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Old 05-13-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default My Brewstand (thanks Pol!)

I just posted some pics up on Photobucket of my 3-tier setup on wheels and of my first brewday ever.

Check it out!

The BrewStand

Spent Hefe Grains

"Fruit" of my Labor

Kegerator to be and Fermentation Chiller to be

More to come!!

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Old 05-13-2007, 06:51 PM   #2
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That's awesome is there a burner under your hlt?

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Old 05-13-2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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Actually no...I made a heatstick for about $20. The towel is over the top to help keep in some heat. It takes about 1.5 hours to get 7 gallons of water to about 180*F. I fill it first thing and get it going while I'm getting everything else ready to go cleaning and sanitation wise.

It would be easy to mount a burner and run the gas lines if I wanted to. However, this way I can plug the heastick into a Ranco ETC 111000 and let it turn the stick on and off as it needs to. You could do this with gas but it would need a few more parts and will cost a bit more.

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Take a look at my HLT. Dead cheap and heats to mash temp in under 30 minutes.

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That element is much larger than the one I was able to use. I had to use a 15A 1500V element. Otherwise I would be flipping breakers and burning down houses possibly. I'm thinking of wrapping the keg in ducting insulation to help maintain the heat and to speed it up a bit. I don't really mind the wait since it allows me some time to get some other things ready.

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Collins... hey, no problem! My heffe has been in the bottles for 2 weeks, that was my first brew on my stand too. It is awsesome! 79% eff and I had about 79% attenuation too. I am brewing a Helles lager in a cpl weeks on it. I will have more pics to post and some commentary. Take care, glad I could give you some ideas, happy brewing!

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I just finished the shelves for my upright lagerator and wiring up the Ranco ETC here are some more pics!

The Lagerator

The Temp Controller mounted

The Lagerator...again

Now if I can just convince SWMBO that I need a grain mill and at least a 4 corny kegerator setup (hope for four, wish for six)

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