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Old 07-08-2013, 04:18 PM   #51
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Yup, that's the HLT & will only have hot h2o with wort from the mash tun cycling through the coil to pick up heat
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #52
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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.
Anonymous - I finally got a chance to start mocking up the measurements for the front of my control panel. I too received what I would assume is the 'latest version' of the panel with the two latches. I am following your lead with this one and moving the key and power indicator instead of relocating the grounding post. Aside from that I followed the same layout that Kal has on his site. One thing I noticed is that when measuring 1 1/2 inches in from the left of the panel for the key/power indicator, the hole seems awfully close to the foam seal on the inside of the door. Did you follow the same measurements from Kal's site as far as the vertical spacing 1 1/2" --> 4" --> 6 1/2" etc? If yes, did you have any clearance issues when installing the key/power as far as the seal on the inside getting in the way?

Also, for some reason the adj dc power supply I received is one-board with two units connected. Did you receive the same set-up and manually seperate the two power supplys from eachother - or did you receive two seperate units? Mine honestly looks like the manufacturer just forgot to cut the circuit board leaving the two units attached to one another.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:36 PM   #53
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Looks amazing! Can't wait to see the finished product.

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Old 07-15-2013, 03:36 PM   #54
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Anonymous - I finally got a chance to start mocking up the measurements for the front of my control panel. I too received what I would assume is the 'latest version' of the panel with the two latches. I am following your lead with this one and moving the key and power indicator instead of relocating the grounding post. Aside from that I followed the same layout that Kal has on his site. One thing I noticed is that when measuring 1 1/2 inches in from the left of the panel for the key/power indicator, the hole seems awfully close to the foam seal on the inside of the door. Did you follow the same measurements from Kal's site as far as the vertical spacing 1 1/2" --> 4" --> 6 1/2" etc? If yes, did you have any clearance issues when installing the key/power as far as the seal on the inside getting in the way?

Also, for some reason the adj dc power supply I received is one-board with two units connected. Did you receive the same set-up and manually seperate the two power supplys from eachother - or did you receive two seperate units? Mine honestly looks like the manufacturer just forgot to cut the circuit board leaving the two units attached to one another.

I followed the spacing from KAL and to be honest, i didnt get nervous until i put the switch in place. Actually worked out fine.

My adjustable DC boards came as 2 pieces. Post up a pic, i'd like to see that!
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #55
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I have brewpot envy.

How do you clean that thing out (bottom picture post #2)?
Thats the HLT - you know, i've had that coil out probably 6 times since taking that picture, fixing leaks etc on fittings, and still never scrubbed it out (task tunnel vision).

I have scotchbrite pads i scrub everything down with, but once i clean that vessel, it should stay clean as it will only see water. the junk thats in there now is because i used to use this vessel as my Boil Kettle.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #56
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PROGRESS REPORT!

First off - i know - this post is pointless without pictures - and I'll apologize because i've been fitting in work on the system when i can, and haven't really stopped to take pictures. But i will post some up tonight when i do my water test.

Went on vacation last week, but worked saturday and sunday like a banshee trying to get things ready to finally brew.

here the progress:
- control panel finished (have not done the safe start interlock, I'll do this when i get bored)
- pumps wired
- boil kettle top and bulkhead holes cut and drilled
- boil kettle fittings installed
- boil kettle element installed and wired
- boil kettle boil test

So i am operational! I have to put some new hose barbs on the new fittings tonight, and should be ready to do a full water test.

Hoping to brew on saturday for the first run.!

Right now everything is set up in the garage temporarily until i run the power out to the new building.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #57
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I'll be with in-laws on saturday, and not brewing like a good brewer should You should live-cast your first brew day on here with plenty of pics, so we all can brew vicariously.

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:28 AM   #58
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I live in katy and get off work from Texas Homebrewers at 6....be there at 7!

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Old 07-23-2013, 03:22 PM   #59
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Well..the wort making was a success!
The entire brewsession was very enjoyable, everything worked the way i wanted it to, no suprises - it was GREAT!

Have a few things to get used to/figure out, but all in all it was great!

Had some fellow brewers come over and hangout. had three 'generations' of homebrewers there - the guy that helped me get into brewing, me, and a guy i helped get into brewing.

Will need to fine tune the ramp to boil transition to avoid boilover, and refine my chilling/whirpool process.

The recipe for the day was a single malt, single hop pilsner (with ale yeast) i call Opa's Rasenmaeher.

As soon as its done fermenting, i'll be running a batch of Oktoberfest - and will have to do it ale style cause i'm so late.

Lessons learned -
- realize that if you're doing this build with keggles, you have a constraint on strike water/HLT volume you will want to take into consideration

- because of probe placement in HLT and MLT - temps only read correctly when pumps are recirculating. is not a problem, because this should be happening all the time, but when you forget to reopen a valve on your HLT and cant figure out why your temp is so low


I'll post up sourcing for the parts NOT in the theelectricbrewery.com DIY kit a little later. I'm very happy so far with all the parts and service of all the guys i have worked with has been OUTSTANDING. That, i think is a nod to HBT itself, because i went with the vendors i did based on the experiences you guys have all had. enjoy!

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Old 07-31-2013, 12:26 PM   #60
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Lookin' Great! I love the control panel. I've got to get to building something to replace my apartment wooden stand... Soon!

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