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Old 07-30-2012, 08:59 PM   #71
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Looking good!
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:05 PM   #72
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Looking good!
Thanks... You should see your stainless product in some pictures in the next day or two!
Thanks again to StainlessBrewing for the EXTREMELY fast shipping on my order.

 
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:25 AM   #73
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I am SOOO close to the finish line.
Today I had a LOT of Stainless Steel show up in the mail. I ordered from a new vendor here on HBT "StainlessBrewing", on Friday late afternoon. My order shipped that day and showed up on my porch TODAY! Zach is a great guy to deal with if you ever need anything...
So, naturally, I spent the better part of this evening piecing together plumbing and figuring out the last little pieces I need to pick up. Looks like I just need some bushings to hold my Temp Probes into the "T" below the valves. I am going with CamLock fittings throughout. I also still need to solder in two couplers so I can mount the HERMS return in the MLT and the Whirlpool/Recirc in my BK.
I am thinking about returning to the BK at about the 4 to 5 gallon mark so that when I am doing a small batch, I don't have hot wort cascading down from the top of the BK from a valve that was placed too high. Does this sound like a good plan to you more experienced brewers?
I had to relocate one of the pumps to the other side of the brewstand leg. They are more on an even plane now and should prime similarly. Now I should not have any problem with fitting interference.
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:41 AM   #74
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Been trolling your thread since started. Must say that is looking nice. Good work. Many happy brew days to ya.

 
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:40 PM   #75
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Thanks for the compliment Slatkin...
Here is a question for more experienced homebrewers than I...
A question came up on another forum I am posting in about my pump head orientation. Do I have them indexed properly? From my reasoning, if the inlet was on the bottom, it would force fluid up and into the impeller in an effort for the fluid to level itself. While pushing up through the head, it would also push air out of the pump head and be less likely to cause cavitation. (I honestly don't know... I am not a plumber. Just trying to think through this the best I can)
What say you guys?

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Old 08-01-2012, 05:32 AM   #76
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It lives!

I made up hoses this evening.
I also ran a simulated mash as well as a simultaneous boil-off. I need to do some more work on it but it could technically brew beer as it sits!

I had a snafuu with my water pump. It kept running and then shutting off. It shut off twice for about 10 minutes each time. I am NOT happy about this and plan to contact chugger pumps tomorrow. The motor housing got PRETTY HOT to the touch on both pumps during operation but only one of them would shut off. I know I have one Gen2 pump and one Gen3 pump. I wonder which one it is that is shutting down as both are identical.

Aside from that little hang-up, I am ecstatic to have an operational brewery!

 
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:39 AM   #77
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Also... I wanted to update you guys on the pump head orientation. It worked FLAWLESSLY! I connected the the bottom drain hose to the keggle and then to the input side of the pump. I then connected the output hose to the pump. Then I opened the bottom drain valve as well as the output valve of the pump. I made sure to keep the hose end high as I did this because on the first hose, I had water jump out of the hose as soon as the valve was opened. Also, I could hear the air being pushed out of the pump head and up the hose. Once I connected the hose back to a keggle, I turned the pump on and it IMMEDIATELY began pumping good and strong with no bubbles what-so-ever.
Hope this discussion on pump head orientation helps someone down the road a bit.

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Old 08-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #78
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I snapped a few pictures last night while testing things out.
One picture of the hoses as set up for mashing.
The other picture is the control panel with all cables attached. First time to test full load on the panel and it worked flawlessly.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:55 AM   #79
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Stepped out to the brewery at 8:45 ish. About to hook up hoses and turn on the power to the panel.


Doughing in


Mashing at 152 for a medium body. I mashed out for 10 minutes at 168, then sparged for 60 minutes very slow and pulled 8 gallons of wort. I was supposed to pull 7.75 gallons. But... I am happy with 8.


10 Brix at first hop addition. 1.041 SG

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:00 AM   #80
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60 Minute boil
-Magnum 0.75 oz @60
-Perle 0.25 oz @60
-Tettnang 0.50 oz @30
-Whirlfloc Tablet @15


I used my HLT and HERMS coil to chill the wort. This worked VERY well. I filled up the HLT and circulated 'till the wort dropped to under 105* which took only a few minutes. I then dumped the HLT and filled it again with water. This time I started adding bags of ice. 4 bags of ice later, the wort was down to 65*F and there was Cold Break EVERYWHERE! The bottom of the Boil kettle was THICK with cold break!


Just after filling the carboy.


After a little settling of the Cold Break protein.

 
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