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Old 02-03-2013, 12:24 AM   #11
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Got a lot accomplished today considering I had my 2yr old daughter in the garage with me all day.

I ended up just going with my original plan for mounting the control panel. Got all of the plumbing and conduit loosely fitted. Welded on some bits of super-strut to hold everything in place.
I need to mount my pumps next and then tear it all down to paint it.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #12
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I need to mount my pumps next and then tear it all down to paint it.
The stand is looking nice! Do you have any pics of the inside of the panel? I have to figure out a pump control panel. I'm not doing any other automation but pump on/off (at least for now, we all know how homebrew projects never finish).

What are your plans for the pumps mounts? I've never looked at how people run the wires. Could you take pics of that when you get to that point?

I wish I had a tig welder for my stainless scrap build so I could make headway like this. All I can do is prep work, waiting on all the parts to come together so I can take it all to the weld shop.

Cheers on the progress,

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:16 PM   #13
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Thanks!

I have pics of the control panel and a full wiring diagram in the thread linked above in my first post. As for mounting I'm just planning on drilling and tapping some holes. Hopefully I'll be able to get them mounted today.

I won't be wiring though until its painted and I can start permanently securing all of the conduit. Right now it's all just pushed together without glue.

I'll definitely update the thread as I make more progress.

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:51 PM   #14
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Thanks!

I have pics of the control panel and a full wiring diagram in the thread linked above in my first post. As for mounting I'm just planning on drilling and tapping some holes. Hopefully I'll be able to get them mounted today.

I won't be wiring though until its painted and I can start permanently securing all of the conduit. Right now it's all just pushed together without glue.

I'll definitely update the thread as I make more progress.
I see. I was thinking of a quick release setup for pumps and chiller for easy of cleaning. Something like a hitch pin on the top or bottom of a plate to mount the pumps on. I could definitely weld some threaded posts for the pumps, using wing nuts to secure them on. Not sure yet for the plate chiller. Put the wing nuts sound easier now.

I plan on traveling a bit with my stand, so it has to be fairly easy for me to disassemble the components for safe travels.

I'm off the check out your other thread on the panel.

Looking for to updates,

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Old 02-03-2013, 03:12 PM   #15
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Morebeer sells something that may work well for what you're trying. And it's in Stainless also to match your stand.
http://morebeer.com/view_product/173...et_-_Stainless

As for my chiller, I use a CFC at the moment. I will probably incorporate a plate chiller on the stand at some point because it certainly looks a lot cleaner. However, I'm still enjoying the fact that my CFC will never clog up with pellet hops. I do agree though, if and when I do add a plate chiller to the stand, I'll want an easy way to pull it off whenever I want to.

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Old 02-04-2013, 12:52 AM   #16
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Got the pumps test mounted today and gave her a nice coat of satin black.

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:29 AM   #17
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Got a lot done the past couple of nights also. Got the stand plumbed and fully wired, including putting in panel connectors for my RTD probes. Finished buttoning up the control panel (still need to put labels on it though). Got one burner plumbed and test fired. All that's left really is to plumb and mount the last two burners and label the control panel and I'll be ready for a test brew.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:38 AM   #18
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Got her all done except for the control panel labels and strapping down my pump cords.

Looks like I'll be finishing the last bits up on Saturday and with any luck brewing the following weekend.

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sorry to interject here, but this is so awesome it makes my heart hurt. i'm still using gravity and (considerable) brawn to move liquids around, but i truly envy the joy it must bring you to construct this from scratch. thanks for the ideas. keep calm and brew on.

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Old 02-07-2013, 05:12 AM   #20
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sorry to interject here, but this is so awesome it makes my heart hurt. i'm still using gravity and (considerable) brawn to move liquids around, but i truly envy the joy it must bring you to construct this from scratch. thanks for the ideas. keep calm and brew on.

Please do interject! My whole reason for posting this here is to give back to this forum as its given me most of the ideas I have for brewing equipment.

It was actually my last brew of walking water up a 10' ladder to pour into my HLT which was about 14' up that made me decide that I'm done with that and I need to start really putting effort into my stand design and build. It's been months now though and I'm dying to get the supply chain going again!
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