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Old 10-19-2013, 08:44 PM   #571
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I am insanely jealous of your collection
Thanks but you should see Fat Jeffrey's wifes collection. She has over 2500 bottles. They really need a cooler themselves...
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:41 AM   #572
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Thanks but you should see Fat Jeffrey's wifes collection. She has over 2500 bottles. They really need a cooler themselves...
Well, you are the one to tell them how to build it. Holy everything that is hoppy, malty and yeasty. I really need to get working. My collection is a whole... 3 large.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:34 PM   #573
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I've been busy with work and life so no real progress to report in the cooler. Next weekend being Learn to Homebrew day, and the following having to judge a local comp, I won't have much time in the next couple of weeks. That said, Ghettogyle Greg did come over and help me with a few pre-brew tasks we needed to cover.

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20 gallon RO reservoir:



Water runs to a valve with a QD right above where I usually brew:



Still need to shore that up a tad and run a flexible line that I will use to fill my HLT directly. No more trips to the store or carboys to lift. Booyah! I'll be able to remove the flex line with the QD and store it so I won't hit my head on it or anything.

We also rebuilt the Monster Mill with Fred's new style end plates:



These new eccentric knobs eliminate the old from the side of the end plate set screws which kind of suck. These set screws used to make it cumbersome to remove the hopper to clean the mill so maintenance was usually put off. Didn't test the mill but it feels like it is spinning nicely. We set the gap a little tighter as well as the crush wasn't as nice as it should have been in my last few brews.

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Old 10-27-2013, 01:28 AM   #574
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Sorry to do that to you guys. That is not my intention. I did this to a house I've lived in for that past 12 years. I think that's the best way to go instead of buying a newer/bigger house and taking on more debt.

Just tell them it's a money saver as you'll be getting rid of the chest freezers and they can put the leftover turkey in there after they clean up on Thanskgiving. It's a win/win.
Lol, no worries, she's actually wanted one for a while too...current house is just too small for it, and not enough land to add on with.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:31 AM   #575
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And is that just a standard pressure tank for the RO reservoir?

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Old 10-27-2013, 02:43 PM   #576
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Yes standard pressure tank. Got it from Amazon for 206 shipped. We put it in series with my RO system under my kitchen sink which is on the other side of the garage wall. There is a 3 gallon tank there as well. You don't see it but there is also a post tank polishing filter before the outlet shown the above post.

Ghettogyle Greg used to professionally install RO systems so he's very familiar with this stuff. He's ordered a bunch of new upgrades for me so in a couple weeks, we will install more goodies to enhance the RO system even further but for now it is running and I can get to brewing here fairly soon.

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I'm still curious about power consumption...so when you get a chance to look at that let me know.

Otherwise, it came together really well...and everything else you've got going on with the brew set-up is just ridiculous...ridiculous in the best possible way.

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Wild Bill came over today with his big FLIR camera and scoped out the entire cooler. No pics but he didn't find any issues. There is a very slight differential at the bottom corners of the door but it looks good otherwise. Nothing around the AC unit which was a main concern of mine besides the door. I think we did it right.

Greg is coming over demanding that we finish the taps. Right now.

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Old 10-28-2013, 01:16 AM   #579
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I think we did it right.

Greg is coming over demanding that we finish the taps. Right now.
Darn straight it was done right. Let's see some homebrew flowing out of those taps SOON!
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We got lines run but the box isn't mounting up quite right so we had to abandon the progress. We will get back to it soon I hope. There are some tolerance issues between the 2x4 subframe and the outer case Solar Steve made.

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