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Old 01-13-2010, 01:32 AM   #1
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Default BCS Based Electric Brewery Build Version 1.1

Update: New Photos 4/21/2010

MY BREWERY IS FINALLY DONE!!!!

well its done for now. here are some photos of the build. please hold off on comments until i get it all posted.

here is the brewery:





I am going to steal a full width cabinet when we redo the kitchen


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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

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Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:51 AM   #2
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Default HLT and MLT

The HLT and MLT are made from the 26 dollar walmart coolers.

The HLT has a sight glass and weldless fittings courtesy of bargainfittings.com

Above the MLT is my water supply for the brewery.



Fittings are the mcmaster high flow coolant quick disconnects: http://www.mcmaster.com/#6739k59/=5clf54

The tubes hanging out are the silicone recirculation drop tubes




The HLT is powered by (2) 2000W 120V immersion heaters. The HERMS coil is my old Immersion chiller that I gently bent to fit in the HLT. Temperature is meaured using the BSC Temperature Probe:



I saw Bobby M's no leak weldless system, http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/no-l...-design-87197/

and made a small modification by using rubber stock, rather than pvc. I used this part by Mcmaster:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/115/3483/=5clxnv

i cut the rubber to fit just as Bobby did with the pvc



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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

Primary:
Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:07 AM   #3
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Default Mlt

The MLT uses a hot water heater braid that is 3/4" stainless steel.

the inside of the MLT:



Here is the pieces to the braid:



Potting the heat sticks

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~"A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be thoroughly sure.”

On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

Primary:
Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:15 AM   #4
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Default Boil Kettle

I gotta tell you, those last three posts took me two hours... this thread was more work than the build cough drag and drop pictures, cough.

I insulated the boil kettle using half inch think buna-N foam rubber

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/115/3456/=5cmyks

and covered it with a foil tape jacket

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/115/3387/=5cmyx9

This didn't end up staying stuck after i heated it up, so i covered the seams with silicone adhesive bought from Home depot.







Finished with Valves:

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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

Primary:
Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:20 AM   #5
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Default BK Continued

One last picture of the inside:



I think as soon as i can get it welded up, i am going to go to a full draining bottom outlet. I will use the current outlet hole as a recirculation return port.
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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

Primary:
Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:31 AM   #6
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Default Control Panel

I wanted an all in one control panel, so i bought a 12x12x5 clamshell enclosure from a guy off ebay. total cost was 40 dollars.




On the side are (6) 1/8" panel mount mono jacks for the four temp probes for the BCS, and for two additional inputs (like an HLT float switch). An ethernet connection, and the plug for the BK element.

On the top are toggle switches and pilot lights for all the equipment to be controlled.



This picture shows the outlets for the pumps, 120v heat sticks, etc.... all flush mounted



Inside of the box. a distribution block, and the BCS, as well as some crydom SSRs that i got on ebay.

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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

Primary:
Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:42 AM   #7
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Default Inside my box

Here is the panel all wired up... and i tried to be as neat as possible:



I haven't printed out the labels yet for the box, but:



Had an extra 19" lcd laying around from my old desktop sure i'll use that in the brewery.... thanks to my brother for "lending" me his old desktop computer.



Check out that power cord... that is 6/4 rubber cord... i got it from my local electrical supply house for 1.83 a foot (f'ing home depot gets 2.86 a foot for 10/3)

This photos was an accident... but its pretty cool:

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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

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Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:56 AM   #8
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Nice!!! Now get to brewing
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Default Miscellaneous

Here is a look at my 100 amp breaker panel with a 50 square D qo breaker:



I can run my elements and pumps off one gfi breaker (i know some others were having difficulty with that)

I love my new counterflow chiller. The thing is amazing. the clear line running to the red pex is a drain line that dumps into my wash sink:



March pump with slightly ghetto drip shield. the blue bin holds about 150 pounds of good old fashioned grain. Right now i have 2-row pale, pilsener, and maris otter.



my silicone hoses with qds, an oxygenation set up, and fire extinguisher, just in case

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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

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Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:06 AM   #10
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Default Here is me brewing

here is me brewing my first beer on it.. a nut brown



Ok... done for now.

Thanks to all of you who have been a tremendous inspiration, and offered guidance


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On Deck: Spruce APA, Chambord Fortified Chocolate Porter, Imperial IPA

Primary:
Primary:
Secondary: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Conical:
Lagering: None
Kegged/Drinking: Cascade, Cent., Amarillo Pale Ale
Kegged/Drinking: Belgian Pale Ale (HG yeast for yeast cropping see above)
Bottled: ESB
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