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Old 12-19-2011, 02:57 PM   #71
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I should add, I forgot to mention... 3/4" pvc conduit,and 4 6# wires = LOTS OF WORK to pull 30'. My wife and I had a bear getting that stuff from the front end to the panel. Next time I think I should use 1" conduit, and the entire bottle of lube.


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Old 12-24-2011, 02:03 PM   #72
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Been a bit since I last updated. I've been working on this the last few nights as most of my parts role in. I'm hoping to be up and running after the holiday, but since I haven't seen my switches yet, I'm not so sure. In the meanwhile, here is some brew p0rn for the DIYers.

Going with a Kal clone setup for attaching my elements to the keggles:


Coiled my 50' of 1/2 copper refrigeration coil.


HLT is ready. Just need a cutter for the copper coil.


Temperature probes are ready. Again, borrowing from Kal with the braided cover.




There are the updates so far. Should plenty more tonight.


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Old 12-25-2011, 05:11 AM   #73
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Today's progress. All I can say is, there isn't enough beer in my fridge to numb the soreness in my neck after today's progress:


Laying it out.


All my holes are cut, and switches and LEDs in.


A good percentage of the wiring is completed. Now I need to get more wire, I ran out of 14awg. I have plenty of 24, but that's for the low voltage stuff.
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Old 12-28-2011, 02:00 PM   #74
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Was a nice, short, holiday weekend, but thanks to it, I'm getting closer to brewing. The panel is on the wall, wired, and nearly working. Auto-Off-On for the pumps doesn't work yet, I had to order some additional switch blocks to add 5v switching.

If all goes to plan, I'll be brewing New Years with no auto, or only auto for my pumps. I've written the basic BCS brew plan, and will fine tune on Saturday with a mock brew with only water.

Tonight or tomorrow night I hope to be building my brew workstation for the kegs. I don't want to be doing this on Saturday.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:24 AM   #75
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Another update. I had hoped to put in a steel brew stand, but the quotes I received were so out to lunch that I bailed. Instead, I'm putting in wood setup, more built in the probably should be, but I don't plan on moving anytime soon.
Here's tonight's efforts:

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Old 01-02-2012, 06:06 PM   #76
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She's finished. Brewed a batch of Blonde ale today.
Aside from one big bug, everything seems to working well. Damn cheap Chinese SSRs were DOA. One comes on and off no problem if in short spurts, otherwise it sticks open. The other (on the BK side) is stuck open. Ordered a pair of replacements, but they won't be here until later next week.
Meanwhile, some pictures:



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Old 01-02-2012, 08:59 PM   #77
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Wow! Nice work! What's the deal with the two chillers?
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:20 PM   #78
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Wow! Nice work! What's the deal with the two chillers?
Texas ground water is too warm. First plate chiller is a 50 plate from Keg Cowboy running off the tap water, gets the wort down to 100-110 degrees. The second plate chiller is a 40, also from Keg Cowboy, running with 32 degree starting temp, glycol. Depending on my flow rate, I averaged 70 degrees on 10 gallon batch over 25 minute knockout. Good number for Texas.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:39 AM   #79
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Damn, Texas ground water is hot! My NY well water in the summer is 55. One run thru a 25ft cfc and it's at 60 degrees.

 
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:54 PM   #80
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Yea sad, really. I started brewing in Wyoming, there the ground water gets COLD. I could knock out in no time with my old CFC, move here to Texas and I had to buy 60# of ice each week to brew, and spend 30+ minutes stirring the ice in a pre-chiller bath before the water entered my CFC. With any luck this plate chiller method will stand up. I'm using the same method some large scale brewers use. Down here though, a lot use a HLT and CLT, and knock out from the CLT. I don't want to go that route if I can help it.


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