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Old 07-10-2010, 05:07 PM   #21
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Not sure what arrangement you're going to end up with, but what about hooking up a pipe to the output that you can just run everything through your CFC and share that between your Unibrew 5500 and this. Use that to cool the wort and don't worry about immersion/loss of volume/etc.

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Old 07-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #22
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Not a bad idea, but my unibrew 5500 is going to use mostly 1" & 1.5" triclover stuff, and I plan on using it upstairs where I have a wash sink and dryer outlet. Ideally this smaller system will sit right next to the kitchen sink downstairs, and I will most likely use 3/8" plumbing with camlocks.

Why 2 systems, you might ask? Well, even though it is pretty compact, the 5500 is going to be a BEAST with all the industrial stuff. At least 50 lbs of stainless, maybe more. Way too heavy to move up and down stairs on a monthly basis. The little system can be brought to a buddy's house, or used for a quick Saturday brew when my wife is giving me the evil eye about not spending enough time with the kids.


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Old 07-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #23
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thats awesome, SWMBO would never let me even load that thing into my truck, let alone take it home. good luck and keep us updated.

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Old 07-10-2010, 05:23 PM   #24
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thats awesome, SWMBO would never let me even load that thing into my truck, let alone take it home. good luck and keep us updated.
SWMBO wasn't in the car
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:33 PM   #25
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I can't wait to see this thing in action. Excellent find!! You are incredibly lucky.

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Heh, did she come home and see this yet?
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Oh yeah, she's well aware.

So I soaked the tank in oxyclean overnight and it cleaned up quite a bit...but there's still these large deposits of some kind in there. It's like rust colored paint or something....it doesn't seem to want to come off. I'd take pics but I want to keep it soaking. I'm thinking about CLR next.

I'm kind of worried now about what will happen if it IS rusted beyond belief or I can't get that stuff out. I think it'd be a deal breaker.

What are my options? Do you guys think I can line the tank with something to cover the rust?

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Oh yeah, she's well aware.

So I soaked the tank in oxyclean overnight and it cleaned up quite a bit...but there's still these large deposits of some kind in there. It's like rust colored paint or something....it doesn't seem to want to come off. I'd take pics but I want to keep it soaking. I'm thinking about CLR next.

I'm kind of worried now about what will happen if it IS rusted beyond belief or I can't get that stuff out. I think it'd be a deal breaker.

What are my options? Do you guys think I can line the tank with something to cover the rust?
70/30 Oxi/TSP, give that a try then I'd try a concentrated acid rinse with Vinegar.
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So, just as an update.....I got to scraping the stuff in question with a flatblade screwdriver.....and it does flake off with some aggressiveness. The metal below seems to be intact and is not pitted or otherwise compromised. Now, I just gotta get the time and energy to scrape it out

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Old 07-13-2010, 01:00 AM   #30
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acid wash it.

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