Kal Clone and New Brewshed
So the time has finally come to stop drooling and start building!
Without too much background, we recently moved into a new house, and of course one of my requirements was to have a dedicated brewing space...(to be honest, it was one of SWMBO's top requirements:mug:)
Our new house has a 10x16 building in back that the new brewery will be going into, but not before the new system gets built and ready to go.
So lets get to it!
Need to upgrade my existing 3 vessel hybrid system to all electric. I've been lusting after Kal's Electric Brewery for a long time, and pulled the trigger on the DIY kit. Needed a few other things (HERMS coil, bulkheads, sight glasses etc) that we'll discuss along the way.
The purpose of this thread is to give some insight on time and effort and maybe some tricks (and hopefully not too many mistakes)
Here's a look at the "BEFORE" brewery. Hybrid Propane/elect. Keggle MT and BK with the electric water cooler HLT. Its worked great and made some good beer.
So day minus one. The HERMS coil showed up first, so i figured i get that out of the way.
Ordered the 50' coil from Stainlessbrewing.com and 2 of their compression fitting bulkheads.
I have to say i could not be any happier with the way that turned out!
Price was right, shipping was fast, i literally eyeballed and marked where the fittings should go, drilled my holes, installed the coil and bam.
leaktest on the HLT for an hour and then leaktest on the coil for an hour running pump.
need to scrub out the bottom of my hlt (used to be BK) and the hose barbs will be changed to stainless
The entire family has been awaiting the arrival of the UPS man like kids at Christmas. The doorbell finally rang, and there it was!
Opening the packages, i have to say, i am VERY happy i went through theelectricbrewery.com to source all the stuff. There is a TON of parts and pieces that would have taken FOREVER for me to source on my own. I unpacked and organized all the pieces and started setting up some work space.
one of the first things i noticed was that the box itself is a little different than the one Kal has, this one has two closure latches and no removable cable tray. I actually like it a little better. (very nice not having to mess with sealing that bit up)
Grabbed the tape and started laying all the front panel holes out. The two latches meant that i needed to move the buzzer, but that was ok, cause i meant i needed to move the Power indicator as well to balance it out, meaning i didnt need to cut off and move the door ground post.
once all the holes were marked out, i used a nail set to dimple for my pilot holes and got to drilling.
Drilling went well, everything right where i wanted it.
After some dry fitting for instant gratification, i got to cutting square holes.
Not as bad as i had read. One note - for jigsawing, make your marks directly on the metal, as the masking tape tends to come up as your cutting.
Progress for the day -
-unpacked / inventoried
-holes laid out and marked
-front panel circles cut
-volt and amp meter cut
-temp probe holes cut
Time - 4.5hrs
Total - 8.5hrs
Looks fantastic. I live in an urban environment, fortunately I have a back patio I can brew on. But I really don't have the space/storage room for more than a propane burner. I never saw myself moving out of a city, until I started brewing. Now I think... I need a shed, a truck, a garden to grow hops, a compost pile for my grain and I can water my plants with IC run off. I need a house with a big basement so I can have a fermentation closet. I've basically decide to adopt a whole new lifestyle that will enable me to brew beer. And I can thank my first brewer's best extract kit, my dad, and of course my yeast buddies.
Anyway -- your new set up looks awesome, Im jelous.:D
sub'd. I sure do enjoy watching these builds. I'm in the same boat. Once we move to a bigger place (with dedicated brew space) I'm pulling the trigger on a kal clone (with a couple mods, because why not...)
Subscribed as well, looking good so far!
May as well jump on the bandwagon, sub'd!
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