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Old 12-07-2009, 01:26 AM   #31
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If two March pumps are good, would three be even better with this type of brewstand? Or just a waste of a good pump?
I'd have to ask what you plan to use the 3rd for though? Not sure I see a use for it...
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:39 AM   #32
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I don't know either. I've never brewed with anything other than my fryer burner and cooler. So just looking for suggestions while I build this. I figure I can make changes after it is built but why not look for ideas as I go. And I have three pumps on hand anyway. Good backup or use for another project.

I have not noticed any others with three pumps, so probably not needed. Just a thought.

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Old 12-07-2009, 01:48 AM   #33
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I might suggest sketching up each "phase" in the brewing process with your new brewery - draw the hoses and illustrate how you'll use each piece of equipment. Then take a look at it and see if you can modify that anyway - it'll help you understand if you could somehow use a 3rd pump (although like I said, doubt there is much use for one).


Maybe you can come up with some kind of clean in place setup for kegs, bottles, or other equipment with that 3rd pump... just an idea. Always nice to have the "problem" of extra gear!

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Old 12-07-2009, 02:17 AM   #34
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Thanks, yeah I have a lot of stuff I could just hang on the brewery. But if there is no good reason I'd rather keep it in a box.

Your build looks like it will be nice. I like the tippy dump. What was wrong with the Hurricane? I have not studied mine all that close.

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Old 12-07-2009, 02:25 AM   #35
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The threaded hole in the venture tube (the inlet for the propane) that the brass orifice/regulator hose fitting is off center such that the valve plate cannot be installed and the threaded hole in the venture casting is oversized such that the threads on the brass fitting do not engage.

With it being cast, it's to be expected, just bummer the quality control didn't catch it.

And thanks - we're excited. We're watching your build as well!

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I did screw in the orifices so I hope mine are ok. Only finger tight at this point, seem ok so far. Bummer having to return and wait again.

I have a couple days off so hope to make some headway. But we have snow forecast for the next 3-4 days, that always slows everything down.

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Old 12-07-2009, 03:51 AM   #37
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The 350K 2 stage regulator will work well, the chances of having all 3 burners flat out at same time are very small. Normally you have the HLT flat out for strike water, then it is at low fire bringing sparge water up to temp while mashing is going on, then finally the boil kettle will be the only burner being fired during boil.

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Another question. I will have 120 volt power to the stand. I will have a 24 volt transformer to run the gas valves. I need a 6 volt power supply for my BCS-460. The BCS comes with a wall wort transformer. I want to hard wire the power lead to the BCS. No room for a power receptacle in my console. Is there a simple way to tap off the 24v or is there a 6v trans that can be wired into the power source?

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Old 12-09-2009, 03:55 PM   #39
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Another question. I will have 120 volt power to the stand. I will have a 24 volt transformer to run the gas valves. I need a 6 volt power supply for my BCS-460. The BCS comes with a wall wort transformer. I want to hard wire the power lead to the BCS. No room for a power receptacle in my console. Is there a simple way to tap off the 24v or is there a 6v trans that can be wired into the power source?
A small voltage regulation circuit with a LM317 voltage regulator and a couple resistors (240 ohm and 910 ohm) will convert a 24v power source to ~6v.

http://www.electronics-lab.com/articles/LM317/

Since you are in the neighborhood I expect to see this in action some day.
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A small voltage regulation circuit with a LM317 voltage regulator and a couple resistors (240 ohm and 910 ohm) will convert a 24v power source to ~6v.

http://www.electronics-lab.com/articles/LM317/

Since you are in the neighborhood I expect to see this in action some day.
This is a very simple circuit to build. I built one to bring my voltage down to AAA battery strength. 1.5v to power my digital thermometers.

Here is a good calculator for determining what resistors you need.

http://www.whatcircuits.com/lm317-calculator-v2/
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