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Old 03-17-2008, 01:46 AM   #1
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Just thought id post this (I hope the image shows up) to see what people think. I've seen a lot of other neat ideas for diy cappers, this one is complete overkill but it was fun to build. It weighs about 15 pounds and is made mostly of 6061 aluminum with a steel base and 4130 CroMo tube for the height adjustment. the thing slides on a steel dovetail and has interchangeable capping bells.




 
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:49 AM   #2
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The machining puts my DIY bench capper to shame, but its weight and expense are ridiculous! Assuming you used scrap and cutoffs for the pieces, NICE JOB!
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:54 AM   #3
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yea, all scrap i've got tons of scrap 6061 laying around after my brother made a fixture for building bicycle frames there was a lot of left over. I still have a little more work to do on it, but i thought the overkill of it would be good for a laugh.

 
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:55 AM   #4
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LOL.. I hope you were just looking for a project to practice machining. Talk about over engineered!! Awesome. You're gonna polish it up right?
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:33 AM   #5
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Im also looking for more project ideas since I have plenty of metal scrap and fortunately / unfortunately a lot of free time right now. So whatever crazy projects you can think of, let me know. I would like to build a pump for moving hot water and wort around, im not really sure what I would have to do to keep it food grade & temp resistant also if a centrifugal pump would be enough or if I need a positive displacement pump. I've seen some cool peristaltic pumps http://users.adelphia.net/~markvalk/pump.htm
but I dont really need to move the grain around, just hot liquids so that seems unnecessary .

 
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:44 AM   #6
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I think a malt mill is an obvious choice.
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:25 PM   #7
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Definitely a peristaltic pump would be awesome! Talk about über DIY homebrew porn!

 
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:29 PM   #8
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Sounds like the perfect opportunity to build your own plate chiller.

 
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:08 PM   #9
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I think you'd need to build a press to make an efficient plate chiller as everyone I've ever seen has that distinct chevron pattern.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:05 PM   #10
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Anodize that thing!

 
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