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Old 11-04-2009, 01:12 PM   #21
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Yoop, if you want to keep your cooler MLT, what are the dimensions so I can add it to the model and whatnot?

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You have 220 you just dont have an outlet wired in. I dont know about 3 tier set ups because you have to lift the water pretty high to get it in your hlt.
To bad your so far away I would love to give you a hand with the whole thing.
Let me know what I can do..If you have a drawing I could build it for you.

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Thanks, Pat! When lschiavo stops over for a beer, I'll send him to the basement (with a beer in hand) to see what I've got, and how easy it would be to add. I wasn't planning on lifting the water- I was planning on using a food-safe RV hose from a faucet in the laundry room and using a sight gauge and thermometer for it. I learned about lifting hot water over my head this summer, when I "made" a sculpture involving a picnic table, my coffee table, and a milk crate. I won't make that mistake again!

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Yoop, if you want to keep your cooler MLT, what are the dimensions so I can add it to the model and whatnot?
I'll check- I'm mashing in it right now. Just need to find a tape measure!
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Right track? I just threw a Boilermaker in as the MLT, but that is easily changed.
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Right track? I just threw a Boilermaker in as the MLT, but that is easily changed.
OOOOH- I like that!

The cooler MLT is 16 inches in diameter (not including the handles), and 21 inches high.

That would require just one pump, and I think I am smart enough to figure out how to work it. (maybe).

I rarely do decoctions, but step mashing would be ok with either infusion via the pump, or via HERMS, right?
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That would require just one pump, and I think I am smart enough to figure out how to work it. (maybe).
You know how to setup a siphon. A pump will be child's play.
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I personally do a lot of step mashing and decoctions. I think it is nice to have the flexibility....





Booya! I don't know what kind of burner you have now, but you could just use that in a slide drawer arrangement and have an awesome deco/step water option. Or if decos aren't your thing, for step mashes you could just heat water in the BK while you are mashing.

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Thanks, Pat! When lschiavo stops over for a beer, I'll send him to the basement (with a beer in hand) to see what I've got, and how easy it would be to add.
Sorry, I won't be able to stop over today. Stuck at work I usually make it over your way once a week or so. I'll give you a call next time I am in the area.

How's the brew going? Watcha makin' today? We are going to brew a few batches tonite.
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I think it would be cool to use the pump like Pico Brewing systems. That way, you will not have to worry about priming, and you can use 1 pump to do many things in your brewery.



:EDIT: As shown with all stainless parts and using you existing Mash tun, with tri-clover QD's, the cost of this system is $1,779.24. That doesn't count shipping or misc. wiring stuff for getting it hooked up to an outlet.
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Default A few thoughts...

I used to brew in my laundry room for quite some time. In my case, I had 220 for the dryer and plugged in there. I had a shelf for the HLT, MLT sat on washer, and boil kettle sat outside. Simple, but worked.

Later I upgraded and was thinking of a tippy-dump system when I moved up to 10 gallon batch sizes. Instead, I found my shop vac to work just fine. I sucked the spent grain out, hosed out, and sucked again. Dumped shop vac in pile in yard.

Electric isn't bad at all, but without 220, it will be very high amperage, limited watts, and/or a lot of elements. That said, there is nothing wrong with loosing an igloo cooler as an electric HLT. The white liner and lid is HDPE which is just fine to 180 but starts to soften at 195 or so so you wouldn't want to boil in it.

An electic boil kettle can be made fairly easily but do your research first.

Lastly, before getting an electrician involved, consider getting a gas system well done. A plumber with gas experiance will have gas analyzers to detect CO, but in general, a clean flame is a healthy flame. Light blue, conical, with a white-yellow tip.

All said and done, consider an electric HLT and a gas boil. This way you can just open the door for your 60 or 90 minute boil.

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