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Old 01-18-2012, 05:07 PM   #31
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Great concept but I wonder about the excessive use of tees. I think I understand that you wanted to be able to remove the plugs to clean out the interior of the pipe, but that's also a lot of extra inside threads that are harder to clean. You can't don't have access to the bridging pipe between the two assemblies.

If it were me, I'd go with a 36" length of 5/8" OD thinwall stainless tubing. On one end you can just clamp your silicone tubing. The other end, if you wanted a tee for temp probe insertion could go to a compression fitting and then one tee.

I'm not knocking your choices, just food for thought.

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Old 01-18-2012, 05:16 PM   #32
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Great concept but I wonder about the excessive use of tees. I think I understand that you wanted to be able to remove the plugs to clean out the interior of the pipe, but that's also a lot of extra inside threads that are harder to clean. You can't don't have access to the bridging pipe between the two assemblies.

If it were me, I'd go with a 36" length of 5/8" OD thinwall stainless tubing. On one end you can just clamp your silicone tubing. The other end, if you wanted a tee for temp probe insertion could go to a compression fitting and then one tee.

I'm not knocking your choices, just food for thought.
Good idea. Thanks.

I have yet to pull the plugs and run a wirebrush down the tubes... Typically, I simply fill up the mash tun after I dump the grains and run some PBW through the system... and then flush with clean water...

I think you could go with a completely enclosed system, or as you suggest.

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:32 AM   #33
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Default Thermal Fuses in

I will mount the thermal fuses this weekend, and maybe put the mess in the box.

Too many projects.

1) Heater needs to be finished
2) Wifi and RF temp. build starting (see thread)
3) Beer in the bag needs to be finished... still rather good

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:49 AM   #34
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cool idea, looking forward to seeing how it works out.

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:56 AM   #35
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cool idea, looking forward to seeing how it works out.
Thanks for the interest.

It works really well, I have been using it for 3+ years and many 5 and 10 gallon batches. This thread is to document the build process. I decided to make the system a little more refined.

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Old 01-21-2012, 01:25 AM   #36
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Thanks for breaking this out of the other thread. Loving the extra pictures, that helps a lot.
Please post photos if you build this.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:42 PM   #37
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Default Thermal Fuse Install

I am mounting the thermal fuses in the middle of the pipes (outside of the insulation).

The photos show how to attach. Use crimp connectors, and you will need high temp insulation (I selected high temp heat shrink, but you could use an appropriate insulating sleeve).

The fuse will be installed on the "hot" side of the pipe heater.

Next step, enclose it in a box.

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Old 01-24-2012, 08:05 PM   #38
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Default Boxed

Boxed it up.


Finishing steps.

1) Drill a hole of side of the box, bring the wires out to the Solid State Relay
2) Mount the box for the SSR on the side of the heater
3) Mount the PID on the heater.

I will post the the final pictures this weekend. I will log and post the temp response of the system when I test my brewmeter(s).

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Old 02-13-2012, 06:40 PM   #39
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Default Great work!

This is awesome to see, and now that I've completed a whopping ONE all-grain batch, I will start planning on a similar set-up.

Thanks!

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Old 02-15-2012, 01:22 AM   #40
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This is awesome to see, and now that I've completed a whopping ONE all-grain batch, I will start planning on a similar set-up.

Thanks!

-Mac
Send any questions. I will be posting some final pictures of the current build.

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