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Old 02-18-2010, 03:17 AM   #1
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Default Nano - build out!

I'm getting about ready to weld this up, so I thought I'd check through here for commentary and have another set or a hundred sets of eyes to look it over first.

This is for my new licensed nano-brewery in San Diego, Hess Brewing. For those interested in going pro, we've put a lot up on our blog at blogspot.hessbrewing.com.

This is a system designed like a MoreBeer 2100 but with 65 gallon kettles so I can net out 51 gallons per batch - two standard 1/2 bbls and 4 sixtels per batch, and with an extra kettle - whirlpool - so I can get two batches out just a couple hours after the first.

This is the schematic showing the top down and front view. The piping is not quite done, but the 2x2 is all in place.
http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/341/brewerystand.png

And this is detail of the tippy dump bracket and journal (and casters).
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/8969/tippybigger.png

In this photo, I put a white translucent box over the top of the tippy junction - that will be milled out and the half round welded in place.

Thanks!

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Old 02-18-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
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Looks good. Can't wait to see the finished product on the blog. (I'm sure more experienced brewers will chime in with something more substantial for you).

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Old 02-18-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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Good on! I like hearing about the tankless water heater you are using. I think that makes a lot of sense.

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Old 02-18-2010, 04:07 PM   #4
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http://hessbrewing.blogspot.com/ is the actual link
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:16 PM   #5
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I'm getting about ready to weld this up, so I thought I'd check through here for commentary and have another set or a hundred sets of eyes to look it over first.

This is for my new licensed nano-brewery in San Diego, Hess Brewing. For those interested in going pro, we've put a lot up on our blog at blogspot.hessbrewing.com.

This is a system designed like a MoreBeer 2100 but with 65 gallon kettles so I can net out 51 gallons per batch - two standard 1/2 bbls and 4 sixtels per batch, and with an extra kettle - whirlpool - so I can get two batches out just a couple hours after the first.

This is the schematic showing the top down and front view. The piping is not quite done, but the 2x2 is all in place.
http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/341/brewerystand.png

And this is detail of the tippy dump bracket and journal (and casters).
http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/8969/tippybigger.png

In this photo, I put a white translucent box over the top of the tippy junction - that will be milled out and the half round welded in place.

Thanks!
Just from my own curiousity, what type of burner are you using to heat 50 gallons of wort to boiling and how long does it take? What type of hot water heater are you using for strike and sparge water? I looked at you drawings and mechanically, your brew stand should be fine.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:51 PM   #6
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Sawdustguy,

From the website: http://hessbrewing.com/brewery.html

He says:

"Hot water (liquor-tank) and initial strike water (for the mash) is courtesy of our cart-mounted Noritz tankless water heater, that can provide 7 gallons per minute of up to 180 degree water instantly."

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What kind of R-Value does your ferm chamber need? - http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/what-kind-r-value-ferm-chamber-190459/
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:54 PM   #7
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Hey all,

First, thanks for the corrected link - I should get my sh*t together!

Let's see, for brew water into the MT and HLT, I fill straight off my Noritz 6.9gpm tankless heater, with a GE water filter inline before the heater.

From this tankless I can dough in within minutes - the Noritz has a digital keypad for temp control in 5* increments up to 176*.

FWIW, Green Flash brewing here in SD uses three of these same brand units, albeit larger ones, for their brew water.

The burner I'm using is "the monster" in fact it just got delivered today. I bought it from www.tejassmokers.com, scroll down on this page: http://www.tejassmokers.com/castironburners.htm till you see this, "Maximum Heat MONSTER Cast Iron Burner". That's my huckleberry.

I'm going to form the heat shield around the bottom drain on the boil kettle (which is indicated by the two concentric circles in the diagram on the edge of the BK). The heat shield will form a box around the MAX burner and the 3/4" bar stock will get the boil kettle up to allow waste gasses to easily vent out from under the pot.

Thanks for the input! Any more?

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Old 02-18-2010, 07:15 PM   #8
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Probably rude of me for asking, but it would be interesting to know what sort of investment was required to get up and running. Any nasty surprises?

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Old 02-18-2010, 07:16 PM   #9
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Great stuff!!!!

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Nice. I need to start following all of these startup threads...one day

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