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Old 03-15-2012, 01:08 AM   #31
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Definitely at the top of my list is the BIAB eKeggle and Ammo Can PID control box. That gets used every brew day.

I also just finished a 3 tap insulated keezer collar that gets used starting a few weeks after each brew day.

I'm finishing up a 90 degree heat stick that's going to let me heat water when I do want to sparge, or to boost my kitchen stove on the rare occasions I brew a small batch in the kitchen.

Next on the to-do list is a fermentation chamber that will circulate chilled glycol from the keezer. Oh, and I need to rebuild the cigar box (Kuba Kuba) stir plate that stopped working.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:28 AM   #32
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Enjoyed building a kegerator into my wetbar (tonight I upgraded to Perlick faucets because my cheapies kept sticking)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/fare...-house-259059/

I also made a pre-chiller with an extra wort chiller and a cooler... just fill it with ice water and run a hose through this and then over to the chiller that goes in the kettle at the end of a boil. Works like a champ. Hmm.. guess I never got around to taking a picture of it.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:04 PM   #33
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One of my favorites is a solar water heater... My brew room is in what was once the milking parlor of a small barn. From the water hydrant I ran a 100 ft of 1/2 inch tubing, coiling it on the south side of the roof, then terminating it with a faucet above the brew sculpture. On sunny days I start with water in the 100 to 105 range, which saves a lot of time and propane.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #34
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One of my favorites is a solar water heater... My brew room is in what was once the milking parlor of a small barn. From the water hydrant I ran a 100 ft of 1/2 inch tubing, coiling it on the south side of the roof, then terminating it with a faucet above the brew sculpture. On sunny days I start with water in the 100 to 105 range, which saves a lot of time and propane.
You could also try painting the tubing black and put it in a case with glass facing south and some reflective surface in the background. Where I'm staying now we have a tank like this and it provides several hot showers even when it's chilly.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:29 PM   #35
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One of my favorites is a solar water heater... My brew room is in what was once the milking parlor of a small barn. From the water hydrant I ran a 100 ft of 1/2 inch tubing, coiling it on the south side of the roof, then terminating it with a faucet above the brew sculpture. On sunny days I start with water in the 100 to 105 range, which saves a lot of time and propane.
Thats a pretty cool one! I am assuming copper?
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:49 PM   #36
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Found this thread... time for a bump. I'm sure there are lots of DIY projects out there that should get added to this thing.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:31 PM   #37
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Mine is currently my fermentation chamber.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f258/my-...-build-473619/

And the stc-1000 controlling it, now upgraded with stc-1000+
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:58 AM   #38
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Probably my brew stand
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But my newest project was my sparge arm build.
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Old 11-30-2014, 06:49 PM   #39
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For me it has been:

1. Cigar box stir plate...works wonderfully well, looks sexy in my kitchen, and people look at me as if I was way smarter than I am
2.Hose / Copper CFC - Significantly shortens by brew day
3. Recirc system with topsflo pump - further reduces the brew day and works great with the CFC.
4. Heatstick - I can now do full boils in my electric stove.
5. Brew Lab - save some yeast and save some $!
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:06 AM   #40
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My custom fermentation chamber. I'm very short on space since I just convinced the wife I would sell one of my boats to make room for a ping pong table in the garage. I desperately needed a chamber but had no more floor space. Built this on the work bench so it can be taken down with lite effort when not in use. Name:  ImageUploadedByHome Brew1417568577.270302.jpg
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Later got the Johnson A419 and plugged the heating pad into it. It's December in Michigan right now and I have two carboys sharing one heating pad and it is still off most times I check it.
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