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Old 02-24-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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So i've been absorbing advice from this forum over the last several months and i am almost done with my setup. I have a few final tweaks and then i'll start my first all grain batch. Any advice anyone can offer me at this stage is welcome. Also, hopefully someone else can use this thread to help get their all grain set up going!!

Got the kegs from a buddy who runs a small bar.



Got the idea for the cutting jig from the forum. Thanks passedpawn! http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/simp...ng-jig-143048/



Here is the result of the cutting jig. A perfect 12" circle. Just need to sand off the burrs.


 
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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Nice work so far, what kind of setup are you going to build, single tier etc...

 
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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With the tops cut and cleaned up, i drilled tje holes for my shiny new fittings from bargainfittings.com. 13/16 step drill does the trick.



Cleaned up the holes and installed the fittings!



Next project was the false bottom for my mash tun. Managed so snag a piece of perforated stainless from one of our awesome members!!!


 
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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I fashioned a cutting jig for the false bottom using a punch (purchased from Harbor Freight) hammered into a piece of wood under the stainless steel. I then drilled a hole into the handle of the grinder so that it sat at exactly 7 1/8" inches from the center. This way i was able to cut a perfect 15.25 inch circle for my false bottom!



The cut. I was actually able to cut 2 more half circles from this sheet using the same technique. I ended up using the 2 halves to make a hinged bottom.




 
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:17 PM   #5
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You're using Russian River Brewing kegs just too mess with us aren't you......Salt to the wound..
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You're using Russian River Brewing kegs just too mess with us aren't you......Salt to the wound..
I started to type something about using a potential Pliny keg, but then I deleted it.

 
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:26 PM   #7
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The finished product. Stainless steel hinges and bolts all purchased from Westmarine.
Noticed just recently that the dip tube does not reach the center of the keg. In order for the tube to go down through the hole on the false bottom, it has to be just barely resting on the compression fitting. Maybe I ordered the wrong tube or maybe I set it up wrong. Any advice?



I decided to use a wort chiller for this setup. Decided to make my own.

Wrapped 50 ft of copper tubbing around an old trash can.





The finished product after soldering everything together.



 
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:31 PM   #8
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And this is what i got so far! I also customized an old turkey fryer burner to accommodate the size of the keg. Ill throw pics of that up later.


 
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:34 PM   #9
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Being a brewery owner this thread makes me sad.....
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:34 PM   #10
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Nice work so far, what kind of setup are you going to build, single tier etc...
Thank you!! I would love to do a single tier setup! As of now i do not have a pump so i will probably just do a few batches using gravity. Upgrade later. I did also just snag a third keg. Any suggestions??

 
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