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Old 12-11-2008, 12:47 AM   #41
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Also, I coiled the 50' of 1/2" stainless that I have. NO PROBLEM
Were did you get the stainless tubing from? The 1/2 inch tubing I saw would run about $400 bones...
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:52 AM   #42
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Ebay... I searched "(stainless, SS) (coil, tube, tubing)" everyday for a couple months until I found it. They come up occasionally... I think I got it for about $30 or similar.

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Old 12-11-2008, 03:33 PM   #43
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Wow! I can see you've been quite busy lately! I have been myself and haven't spent much time around the forums here. Looks awesome, man! Very nice work with the drawings, plans, etc.

I bet you are getting more and more excited every day.

Personally, I am more a KISS kinda guy, as you have seen from my build. Form follows function. Of course, that said, I didn't have the budget that you have, either, so....

I also agree that cleaning may get to be a sizable chore with as much stuff as you have going on there. I have never really (yet) had a need for a grant in my system.

Good Luck, buddy!

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Old 12-11-2008, 03:50 PM   #44
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I have never really (yet) had a need for a grant in my system.

Good Luck, buddy!
Thanks for the kind words!

I have removed the grant from my system design as well. I can always add it back later if I need to.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:48 PM   #45
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Personally, I am more a KISS kinda guy, as you have seen from my build. Form follows function. Of course, that said, I didn't have the budget that you have, either, so....
Based on your gallery pics, your setup seems pretty advanced I'd say! Do you have any information that describes your setup and how you "kept it simple"? I'm always looking for new ideas (and I'm a KISS type of guy too).

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Old 12-12-2008, 02:26 PM   #46
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Any build pics yet? I'm curious how you wrapped the Keggles.

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Old 12-28-2008, 03:34 AM   #47
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Yes, curious too Justin if you've made any advances or have pictures of your setup yet...

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Old 12-28-2008, 04:00 PM   #48
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Justin: Why stainless for the heat transfer coils? Why not copper? I thought copper had better heat transfer than stainless.

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Hey Kal,

Copper does have better conductivity. However, with the thin walls we are dealing with, the conductivity of the metal will have very little affect on the heat transfer process. The temperature differential between the cooling liquid and the hot wort and the ability to transfer the heat through out the wort mass (via circulation in my case) is much more important than the metal used.

I chose SS because in my system the coils will be a permanent fixture. I am worried about being able to get the coils clean and maintain a sanitary environment. SS is the best candidate because I can use caustics and steam cleaning and whatever else I need without fear or dielectric corrosion or other negative affects to the system.

Plus, I have an addiction to stainless and I found the coil on EBay for very cheap.

I am so jealous of your build! I am hoping to get my first BoilerMaker and my 1/2 compression fittings by the end of February or the middle of March. Then I can finish my boil kettle.

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