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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: May 05, 2013, 09:23:40 PM »
Sweet set-up.  Very jealous.  Good luck with it!

Dave

Thanks Dave
When I get home from the road I will be buying a large freezer for the 40 gal conical fermenter and them i will be able to ferment the whole batch rather than using 6 carboys.

why skimp now? go for a walk in! you'll want the space before long. I mean are you really only going to get the 1 40 gallon conical?  ;D

Pay no attention to me, just jealous

Just the cheaper way to go right now, I will be making a walking out of a air conditioner when I set up my shed.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 25, 2013, 01:37:31 PM »
Sweet set-up.  Very jealous.  Good luck with it!

Dave

Thanks Dave
When I get home from the road I will be buying a large freezer for the 40 gal conical fermenter and them i will be able to ferment the whole batch rather than using 6 carboys.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 16, 2013, 07:26:06 AM »
Looks nice.  How is that cooling rig working for you?  I went with a convoluted chiller and am not liking it. 
Who did you go with for the tanks?

I love it, it went from 210 to 68 at about a gallon or a little less every minute, What is a convoluted chiller?

It's a coil chiller where a convoluted (twisted) copper pipe runs through a larger coiled copper pipe which carries the water for cooling. Mine is nowhere near as efficient as yours and requires too much wort circulation leading to cloudy beer. Need a PC just not decided on which one yet

Ahh a "counter flow wort chiller"

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 14, 2013, 06:06:40 PM »
Gorgeous system!  Well done!
Thank you, just tapped the first beer off of it and they are all good, Three yeasts Nottingham, Windsor and US-05, definetly like the US-05 the best Creamier mouth feel and a touch sweeter.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 14, 2013, 07:54:33 AM »
Nice Job! Stout kettles??

Yes, Thank you
Wasn't a big decision since I live about 20 miles from their warehouse.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:02:44 PM »
Looks nice.  How is that cooling rig working for you?  I went with a convoluted chiller and am not liking it. 
Who did you go with for the tanks?

I love it, it went from 210 to 68 at about a gallon or a little less every minute, What is a convoluted chiller?

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:22:08 PM »
Excellent rig - great work!  I'm curious what your propane tank freezing solution was?

Stuck the the tank in a barrel of water, did the trick.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 12, 2013, 02:21:15 PM »
It's great to see how brewers are really upping their game with the equipment configurations and selections! Awesome...! Fantastic job!

Interested in how fast you blow through a standard tank of propane with those particular ring burners. I have the NG versions and they are greedy... ;)

I can blow thru 7 gallons on one brew, yes quite greedy, use a 5 as backup!!

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Pimp My System / Re: Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:26:19 PM »
Looks very cool! Have you used it yet? I ask because it looks like you haven't left space for exhaust fumes to escape from under your pots. This would lead to low oxygen, poor heating efficiency, and lots of CO and soot.

Oh yes funny you mention that, there are slots cut out now, we did 2 test runs with water and worked out all the heat issues and exhaust issues, and propane tank freezing up. We brewed (see fly sparge Pic) on 3-30 for the first time, calculated a heavy scottish ale at 72% and hit all the marks, had some issues with volume of water and 82 pounds of grain, worked it out and will be tasting this weekend.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stuck recirc in blichmann mash tun
« on: April 12, 2013, 01:12:44 PM »
Do you use just one ball valve, I use 2 ball valves and open the one on the tun fully and adjust the one on the pump for flow rate, and I too use rice hulls to loosen the mash up. To follow that up I am mashing 50 to 80 lbs of grain and not sticking.

I have two.  The one on the kettle is left wide open and I only adjust the one on the pump.

I am getting some new grains from a different source to test the crush.  I'll be brewing again probably this coming monday. I'll also use more rice hulls than I did last time.

The other issue I have is i'm using the blichmann autosparge. Not for the actual sparging as the arm doesn't even reach the grain bed but rather for recirculation.  If the flow rate is too high it just needs up shoving aside the grain and creating a pocket of sorts with nothing but a clear site of liquid straight to the false bottom.

If you are not using that ball to regulate flow i would remove it completly until you need it. 1 pound of hulls is enough i used 2 pounds in 82 pounds of grain. I also crushed my grain at .047 on a Cereal Killer Mill, if you are crushing too fine that could be a problem.

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Pimp My System / Re: BrewFlex
« on: April 12, 2013, 12:57:11 PM »
That looks very clean good work!!

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Pimp My System / Finished 1BBL system
« on: April 12, 2013, 12:49:52 PM »
I have been a homebrewer for 3 years, I only did 3 extract brews before going all grain, I just flat love to brew. I built this from the ground up except for the Pots, it is a automated RIMS system with (2) 32 Jet jet burners, and a 40 plate chiller. The build (stand plumbing and the electronics) took about 3.5 months. I had help from a few friends (Tim E, Tim B and Caleb) Thanks guys. I hope this leads to a Nano brewery in the future.




























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Equipment and Software / Re: Stuck recirc in blichmann mash tun
« on: April 09, 2013, 03:31:39 PM »
Do you use just one ball valve, I use 2 ball valves and open the one on the tun fully and adjust the one on the pump for flow rate, and I too use rice hulls to loosen the mash up. To follow that up I am mashing 50 to 80 lbs of grain and not sticking.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hoses....
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:14:47 AM »
I just blow through them to get the water out.  May be unsanitary, but I'm gonna sanitize them before use anyway.

True that!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hoses....
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:00:53 AM »
So drying out hoses seems to be the bane of my freaking existence.   how do people handle this? every time we let them dry they seem to come out with spots on the inside of the house etc, which i can only assume is not very good.  We have a bottle cleaner that has a nipple that fits into hoses so we manage to get high pressure into our hoses and we sanitize the hell out of them, its just getting them dry in the end.

JEff

I take them outside and swing them over my head at warp speed :o, other than that I have the same issue.
I would blow them out with my air compressor but that would be quite unsanitary.
I will sit and listen to others and see if I can glean some better responses than mine.

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