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Old 04-25-2012, 02:38 AM   #31
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For the record, I have to say Loctite 567 is some pretty good stuff. I put it on the threads I mangled and was able to rescue the parts. You can see from the pictures that it's not screwed in as far as the rest of the fittings, but as long as it doesn't leak I'm a happy guy.

I put together all of the fittings tonight and I'm just waiting on the tubing to test it out. Trying to have it ready to brew by May 6th. We're planning on doing a 15 gal batch of cream ale to get summer started.

Here are some pics to show the difference with and without the Loctite on my fittings. Also my HLT and MLT along with the ALE shelves!
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:57 AM   #32
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Brewed on the new setup for the first time today. I didn't think about it before the weekend that we would be brewing the day after National Homebrew Day. Nice.

Took a lot longer than I expected, mostly because the process and equipment were new. That and we'd never done 15 gallons before.

Here's a picture of the switch I wired for the pump. You can also see the clamp I added to the shelving to make it easier to carry around. The wire shelves just sit on a plastic fitting with gravity to hold them on. The clamp keeps everything in place while we move it to the backyard.

Also note the super-cool cardboard box splash guard! I think that's the last piece I'm missing to finish this build. Still trying to figure out what I'm going to do for that.

Another unexpected bonus... the shelves made a nice lid holder.

Last one shows recirculating the mash before lautering.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:04 AM   #33
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Finally put the splash guard on. I used an empty jug that had washer fluid in it before. It was about the right size and easy to cut, but a little flimsy. We'll see how long it survives before I decide to try something more substantial.

Final cost ended up around $1250. I was surprised how much the little things added up, and I could have saved a lot by skipping the stainless in places, but I'm happy with the result.

Now I just have to get a few more brews under my belt to work out the differences in our process. Homework... sweet homework.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #34
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It's all so beautiful. I have to hold off for awhile on buying any sort of pump, but I did just acquire a 9G blichman pot with a spigot vs just your basic turkey fryer brew pot which means you are always pouring or siphoning. Ive been using my mash tun for 4 or 5 brews now though, and just letting it drain instead of pouring 5-7 gallons of hot wort is magical. I just don't know how the hell to setup a nice basic gravity fed AG stand. I don't mind a few lifts, just don't like the pouring. I may just start a thread about it.

 
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:27 PM   #35
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Time for an update. We've mangled the mesh screen in the MLT from stirring the mash. I decided to try making a manifold instead of replacing the screen.

Here's what it looks like now. Took a couple of hours to make using a hacksaw and CPVC. Going to brew with it next weekend.
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:15 AM   #36
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I've been brewing the same way - single burner, single pump, 2 coolers on a wooden stand that I made. I've been eyeing a wire shelf setup with wheels like yours. Where did you get the shelving from?

 
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:27 AM   #37
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I got mine from Costco.

 
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:29 PM   #38
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Looks great! I am looking forward to the after brew review of how it all works!

How did you decide on fittings/connectors? I am in the same process you are in but, can not deiced on what connectors to use.

OH yeah those costco stands are real workhorses!

 
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Old 07-31-2015, 07:48 PM   #39
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Nice work, its simple and to the point, I am planning out the same setup right now.

 
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:40 PM   #40
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I went with the camlocks because it kept things simple and let me move the hoses around quickly. I'll admit it can get a bit busy shuffling connections on brew day, but it's good enough for me.

 
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