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Old 01-19-2014, 05:00 AM   #1
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So I'm in the middle of upgrading from mostly extract brewing to this point, one BIAB, to an AG HERMS setup. I really enjoy building as much as brewing, plus building works because my system desires exceed my piggy bank.

Anyways, I'm halfway done on the mash tun build and I just finished the HLT / heat exchanger today, well except for needing to add the quick release male fittings. Here's so process shots:

Coiling 50' by 3/8"


All done with heat exchanger


Soldered 1/2" NPT bulkhead


View of both blukheads


All mocked up


Last, leak tested and view of adding w/ Brewmometer


Thanks for looking!!!

***Addition, I pressed in the bulkheads using the below tutorial; worked GREAT!!!***

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Old 01-20-2014, 02:36 AM   #2
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Nice
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:08 PM   #3
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Well done!
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:22 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! Forgot to mention in my original post (I've added), but I pressed in the bulkheads, which made a nice tight fit and shelve for the solder to seat in.

 
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:14 PM   #5
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Where did you get the copper "clips" that keep the coil together?
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:47 AM   #6
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Have you pumped liquid through it yet? My Chugger just couldn't do it. Kept un-coupling.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:35 PM   #7
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Where did you get the copper "clips" that keep the coil together?
I unwound a 5 foot strain.

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Have you pumped liquid through it yet? My Chugger just couldn't do it. Kept un-coupling.
It does flow, but slower than I'd have thought or liked. I have the Northern Steelhead which is rated at the same 1/20 HP of the Chugger. In time I'll be adding a second pump and wonder if there's any pump that produces higher pressure.

 
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:51 PM   #9
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If you've got flow, that's great... better than mine did.
I just ordered a new housing gasket and the two plastic thrust washers from Chugger Pumps... they sent them free of charge, and made a huge difference. Maybe yours just isn't as worn out as mine was.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:11 AM   #10
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If you've got flow, that's great... better than mine did.
I just ordered a new housing gasket and the two plastic thrust washers from Chugger Pumps... they sent them free of charge, and made a huge difference. Maybe yours just isn't as worn out as mine was.
That could be the case, my Steelhead is brand new. I think once money allows, since I want a second pump anyways, I'll go for the Nano March pump.

 
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