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Old 01-29-2012, 04:53 PM   #1621
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you know you're jealous! Just kiddin... gets the job done though!
Hah! Been there - and still there - 'cept more precariously than yours: I have a longer table, upon which I perch a Workmate with a Blichmann floor burner on top with my HLT, then my cooler MLT on the table, and another Blichmann burner with the leg extensions on the ground for my BK.

It's wicked pissah scary!

I'm about a third of the way through building a single tier that will finally lend some sanity to my brew days...

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Old 01-29-2012, 05:27 PM   #1622
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My latest brewing addition...

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Old 01-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #1623
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Thanks to everyone who posted their beer porn for me to view. I had gotten out of the game for almost a year due to not having full time employment and no money to finish my brew rig. After a friend asked me to come by and watch him brew last weekend, I realized I shouldn't give up hope and that money will come eventually to finish the project. So I am going to wrap up the brew rig in the next few months, post pictures of the finished product and first brew day, and then be a happy beer drinking man again. Thanks for the inspiration guys!

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Old 01-29-2012, 09:38 PM   #1624
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Just completed my rig. All I have to do next is get a SS ball valve for the new keg and I am done. Here is the link.

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:51 AM   #1625
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Some really nice systems here... My wife and I just transitioned from extract to all grain, and here's the setup so far:
We preheat water on propane for speed. HLT is electric with ETC automation - the hand mixer rednecked on top just blew up today, but I just received a recirc pump the other day so I'll need to plumb that in before the next batch. The MLT is pretty basic - someday we might turn our immersion chiller into a HERMS coil in the HLT, but that's down the road. BK handles our 7gal. batches easy. Yes, the electrical is ghetto, made out of junk in the garage, but it's GFI - it'll be boxed and cleaned up soon.

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #1626
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #1627
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Finished the build out of harten74's three tier stand. It's not perfect and needs to be sealed, i need to add the plumbing, pump and plate chiller, but it's now been brewed on! Love this design, tweaked it slightly for my needs by it's awesome!



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Old 01-30-2012, 06:29 PM   #1628
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My two vessel no sparge rig...



For more info checkout my blog (linked in my sig

Woo hoo my 300th post and the 1600th reply to the thread!
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I notice on you blog that you are pumping your wort....
recirculating during the mash & pumping your wort threw the Im. Chiller -
instead of pumping cold water threw the chiller, sitting in the wort.

I mean No dis respect... but why ?

I am looking at building a 2 vessel system myself.... and I am looking at all possibilities.
I am trying to keep everything as simple as possible, and only one pump, and only pumping one liquid keeps it simple.

But pumping the chilling water threw the Im. Chiller is a way to clean out the chiller....?

I am just looking for all ideas.
thanks
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:13 PM   #1629
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Here's my current set up.



And when its time to fly sparge I just connect the "sparge do-dad" and move the MLT up onto the HLT.







Fresh water provide by in line filter



And lastly, the chiller

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Old 01-31-2012, 02:07 AM   #1630
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Kmat123

I notice on you blog that you are pumping your wort....
recirculating during the mash & pumping your wort threw the Im. Chiller -
instead of pumping cold water threw the chiller, sitting in the wort.

I mean No dis respect... but why ?

I am looking at building a 2 vessel system myself.... and I am looking at all possibilities.
I am trying to keep everything as simple as possible, and only one pump, and only pumping one liquid keeps it simple.

But pumping the chilling water threw the Im. Chiller is a way to clean out the chiller....?

I am just looking for all ideas.
thanks
Hey Steve,

I originally tried cooling by pumping ice water through the immersion coil in the BK but this took about 40 min to bring the wort from boiling to pitching temps. On the next brew day I decided to place the IC in the cooler filled with first 10 gallons of cold tap water (which brings the temp down to around 105-110 degrees) and then 10 gallons of ice water (I simply empty the ice cube tray out of my freezer). Using this method I was able to go from boiling to 66 degrees in 20 min (using only 20 gallons of water).

I recirculate through the IC for the last 10 minutes of the boil to sanitize everything. Then once I have drained my BK I switch the hose coming out of my BK to my cooler and clear the lines. This system has worked great for me an I love the simplicity of no sparge brewing. I have been consistently hitting efficiencies of 70-75%
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