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Old 01-13-2010, 04:19 AM   #11
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I think as soon as i can get it welded up, i am going to go to a full draining bottom outlet. I will use the current outlet hole as a recirculation return port.
What do you currently use for hop containment (if anything). And what will you use when you go to bottom draining?
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:23 AM   #12
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Good question. I use a 5 gallon paint strainer that i hang from a PVC toilet flange with binder clips. I will stay with the same when i go to teh bottom drain. At some point i may try to fabricate some sort of large stainless steel mesh basket (picture a spaghetti cooker)

for now this works, and is easy.

New Photo 4/21/2010:

Here is my system with a new stand and a second pump, and drip trays. the new pump is the Little Giant 3-MD-HC. Thing kicks A$$

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:30 AM   #13
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Looks real nice. Good work!

How was it to brew on? You must be stoked to be using it. I should have mine done soon. I am going nuts wanting to use it.

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:52 AM   #14
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It took some time to figure things out, but all in all it is going to be alot easier.

Example. rather than heat up exactly the amount of water i need, I fill the HLT, and heat to 168 (mash in)

then drain out 3.5 gallons into the mash tun. Then i use my water supply and top up the HLT with hot water. this drops the temperature of the whole thing from 168 to 150 ish.... which is perfect for the HERMS

Then just ramp back up to sparge temperature in the last 10 minutes of mashing.

I am already planning my next brew!!

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:55 AM   #15
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Very nice build! I'm just about complete with my BCS build. Totally impressed with the BCS interface and ease of configuration. The iPhone control app. also kicks A$&.

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Old 01-13-2010, 11:50 AM   #16
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I am looking forward to my BCS controlled rig, how are you liking the BCS? Do you have the processes and states set up to run automatically with exit conditions or are you manually running them?

Nice setup, like the flat panel monitor!

I am exoecting you to get this BCS thing nailed down so you can help me on mine in a couple months.

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Old 01-13-2010, 12:08 PM   #17
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I deleted the post that I put right in the middle of your pics... Sorry, I wasn't patient enough.

Just wanted to say... Nice build.
I'm also working on a BCS controlled build. I'm working on the wiring diagram, sourcing and building now. Keep us updated on how the BCS works for you.

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Old 01-13-2010, 12:11 PM   #18
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Are you going to post a build thread? Parts list?

I may post a parts list.

A LOT of people are going to the BCS right now for control...

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Old 01-13-2010, 01:00 PM   #19
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Just a question out of curiousity. I looked at the picture of your breaker panel. Is that 100 Amp breaker panel dedicated just to your brewing or is it you whole house service? If it is your whole house service, are you dedicating half of your 100 Amp service to brewing? The reason I am asking is that I have 125 Amp service and I felt that would not be enough for an electric brewery. Maybe I am wrong. I just wanted to hear from another brewer with 100 to 125 Amp service.

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Old 01-13-2010, 01:18 PM   #20
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Yah, I didnt catch that. Looks like another panel to the left of the 100A panel in the pic. But, I cannot imagine needing that many breakers in a panel meant for the brewery either.

I have 200A service and feel maxed out (from talk here on the board) with 50A going to my brewery.

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