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Old 10-29-2012, 12:58 AM   #1
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After four years of small batch homebrewing, and reading many threads on HBT, I've decided to take the plunge and build my "once in a lifetime" electric 1/2 bbl build.

For starters, here's the "old" system. 9 Gallon stainless boil kettle with turkey fry burner, ~70 quart cooler for mashtun and a 7 gal stainless fermenter.

Pics are from a bourbon barrel porter I brewed about eight weeks ago... I'm having one while I type this up!


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Old 10-29-2012, 01:04 AM   #2
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You may have had one too many, there are no pictures in this thread!


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Old 10-29-2012, 01:08 AM   #3
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That's disappointing... I uploaded them through HBT, and can see them when I look at the thread. Sure I'm missing something simple here.

 
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:32 AM   #4
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Here are a few pics of the brewstand build. Obviously, this is another Kal-clone build.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:38 AM   #5
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looks great so far.

 
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:54 AM   #6
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Here's the first element box, for the HLT... btw, despite the 240V/30A marking on the wall, I ended up having a 50A breaker in the main panel, a 50A GFCI spa sub-panel, and a 50A range plug installed.

The 30A GFCI breaker was $164, which would have made it just as expensive as running 6GA + sub-panel + range plug. So... while I'm planning to only pull 23.9A for now (standard 30A Kal setup with 5500W element in HLT and BK and two 809 pumps), this will be able to be upgraded in the future...

Or, when I sell my house, the next owner could put a second range in the garage.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:52 PM   #7
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Here's what I built while the Redskins took a beating from the Steelers yesterday.

http://youtu.be/FYkNTCm47oI

 
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:47 AM   #8
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There we go, now I can see! Looks great, Madgus. I wish I was confident enough to build one of these bad boys.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:53 PM   #9
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Sub, great build
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:29 PM   #10
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Subbed........I'm in too! Doing a similar build, but a little smaller capacity. Looks fantastic so far. Keep up the great work, I'll be following along stealing your ideas.



 
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