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Old 05-16-2011, 03:11 AM   #1281
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After nine months of messing around I finally got to the point where I could do some sea trials with no loss of life or property. My inspiration was based largely on this thread:

My new brew system, a brutus 10 with some nice modifications

Instead of gas, I went the electric route where I'm using a CFC as an external pseudo HERMS heat exchanger:










 
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:02 AM   #1282
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Just added the plate chiller. I think its finally finished.



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Old 05-16-2011, 12:02 PM   #1283
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After nine months of messing around I finally got to the point where I could do some sea trials ...
Kind of like having a baby?

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... I'm using a CFC as an external pseudo HERMS heat exchanger:
That's a great idea!

Do you run the wort pump to heat the HERMS with one of the Love switches?

Nice work on the panel also!
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:06 PM   #1284
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Just added the plate chiller. I think its finally finished.

Where did you get the shelving?
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:32 PM   #1285
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Kind of like having a baby?



That's a great idea!

Do you run the wort pump to heat the HERMS with one of the Love switches?

Nice work on the panel also!
Your right. It is kind of like having a baby. After that much time, you just want to get it over with.

The water pump on the left looking at the front of the rig continually circulates the HLT through the annulas of the CFC. One PID controls the heating element for the HLT the other PID controls the wort pump on the right for the mash tun which flows through the inner tubing of the CFC. Worked pretty well. It brought 5 gal of 71* water in the MLT to 150* in less than 30 minutes with the HLT set at 170*.

 
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:39 PM   #1286
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The water pump on the left looking at the front of the rig continually circulates the HLT through the annulas of the CFC. One PID controls the heating element for the HLT the other PID controls the wort pump on the right for the mash tun which flows through the inner tubing of the CFC. Worked pretty well. It brought 5 gal of 71* water in the MLT to 150* in less than 30 minutes with the HLT set at 170*.
How do you use the chiller to cool wort?
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:46 PM   #1287
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How do you use the chiller to cool wort?
One of two ways. Fill the HLT with mostly ice and a little water and recirculated through the counter flow chiller as before. Or disconnect the HLT altogether and hook it up to the garden hose. I'll try both ways to see which works the best. My guess is the garden hose route.

 
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:10 PM   #1288
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Just added the plate chiller. I think its finally finished.
The mythological "finished brew rig"

So what's your next enhancement going to be?

 
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:21 PM   #1289
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My "ghetto fabulous" brew rig made from old metal bed frames and self drill screws. Very sturdy. Practiced welding on the joints since the build and it is now even more sturdy. Cost of frame...about $30.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:24 PM   #1290
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My "ghetto fabulous" brew rig made from old metal bed frames and self drill screws. Very sturdy. Practiced welding on the joints since the build and it is now even more sturdy. Cost of frame...about $30.
I like the Cafe Du Monde pump holder.


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