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Old 08-17-2014, 12:01 AM   #1
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Was going to have my friends do a lot of the build for me but decided it was my job. Grabbed a 170amp mig welder from harbor freight, watched some videos, started flux core welding everything in site. Not pretty as pro welds but rock solid. I encourage anyone thinking of starting to have at it. I'm having a blast.

With a 4.5" cutting tool and a welder I went at it. started cutting n welding away. Went much slower than expected. Just removing all the rust, cutting n prepping took all day. Once I got going it went pretty smooth.


I have most if not all the hardware needed. I'll be laying it all out this week. Hope to get the kegs ss welded next week as well. I'm not takin that on. I played welding the tops of the kegs I cut off. Very easy to burn through without using gas.

Paint is just n undercoat to stop it from rusting. Not sure what color it will end up. But the wife likes the purple.

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Old 08-17-2014, 12:03 AM   #2
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:45 PM   #3
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I have one pump and quick disconnects for my hoses.

Is the only reason for 2 pumps so you don't have to switch lines?
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:58 AM   #4
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I think the reason for 2 pumps on a single tier system is for sparging. You can probably get away with one pump if you want to keep switching lines during sparge. Hlt -> mlt (switch) mlt -> bk.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:21 AM   #5
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I am running one pump and it works fine. No need to drop another $100 bucks on a pump when you only switch the lines a couple times.
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:17 PM   #6
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As for the 1 pump, I was planning on making a heat/cooling exchanger out of a copper coil. Drop it in the hot water pot to recirculate n run cold water through it chill down the wort. Same reason I didn't use 3 burners. I don't see a need with the heat/cold exchanger.

Searching up what everyone has for gas lines now. I see many that mount the pipes or hoses as well as tank right under or very close to the burners. Not sure why all gas lines aren't as far from the burners as possible. As in better safe than sorry.

Also have a very cool brass site glass I acquired. Thinking of cutting the SS tubes I pulled from the kegs to use as protectors for the site glasses. Still designing and fabricating as I go so not positive yet.

Been in Cape Cod drinking, fishing, and eating all the shellfish in the cape this week. Can't wait to get back to work on this.


Anyone suggest where to buy lids for the kegs and what installing is used to wrap the mash tun.
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Old 09-03-2014, 11:41 PM   #7
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Gas lines: Below the actual burner surface, and you should be golden, since that heat stuff rises...........

Sounds like you had a LARGE week!
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Old 09-04-2014, 12:20 AM   #8
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Looking good.
I did a gass pipe manifold and the gas lines off the that I used the yellow flex lines from big box store.
Used tees before the solenoid valves and the othe port a 1/4" line for pilot lights along with needle valves to adjust.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:29 AM   #9
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I'd think that a couple of three-way valves could eliminate the need for a second pump &/or switching hoses around during the brew session...unless one wants to fly sparge on a single tier.
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