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Old 02-14-2013, 05:27 PM   #331
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Default Cooling the Conical Fermenters

Now that I have the coolers working I wanted to do a few more things. I had some LED light strips left over from another project and decided to use them on the coolers. I didn’t like how bright the florescent lights in the door were and wanted something more efficient. I removed the florescent bulbs and attached the LED lights around the inside of the door frame. I installed the SSR for the compressor control and 12vdc power supply for the LED lights in the electrical compartment next to the compressor. I ran the thermometer probe for the BCS through a wire passage to the thermo coupler on the tanks.

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:38 PM   #332
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now that is spiffy

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:54 PM   #333
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Default Stainless Panels

I also added some more FRP as the BrewStation has expanded out. I added some stainless panels to the office door, ice machine door and going to skin the coolers next week. The connections behind the coolers are wired to Molex connectors so I can un-plug the automation and move fermenter on casters closer to BK for transfer. Believe it or not it rolls effortlessly on the cheap $8.00 casters that screwed right into threaded spots the adjustable feet were in. I’m having stainless Max Out Brewing signs made for light boxes on top of the coolers.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:19 PM   #334
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Default Hop Filter for Boil Kettle

Now that I’ve used the BrewStation with the 60 gallon BK for a while I’ve decided the original last miniute hop spider solution was a little lacking and the bags had thier issues. I was following a few threads here on HBT and noticed a few nice robust stainless options were becoming available. I contacted a guy who sells stainless biodiesel filters on eBay and who is also a member here on HBT to see if he could make me a filter. A week later I recieved this.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:36 PM   #335
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Default Hop Filter for Boil Kettle

I primarily use pellet hops so decided to go with 300 micron mesh. The stainless mesh is resistance welded to 1” band on top and ½” band on bottom. There is a 1/8” handle for removing but will only be used for removing empty filter. The filter is 21” diameter X 18” deep and has four hangers TIG welded to the top ring. I also got another ring made out of 1” band that the basket would fit in. The workmanship was top notch and the customer service was as well. Thanks Chad. I made a removable stainless frame that holds the basket centered in the brew kettle and supports it. The frame also acts like a handle with four holding spots to remove the filter when full of hops. I’ve been busy but will do a brew this weekend to try this thing out.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:38 PM   #336
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Default Hop Filter for Boil Kettle

The frame just lifts up and out. Looks like a nice option for the mash tun too.

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:49 PM   #337
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Dude the coke coolers are just sick man! awsome, I'm jelous.

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:01 PM   #338
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Love the new additions. Despite the incredible stuff you've done in that brewery I think one the best lessons has been this: befriend an HVAC guy. Guess I'll be adding inoperable commercial fridges to my craigslist feeds, and start inviting my friend's step brother (who happens to have just graduated HVAC tech school..) over more often.

And that hop spider looks really promising, and even better, advances towards everything possible being stainless! Let us know how it works out.

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:13 PM   #339
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Dude you are my hero

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #340
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Just looked through the entire thread for the first time! I know this has been said time and time again but this is a truly phenomenal build!

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