My wife and I are back in costa rica and poised to make the next move on construction of our mini-brewery. Back in the states I acquired a three-tier gravity system and brewed some moderatly successful all-grain batches - this ****´s easy... well, not really at all and I´m fully grasping how much i have to learn, but I´m happy with how things have gone so far.
I am a newbie for sure, but we have a great idea here in the land of terrible beer and a whole community (and thirsty customers) pulling for us.
So, I ripped off my burners from my system back in Boston and brought them down here with me, along with some misc. hard to find parts, and am slowly moving forward with the next phase. I am going for a 1BBL system and am currently commissioning the construction of pots. My plan is to have two 55 gal stainless steel pot built here with some stainless steel ball valves I´ve brought from the states welded on. I´m going to use these for my hot water tank and boil kettle. I´m going to purchase the 55 gal BoilerMaker mash tun (seen on the Blichman Engineering website no URL allowed). It´s just easier to purchase than build and only slightly more money.
I have a strange request and a not so odd dilema... first the dilema - I´ve come to realize I am likely unable to construct this myself. I have a friend in town who is a welder and can put together the frame and TIG weld the piping. I also am friendly with a plumber and electrician than would be able to assist as needed with the temp controls. My problem is I need plans for them to use. I want to see if any one of you equipment-savy guys or gals would be interested if I commissioned you to draw up plans for a system, piping, electrical, pump location, etc.
I want to go with a simple, temperature controlled system, similar to the B3 1100 on the three system (only 1bbl size). IF your specialty is HERMS I´m interested as well. I would also potentially be willing to fly you down and put you up here to help w/the install (depending on what you have to offer for skill set - welding, electrical, etc.).
So that´s my strange request. I´m puting this offer up on some brew-boards and am going to float this to our new friend here who just re-started his microbrewery, K&S - whassup Gabe if you´re reading - in the capital. That´s about the size of it. This is a serious offer and please let me know if you are interested and your qualifications - pics are nice but don´t need to be sent on the first email. Just need to do the proper vetting.
Timeline - w/in the next 1.5 months (today is 12/16) or July 2009 onward.
BTW - we are located in the beautiful quiet surfer-town of Santa Teresa/Mal Pais, Costa Rica and we part-time manage the Hotel El Rey Patricio (www.elreypatriciocr.com