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Old 04-09-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Decided to build an electric BIAB since it seems to be the cool thing to do. It is nearly completed, I'll add to this thread as I go. For some reason, I am just not that excited about this build as I had hoped to be, hopefully documenting it here will garner some interest and keep me motivated to finish it.
Simple build consisting of a 15gal Bayou Classic stainless kettle with a basket, stainless cart with a drawer, 4500w ULWD element. The control panel is where most of my time has been spent.
I'll shut up and post some pictures...

The stand. Drain, element, and sight glass/thermowell fittings have now been welded in. I'll update the pictures soon.





The panel.







And perhaps one of my favorite tools...




Punch a hole in the panel door...



Set up "my favorite tool"...





A couple pumps later...




A perfect 16th DIN hole for a PID controller.


I have replaced the plate heat exchanger with this contraption. I welded tri clover ferrules onto the weird-sized inlet/outlets to connect my hoses to.




 
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Nice setup. The square holes are the most difficult but looks like you have all the right tools.

Are you using the water filter for cold water or will you set it up as a hopback?



 
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:25 PM   #3
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Nice setup. If you don't like it though, I would understand. I'll take it off your hands if you need...

 
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:07 AM   #4
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Nice setup. The square holes are the most difficult but looks like you have all the right tools.

Are you using the water filter for cold water or will you set it up as a hopback?
Thanks! Having the right tools for the job sure makes a difference. My slug buster has dies for chassis and conduit round holes, and a couple different DIN sized openings.
The filter is for cold water. I never thought about using it as a hopback. I've got another identical one, perhaps I'll have to give that a try.

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Nice setup. If you don't like it though, I would understand. I'll take it off your hands if you need...
Haha, thanks! I've had a few offers thus far. I'd like to run it a couple times, but then it'll most likely come up for sale. I think I like my B3 tippy dump more.

 
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:42 AM   #5
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Could you please share some photos of how you did the triclover on the chiller?

 
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:10 AM   #6
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Could you please share some photos of how you did the triclover on the chiller?
Sure can. Lathe and TIG welder. I bored out a hole in some 1.5" tri clover caps that were a tight fit on the chiller tubes. Then I just fused them on and polished them out.






Hope that helps...

 
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:43 PM   #7
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Looks good.

I love the "It's simple DIY, as long as you're a skilled fabricator with a multitude of tools" response!
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:09 AM   #8
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Looks good.

I love the "It's simple DIY, as long as you're a skilled fabricator with a multitude of tools" response!
Haha, thanks! It is definitely nice have a fully outfitted shop for building this stuff. However, It is also a detriment to building this stuff. I really have to try to get myself motivated as it is just way too much like my day job...

 
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:13 AM   #9
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Haha, thanks! I've had a few offers thus far. I'd like to run it a couple times, but then it'll most likely come up for sale. I think I like my B3 tippy dump more.
Wait. Didn't you just sell the tippy dump?

 
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:25 AM   #10
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Haven't sold it yet. I have a few people wanting to look at it. I'm ready for it to go, but my wife wants to hang onto if so I don't know what will happen. Building and working on this stuff is so similar to my day job that the fun has been taken out of it. I really enjoy the actual brewing part, I'm just burned out on the gear. I want to keep a simple extract setup, and I'll be brewing on a 3bbl system with marcb once a month or so, so I'll still have plenty of beer around!



 
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