I started homebrewing in the early 80's and brewed professionally in the 90's
I returned to electronics in the 00's
I decided to get back into homebrewing about two years ago. It took me about a year to gather the parts and assemble the system.
I recently made a few upgrades and here are the latest photos.
The system was designed to come close to the brewpub gear I had brewed on.
The brewing water comes into the frame through a sanitary rated hose and an in-line water filter. I can attatch a hose to the valve in the center of the panle ans use filter water to fill the vessels, prime the pumps, or push the end of the wort through the CFC.
The vessel on the right is the HLT, propane fired. It has a sight glass and an extra fitting towards the top so I can recirculate the water while heating to avoid any stratification of temps.
The center vessel is the brew kettle. Also with a sight glass and another fitting to allow me to whirlpool after boiling.
The old Gott cooler is used as a mash/lauter tun. I use an old Phil's Phalse Bottom in it.
I have two March 809 pumps behond the panel. The camlock quick disconnects allow me to move liquid from one place to another very easily.
I typically do single infusion and fly sparging.
As mentioned, the kettle is set up for whirlpooling at the end of the boil.
That is my whirlpool fitting.
I come out of the kettle and go through one of the pumps into a CFC.
I have recently put together an inline O2 system with temp monitoring.
All hoses are 1/2" silicone.
I had been using this system for about a year and have 30 batches through it. I have brewed another two since upgrading the disconnects from the McMaster-Carr brass fittings to the stainless camlocks.
I far prefer the camlocks and they are less expensive. They can be found at Pro Flow Dynamics