I'm resurrecting this old thread and apologize fo such a long delay in the process. I have been elbows deep in so many other builds (theads in my siganature line) that I still haven't gotten to my keggle conversions........ UNTIL NOW!
OK, so here's the deal. I am still going with a 3 vessel HERMs system and am awaiting my final order with Bobby for my remaining pieces and parts. Hopefully sometime soon I will have all of the remaining fittings to proceed with the keggle conversions including all of the bulkheads, site glasses, chugger pumps, etc. I already had the HERMs coil, 3 piece ball valves, 5500w heating elements, etc. So I am still going to complete all of the keggle conversions per Kal on www.theelectricbrewery.com
. As soon as I receive my order I will have everything needed.....except for the elusive control panel, which I still haven't talked my wife into letting me purchase. I have also been exploring other options as well, such as the BCS control system, Brewtroller, etc. Regarless of what controls I ultimately end up with, I am still doing a HERMs system and set up like Kal's.
I started punching some holes in my kegs this evening. Since I am using sanke kegs (not Blichmann's like Kal used) I followed the advice of Bobby at Brew Hardware and positioned my main drainage ports 1" on center above the lowest skirt weld on the kegs. I punched the 3 holes, one in each vessel with a 7/8" Greenlee punch with no problems.....nice clean holes. My wife was nice enough to buy me a PICO false bottom for my MLT and the port is comfortably below the false bottom as recommended by the manufacturer. I will next drill the holes (I don't have a 9/16" punch) for the site glasses at 5/8" to 1" above the lowest skirt weld as well (as recommended by Bobby), so no problem there. My biggest concern at this point is with the height in which I should place the holes for the 5500w heating elements and the HERM's coil.
I plan on doing 10 gallon batches for the most part, but who knows, maybe I would like to do the occassional 5 gallon test batch. I want the elements to be placed at a height that will allow for both. I want to make sure that the element doesn't interfere with the drainage port/dip tube or the HERMs coil in the HLT. I also need to make sure that the element in BK doesn't interfere with the drainage port/dip tube/hop filter, but still allows for an occassional 5 gallon batch. The problem that I am running into is that I'm trying to merge both Bobby and Kal's recommendations into an electric HERMs set up using keggles. I really don't want to screw this up, because I have already spent hours cleaning up and polishing keggles and really don't want to start over due to a bone headed error.
If you have ever created a Kal clone with keggles, please, please, please give me some advice on proper height placements for these components. Thank you in advance for you help!
Since I have resurrected this old thread, I'll probably chronicle the keg conversions here, but I have another thread covering the actual brewery build here