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Old 05-16-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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I started this with a bunch of questions in another thread because I was originally going to build a propane rig, but decided it'd be nice to use electric. I decided this for two main reasons: 1. I wasn't comfortable using propane inside (personal choice) and 2. I really like the idea of how quiet electric brewing is.

I have only done extract to this point, I tried an all grain BIAB one time that did not end well (my fault). I tend to jump into hobbies and go a little crazy with "stuff," and this has been no different. I have to say I've enjoyed the planning and building that I've done so far as much if not more than brewing in general.

My build here is a 3 vessel e-herms build with (2) 4500 watt elements. I already had a basic stand built to accomodate the propane set up I was going with, so I am using that. It's overbuilt, but whatever. I took the measurements from jlandin's propane build and I really liked his idea of wanting to keep everything within the plane of the stand itself for storage. I build a brew closet in my garage that this slides into perfectly when I am not using it.

The following pics show the final wiring diagram (THANKS P-J!) that I went with and the build of the stand itself. That's where I am at this point. I've collected all of my parts, with the exception of a few odds and ends. This will be a slow one, but I'll keep this updated as I go.


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Here is the stand with pumps and chiller mounted and the control panel mount that I went with. I wanted to keep the pumps "inside" the stand and covered by the diamond plate for splash protection.


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I chose to use a plasma cutter for my kegs and I'm really happy with the job that it did (there is an unpictured 3rd). I also inlcuded a pic of the grain mill that I motorized. I stole this design from jpalarchio. I like the fact that I can hang it on the wall in my brew closet when I'm not using it and it doesn't take up floor space.
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Looking great so far. The diagram is a little hard to read as it's the small image version - So...

As always - click on the image to see (and save) a full scale diagram printable on Tabloid paper (11" x 17"):



Hope this helps.

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P-J, you have been helpful to the point that I feel like I owe you money! :-)

I can't thank you enough.
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Looking good! Keep up the motivation and bang this bad boy out!
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Any chance you have a part number on that coupling on the grain mill?
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Looks great. I'm wondering whether you will have any trouble with the pumps, given that you will not be getting much help from gravity with such a short drop. Only one way to find out.
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Any chance you have a part number on that coupling on the grain mill?
These are the parts I used with my JSP mill:

1 6408K113 Flexible Spider Shaft Coupling Hub, 3/8" Bore, 1-5/64" Od, Without Keyway
2 6408K711 Flexible Spider Shaft Coupling Hub, 1/2" Bore, 1-5/64" Od, With Keyway
3 6408K84 Buna-n Spider For 1-5/64" Outside Diameter, Flexible Spider Shaft Coupling Hub

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Any chance you have a part number on that coupling on the grain mill?
Unfortunately, I don't. I've had them laying around forever and just recently took the time to motorize the mill. The ones Spartan put up look good though.


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