04 PM   #42
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SDB, built my mounting shelf and racking arm last Thursday, perfect height for kegging. Brewed a dunkelweizen Friday and pumped it right into the conical. So awesome! No lifting! I took pics, but am working a 48 hr shift this weekend, so I'll post them tomorrow. Going to stop at lowes on the way home and get the pieces for the yeast catcher as well. I will definitely get another one of these, but the full drain model like you have.
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The yeast catcher holds about 1Qt so I'm assuming I will only need to dump twice!
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:07 PM   #43
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any reason you couldn't figure up a screw on tube to the bottom for filling kegs? have it attach like your yeast catcher, but fill a keg from the bottom? Slip it in the keg, slide the keg under, screw on tube, open valve, fill keg? I'd draw something up of what i'm envisioning, but I don't feel like playing with MSPaint today >.>
Yup, my whole intention was to fill the keg from the bottom! I'm trying to perfect getting most of the junk (yeast/scrub) out first before it ends up in my brew :-)
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:41 PM   #44
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Looks great!

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I decided to wait until I can score some SS FNPT 1" valves before I build the yeast catcher, but here's the current set up:

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These are awesome. How are you finding them to hold up to cleanup? Not scratching easily or anything from a carboybrush or are you using some other method to clean?

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I decided to wait until I can score some SS FNPT 1" valves before I build the yeast catcher, but here's the current set up:
I have my 1" SS valves I might look to sale!!!
Your setup looks great, sweet and simple:-) brew on!!

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I just pour some water in to flush the remaining junk out swish around with my hand and drain:-) then I add more lightly soapy, real light, water clean around the inside with my hand splashing up under the collar! After I drain that out I flush with clean water making sure I get the residue out!!! When I sterilize I do the same thing, pour water/iodophor mix into vessel and splash around making sure I cover everything, use a spray bottle to spray lid and lid collar and wah-la done!
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My basement holds great fermenting temps :-)
AWESOME build. I like the innovative yeast catcher.....seems like a winner!

Be wary of thinking that the ambient air temp is enough to control liquid ferm temps. The biological activity of the yeast generates heat, which can take you several degrees out of range.....especially when you're dealing with large volumes!

You could very easily drop a coil of copper tubing in the top of each one (basically an immersion chiller) and just have a minifridge with a temp controlled submersible pump and water/glycol reservoir. Might cost a bit more, but it's a project you can build towards in bits and pieces....plus it'd probably all fit under the table!
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I only wanted to comment that I feel there needs to be more pictures of the OP's dog... I really miss my Dalmatians. :-(

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AWESOME build. I like the innovative yeast catcher.....seems like a winner!

Be wary of thinking that the ambient air temp is enough to control liquid ferm temps. The biological activity of the yeast generates heat, which can take you several degrees out of range.....especially when you're dealing with large volumes!

You could very easily drop a coil of copper tubing in the top of each one (basically an immersion chiller) and just have a minifridge with a temp controlled submersible pump and water/glycol reservoir. Might cost a bit more, but it's a project you can build towards in bits and pieces....plus it'd probably all fit under the table!
I like that idea:-)
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