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Old 09-09-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Like many here on this forum, I am making the jump from 5 gallon all grain brewing on my stove to something bigger and better. After some months of research here, other forums, and "The Electric Brewery", I've settled on my build and it's under way.

I went with Stout tanks for a variety of reasons and I know there is quite a bit of interest in John's systems, so I hope this thread will be a source of information for them and other things.


The brewery is in a 36 sq foot section at the back of my kitchen that was a nook for eating breakfast.


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Old 09-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #2
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Block Diagram of the Brewery controller, and some pics.


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Old 09-09-2012, 01:03 PM   #3
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Awesome job WroxBrew!

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Old 09-09-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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Awesome job WroxBrew!
Thanks. My big "oops" moment is up next

Freshly picked Cascade
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:16 PM   #5
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WroxBrew, looks very nice. I will be following your build with interest.

Jim

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Old 09-09-2012, 02:08 PM   #6
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Thanks. My big "oops" moment is up next

Freshly picked Cascade
Yum!

 
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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Wrox,

I was curious if you got this completed and if you have brewed on it yet. My basement eBuild has been delayed but am still planning a very similar build to yours.

 
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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Wrox,

I was curious if you got this completed and if you have brewed on it yet. My basement eBuild has been delayed but am still planning a very similar build to yours.
Yes, I have. I'm now on my 4th batch and starting to get the hang of it. My first batch was a lesson in humility as I wasn't quite finished with the build. The beer was fine, but things did not go smoothly. Here's some pics from my 3rd batch.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:25 PM   #9
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I really like the sight glasses from stout, I wish they would sell them as a separate item

 
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Looks fantastic. A few questions if you don't mind.

How do you like the sparge arm? It certainly looks sweet (big tubes of stain tend to look that way) but wonder if you have had any clogging issues during recirculation.

What are you thoughts on the sight glasses on the BK and HLT? Glad you have them, wish you saved the money?

After a few brews, anything you wish you had done differently on the Stout Tank configurations? I know you ordered standard, but as someone going over various options, any first-hand experience would be great.



 
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