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Pimp My System / Re: Show us your Son of a Fermentation Chillers!!
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:44:05 AM »
My Fermoire started out as a Son of a Fermentation chiller, but ended up more like a cousin.  :)  I can't believe that it's over 5 years old now.  Still chugging along though....  I've got 20 gallons fermenting in it right now actually!

Build pics:

Pimp My System / Re: 1 BBL garage system with automation
« on: March 31, 2013, 07:21:03 PM »
I really appreciate the pics....  Thank you for taking the time to do that, it helps me a lot.  Those certainly look a lot bigger next to a tape measure!  That is the ONE thing (so far anyway!) I don't like about Stout, they are way too light on pictures on their website.  Had to piece this together in my head from folks like yourself who were kind enough to share.

Yeah, it looks like I'd be pushing it trying to get 10 gallons in.  Maybe I shouldn't be selling my current system after all....  going to want a home pilot brewery next.  ;)

Again, thank you very much for your time and insight...  My mind is swimmmming with having a blank slate to start fresh with again and I need to start getting some decisions made!

Pimp My System / Re: 1 BBL garage system with automation
« on: March 31, 2013, 05:56:10 PM »
If I understood correctly then, what you are experiencing is the steam condensing on the underside of the lid, then ultimately at least some of it is rolling between the lid and kettle then dripping or rolling down the outside of the kettle?  I can see that as being annoying...  not a deal breaker, like you said, but it's hard enough keeping everything clean as it is!  Does it happen while the lid is just sitting there, or mainly when you lift and tilt it?

I wonder if a silicone gasket along the top of the kettles would help?  I can't find the original link, but I saw someone who wrapped their false bottom with a silicone ring.  I saved the link to McMaster in case I wound up needing to solve a similar problem.  Not 100% sure which one they used in their particular case, but there are a lot of options...  Link:

If I could sneak in a few more questions...  I was also looking at Stout's 1bbl system that comes with 13" legs.  I thought that would be kind of low to get the pumps primed good (so I would have to go ahead and build a stand anyway)....  Yours though appears to be in the same general neighborhood height-wise.  Any issues with that?

I'd like to still have the option to do 10gallon batches.  The Stout kettles are only about 5 inches wider than my current ones (15.5g Bayou Classics)...  So I THINK that I could still get away with it if I can get everything mounted low enough (would like 2 heating elements in the BK and HLT and Stout appears to stagger them vertically as well as different angles).  Think (or know) a small batch is still doable?

I see the RIMS tube in your pics....  Did you go with Stout on that too?  They seem to have a nice price on that.  Any issues with RIMS hitting your target temp(s) on a 1bbl batch?  I use HERMS today on 10 gallons and generally don't do any protein rests or anything "fancy" but would like to leave as many options on the table in the future as possible.  HERMS has been great, but I'm questioning it on my next build because I think that it would have quite a bit of lag if I was indeed trying to do any temp steps in the mash.  But that's just in my head, not from actual experience.....  :)

Thanks again!

Pimp My System / Re: 1 BBL garage system with automation
« on: March 31, 2013, 03:40:02 PM »
Awesome system!!!!  How do you like your Stout kettles?  I have been considering the same ones....  they seem to be generally well-liked.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Pimp My System / BrewFlex
« on: March 31, 2013, 03:37:45 PM »
Just found this forum or I would have posted a long time ago, but below is my "BrewFlex" that I built out of an underutilized SoloFlex a few years back.  It has 15.5 gallon Bayou Classic pots, electric HERMS, jet burners for the HLT and BK.

I'm looking for insipration on my next generation because it is time to go bigger.  (The BrewFlex is currently FOR SALE if anyone is interested!  If that link doesn't work, search for BrewFlex on eBay.)

Lots of current pics here if anyone is also looking around for build ideas:

Classifieds / "BrewFlex" home brewery made from SoloFlex
« on: March 31, 2013, 03:25:26 PM »
It is time to upgrade to a bigger system (and I kinda sorta just "need" a project) so my beloved BrewFlex system that I built a while back is for sale.  10 gallons, HERMS (electric), propane HLT and boil kettle.

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