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Old 01-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #31
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Well some good news and some not so bad news. The good first...I finally got around to using the stand (somewhat) to brew my Red Devil English Standard Bitter today. Needed a good session beer to watch Barclays Premier League that wouldn't render me inebriated and useless by mid afternoon. Anyway, I didn't get my keggles as expected for Xmas. I did get some cash toward them and the wife got me a gift certificate to brew one day with the brewer over at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, as well as lunch with them, some merch and beer....she is awesome. So since I didn't get the kettles today's process involved using my old equipment, typical cooler setup,for a 5 gallon batch. I know opinions vary on the jet burners, but I was very impressed. The heat was pretty even under the pot. I used the BK burner to heat strike and sparge water, then boil. The really good news was that I took temperature readings where the Honeywell valves are and the temps never exceeded 100*F even during the 60 minute boil so that alleviates some worry in regards to heat damage. The max rating for them is 125*F ambient temp if I'm not mistaken. It may be 150*, but I dont have the info in front of me right now. Just thought I'd update this thing a bit and hopefully the beer turns out well, first time using Wyeast 1968.

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where are you located? Maybe we could get together and brew one day. I built a stand from bed frames and got hold of some kegs and coverted them to keggles.

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Finally have gotten one keggle, with a second on the way. also bought a Blichmann Therminator yesterday from Southern Brewing in Tampa. Now just have to figure out where I want to mount it. Its nice to finally start making some progress again on this thing. Dont you just hate when real life gets in the way of the hobbies, lol.

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So I'm looking at doing this down the road but I was curious if the control panel controlled just the pumps or managed the gas pressure and burner operation to maintain the temp in the HLT and MLT?

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The control panel does both. It runs the pumps by manually turning them on to run and then it will control the temps through the use of the Honeywell furnace valves. They basically turn the burner on and off, via a pilot light, as needed to maintain the temp. set in the Love controllers. It is all based on the Brutus 10 system.

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Alright, actually got a little bit of progress to report. I got the chiller mounted and got most of the components onto what will be the mash tun. I still have a lot of cam locks, false bottom, etc. to order but it is slowly coming along. Of course now that I'm getting closer to stepping up to ten gallon brews the cold side, fermentation, is going to have increase capacity as well. So now I'm looking for a larger fermentation chamber of some sort. Never ends, but sure is fun.

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Oh, almost forgot, the third keggle is on it's way. Hopefully gets here late this coming week.

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Have you got a chance to boil with the 10 jet tip burners yet?

if so how is the boil time? im debating on either getting the 10 or 23 its only a 9 dollar difference, but if the 10 will do just as good as a 23 and save me on propane ill go with that one instead.

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Can you take a pic of how you did your pilot burner on the 10 tip burners? I am going to try to switch my Banjo burner over to the 10 tip and see how I like it, I am struggling on how to mount the pilot.

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I haven't done a full boil on a ten gallon batch, in keggle, as of yet. I boiled in my old pot for a five gallon gallon batch a few weeks ago. I didn't time how long it took to bring the 7 1/2 gallons from mashout temps to a boil, but it wasn't long. One of the reasons I went with the 10 tip burners was because most people I saw using the larger ones were having to plug some of the tips anyway. I guess if you were doing even larger brews, 20 or 30 gallons, the larger burner makes sense. Just not for me on a ten gallon system. If I ever step up to larger batches I'll upgrade the fuel and burner system, but not now. Once i get the keggles up and running and do a wet test Ill time it and post. Still waiting on the third keggle, plus having to work a long week this week, plus fighting off a cold so it may be a couple weeks.

As far as how the pilots are mounted, they're actually not hard mounted to the burner. The pilot gas tubing is pretty stout and the pilot burner itself is wedged in amongst the bends of the burner. I'll take some pics over the next couple of days and post them. I have rolled the stand over a two inch drop and the pilot tubing showed no sign of movement from it's position. They're pretty stoutly wedged in there, although I have considered somehow attaching them to the outer burner ring, just haven't done it yet.

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