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Title: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 21, 2010, 02:19:53 AM
I am having new brew pots done.
I just went to see them.
I think they are quite large.
What do you think?

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5100679913_efa76a0ced.jpg)
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: beerocd on October 21, 2010, 02:29:34 AM
They MIGHT be large, or it could be just the camera adding 50 gallons to em.
Put a woman in one of the pots so we have some scale to work with.
No fair using vertically challenged people!  :P
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: bluesman on October 21, 2010, 02:41:17 AM
When are you planning to start up the brewery.  8)
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 21, 2010, 02:42:49 AM
When we get all the permits.
TTB interview tomorrow.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: bluesman on October 21, 2010, 02:46:57 AM
Looking forward to seeing some pics of the brewery.

Are you still planning to use conical fermeters?

Best of luck to you.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: beerocd on October 21, 2010, 02:50:37 AM
6 hour drive for me to come buy a beer.  :(
What are your distribution plans - at least initially?

New Glarus won't distribute in Illinois because of the BS here.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 21, 2010, 03:28:58 AM
Looking forward to seeing some pics of the brewery.

Are you still planning to use conical fermeters?

Best of luck to you.

So far we have empty space.
We should be getting 6 350 gal conical and one 110 Gal propagator tank.
No open fermenters so far.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 21, 2010, 03:35:46 AM
6 hour drive for me to come buy a beer.  :(
What are your distribution plans - at least initially?

New Glarus won't distribute in Illinois because of the BS here.
We will be self distributing brewery and we will try to go after local market first.
I do not see us going out of the state any time soon.

So you best chance to get our beer would be visit Eau Claire.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: brewbarr on November 04, 2010, 09:05:18 PM
looks like you will have your hands full   good luck! :)
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: denny on November 04, 2010, 09:45:52 PM
Way to go!  I've been keeping it quiet ever since you told me at NHC, but now the cat's out of the bag.  Best of luck!
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: dhacker on November 04, 2010, 11:53:57 PM
Outstanding!  :o

What will be the volume of those pots?
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on November 05, 2010, 12:40:47 AM
Thank you guys.
Raw volume is 210 gallons.
I am planning to use 6 heating elements. 
I hope they will be done in middle of November.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: tschmidlin on November 05, 2010, 06:38:05 AM
Awesome, congratulations!
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: akr71 on November 05, 2010, 12:50:49 PM
Awesome - Best of luck.

Since collaboration brews seem to be the 'in thing' among pro-brewers, have you & Major considered doing one?
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on November 05, 2010, 09:14:32 PM
Awesome - Best of luck.

Since collaboration brews seem to be the 'in thing' among pro-brewers, have you & Major considered doing one?
that is a great idea but we live quite apart.
As far as Pro-brewer thing. I am still working on license.
I hope to have it done by the end of the year.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: akr71 on November 06, 2010, 02:12:38 PM
Awesome - Best of luck.

Since collaboration brews seem to be the 'in thing' among pro-brewers, have you & Major considered doing one?
that is a great idea but we live quite apart.
As far as Pro-brewer thing. I am still working on license.
I hope to have it done by the end of the year.
You don't need to be near each other to collaborate on a recipe and brewed separately.  Either way, I wish you the best of luck and hope you have a large pair of scissors to cut through all the red tape.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 01, 2010, 08:03:08 PM
I just thought I would report on progress.
Kettles are welded and they are been fitted with fittings.
I guess time to buy a valves and all other stuff.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/5224028833_8259412393.jpg)
They are still impressive to me :)
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: onthekeg on January 07, 2011, 04:59:18 PM
Nice work Leos!
I am planning on swinging by in Feb and will call you before I get to town to make sure it works out.  Are you going to set them up with any automation?  I have 2 ssr's with heatsinks to control both legs of 240v AC for my electric kettle now.  I had them set up manually earlier, but it would boil too fast at 240v and not enough at 120v.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 10, 2011, 02:32:17 AM
Yes and yes.
I am going to pick it up tomorrow.
I am using Auber PIDs with SSRs.
It will be semi automatic.

Looking forward meeting you again.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 16, 2011, 08:35:48 PM
Here it is.
The brewhouse:
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5001/5360833479_66eea64241.jpg)

Can you guess how many elements are there?
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/5360833483_b474b3bed5.jpg)
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: richardt on January 16, 2011, 10:46:54 PM
Six!  Does each heater element run off of its own 240 V current?
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: jeffy on January 16, 2011, 10:48:12 PM
And why are they all on one side?
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 16, 2011, 11:45:45 PM
Six!  Does each heater element run off of its own 240 V current?
Yes. Each element will be on it's own breaker.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 16, 2011, 11:52:28 PM
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: myh3adhur7s on January 18, 2011, 08:04:11 AM
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.

Would have never thought of that at first but the idea is brilliant and simple and efficent.

Nice work and i may have to make a trip out there when it opens up.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: euge on January 18, 2011, 08:17:55 AM
Whew! Nice...

Had no idea. Seriously. The IC thread I was looking at those pics. Man. A 7bbl system?

Are you gonna keg or bottle? Both?

Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 19, 2011, 04:27:32 AM
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.

Would have never thought of that at first but the idea is brilliant and simple and efficent.

Nice work and i may have to make a trip out there when it opens up.
You are more then welcome to stop by even before we open.
It is one big A** homebrew system  :D
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on January 19, 2011, 04:31:24 AM
Whew! Nice...

Had no idea. Seriously. The IC thread I was looking at those pics. Man. A 7bbl system?

Are you gonna keg or bottle? Both?


It is about 6 BBL usable volume.
Yeah that heat exchanger is quite impressive.

We will be kegging and bottling into growlers.
We will make growlers returnable (with deposit) as we could reuse them.
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: onthekeg on January 31, 2011, 04:04:28 PM
Leos,
I had a brain fart, maybe something to try?  What if you had 2 or 3 of them on just switches so they are always on, and then use the PID and SSR's for the rest of them to maintain temp?  I would think that may not affect the current needed as much since some of them can be running 100% to maintain the boil.
Something to consider maybe?
Title: Re: New brew kettles
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on February 01, 2011, 03:37:02 AM
Thank you for the input.
 I did consider that option from beginning but now I do have schematic to use one PID to control all the elements in the kettle and another PID to control all elements in the HLT.
I have to get a different breaker box then what I have right now.
I think we are getting close but there is still a lot of work to be done.