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View Poll Results: Which system would you choose? V1.0 or Part Duex?
JerBrew V1.0 (3 Nested Kettles) 20 40.00%
Part Duex (BIAB) 30 60.00%
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:55 PM   #11
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Looking good so far. Hmmmmm....Maybe my next major project would be a portable brewery. My 2 tier is just about done.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:57 PM   #12
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Have you thought about going no chill? It would save some money and space...
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:02 PM   #13
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I have considered it, but just don't see that as a good option. I know many are doing it and are happy with it, I just can't get over the traditional guidance of rapidly cooling. Maybe some day when money and brewing time are less tight I will do some no chill experiment batches, but for know I will stick with what I know makes great beer. (It has taken me about 4 years to start making beers I think are good and I am not ready to radically change my system now )

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:40 PM   #14
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So is the consensus that this is a good idea? Possibly he could remove the chiller and go no chill or at least start that way if he wants to save $60.

Can anyone think of a different direction or idea I/he should consider?

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:10 PM   #15
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Could the steamer bits be converted for a false bottom? Might save a little more money. I'd suggest BiaB instead of the false bottom, but not for 10 gal batches (I think it could be done, but I'm not to where I'd recommend it )

I like the siphon starter. I might make a trip by the pet store to see if they stock one here in town

That's really a pretty economical set up (nice and compact, too). I like it.
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:16 PM   #16
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If the temp drop is too much without the HLT burner it almost looks like a third burner can be added to that rig on the opposing side of the other burner. Like you said it doesn't even have to be that big of a burner. But a amateur welder should be able to add a burner for ~50 bux later on if its not working out.

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:21 PM   #17
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If the temp drop is too much without the HLT burner it almost looks like a third burner can be added to that rig on the opposing side of the other burner. Like you said it doesn't even have to be that big of a burner. But a amateur welder should be able to add a burner for ~50 bux later on if its not working out.
I think the extra burner thing is an option. I have done brew days with two burners but if it is too much hassle I believe he could add a third burner and still be able to roll the "cart" around.

Good ideas guys! Keep them coming.

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:46 PM   #18
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I think he'll be fine without the extra burner, its a bit more lifting but nothing major. I'd say one issue with no chill would be if he were transporting the wort back to his place (I read this yesterday and can't remember what you said about where he'll be fermenting.) moving super hot vessels would not be ideal, so I also vote keep the chiller.

All in all it looks like a good setup! I really like those nesting pots....if only I had the coin to pick up some of those.... I could use the extra space!

The stipulation of doing 10 gallon batches is pretty interesting for someone just getting into it, but it is also a great way to start and learn about different yeasts. Also, with that many pots he could probably do a split boil and experiment with hops and stuff! Cool setup.
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:54 PM   #19
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While he is a new brewer, he has brewed several batches with me, and just wants to be able to do his own thing without waiting around to match his schedule up with mine. So he has a pretty good idea what he wants to do with it.

Good point with the hot wort. He only lives 1o miles away from me, so it is close. He will probably want to go with regular fermenters as that is what he is used to from brewing with me.

 
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:33 PM   #20
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I like that portable fry stand. I was thinking of getting one and setting it on a table and using it as a gravity system for continues sparging. Then for the boil take it of the table and us it on the ground. Sound like a good idea?

 
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