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Old 12-29-2011, 04:51 AM   #1
de3isit
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So I finally started my very own single tier brew rig and wanted to chronical it to get some feedback as I went through it.

Keggles
My keggles were welded by a friend who builds cryogenic systems for a living. A very impressive welder if I do say so. He also motivated me to try my hand at welding, so I bought a cheap welder on CL for $60.
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Two of the three kegs welded. I ended up settling on four couplings on each keg.
-valve
-sight glass
-thermometer- I got 3 Ashcroft thermometers for $23 total. Killer Deal!
-recirculation
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I even decided to try my hand at polishing a keg. The result is really cool, but it took about 3 hours. Still haven't decided if I'm going to do the other two.
All of my connections are stainless steel cam lock fittings from Pro Flow Dynamics.

Rig
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I am going to have 3 Banjo burners with two of them controlled by two Honeywell Y8610 kits. I do need some advice on how and where to mount the Y8610 modules. There will be a panel with all the switches to control the burners and pump that can be automated at a later date.
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Here is the metal I picked up at the local scrap yard for $100. It is 2"x3" steel that is just over 1/16" thick. I know it is way overkill, but is was super cheap!
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I got all of the metal cut with the help of a friend who let me borrow his chop saw.


 
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:55 AM   #2
de3isit
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Here is the top level welded up. The welds are pretty crappy and require a ton of grinding. That what you get from formal training from Youtube.
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Here is a mock up of what it will look like once completed.
I haven't decided on if I am going to paint it or not. Any suggestions on a cheap solution would be helpful.

 
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:08 AM   #3
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Here is the top level welded up. The welds are pretty crappy and require a ton of grinding. That what you get from formal training from Youtube.
<img src="http://www.homebrewtalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=41821"/>
Here is a mock up of what it will look like once completed.
I haven't decided on if I am going to paint it or not. Any suggestions on a cheap solution would be helpful.
Great start, I will be starting one this spring. Polish the other two kegs they just look awesome that way.

 
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:24 AM   #4
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sick!! How the hell did you get a welder so cheap?? is it a mig welder?

 
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:55 AM   #5
de3isit
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It's a cheap harbor freight mig welder someone was getting rid of. A piece of advice would be to replace the wire with a high quality wire. All wire is not created equal.

 
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:05 AM   #6
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The welding is just about done. I have a few welds to touch up and grind down. Doesn't look too bad for a first time welder.
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Next I need to go pick up wheels and figure out where I want to run the gas lines. Does anybody have any suggestions on how I should mount the Honeywell modules?

 
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:27 AM   #7
de3isit
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Update

My in-laws have been in town so I spent more time drinking beer than working on my rig.

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I finally got the burner brackets welded on. They have one adjustment hole that can move the burners down one inch. The top hole is set to have the burners at 4.5" below the top rail. I may need to add another once I get them fired up.

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Today I took the grinder to all the welds and sanded the whole thing down. I went to Autozone and picked up some manifold paint that is good up to 2000 degrees. I decided on flat black to give it an industrial look and figured it would hide some of my crappy welds.

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I went to the scrap yard and picked up four brand new swivel wheels with two of the locking for only $12 bucks. Awesome score! I put a nut on the top and bottom so I can adjust the height to compensate for the slight pitch of my driveway.

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Here it is with the burners mounted. It looks pretty cool in the flat black.

Hopefully I will get the gas lines plumbed this week. I could still use some suggestions on how and where I should mount the Honeywell ignition modules.

Comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


 
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:23 AM   #8
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This is really awesome! I can't wait to make/get a setup like this at some point in my brewing life!
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:31 AM   #9
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Nice work !
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:32 AM   #10
de3isit
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So I finally got around to mounting the main gas line and the Honeywell valves.

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I am using 2 Honeywell valves to control the HLT and the MT. The BK will just have a shut off valve to control the flame.

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I found these really awesome pipe hangers at Lowes.

Next I need to mount the ignition modules in a waterproof box and the power cord and control panel wiring.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for looking.

 
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