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Old 05-29-2012, 03:15 AM   #61
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Any chance you guys have a hydraulic schematic for your system? I'm planning my move from a gravity fed system to a pump system and am trying to layout all the switch logic. You have done an awesome job on this rig, thanks for posting!

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Old 05-29-2012, 01:30 PM   #62
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I made up a quick schematic for the plumbing. It doesn't include the fuel controls or the temperature sensing points. The HLT is still mounted above the mash tun to allow for gravity sparging and pumping to the boil kettle simultaneously.

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Old 05-30-2012, 01:33 AM   #63
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Thanks! I appreciate the step by step instructions too, that makes it easy to follow. probably don't need the fuel controls as I will still be acting as the 'automation' on my system for now

One follow-up question on your schematic, I see you have a valve with 3 wort lines connected to it, did you find a multi-position valve that will open any two of those lines while closing off the third? So far all I've been using are simple ball valves while designing. A valve that can do that would really simplify my design.

Thanks again!

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Old 05-30-2012, 01:57 AM   #64
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There are three way valves out there... We are using an electronic ball valve but mcmaster and others do carry manual three ways. They basically switch between a common source. They cost a bit more but are cheaper than three two ways...

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Old 05-30-2012, 02:49 PM   #65
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Dumping the mash... Worked great!

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #66
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ah I remember playing with labview back in college! Fun software

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Old 06-08-2012, 11:12 PM   #67
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Added a hops basket. Whipped it up in 15 minutes, so it is not the prettiest, but it will do the job.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:19 AM   #68
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The hop basket worked ... Kept the hops out but didn't really circulate wort through the basket very well. We need to get a bigger more porous screen!

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Old 07-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #69
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Up to 75 gallons done so far... We did a nut brown American wheat and a sweet stout.

Software is still being tweaked as we learn what is needed at our finger tips and what can be buried a few tabs deep.

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:26 PM   #70
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There are three way valves out there... We are using an electronic ball valve but mcmaster and others do carry manual three ways. They basically switch between a common source. They cost a bit more but are cheaper than three two ways...
You can also get automated 3-ways. I built a couple of them for my home heating system. They make 4-way valves too.
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