It's been 8 months in the making. A lot of dry kegs right now, unfortunately. Our previous propane burner system was unsatisfactory (chronic problems with lighting and maintaining a lit burner, brewing outdoors in Edmonton's winter sucks.)
The rest of the system has not been photographed yet, but here is the idea:
17 gallon aluminum brew kettle, March pump, 10 gallon cooler with copper manifold, 2-tier brew stand. It's inspired by JKarp's system.
We have 7500W of heating power, split between a 4500W and a 3000W element. The elements are controlled by simple switches, rated for 20A and 250v.
We plan to pump from the kettle to the Mash tun, and gravity drain from the tun into the kettle. We will pump to recirculate the mash for Vorlauf.
Heads up, if you have kids or the potential for small ones to get near that tool box you are going to want a lock of some kind on it. Most panels are either locked or screw on cover to keep unwanted hands out.
Otherwise I like the clean spacious look of it compared to my spaghetti wiring job.
Well, we finally finished the brew system. Did a quick test run to ensure that everything worked as planned and it's good to go.
The cooler is our mashtun (with copper manifold), gravity drained into the brew kettle and recirculated by the March pump for vorlaufing. Brew kettle is a 17 gallon aluminum pot with two immersion water heater elements (4500W & 3000W), each controlled by a switch in the control box. All of this is served by a 40A GFCI circuit.
Thanks! It isn't pretty like some of the systemson HBT but it will work just fine! The MLT and BK are something we've used in a previous system. We don't chill the wort - my buddy uses a corny, I use a HDPE water jug to store the wort.
Also, I used Camlocks (ss) on all of the silicone hose.
This is a really fun system to dial in and brew. Once you know your constants you should be able to hit your numbers every time. That is the reason I switched from fly sparging with 3 vessels to this kind of system, repeatability.