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Old 02-16-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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I've started to put together my single tier all grain brewery, it is loosely based off of a Brutus Ten set up but will have a HERMS coil in the HLT, the system will be heated by two LP burners. The stand will be constructed using super strut so no welding necessary. I'm am going to control the gas valve with a PID, so the big question I have is what type of PID should I use, there are TONS of options, what PIDs should I stay away from? What thermocouples are the best to use? The brewery will only have one auto burner, two pumps, three keegles, one each for the HLT, MLT, and BK.



 
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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I'm using super strut that I got from HD



 
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:54 AM   #3
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Nice, I just got mine up and running and it changes brewing, it's so much nicer, less work, cooler, makes more beer faster. It's like Heaven. When I die, I'm going to a brewery. Anyway chugger pumps is having march maddness and they are selling cheep pumps. I have one and it works great. And get the fittings from Bobby M, I got his add a pump kit, it rocks.

 
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:59 AM   #4
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I hadn't seen the super strut stuff before, interesting. can you ballpark the cost for just the stand?

are you going to paint it?
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:59 AM   #5
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I hadn't seen the super strut stuff before, interesting. can you ballpark the cost for just the stand?

are you going to paint it?
There's a whole thread on strut builds... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-w...-strut-363128/

OP, nice job. Looks almost exactly like the strut stand I built.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:40 PM   #6
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I hadn't seen the super strut stuff before, interesting. can you ballpark the cost for just the stand?

are you going to paint it?
Ball park is about $150.00. Not sure if I'm going to paint it, depends on how it looks after brewing.

 
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:41 PM   #7
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There's a whole thread on strut builds... http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-w...-strut-363128/

OP, nice job. Looks almost exactly like the strut stand I built.
Thanks! Just need to mount my pumps and banjo burners

 
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:49 PM   #8
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Nice, I just got mine up and running and it changes brewing, it's so much nicer, less work, cooler, makes more beer faster. It's like Heaven. When I die, I'm going to a brewery. Anyway chugger pumps is having march maddness and they are selling cheep pumps. I have one and it works great. And get the fittings from Bobby M, I got his add a pump kit, it rocks.
Yeah Bobby is the go to guy for fittings and pumps, I got ALL my fittings, hose and pumps from him, I may have been one of the resigns he had to shut down for a few day to restock.

 
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #9
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Almost done, HERMS coil done, MLT insulated and ready. The only problem I see is that the flame is too yellow. I drilled the gas jet to 3/32, perhaps too big, also if I put wind shields around the burner it gets worse. I'm thinking that there is not enough air in the gas air mixture, thoughts?

 
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:56 PM   #10
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Finally I got to brew on my set-up, first all gran brew....WOW, what a mess....

My biggest issue was in how long it took to heat water. I'm using bg-14 burners converted to low pressure LP, the HLT is controlled with a PID. The automation worked great but took forever to get my water up to temps. I know heating 10 gallons of water is not a fast process but crap, it took 2 hours to reach a boil with 10 gallons of Wort. I killed a full LP gas grill bottle plus what was left in another which was about 1/4 full. I'm thinking my burners my be too low, but at 6" from the bottom of the BK and HLT I would think that would be sufficient.

Hopefully someone will see the errors in my ways or give some suggestions. For now I'm going to rash the burners and see if that helps.


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