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Old 08-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #221
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Default New Mash Tun - Converted 40 Gallon Market Forge Direct Steam Tilit Kettle

Here are a couple shots of the wort filling the boil kettle while I'm fly sparging and starting boil.

During dough in I had a little grain slip by the false bottom while stirring. I was a little too aggressive and knocked the false bottom around a little. No problem, I recirculated the wort in the boil kettle through the top port and through the hop spider prior to heating to boil and got all the extra particles out. This will be my new procedure prior to starting boil. Within 5 min. the wort was completely clear of grain particles.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:28 PM   #222
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:40 PM   #223
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Had a pre-boil volume of 44 gallons and nailed my post boil gravity. After a 60 minute boil I ended up with 38 gallons in fermenters @ 1.044. Brew house efficiency was a whopping 82%. Next month I’m going to do a group brew of my other house flavor Hop On Blonde Lager and at that point my pipeline will be slammed for the rest of the summer. I'll still do some 6 gallon batches in between to keep some hoppy IPA's on tap.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:52 PM   #224
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Here's a shot of the grain bed post mash and my friend raking the mash tun while tilted..made clean up a beeze.

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:06 PM   #225
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Holy Crap on a Cracker......

This is by far the finest private home brew set up I have ever seen. I am truly impressed by the planning and work that went into this project. I am working on a single vessel BIAB electric setup but don't think I will ever get close to what you have done. Very nice.

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Old 08-07-2012, 12:57 AM   #226
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:24 AM   #228
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Thank You for the kind words everyone. I really enjoy brewing and would have never reached the level I’m at without the information shared here on this forum. Most of my designs and ideas were inspired by others I’ve seen here. Cheers!!

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:42 AM   #229
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Now that I have a functioning 1BBL brewery and primarily brew lagers I find I’m running out of space quickly. I started searching Craigslist for a suitable lagering chamber. I lucked out and came across a poorly written add for several items one of which was a Hobart freezer. The listing simply stated Hobart freezer $100.00. It was nearly two hours away but the guy responded quickly and sounded honest. I took a chance and made the two hour journey. Much to my surprise the Hobart was in great condition. The guy got it from a building he was maintaining for free in non working condition. He took it to the local vocational school and they kept it for 6 months using it as a training tool in their HVAC program. The shelves were missing and the guy was tired of it taking up space in his garage. The vocational school only charged him $100.00 and he figured it wasn’t wort much without the shelves. To top it all off it had casters on it and was stainless!!! Sweet! I would have removed the shelves anyway so it was a win win. I loaded it up and headed home. Here’s a picture the guy sent me on the way down to get it.

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Old 08-07-2012, 11:01 AM   #230
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Once I got it home, cleaned and inspected it I was amazed. The vocational school replaced the door seal, complete refrigeration unit and recharged it. It worked like a champ and quickly dropped from the 90’s to the 30's. I was hoping I could get 10ea. 5 gallon Cornelius kegs in it but much to my suprise it will hold 16! I re-arranged to make room for it in my shop and found a nice spot next to the ice maker. Next I added a SSR to the compressor circuit and a temp probe inside. I tied it into the BCS for control and I was in business. I added the MaxOut Brewing badge in place of the factory Hobart and I’m ready to go. I am still amazed at the condition and capacity for $100.00, just another example of the incredible deals you can find on Craigslist “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” Eventually I will use it as a fermentation chamber for a 50 gallon stainless conical.

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