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Old 02-20-2012, 07:20 PM   #1
Copperpots_Brewing
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I'm in the process of building my single tier system. Everything is ready but the stand! I just got my keggles done last week, so I figured I'd start my build post. Any comments and feedback is welcome! The keggles still need polished, but they're functional.

From left to right: Boil Kettle, HLT, MLT. All have drainage ports with camlock disconnects, 2" dial thermometers.
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Boil Kettle has a recirculation port at the top.
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Boil Kettle and HLT have calibrated sight glasses that I made with 1/4 gallon increments.
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Inside view of the Boil Kettle and MLT. Both have 11.5" SS false bottoms (from midwest). I didn't want to pay the $15 or whatever it cost, to convert the SS pick-up tubes to the 1/2 coupling, so i made my own out of 3/8 copper tubing.
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Inside view of the HLT. Nothing fancy, just made a copper pick-up tube that pulls all but an ounce or two of water out of the tank.
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:25 AM   #2
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What fittings did you use for the recirculation ports? Thanks

 
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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What fittings did you use for the recirculation ports? Thanks
They all of the fittings are cam locks, with a welded 1/2" coupling. On the inside I'm going to make a tube that directs flow along the inside kettle wall, to create a whirlpool, at least for the BK.

 
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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Looks like it's gonna be nice, wish I had room for a stand.
One thing you might consider though is to go with the 1/2" pick up tubes and full port 1/2" hose barbs. This will create more flow to the inlet side of your pump(s) so you'll have less problems with cavitation.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #5
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Looks like it's gonna be nice, wish I had room for a stand.
One thing you might consider though is to go with the 1/2" pick up tubes and full port 1/2" hose barbs. This will create more flow to the inlet side of your pump(s) so you'll have less problems with cavitation.
Yeah I considered that, but I use 3/8 tubing and the false bottoms had 3/8 already drilled so I didn't have to do it. Later down the road I probably will, but for now it's a lot to change out

 
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:52 PM   #6
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Here are photos of my stand. I just have a few gas issues to straighten out then I will be up and running!


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Old 04-05-2012, 08:23 PM   #7
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Good looking stand, and helper. Stand looks like it'd weigh a ton, I suppose you'll put wheels on it?

 
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:05 PM   #8
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Good looking stand, and helper. Stand looks like it'd weigh a ton, I suppose you'll put wheels on it?
Yea, it's 3" steel tubing. My family owns a chain of car washes, and they had some scrap steel laying around, that's the only reason I went with such big tubing. Yes, it weighs a lot. I'm able to pick it up myself, but I will definitely be putting it on casters!

 
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:50 PM   #9
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Some archaeologist is going to find that in 1000 years and figure its an altar to beer, and he won't be too far off! Gotta love free material and recycling/repurposing is the best.

 
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:55 AM   #10
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Finally got it all up and running! Have a few kinks to work out on my process, but it all runs great!

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