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Old 09-28-2012, 10:55 AM   #41
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Thanks guys. I'll resume the project upon my return and plan on tackling the drywall/tile work in the brewery, as well as the keg conversions for the HERMS system when I get back. Just need to recharge my batteries and get the hell outta here! A week on the beach in the carribean should do the trick!

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:45 PM   #42
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Your projects make me feel like a looser that doesn't get anything done.
Can you send the the machine that you use to stop time? I'll only use it for a second.

Are you brewing with your modified keg setup yet - 10g batches?

The only thing I can think of is that you may want to make a box for a larger amount of grain than will fit into a pail. I'm commonly using two pails of grain when making a bigger beer and the malt bill is up in the 25-30lb range. It would suck to have to stop the milling to swap-out pails. OR, if you have room you could make a secondary hopper/splitter... just a thought.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:50 PM   #43
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Dude that's a great idea! I may try to figure something out. No I haven't used the modified keggle set up yet. I'm still doing small 5 gallong batches, some AG and some partial mashes, dependent upon the volume that my small 10 gallon MLT cooler will handle.

I was just planning on splitting the grain bill into two seperate buckets for bigger beers and running two seperate milling cycles. Now you have my gears turning.....DAMN YOU!

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:57 AM   #44
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Welcome back. I trust that you are well rested? Did you get any wild ideas for your build while sitting poolside?

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:14 AM   #45
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I trust you are going to put some kind of guard over the belt & pulleys...

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:06 PM   #46
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Thanks guys....yes, I'm back from the Caribbean, but wish I wasn't. Hopefully I'll hunt down the pulleys this week to run the mill. I have a few different HVAC guys looking for me around town. If not, I'll bite the bullet and run down to Grainger and pay their ridiculous price for the large pulley (12" pulley = $38 + tax). My gears were turning a bit while on vacation thinking about how to mount the motor under the cabinet, how to incorporate a tensioner for the pulley, how to incorporate the shroud to cover the pulley, and how to fabricate a larger hopper for feeding grains into. Now Ted (Gridlocked) has me thinking about building a grain box for the receiving end of the mill to catch a larger amount of grains for bigger beers......something that can hold a larger volume of grains than a 6 gallon bucket. I'm sure I can come up with something. Yes, I will be building a shroud over the pulley behind the mill once I get the rest of the materials to finish the mechanical portion of the build.

I'll try to resume this project asap, but I have a bunch of winter maintenance crap to do around the house like blowing out my sprinkler system, installing the guard/filters in my gutters, winterizing my hot tub, putting away all of the patio furniture, trimming back landscaping, and the list goes on and on. One of these days, I may start hiring out some of this stuff, but I have a hard time paying someone to do things that I am capable of doing.....just wish there were more hours in the day. I'll keep the pics. coming as I continue to progress.

 
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I'll trade you a sprinkler blowout for help with my kreezer. I've been running blow-outs from 9a-7p on Saturdays and Sundays and at least 3 every night after I leave the office. I've be pulling those from Friday the 5th and it "should" end on Sunday the 21st.
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Man, you got way too much time and money on your hands to build all this stuff.

Quit making us all look bad
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I'll trade you a sprinkler blowout for help with my kreezer. I've been running blow-outs from 9a-7p on Saturdays and Sundays and at least 3 every night after I leave the office. I've be pulling those from Friday the 5th and it "should" end on Sunday the 21st.
Damn dude......and you tell me that I work too hard!

Man, if we lived closer to each other, I would take you up on the offer. It takes me 2-3 hours to blow out my sprinkler system with my crappy, old compressor. I have 15 zones and have to cycle though each zone 3 times to get all of the water out. It takes forever for my compressor to build back up pressure between blowouts, so I keep busy waiting by sharpening my lawn mower blades, changing oil in the tractors, etc.

 
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Man, you got way too much time and money on your hands to build all this stuff.

Quit making us all look bad
Not entirely true nickmv. I own my own businesses and work a lot of hours, so time is at a premium. What little spare time that I do get outside of work, kids activities, family time, etc., I devote to brewing and brewing related projects. It is my stress relief and helps me to keep my sanity. I have always been the type of person that has a hard time sitting idle and am in constant need of projects to keep me busy. Once I started homebrewing and realized the endless array of potential projects associated with advancing in the craft, it was a match made in heaven for me and I've went at it full bore. Yes, I do have the financial means to tackle these projects, but I am also very economical with how I proceed with them. I have no problem buying used equipment (grain mill, ss brewing table, ss prep. table, ss commercial sink, brewery fixtures, chest freezers, decommissioned sanke kegs, etc.), fabricating my own equipment, and anytime I can recycle old lumber or materials, I do. I rarely purchase anything brand new, so I'm able to complete these projects at a fraction of the cost. I'm like a bloodhound on CL, so if there is something I need for a brewing related project and it's out there, I'll find it. It doesn't take an unlimited supply of cash to build some really nice equipment, if you are ambitious and patient.

 
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