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Old 07-23-2012, 05:23 PM   #61
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Haha... thanks!



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Old 07-24-2012, 01:48 AM   #62
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Kudos, because I don't think I'd even be smart enough to figure out how to turn that thing on. Can an electrical idiot build that never having soldered anything before?

Looks amazing by the way.

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Kudos, because I don't think I'd even be smart enough to figure out how to turn that thing on. Can an electrical idiot build that never having soldered anything before?

Looks amazing by the way.

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Your looking at one!

The most electrical work I had done before this was replacing a light switch and a light bulb. SERIOUSLY! I have been shocked by 120 several times while growing up working in construction. Not fun but I learned to respect electricity, so much so that I would just walk away from anything that was electrical in nature. (read-scared of electricity) Anyway, I challenged myself to learn something new and do it the SAFE way. I started out building the "ebay temp controller" here on HBT. Once I got a good understanding of how that worked, I read through Kal's instructions SEVERAL times. The labor of "building" the panel was not bad. The WIRING was the part that got me worked up. I simply followed what I had learned in the instructions and wired the panel EXACTLY as I saw in the diagrams. My panel was slightly different so I had to ask a few questions here and there. In the end, I followed Kal's testing procedure and was safely able to power up the panel circuit by circuit. I took my time... that is key. If you get frustrated, just walk away and come back later. This is not something you would want to rush through. It took me more than 2 weeks to wire this control panel. I checked and rechecked my wire paths multiple times prior to powering up a new circuit. In the end, the panel powered up without letting any smoke out! I have good grounding all the way through all the circuits and all the way out to the Keggles.

Don't be intimidated by this project. Yes, it looks terrifying, but if you break it down in individual tasks, it is VERY do-able. Contact Kal at The Electric Brewery or Mike at Spike Innovations and bend their ear about getting started.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:29 AM   #64
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This evening I was able to get a little done to my brewery. I cleaned it off and moved it to where it is going to live. I also laid out the holes for the bottom drains in my keggles. The flanges are chromed steel disposal flanges. I will have to kneel down to operate the output valves.











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Here is what it looks like all put together.



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Old 07-27-2012, 03:43 AM   #66
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Here is what it looks like all put together.
Looks good. Keep up the good work.
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Looks good. Keep up the good work.
Thanks man. I noticed you are from Dallas. If you ever want to come to a meeting of Cap and Hare, the Ft. Worth brew club, you are more than welcome to come check us out. In October we are having a special even called Iron Mash. It is somewhat like Iron Chef on TV, but with teams of brewers.
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Thanks man. I noticed you are from Dallas. If you ever want to come to a meeting of Cap and Hare, the Ft. Worth brew club, you are more than welcome to come check us out. In October we are having a special even called Iron Mash. It is somewhat like Iron Chef on TV, but with teams of brewers.
It would be awesome to come check y'all out. Sounds like fun!!
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It would be awesome to come check y'all out. Sounds like fun!!
You will be able to find much more information and follow discussions in the forms on the club website.
www.capandhare.com

Lots of real good guys in our club and many of them are VERY successful homebrewers! I go by the same User Name on that forum too.
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Worked on getting more open space on my false bottom today. Lots of holes were drilled!



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