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Monster Mash 03-23-2007 03:48 PM

It's finally finished
After about a month of work my automated brewery is done. I got everything hooked up last night and powered up my brewery. I set the HLT timer to turn on at 7:00 and the MT for 8:00. After 2 hours they were both at 173 so it will take about 2.5 hours to get 30 gallons of water up to 180.

I have 18 gallons in the MT and when it kicks on it recirculates through the HERMS so it heats evenly. The heat from the HLT also helps heat the MT faster.

I built this to save time but after setting it up I can see that the time I save from brewing will be spent in hooking everything up the night before....
Im brewing a big belgian strong this weekend to test it out..





krispy d 03-23-2007 03:54 PM


with all that technology and electronics I am a little srprised you didn't use a pump and keep everything at the same level. any reason?

Craig5_12 03-23-2007 04:01 PM

Looks great! Where did you get your pots? They look homemade almost.... how about a few more pics? Hard to tell whats what in your photos.

Monster Mash 03-23-2007 04:06 PM

If I lose power I can still brew with propane...

I built the stand before I automated it and I wanted gravity feed at that time. I kinda wish now that it was 2 tier but it is already built so it's going to stay like this until I move, then I'll keep the pots and scrap the stand.

rdwj 03-23-2007 04:09 PM

Good lord! That thing is amazing.

Monster Mash 03-23-2007 04:13 PM


Originally Posted by Craig5_12
Looks great! Where did you get your pots? They look homemade almost.... how about a few more pics? Hard to tell whats what in your photos.

The pots are kide of homemade. They are pool filter housings and I got them for free from pool guys, I traded them for beer.

This is what it looked like when it was new before I even had the gas lines hooked up...

This is what the pots look like when I get them. (this one is bigger)

Dude 03-23-2007 04:50 PM

That is really nice. Super work you've done there.

I also wish I knew some pool guys!

olllllo 03-23-2007 04:54 PM

All the pool filters I ever see are fiberglass or resin.

SS ones must be going the way of the corny keg?

Nice work.

Craig5_12 03-23-2007 05:05 PM

Freakin' sweet! Nice work cleaning them up and putting that together. I started with a 3-tier too and have since got things going on a 2 tier level semi-herms setup. www.mybrewery.shutterfly.com
I'm off to look for some pool girls....

Monster Mash 03-23-2007 05:07 PM

Yeah, the stainless ones are getting pulled and replace with composites which is great for me but now that the scrap price is going up there is no incentive for the pool guys to trade me for beer....

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