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Old 12-01-2010, 05:56 PM   #1021
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^^^ I like your priorities. Screw painting the garage, there's beer to brew!
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Hahaha... yeah, I'm gonna get to that someday... I think .
Careful with that... You make it too nice, the SWMBO will be hanging curtains, then soon after it will be "her space". I tell the SWMBO she probably wants to stay clear of my garage cause I've seen rats in there big enough to drag her off.


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Old 12-01-2010, 07:38 PM   #1022
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Right! It's what you do with it!

I will eventually move up to >5 gal batches and in preparation I bought one of pinup's brew stands. Boiling my second ever 10 gal batch (German Pils) in the pic. Still not sure what sort of automation I'll want. KISS rule rules with me but @ 10 gal batches or more my back won't last long.

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Old 12-01-2010, 10:24 PM   #1023
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This is my first post on HBT.

I've been lurking for quite some time, mostly in the DIY forum.
I've been brewing since 1995 usually 10 gallon batches using
different arrangements of 3 tier systems based on everything for
saw horses to step ladders and often hanging kettles from the 2x6 beams
on my patio cover with a come-a-long. I got to give major credit to all
the contributors around here, it really fuels the imagination. I've never
shy about getting in over my head in a project and it's nice to see that
there are a bunch of people just as crazy as I am.
After finding HBT and fueled by "cubicle fever" I have finally made a formal brew stand and here it is:





It's far from complete, but I had to brew so we put it to work last weekend.
It's kind of like a Brutus 10 but low profile so the kettle tops are at working
level rather than the burners like most others. It has 2 10 inch cast burners
converted to 11" propane controlled by Honeywell intermittent units. It has
2 Auber process controllers and 2 March809 motors and Chugger heads. Its
nice that you can get replacement heads for when you drop the box and
break off the plastic pipe fittings like I did. Under the center area where
most systems put a third burner for direct fire of the MLT I put the propane
bottle, water filter and control box with pumps. I plan using it as a HERMS
with the hex in the HLT so I should only need 2 burners. We did a direct
fired mash and just had to slide the kettles around a bit since the HERMS coil
was not ready yet.

Burner automation is working with the Auber units and the pumps can be set
to manual on/off or float switch on/off. I need to build the herms coil, tune
the propane orifices, change the pump fittings for easier use... the to-do list
is pretty long, but even in its current state it was a joy to run and produced
this:



The carboys are not filled equally due to drunkenness, its going to happen.

I'll get some more detailed photos when things are more finalized.

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Old 12-01-2010, 10:46 PM   #1024
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^^^ Heck of a first post

Nice work!

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Old 12-01-2010, 10:57 PM   #1025
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Pete I think you win the longest sight glass award :P

Awesome looking system, I like the way the pumps in the control box look, not sure about the airflow/heatsoak issues it may or may not cause.

Good work.

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Old 12-01-2010, 11:08 PM   #1026
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Pete I think you win the longest sight glass award :P
Yeah, I get that a lot, but thanks...

The pumps are now vented out the back of the box and the sight
glasses will have the eye bolts and grommets installed this weekend,
then I will cut them down. Its a pain to flip over the kegs for washing
with the poly tube sticking straight up. It was a case of too much
to do and really needing to brew. I had to invite a dozen friends over
for a bbq just to give myself a deadline to get the build done, otherwise
I would have been re-designing for months.

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Old 12-01-2010, 11:26 PM   #1027
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When I lived in NY there was a great local source for steel that I used... square, round, angle, etc. Since I moved to the Philly area I'm at a loss. Anyone local recommend some place with a decent selection or a website that doesn't kill you on shipping? I'm itching to build my next brew rig now that I've moved up in size and, uh "fancyness" with pumps, controllers, etc.

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Old 12-02-2010, 12:27 AM   #1028
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When I lived in NY there was a great local source for steel that I used... square, round, angle, etc. Since I moved to the Philly area I'm at a loss. Anyone local recommend some place with a decent selection or a website that doesn't kill you on shipping? I'm itching to build my next brew rig now that I've moved up in size and, uh "fancyness" with pumps, controllers, etc.

Check out the local welding shops. They will either sell you some of their stock or point you in the right direction.



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Old 12-02-2010, 03:00 PM   #1029
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So many beautiful brewing rigs, so little money and time......

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Old 12-02-2010, 04:12 PM   #1030
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Nice looking setup Pete!

Did you build the stand yourself or is it repurposed from something else?



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