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Old 05-23-2010, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default 1BBL Brutus 10 Electric Brewery Build

This thread will loosely follow a 1BBL brewery that I am constructing, one of several. Though some of the design specifics are flexible, much of the design and parts list are chosen.

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(3) Blichmann 55 Gallon Boilermakers
(2) LG 5-MD-HC 1050 GPH Pumps
22,000W of Heating Power (11,000 RIMS and 11,000 BK)
BCS 460 Control
3/4" Plumbing

Rolling 304 SS Stand:
1.5" x 11GA box tubing with mill finish, TIG welded with an HF wash. 84"L x 30"D x 20"H

NEMA 4X Electrical Box with (8) water tight connections.

(4) 500LB EACH 4" Casters

It is a really simple build, no re-inventing the wheel. Simple control interface, no wireless capability, trusted Brutus 10 design and enough power to start a batch while boiling the first. System requirement is 120A, supplied by (2) 60A Spa Panels, each panel powering one half of the system through ONE NEMA 4X box and two separate distribution blocks/circuits.

BCS temp. readouts at the MLT outlet, the RIMS outlet, BK outlet and plate chiller outlet.

It will be capable of boiling one batch while starting another (this is the reason the stand will be rated for nearly 2000lbs)
100 pounds of grain/834 pounds of water/600 pounds of stand

Each 1BBL batch will require about 28kWh, at a cost of $4.20 per session.
33kWh is equal to 112,600 BTUs
With a really efficient gas burner (30%) you would have to burn up 17 POUNDS of propane gas during the same session.
Not to mention the issues with venting all of that CO...

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Everything is ok... just not feeling the HB bug anymore really.
I thought you said you were tired of brewing?
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Everything is ok... just not feeling the HB bug anymore really.

I thought you said you were tired of brewing?
I am not brewing, I actually sold my freezer, kegs (6 of which were full) and my kegerator is next. I am out of the brewing business. I dont own any kegs or fermentors to even make beer. I actually dont even DRINK beer anymore.
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Subscribed, we're doing almost the same thing. Eager to see how other people are approaching this.

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Subscribed, we're doing almost the same thing. Eager to see how other people are approaching this.
I am trying to keep it simple, the controls will be 100% BCS computer based. No toggles, no little flashing lights, only the ALARM settings in the BCS to indicate state changes. No wireless capability like the last, only the 100% reliable Cat6 cable.

The pumps were obvious upgrades, March 809s would be an insult, the 3-MD-HC LG pumps would have been OK. But I think the 5-MD-HC pumps will be more capable and offer a little more flexibility for transfers and improve whirlpool performance if that is a desire of the user. They are only slightly more expensive, in the $300 range.

I have experience building out BCS460 control boxes for applications like this, so that part again is pretty standard.

Looking forward to posting some photos when the time comes and some general thoughts.

This is not meant to be a full fledged wire by wire build thread. I do want it to track the progress and general design of the system and offer some ideas to others who are looking to step into this volume of brewing.
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What size tubing/hose will you be using with those pumps? In a quick search I found one with 1/2" MNPT outlet. Is 1/2" enough flow?

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