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Forum: DIY Projects 05-28-2013, 05:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
I went with a 4-pin audio connector from radio...

I went with a 4-pin audio connector from radio shack. it's for a HAM radio typically, but I wanted it for the 4 ports. that plugs in to the box on my stand carrying BOTH valve signals.

I did this...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-09-2013, 06:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 935
Posted By midnightbrewing
LOVE this beer. any tips on grabbing the yeast...

LOVE this beer. any tips on grabbing the yeast from an unfiltered beer instead of bottle conditioned? I have a couple 12 ozers of this - but no sediment to start with. Curious if the process is...
Forum: DIY Projects 02-11-2013, 03:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
Drew, I did a lot or research, but I have a...

Drew,

I did a lot or research, but I have a pretty solid background in basic electrical work through theater, A/V and physics classes (15 years ago, ha). most of this stuff is pretty...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-11-2013, 02:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By midnightbrewing
nothing good. slipped on wet floor, slipped out...

nothing good. slipped on wet floor, slipped out of my hand. just embarrassing, really.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 02-11-2013, 02:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By midnightbrewing
refractometer down!

sad panda.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8234/8464074646_9e942fa09b_z.jpg

anyone else willing to admit a stupid mistake like this and how you fixed it?

I'm thinking superglue is the only...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-06-2013, 02:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By midnightbrewing
thanks for the feedback. The water is flowing...

thanks for the feedback. The water is flowing correctly, unrestricted. I am indeed recirculating wort back to the kettle for 20-30 minutes (depends on beer type) after knockout. I will move a ball...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 01-05-2013, 09:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By midnightbrewing
Plate Chiller efficiency problem

I have a pump-fed 40-plate chiller on my brewstand, and it took me 90 minutes to get my 10-gal batch down to 85 degrees at a trickle.

I've gotta be doing something wrong, but I can't figure out...
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 12-04-2012, 11:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,522
Posted By midnightbrewing
yes. My problem was a voltage drop between the...

yes. My problem was a voltage drop between the switch, LED indicator light and the PID/valve.

I had a DPDT switch, so I just sent one side to the LED indicator and the other side to either the...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-02-2012, 04:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
Hall, yes, the VR8200 valve can sit on a...

Hall,

yes, the VR8200 valve can sit on a rigid piece of gas pipe. The unit comes with an adapter for that. That's not a bad idea, actually - but I don't know if I'd want my valves down that low.
...
Forum: DIY Projects 11-02-2012, 04:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
Carl, It's 1.5" tube, at (I'm pretty sure)...

Carl,

It's 1.5" tube, at (I'm pretty sure) 1/8" thickness. This project goes back quite a while, and I did it with a friend who fabs stuff who took some of what he had laying around in his garage,...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-28-2012, 04:42 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
Thanks

my build is complete. first brew is 9 days away! pics/write-up here:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/its-brutus-10-a-363645/

Thanks for answering all my questions.
Forum: DIY Projects 10-26-2012, 04:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
Grr. They showed up on my screen when I posted...

Grr. They showed up on my screen when I posted but now looking from a different CPU, it's blank placeholders. I'll try again later. No time now. #showoffFAIL

{edit}

got em. had been...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-26-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
speer: LP after drilling the burner orifices and...

speer: LP after drilling the burner orifices and converting the gas valves intake pressure springs with the kit.

I think I got the pictures worked out. Took me a bit to realize photos from flickr...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-26-2012, 07:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
build con't

time for the controller:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8189/8124084744_a789c1b257_z.jpg

I laid mine out a little differently than many others I've seen here. it goes horizontal, with the 2-way...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-26-2012, 06:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,633
Posted By midnightbrewing
it's a brutus 10!

about 18 months ago, a late night searching the forums here led me to this thread: J Landin brutus 10 build...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-23-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
Figured out my problem. For whatever reason, the...

Figured out my problem. For whatever reason, the LED lights were eating the voltage and not passing enough along to trigger the gas valves.

I have DPDT switches, so I just wired the lights to the...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-21-2012, 05:27 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
This is from the VR8200/4200 manual: POWER...

This is from the VR8200/4200 manual:

POWER UNIT:
Hold-in current: 300 mA maximum.
Drop-out current: 250 to 90 mA.
Forum: DIY Projects 10-18-2012, 03:22 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
yeaaaahhh... so about that whole "research"...

yeaaaahhh... so about that whole "research" thing. I didn't do mine.

well I feel sheepish...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-18-2012, 12:46 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
upon further inspection, the gas valve is for...

upon further inspection, the gas valve is for 3.5"WC and my regulator is standard 11" WC. so it looks like I do have too much pressure at the valves and it's locking up. as I look closer, perhaps I...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-18-2012, 12:25 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
I think so... it's the same model as most folks...

I think so... it's the same model as most folks on this thread have purchased. http://www.pexsupply.com/Honeywell-VR8200A2132-1-2-24-Vac-Standing-Pilot-Gas-Valve-11588000-p
Forum: DIY Projects 10-18-2012, 12:00 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
yes, both pilot and thermocouple connected. pilot...

yes, both pilot and thermocouple connected. pilot is functioning, but I have not verified that the thermocouple is functioning properly. how would I do that? and yes, the knob is set to 'on' :-)
Forum: DIY Projects 10-17-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
solenoid problems

I posted this is the 'automated brewing' subforum, but thought I'd post it here too since most of you have been using this exact model.

I can't get any gas through the VR8200 furnace valve....
Forum: Automated Brewing Forum 10-17-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,522
Posted By midnightbrewing
honeywell VR8200 no fire

Just completing a brutus 10 clone (search 'brutus 10 with nice modifications' here for the model I shamelessly ripped off).

I've got pilot lights on the HLT and MT no problem, but I can't get the...
Forum: DIY Projects 10-02-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
Here's my shameless copy of JLandin's design. We...

Here's my shameless copy of JLandin's design. We did it with as much metal on-hand as we could, and without welding shut the gas manifold (1" pipe) instead, but it's looking great! this is the view...
Forum: DIY Projects 04-25-2012, 04:41 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 246,136
Posted By midnightbrewing
Wait... I'm over thinking it. The th return just...

Wait... I'm over thinking it. The th return just goes back to the transformer.
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