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Old 04-24-2014, 01:08 PM   #21
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Badass build and very clean. Can wait to see it in action. I'm currently modeling a build after Kal's system. Can't wait to get it finished.

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Old 04-24-2014, 02:45 PM   #22
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Beautiful work. Can you come to America and build mine too?

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Old 09-01-2014, 07:06 PM   #23
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Long time with no updates, and quite a few things have happened since.
I received my Monster Mill. Prepared a base for it to put it over a bucket.



Cutting out the hole for crushed grain:



Base ready to accomodate the mill :



Unfortunately, I had to stop there, as it appears that one of the rollers is out of true and won’t turn (one of the little axles is bent). Fred from Monster Mills has assured me that it isn’t normal and he’ll be replacing the bad roller, which is great!

So since that’s one more thing on hold until another week-end, I decided to kill some time by turning some new tap handles for my keezer. Not so easy to do on a metal lathe! (or maybe my coordination sucks)




About a week or two later, I received a replacement roller, assembled the mill, and it seems to work fine, so I assembled it and hacked together a removable hopper






which stores away nicely onto a shelf :


I’ll give it a coat of food-safe wood oil once it’s finished and I’m satisfied with the design.

Received the missing PID and wired it in to the panel, looks a little neater now:




Aaand punched my first holes in the kettles!




HLT valve installed :


Leak testing with 80 litres of water :




Phase 1 of the kettle plumbing complete (I’m waiting for the stainless steel coil before adding the herms valves, since I don’t know where the holes will go yet)

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Old 09-01-2014, 07:21 PM   #24
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By this time I was running really low on beer, so I modified my old brew kettles to run with my new equipment, and gave it a test run :


After I’d brewed a couple of batches to fill up the kegerator again, I plumbed in hot and cold water taps, that end up just above the HLT. The valves at the bottom are reserved for connecting up a sink later on in the left hand corner of the brewery:


I also gave the brewstand a new coat of stain, I think it looks a lot better now (potatophone picture doesn’t really do justice to the colour)


Later realised that those taps were crappy (they both had a very slight leak even when “closed”, and when I tried to force them closed, the thread gave…). They were also a bit loose since I didn’t fix them solidly to the wall. Admittedly, they were just the cheapest I could find and not really adapted to this application. So I took them apart



And installed a more robust version. These ones are a joy to use. Don’t move at all since they’re screwed in to the wall, super smooth, and pretty easy to adjust (and also quite cheap)



Next, I took apart the pump stand, made a longer version to accommodate three pumps, and stained it.



Added wiring for the third pump:


I also added some holes underneath. I’ll put some pegs in there and drill a couple of holes in the brewstand, to stop the pump stand from moving around (it’s still easily removable though)




Took down the shelves, painted them and attached them solidly to the wall:



Reorganised my collection of malts


And made some more permanent-looking labels.

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Old 09-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #25
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Last week, I finally ordered (and received!) the 50’ stainless steel tube for my herms coil.



I was expecting it to be difficult after reading Kal’s guide, but I wasn’t really expecting it to be that bad! It took me most of an afternoon to coil it, and I finished it the next day because I had no energy left to bend the ends of the tubing to fit into the HLT.



I spent a while trying to tighten the coil inside the HLT (it kept leaking), and then figured it would be much easier to remove the coil, crimp the compression fittings on, and then install the whole thing back into the HLT



It fits, and it’s watertight!


Here’s the setup with the coil installed (don’t have a good shot of the whole brewstand with the three pumps yet. I decided to move the coil down a bit after drilling the first hole, so I’ll plug that later on when I get the next shipment from brewhardware.



I also built a little housing for the extractor fan. Probably a little overkill, but I think it's cute. I might have to add a net in front of it in case birds decide they want to make it their new home -.-

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Stained and added some leftover roofing :


Installed around the vent hole:


And with the fan installed, with my attempt at reducing the vibration noise :


And finally, while I’m waiting to be able to brew (only a few weeks from now, hopefully), I’m testing my brewpi setup with a Cider. If it turns out okay, I’ll clean it up a littleand make a neater box for the electronics:







Electrician is coming next week to add a 16 or 20A breaker to the main panel and connect it up to the brewery, and I’ve ordered the housings for the heating elements, so I should be able to fire up the elements within two to three weeks! It’s been a huge project, but I can really feel like I’m getting to the point where I’ll be able to brew on it very soon!

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Old 09-03-2014, 05:20 PM   #26
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Does your MLT PID control the pump through the herms coil?

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Old 09-03-2014, 05:28 PM   #27
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Does your MLT PID control the pump through the herms coil?

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No, I opted for the same process as Kal's setup, pretty much : first PID controls the HLT temp, recirculation rate is controlled by the ball valve at the pump, and second PID is only used to display the temperature at the output of the MLT
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:55 PM   #28
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Fantastic build. Thanks for documenting it for us

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Old 09-04-2014, 02:31 AM   #29
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Ahhh, right. In theory they should (eventually) be equal. Thanks!

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This week-end I finally got around to preparing the housings for the heating elements. I’d been putting it off for two reasons : first, it’s really hard to find full metal junction boxes in Switzerland at a half decent price. I wanted metal boxes because I want to make sure the kettles are properly grounded and I don’t feel like soldering ground lugs onto the kettles. I ended up ordering some boxes from Amazon similar to the ones used in Kal’s build. Second, I’m still waiting for 16A service to the garage. Hopefully that’ll be done this week, but until then there wasn’t really any point in having the heating elements connected up.

Step 1 : gather parts (boxes from Amazon, Powercon receptacles from eBay, the rest from a local hardware store)



Drilled the holes in the bottom of the boxes for the heating elements



Punch the 1¼” hole for the element in the back panel



Test fit with PowerCon receptable and heating element installed :





After spending all morning sanding the parts, they’re ready to be painted



And here’s all four element housings, painted. Waiting for JB Weld and food grade silicone to arrive this week so that I can put them together and install them in the kettles next Saturday. If all goes well, I should be able to run the first test with water through the whole system next week-end. I’m getting pretty excited by now

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