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Old 08-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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First, some background. I brew 12 and 15 gallon batches with my "P-J" 3-kettle HERMS electric brew system, which I love. I own a Brewhemoth, which I keep in a stand up freezer and a 12 gallon SS Deep Wood Cavern fermentor in a small chest freezer. I pump straight out of my boil kettle, through my Blichmann Therminator, and into my fermentor.

My wife and I have a shallow well from which we get our water, so my greatest issue in brewing such large batches has been the (in)ability to chill all that 212 degree wort to pitching temp before running out of water. As a result, I decided to build a 150 gallon water storage system for chilling and cleaning purposes only. I brewed with it for the first time today, and it worked like a charm. Here are some pics:



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The garden hose is coming from my water softener. The valve gives me the option of using the brine discharge water to fill the storage barrels OR continue to the septic like usual.





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This is where the brine water enters the storage tanks. I put the valve in so the water wouldn't backup into the softener.



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Here it is! I can choose which bay--left or right--I want to fill. One side is always full and one is always empty.



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I bought this pump from Harbor Freight. It's cheap, but pushes a ****-ton of H2O FAST out of the full side, through the Therminator, and back into the empty side.



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The overflow goes down under the cellar steps and into the sump!



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Where are the pics? And why are these replies reserved?

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I just wanted to reserve those spots until I posted the photos so the thread flowed...
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Can I just give you a slow clap for some american ingenuity. Well done. The only thing that might make me slightly nervous is the garden hose, if any of that stuff breaks you could flood yourself. But its hard to see exactly how everything is setup.

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Can I just give you a slow clap for some american ingenuity. Well done. The only thing that might make me slightly nervous is the garden hose, if any of that stuff breaks you could flood yourself. But its hard to see exactly how everything is setup.
I'm not too worried about flooding the basement. I ran a test with the water softener, and the hose clamps holding the garden hose to the valve and PVC barb fittings held fine.

The one thing I would like to do is either find a wider, stronger hose to go from the barrels to the pump OR hard plumb the barrels to the pump. THat feed line was too restrictive, as the pump was sucking the life out of the hose and flattened it out pretty badly.


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