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Old 01-09-2010, 11:38 PM   #1
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So here is what my wife now refers to as the other woman after a lot of time invested from design to fabrication. I could not have done this without this forum and hope some of my ideas can be useful for you.

Lessons learned:
  • Stainless tubing has to be bent and flared with higher end tools. Not the junk you buy from an auto parts supplier. They are worth buying if you like to fabricate too.
  • I used 3/8" tubing and wish I used 1/2" tubing. 3/8" moves fluid too slow and eats up a lot of time when transferring fluids. Cost would not be much more either.
  • All my tube steel was free but weighs a bunch when assembled. I would use thinner wall and smaller tube next time.
  • I would start out with the largest burner system I could reasonably use for both the HLT and boil kettle. I originally had the little jet engine sounding noise makers on there before and they did not provide enough BTU's.

Other than that, the system runs awesome!











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Old 01-09-2010, 11:40 PM   #2
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Here are a few more pics











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Old 01-09-2010, 11:43 PM   #3
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and even more











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Old 01-09-2010, 11:43 PM   #4
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Freaking Fantastic!!!
Just curious what made you decide to go with hard lines vs hoses with quick disconnects (other than the awsome factor)? How much time has this system cut down on your brewdays?
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:49 PM   #5
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That is a very sweet setup, nicely done.

 
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:51 PM   #6
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Freaking Fantastic!!!
Just curious what made you decide to go with hard lines vs hoses with quick disconnects (other than the awsome factor)? How much time has this system cut down on your brewdays?
There is just something about hoses that worries me. To many places for bad critters to hide and ruin your brew. The stainless heats up with boiling water cleaning out the crud and cavity creeps every time.

After a bit of trial and error, brew day is going faster and faster. The combination of everything being there at a valve turn makes life easier cutting a bunch of wasted time.

 
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:55 PM   #7
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Man thats lookin good, nice other woman! My wife is happy that I am home "messing with that brewery stuff" rather than off getting into trouble with my friends! I am thinking of building my rig from spare chromoly tube that was used to build a fuel cell cage in a track car, that should lighten it up a little.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:57 PM   #8
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holy lord that is awesome.

 
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:03 AM   #9
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I have to say nice job, but I'm a little confused. If I understnd your system correctly you have 2 thermometers in the MT, why?
In the BK I recognize a pickup tube, fill tube and a recirc tube, what do you use the other 1 for? if its a drain tube wouldn't it have been easier to consolidate to just a recirc/fill and drain/pickup tube? Nothing wrong with your design, just trying to wrap my head around it.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:07 AM   #10
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outstanding


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