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Old 04-29-2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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Summer's approaching - for me that means a bit more free time, a bit more spare cash, and a whole lot more outdoor brewing - which also leads to more brewing-related projects.

I know it always helps to see other people's projects (or project ideas, at least) to build the motivation to start (or finish) my own, so... Who's got projects lined up?

My latest undertaking:

25'x3/8" copper tubing, a 1500W heating element, paint can, and some insulation - plus a PID controller I just ordered... Can you guess where I'm going with this?



 
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:44 AM   #2
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awesome, I love seeing the creative ideas that spawn when backyard engineers become homebrewers. I assume this is just a heat exchanger, nothing form the beer comes in contact with the paint can?



 
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:09 AM   #3
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Next month I'm putting in an order for 50' of 1/2" copper tubing. I want to make an immersion chiller that can handle 10 gallons once I eventually get there.

Nice looking project up there. For a RIMS kinda deal?
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:46 AM   #4
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I made a heat exchanger very similiar to that using a 2 gal Iglo water jug and 25' or 1/2 copper. Hope to have the first run with it this weekend. I had bought a pint can planning the same idea, but the coil I had already made was to big to fit in. I also used a 1500 watt element. Cannot wait to see the finial product.

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:14 PM   #5
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Quote:
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For a RIMS kinda deal?
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I made a heat exchanger very similiar to that using a 2 gal Iglo water jug and 25' or 1/2 copper. Hope to have the first run with it this weekend. I had bought a pint can planning the same idea, but the coil I had already made was to big to fit in. I also used a 1500 watt element. Cannot wait to see the finial product.
I'll be interested to see how that turns out also. That's an interesting idea... I've got a 2 gallon igloo drink cooler laying around from my partial mash days that I could have used, didn't even think of it. Not too late to switch, so that's a definite possibility - thanks for the idea!

See, this is just what I was hoping for, getting inspired by other people's project ideas.

 
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:18 PM   #6
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Mine will be going towards paying off jewelry. Engagement ring + diamond earrings + wedding band = many payments...
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:27 PM   #7
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I'll be interested to see how that turns out also.

When I get home tonight I can try to take some pictures and post them so you can take a look at mine. Mine is set up so that the pump will run 100% of the time and the Love controller will turn the element on or off depending on the temperature of the thermocouple.

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Old 04-29-2008, 02:10 PM   #8
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My project list:
Convert 2 kegs (75% complete)
10 Gallon Rubbermaid MLT (95% complete)
4 Tap Keezer (10% complete)

I think by the end of these projects I will be at SWMBO's tolerance level for spending money and time on brewing
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:19 PM   #9
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Just finished putting the A/C in the cold room. Need to run power, as the existing circuit won't handle the unit. I'll be taking the garage door out of the old garage & walling it in. Then replace/repair the back door. That will make the brewery an inside space.
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:05 PM   #10
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My project is just the process of making the jump to ALL-GRAIN! I'm in the process of putting together a keggle, just ordered a burner, and am making a mash tun as well. I've got just about everything I need at this point.
Here's a picture from the weekend:


On top of that, I've started growing hops this year. While I never would have fancied myself a gardener, these particular plants are getting PLENTY of TLC.


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