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Old 01-08-2013, 02:10 AM   #161
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Just subscribed, in the process of a very similar build. Good luck!

 
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:55 PM   #162
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can I get a *Bump* on updated progress photos....

nice looking brewstand and SS gear.

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Old 09-07-2013, 03:37 PM   #163
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F'n incredible build! I can't wait to see it done.

 
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:22 AM   #164
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ISU, hard plumbing is a pain, it can be done but it took a ton of planning and fab work.. And money.lol but some steer away from your dream rig if that is what you want. If sleep on it some more

 
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #165
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All,

I wish I had more progress to report. Between moving to a new house and the birth of my first child, I've had little time to brew much less work on the new system. Once I purchase a few more ferrules and SS tubing for the HERMS coil, I will send the kegs and valves out to get welded. The stand still needs polishing and platforms will be fabricated to support the brew vessels. We originally designed this to be a propane setup, so now I plan to install removable sheet metal platforms in place of the burner mounts and support grates we designed. This way the rig could still be converted to propane should I ever decide to do so in the future.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #166
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Congrats on the baby- mine is about to turn 1. It's a beautiful thing and time flys.

Can't wait to see the completed stand. Very impressive.

 
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:46 AM   #167
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Don't ya hate it when these geniuses start something an never finish it ?
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Old 04-10-2014, 09:37 PM   #168
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My dad recently went and purchased a MIG welder, TIG welder, and plasma cutter. It looks like we will be able to weld up all of the keggles ourselves in my dad's shop. I expect we will practice on scrap until we're confident enough to tackle the keggles themselves. My brother is a pretty skilled welder already, but I am definitely not. Very soon I will purchase the last few tri clamp ferrules and other fittings needed to complete the fabrication of the kettles.

There's really no rush to complete this project, as I don't have a place to put the rig yet. The house we moved into last May has a completely unfinished basement. We aren't going to start the basement finishing project until 2015 or 2016. Over the next year or so, I will be working on the design for the basement build. Perhaps I will get the keggles completed sooner than that in order to use them with my existing outdoor propane setup.
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:25 PM   #169
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So, it has been almost a year since I last updated this thread. As is often the case, life has gotten in the way of completing this build. I recently acquired some additional parts and have more on the way. I purchased some 1/2"ID x 5/8" OD polycarbonate tube which I'll insert into compression fittings to use for sight glasses for the BK and HLT. I also purchased two of the Hot Pod Tri-clover element enclosures from Bobby_M at brewhardware.com. I also ordered some additional 1/2" Tri-Clover ferrules from JME Sanitary.

I started sourcing parts on Ebay/Amazon/Grainger/Automation Direct for the E-Herms control panel, and find that it will be really tough to beat the 30A complete PID control panel kit from Ebrewsupply. Ryan's prices seem pretty competitive, even for individual components.

I am ready to start marking hole locations on the keggles. Can anyone recommend a good distance from the bottom of the keggle to locate the output ball valves? I plan to use a 1/2" stainless dip tube to the center of the HLT and MLT, and one drawing from the side of the BK.
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Keg 2: Belgian Tripel

 
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Old 09-24-2015, 04:59 PM   #170
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Again, months have gone by since my last update. Things continue to progress at a slow pace. I purchased a complete 30 amp PID control panel kit from EBrewsupply and worked on the build relatively sporadically. I have the panel completely wired up and ready to troubleshoot, but need to get the keggles cut and fittings welded before I can proceed with a wet test and PID auto tune. The photos below were taken at various stages of the wiring process.Name:  ImageUploadedByHome Brew1443113804.388549.jpg
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Keg 2: Belgian Tripel

 
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