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Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:17 PM

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brew day starts with grabbing grains and getting them crushed.



i just started buying grains in bulk and need to come up with a better storage method before the weather gets warm and muggy.



that's my oldest son... he's a bit too pysched about the crush


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:17 PM

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brew day starts with grabbing grains and getting them crushed.



i just started buying grains in bulk and need to come up with a better storage method before the weather gets warm and muggy.



that's my oldest son... he's a bit too pysched about the crush


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:17 PM

3 Attachment(s)

brew day starts with grabbing grains and getting them crushed.



i just started buying grains in bulk and need to come up with a better storage method before the weather gets warm and muggy.



that's my oldest son... he's a bit too pysched about the crush


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:23 PM

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then it's out to the garage where the rig is.

it is a single teir HERMS set up. I then have nine 1 inch solenoids underneath and two march 809's that control all of the flow of liquid through the rig with flips of switches.

The way the whole process works is...

-fill MT and BK to desired levels and punch in temps for each.
- Once each has come up to temp, I pump my mash water from the BK, into the MT (I don't have any heat at the MT so I gotta get it from somewhere0
- Once mt is filled, I add my grains and start circulating
- It circulates through a heat exchanger suspended in the HLT (should have taken a pic of that) in order to maintain/adjust temp.
-Once mash is done, i pump into the BK again and then sparge from the HLT.
- In order to do that, i have to stop circulating for the last 10-15 minutes of the mash in order to bring my HLT up to sparge temp.
- Sparge... circ... pump into BK and then boil away.
-Once I'm boiling i can break down teh HLT and MT and clean them.

it has a quick connect for a hose on one end and a water filter for incoming water and then a spicket on the other end where he chilled wort comes out.





The control panel is pretty ugly and will be replaced soon. I ended up with two more switches than I originally though.

Everything is flip a switch. "Fill Mash tun"... is switch 4. fill hLT is switch 3... so on an so on

The PIDs control the burner under the HLT and the burner under the boil kettle


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:23 PM

3 Attachment(s)

then it's out to the garage where the rig is.

it is a single teir HERMS set up. I then have nine 1 inch solenoids underneath and two march 809's that control all of the flow of liquid through the rig with flips of switches.

The way the whole process works is...

-fill MT and BK to desired levels and punch in temps for each.
- Once each has come up to temp, I pump my mash water from the BK, into the MT (I don't have any heat at the MT so I gotta get it from somewhere0
- Once mt is filled, I add my grains and start circulating
- It circulates through a heat exchanger suspended in the HLT (should have taken a pic of that) in order to maintain/adjust temp.
-Once mash is done, i pump into the BK again and then sparge from the HLT.
- In order to do that, i have to stop circulating for the last 10-15 minutes of the mash in order to bring my HLT up to sparge temp.
- Sparge... circ... pump into BK and then boil away.
-Once I'm boiling i can break down teh HLT and MT and clean them.

it has a quick connect for a hose on one end and a water filter for incoming water and then a spicket on the other end where he chilled wort comes out.





The control panel is pretty ugly and will be replaced soon. I ended up with two more switches than I originally though.

Everything is flip a switch. "Fill Mash tun"... is switch 4. fill hLT is switch 3... so on an so on

The PIDs control the burner under the HLT and the burner under the boil kettle


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:23 PM

3 Attachment(s)

then it's out to the garage where the rig is.

it is a single teir HERMS set up. I then have nine 1 inch solenoids underneath and two march 809's that control all of the flow of liquid through the rig with flips of switches.

The way the whole process works is...

-fill MT and BK to desired levels and punch in temps for each.
- Once each has come up to temp, I pump my mash water from the BK, into the MT (I don't have any heat at the MT so I gotta get it from somewhere0
- Once mt is filled, I add my grains and start circulating
- It circulates through a heat exchanger suspended in the HLT (should have taken a pic of that) in order to maintain/adjust temp.
-Once mash is done, i pump into the BK again and then sparge from the HLT.
- In order to do that, i have to stop circulating for the last 10-15 minutes of the mash in order to bring my HLT up to sparge temp.
- Sparge... circ... pump into BK and then boil away.
-Once I'm boiling i can break down teh HLT and MT and clean them.

it has a quick connect for a hose on one end and a water filter for incoming water and then a spicket on the other end where he chilled wort comes out.





The control panel is pretty ugly and will be replaced soon. I ended up with two more switches than I originally though.

Everything is flip a switch. "Fill Mash tun"... is switch 4. fill hLT is switch 3... so on an so on

The PIDs control the burner under the HLT and the burner under the boil kettle


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:25 PM

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I have the rig plumbed into the natual gas line in the house.

i simply take the hose off the wall and with the bigass brass quick connect, just plug it intp th back of the rig and I'm good to go





yeah yeah yeah... the garage is a mess. I know.


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:25 PM

3 Attachment(s)

I have the rig plumbed into the natual gas line in the house.

i simply take the hose off the wall and with the bigass brass quick connect, just plug it intp th back of the rig and I'm good to go





yeah yeah yeah... the garage is a mess. I know.


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:25 PM

3 Attachment(s)

I have the rig plumbed into the natual gas line in the house.

i simply take the hose off the wall and with the bigass brass quick connect, just plug it intp th back of the rig and I'm good to go





yeah yeah yeah... the garage is a mess. I know.


Cape Brewing 05-06-2009 04:29 PM

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My Mash tun is a 20 gallon aluminum pot mounted inside a 30 gallon aluminum pot with spray foam insulation sprayed in between to insulate it. the top ridge looks a bit ugly but the lid seals it out from my mash and i don't think it's a problem at all.



I went with a copper manifold cut with a hacksaw and then a false bottom over it. I like this double filter because I can stir my mash if i feel like it, even though it's a herms set up and not get cloudy wort flowing since the manifold is still filtering quite a bit.



the false bottom doesn't fit exactly so I have the food safe/temp safe tubing acting as a gasket



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