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Old 05-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #11
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I'll post more pics when I'm back from my honeymoon (first stop Russian River before wine country, woop). For the kettle I have a 10 gallon SS pot that I fire on the gas stove, which is supplemented by a 1500W heatstick. It takes very little to maintain a boil, and the stick gets me up to about 214 in roughly 30 minutes, firing the kettle and using the stick as I sparge. I'll list parts as well, and a shot of the panel guts.


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Old 05-24-2013, 02:28 PM   #12
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I currently live in 925 sq ft in Boston. This system is duly noted. Great work!


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Old 05-24-2013, 03:36 PM   #13
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I am currently thinking of making a HERMS cooler myself and this design looks like just what I need! Awesome setup! Thanks for posting and I look forward to seeing the picks of your control unit and the answers to other questions.
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I currently live in 925 sq ft in Boston. This system is duly noted. Great work!

Same here, 800 sf. And even tho i just recently started, and plan on staying in extract for a bit, its nice to look at this and dream.

What I would give for a proper kitchen hood.
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Not that your setup doesn't look sweet, but if you're trying to keep it small...BIAB?
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:07 PM   #16
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Annnnd I'm back. So a few more pics here (a well as my sampler from Russian River). First few are the breakfast bar/fermentation chamber, then you can see the whole setup stuck into its tiny closet, with the kettle. Kettle is a SS 10 gallon job from a restaurant supply shop in Chinatown. To someone's earlier note, this is actually a big kitchen for NYC (especially compared to some prior ones I had, where you could literally pee and cook simultaneously), but it's still small, and gets up to about 95F during a summer brew day due to lack of ventilation.
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That's pretty clever on how you hide the chest freezer.

Where did you get your tasting glasses in the bottom pic? Did you buy or make the flight paddle?
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That's pretty clever on how you hide the chest freezer.

Where did you get your tasting glasses in the bottom pic? Did you buy or make the flight paddle?
Those are actually the flight boards at Russian River. Great design; tapered glasses with the holes cut to fit the middle of the taper, so you can place them in, lift to carry, then drop it down in front of the sampler.
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Awesome job. Gotta love the innovation of home brewers.
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I really connect with this. Small (1200 sqft) in Atlanta and while I still only do partial mashes, I have a small closet where I have to store everything (Buckets, Brew Kettle, Supplies, Keg-A-Cooler, Spare kegs, etc). I also have a Mini-Fridge Kegerator just outside of that closet and a nice wine fridge for a ferm chamber which looks nice enough to sit in the corner of the dining room without the SWMBO flipping out.

The ferm chamber is only large enough for a bucket and 2 Mr. Beer ferms and I just recently got 3 more buckets to start doing more 5 gallon batches to fill all of my new kegs. I realized this morning that in the other corner of the dining room is an old antique Liquor cabinet that can hold at least 2 buckets... SO I am going to home depot to find some foam paneling and line the inside of that guy up to make another ferm chamber.

Point being... I like you brew setup. I just electric stove heat my 5 gallon kettle for boils and cool it in the sink cycling ice and water allowing a slow leak in the stopper. Need more info on your equipment!


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