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Old 05-27-2009, 12:57 PM   #11
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If you don't mind my asking, and you have kept track, how much have you spent on this rig? I mean....it's simply an amazing setup, but I'd have to buy my wife a small island before she'd let me build a rig like that.
I have not kept track and really don't want to know, although it isn't as bad as it appears. The kettles came off ebay and were less then $500 for the pair. My father-in-law picked them up so shipping did not cost anything. The pump is from ebay and again was a steal because it did not work, but I had the motor. The stainless pieces were given to me by my old business partner at the brewery and the HLT was bought at a restaurant auction years ago. The structural material are recycled sign poles I salvaged from the city's municipal scrap yard for free.

The chest freezer and glycol also came from the old brewery. And the two conical hoppers were bought with a gift certificate.

No doubt there was a lot of expense. Welding the fermenter together, the sealed lid, hoses, bolts, copper, controllers, switches. But the bottom line is this system is the result of Time AND money, with a lot of scrounging on the side.


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Old 05-27-2009, 01:10 PM   #12
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You give me hope, good sir, that one day I might too possess the rig of the gods.


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Old 05-27-2009, 02:22 PM   #13
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Time, resourcefulness and money are all you need...
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Well, one out of three ain't bad
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:16 PM   #15
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So you are rich?
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:23 PM   #16
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Well BP, the irony of this thread is amazing! Under your username, you have "Beer, not rocket science". Yet, your rig is obviously scarfed pieces of the space shuttle.

Very well done. I think I got a little chubby looking at those pics.
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Ever since I saw pictures of your setup I've always wondered where your steam boiler is located? Are you firing your kettles some other way? I like how your automation is built for making better beer and not for total push button operation... Too cool...
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:16 PM   #18
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Well BP, the irony of this thread is amazing! Under your username, you have "Beer, not rocket science". Yet, your rig is obviously scarfed pieces of the space shuttle.

Very well done. I think I got a little chubby looking at those pics.
Yeah, me too. I mean, if I could ever get a chubby, that is. That would be the thing to do it.

Wow. Just wow.

And today I thought, "oh, I should take a picture of my ghetto kitchen 3-tier sculpture" which involves two coolers, a bar stool, a milk crate and my kitchen stove. Now, I just want to drool over your pictures.
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Yeah, me too. I mean, if I could ever get a chubby, that is. That would be the thing to do it.

Wow. Just wow.

And today I thought, "oh, I should take a picture of my ghetto kitchen 3-tier sculpture" which involves two coolers, a bar stool, a milk crate and my kitchen stove. Now, I just want to drool over your pictures.
I got a chubby based on the thought of you gettin a chubby.

Is that wierd?


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