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Got a sweet deal on Craigslist today! I couldn't pass it up for $200. Ready to upgrade from this hillbilly setup...


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...to making something real nice out of this.

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Nice Hobart!

I like the "DO NOT TOUCH (you will die)" on your bottles hehe.
 

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The Hobart looks very cool. I spent most of yesterday afternoon bashing holes in stainless steel. Hopefully the bleeding will stop soon ....:drunk:

Bob
 
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I got the outside cleaned up, installed a new bulb and test fit a couple kegs. Looks like I should be able to hold a good amount of brew in here! I still need to find out how cold it gets but when I arrived to pick it up it was real cold. As soon as I blow out the dust in the condensor coils I'll bring it inside and plug it in to see what kind of temperature range it can do.

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Two very good pieces of news there:

1) If it was cold when you picked it up the comprssor isn't totaly junk. Often these things show up with dead comprssors. You *do not* want to buy a new one.

2) The inside is very rational. No weird fittings welded in, no evidance of hand grenades going off etc.

Looks like you got a fine piece of gear there.

Bob
 
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Hi

Two very good pieces of news there:

1) If it was cold when you picked it up the comprssor isn't totaly junk. Often these things show up with dead comprssors. You *do not* want to buy a new one.

2) The inside is very rational. No weird fittings welded in, no evidance of hand grenades going off etc.

Looks like you got a fine piece of gear there.

Bob
I made sure to ask plenty of questions before purchasing it. I had a Sub Zero fridge and I know that some parts can be very expensive depending on where you're getting them from. It looks like this was in a hotel/convention center from a sticker on the side and has been sitting in a warehouse unplugged for a couple years now.
 

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I made sure to ask plenty of questions before purchasing it. I had a Sub Zero fridge and I know that some parts can be very expensive depending on where you're getting them from. It looks like this was in a hotel/convention center from a sticker on the side and has been sitting in a warehouse unplugged for a couple years now.
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They are designed to run 24/7 for decades, so they are indeed pretty tough. Of course they geet run 24/7 for decades and don't show much wear in the process.... Glad you got a working one.

Bob
 
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One tap down...no clue how many more to go. I'm thinking 6-8 tap total. Damn these things can get expensive but after using it I can see it's well worth it.

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Good job going through the stainless steel. That's not easy stuff to blast through.

You may want to back up the area behind the taps with a chunk of plywood or something similar. A lot depends on just how many inches :D thick that steel is.

Bob
 

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A large washer is all you need to back up those taps. I've got that same setup and it shows no evidence of failure and is plenty solid.
 

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Washers don't rot like plywood.. Just get a stainless steel one so it doesn't rust.

Bob
 

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StainlessBrewing said:
Faucets installed!
That's a very similar Hobart to the one I got off Craigslist for $100.00 and it will hold 16 corney kegs!! Nice Find!! I use mine as a fermenter and holds my 1bbl fermenter no problem.
 
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MaxOut said:
That's a very similar Hobart to the one I got off Craigslist for $100.00 and it will hold 16 corney kegs!! Nice Find!! I use mine as a fermenter and holds my 1bbl fermenter no problem.
Must be the same one. Ever think about making it a kegerator and installing a coil and jacket on your fermentor?
 

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StainlessBrewing said:
Must be the same one. Ever think about making it a kegerator and installing a coil and jacket on your fermentor?
I like the uni-fermenter inside the Hobart as it saves a little space in my shop and gives me great control over the fermentation. I have the Hobart controlled by the BCS running my fermentation schedules. Mine is a refrigerator so the cooling capacity is not as strong as a freezer but it lagers fine.

I do have another uni-fermenter I want to install a coil inside for cooling.

Good work on the Kegerater you will have plenty of room!
 

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So many taps... So beautiful...

Don't want to think about the cost of all those faucets, but that's gonna make for a wicked-awesome setup. :D
 
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