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Old 02-22-2012, 09:25 PM   #121
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Damn Mike, looks awesome. Are you brewing this weekend on the new rig?

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Old 02-23-2012, 12:57 AM   #122
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Damn Mike, looks awesome. Are you brewing this weekend on the new rig?
Not sure. I think I might have the wrong temp probes. Gonna try to solve that issue over the next couple days. I am still working long hours so its tuff to accomplish things at home.
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:34 AM   #123
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Got the probe issue worked out, and calibrated the controllers.

Not just need to flare a couple copper tubes for the burners, test and run a cleaning cycle then, I'M BREWING!

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Old 02-25-2012, 02:04 AM   #124
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Damn. I gotta get a job as a pipe fitter and buy a kickA$$ tig welder so I can make 1 of these.

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Old 02-25-2012, 05:34 AM   #125
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Damn. I gotta get a job as a pipe fitter and buy a kickA$$ tig welder so I can make 1 of these.
Thanks Stevo,
Its been a long road. Being a Pipefitter/Welder and having welding to do at home is comparable to being a painter whose house needs to be painted. I do it all day at work and then have to do it when I get home. Some days I really lack the motivation. At least at home my welds are not being x-rayed.

Heres a tig weld I made at the local neighborhood nuclear power plant.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #126
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Yeh I know what you mean. I'm a remodeling contractor and I have a few projects that still need done. Sweet looking weld. Likes like a millipede.

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Old 02-27-2012, 12:13 PM   #127
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SO the first batch is fermenting. All went ok.

Had issues with one of my pumps wanting to cavitate.I fought that for a bit then it just stopped running all of a sudden, then came back on about a half hour later. The other pump ran like a champ. I will call Chugger and see what they say.

Also had trouble hitting the mash temp. I was getting readings from the low 140s on the controller up to the high 160s on a hand held digital probe depending where I measured. I know I need to get some thermal paste for the probes.

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Old 02-27-2012, 01:25 PM   #128
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The workmanship is beautiful but I immediately wondered about the control panel blocking off being able to get to the mash tun for cleaning. Do you wheel the whole stand away from the wall when you use it?

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #129
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The workmanship is beautiful but I immediately wondered about the control panel blocking off being able to get to the mash tun for cleaning. Do you wheel the whole stand away from the wall when you use it?
I have a little stepstool that I stand on to stir the mash and look in the vessels. Cleaning was pretty easy. Just scooped out the old grain while the wort boiled, used a wet vac to suck out the little bit that I could not scoop, then rinsed the whole system with the reclaimed hot water from the chiller.

The whole brew day took about 5 1/2 hours.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:47 AM   #130
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Would love to get a Chugger on that rig...call me 800-810-1053...MIKE

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