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Old 01-01-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default Ball and Chain brewpub build

I have been working on this for some time now, and recently made some more progress. This project has evolved several times over the course of the build, so I have had to improvise along the way. I now have a name for my space, and am about 80% done. It is to the point of being a functional space so I plan to use it while I continue working as I can find the time. However my current priority is to complete my electric brew rig.

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My electric setup will go where these chairs currently sit.


The laundry hookup was an add on. I plan to use it as my brewing water supply and for use with wort chiller. In the original plans the fireplace was going to be a natural gas BBQ pit, I even had a commercial vent for it. Where the laundry hookup is was supposed to be a counter top with a sink. About halfway through the build swmbo decided we should add a fireplace so my BBQ pit became a natural gas grill that sits outside


Need to build or find a Fireplace mantel just not sure how I should procede here. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.





Hope to make some more progress now that this space is at least usable. Will add more pics as I make progress.


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I have my electric control panel nearly finished am waiting on the contactors, special thanks go out to P-J for his advice and for the schematic.





I have the HLT nearly finished and will update with pics as soon as I get a moment.


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Ok, finally made some more progress. put the stand together in about 30 minutes. I plan to weld up something later, but this will get me started.





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Still need to get the stir motors mounted for the HLT and the IC lid.
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I have added some upgrades replaced all 3 vessels, and made a keggle mash tun with amnifold. I made the manifold for my bottom drain kettle so it would screw into place. It sits about 3/4" away from the bottom on the outer edges and a couple inches high in the middle.


To reduce dead space I actually drilled 1/8" holes in the base of the copper manifold fitting that screws into my stainless mash tun fitting. I think this allows the highest gravity wort resting on the very bottom to slowly drain out without providing enough flow to allow channeling.


The center fitting I had to make by drilling a hole through the side of a T fitting and sliding a piece of copper pipe with a hole drilled through so the copper pipe hole was facing down. Then I had to solder it in place. You'll have to forgive my poor soldering, I am definately not a plumber.

With manifold installed.


I currently fly sparge and I made this sparge arm so I could use different lengths of slilicone tubing to adjust height depending on my mash volume.


This is my current setup, I recently replicated the process by building a 1 gallon brewery for test batches (without the pumps).


This spring when it warms up, I plan to add legs to the other 2 keggles and get rid of my improvised wooden brewstand.
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