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Title: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: wiley on July 13, 2011, 01:01:08 am
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Welp -- looks like the next project landed on my doorstep today...
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: narcout on July 13, 2011, 07:45:44 pm
What are you building?
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: wiley on July 14, 2011, 12:55:36 pm
It's a control enclosure for a BCS-462 to control fermentation temperatures. I'll post pictures of the finished product (hopefully soon) -- I've been fighting with the SSRs, but I think it might have been self-imposed due to some of the "features" of my design  :-\

Meh
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on July 16, 2011, 08:54:06 am
Looking interesting.
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: wiley on July 27, 2011, 08:38:53 pm
Voila!

Got the control box put together... She may not be the prettiest, but she's definitely effective! (I feel like that's been said before in other contexts  ::) )

The box
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All hooked up
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Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on December 12, 2011, 08:59:38 pm
How did I miss the pictures.

Looking good.
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: tomsawyer on December 13, 2011, 07:46:37 pm
Holy crap, how big are those fermentors?  They looked jacketed?
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: wiley on December 13, 2011, 08:40:11 pm
Holy crap, how big are those fermentors?  They looked jacketed?

Those are 7 BBL FVs. Jacketed, insulated, and temp controlled with the BCS 462. The galvanized enclosure you see sitting next to the FVs with the PVC piping is the glycol chiller keeping things cool.

Hoping someday soon to make it to the big leagues -- time and money, right?
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: punatic on December 14, 2011, 01:05:37 am
Guess you blew the doors off of your 200 gal/yr/household limit, ay?   ;)
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: phillamb168 on December 14, 2011, 02:20:32 am
Did you buy the glycol power pack or make it yourself? I've only seen one guy who's made his own chilling unit out of an old AC, otherwise they cost between 2 and 10 grand.
Title: Re: Someone's got their work cut out for them...
Post by: wiley on December 14, 2011, 09:09:51 am
Guess you blew the doors off of your 200 gal/yr/household limit, ay?   ;)

While the FVs may be 7 BBLs, I never said I filled them to the brim! ;) However, it may be a good thing that my record keeping skills (in terms of volume brewed) are intentionally lacking at this point... ;D

Did you buy the glycol power pack or make it yourself? I've only seen one guy who's made his own chilling unit out of an old AC, otherwise they cost between 2 and 10 grand.

I purchased this unit from Pro Refrigeration. You could DIY, but IME it was worth buying something that I knew wouldn't cause me headaches down the road. I think the "Cold Bot" (http://storeitcold.com/) has been discussed on this forum before - I considered adapting this for fermentation temperature control purposes, but it didn't make as much sense as getting a small pro unit for my long term plan.

Caution: Brewing in Denver pieced together a glycol chiller out of an old 10 HL grundy, a compressor, condensor, pump and heat exchanger. I've seen it done before, but it wasn't the best solution for me. On the other hand, you can get a line chiller (Micromatic, Foxx and the like) for under $2k, but the capacity of those types of units is pretty limited.