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Old 08-13-2008, 06:52 PM   #11
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And here is the Boil Kettle:


and the inside:


The boil kettle includes a stainless heat exchange coil hard-mounted in, a thermometer, a sight-glass, a 1/2" return, and a 3/4" dip tube. The coil here will be used as an immersion chiller circulating ice water from the HLT during the cooling phase. The return and dip-tube are arranged to create a whirlpool.



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Old 08-13-2008, 06:59 PM   #12
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Please look this over, especially those of you who have experience building rigs. I am really trying to iron out my design before I start building.

I am already starting to collect pieces on Ebay and all over. It will take me a while... if I were to buy most of this stuff retail or from regular suppliers it would be worse for my pocket book than a suppository full of glass.



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I'm drooling. That is an extremely awesome set-up! Can't wait for finished pics.
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Very nice. I love my HERMS. If you want to take a look at the build of my HERMS feel free to check out my galery. Keep us posted.
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i can't wait to see this thing come together. I would love to model my own system after this, as some of your ideas are very cool
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oooh oooh oooh! I have a name for your system:


Bi-Immersion Thermal Coil Hyper Effective System: BITCHES






course you could go family friendly with Dual Immersion Thermal Coil Hyper Effective System
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oooh oooh oooh! I have a name for your system:


Bi-Immersion Thermal Coil Hyper Effective System: BITCHES






course you could go family friendly with Dual Immersion Thermal Coil Hyper Effective System
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

I think we have a winner


And I give you.... my BITCHES! Now I can pimp my BITCHES anytime I like. ROTFLMOA
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So I really like your ideas, the only thing that I can foresee is when you have to clean up. Wort is a bitch to clean even off the smooth inside surface of a keg. The inside of your BK looks like a sticky nightmare for you to clean. And I don't mean just wash down, there are lots of places for bacteria to hide in all those fittings and coils. I suggest trying to plumb your system so that your 175 deg sparge water follows your wort transfer to the kettle. This will at least get that residual sugar water out of your pump and hard line plumbing. I might be a little off but I hand built my entire rig , which is now a HERMS, and I'm a clean freak from batch to batch. But I think cleanliness in next to godliness and I've never had an infection or brew gone astray. Also, you mentioned that your plumbing is 3/4". I suggest a practice run with a common amount of Mash water you would use. That size line holds quite a bit of water, I wouldn't want you to run your grain bed dry. Overall I think your ready for the dream system build. Good Luck and have fun.
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Hi Gabe, thanks for the review! I too am most worried about the cleaning. Here is a view of my sparge setup:


The hoses will be routed such that the sparge water is pushed through the HLT coil and push all the wort out and simultaneously clean the inside of the coil.

My plan for cleaning is to fill the Mash Tun with oxyclean solution during the boil and heat it to ~180 dF (I've heard that is a good cleaning temp?). I will then run that hot oxy solution through the whole rig to clean everything out. After the oxyclean I think I will have to rinse with water so I don't get a film or something.

Does that sound like a good plan??? I hope that is enough, more than that would be a sizable pain (I think). Maybe I will need to install a high pressure washing station


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