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Offline enash7070

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My Brutus System
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:33:05 AM »
Here is my Brutus 10 System I built...I found a guy on craigslist to weld up the stand to my specs.  and pretty much kept to the plans.  I polished the barrels myself. took about a day apiece...Since i live in a 900 sq ft apartment and this is in my kitchen I wanted it to look like  it belonged there...at this point I don't have the luxury of brewing in a garage or outdoors..

The polished keggles make for easy clean up too...

The frame is carbon steel and I painted it with high temp black header paint and it has held up very well...I brew about three times a month on it...

It took a little bit of getting use to brewing on this compared to my old system.  and I been brewing on it since Jan. 2012 and I am still fine tuning it...but the pumps make it nice....


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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2012, 09:27:19 AM »
Wow.  Shiny. 8)

Are you really using propane burners indoors?  Seems like a bad idea to me - be careful.
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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2012, 09:34:57 AM »
Wow.  Shiny. 8)

Are you really using propane burners indoors?  Seems like a bad idea to me - be careful.

Many people have propane run into their homes and they have gas ranges. Quite common. Proper ventilation is necessary.

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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2012, 09:47:48 AM »
Yeah, but having the tank indoors is illegal and dangerous. House catches on fire and you have a huge bomb ready to go off. I assuming the OP has this set up for photoshot purposes.

Beautiful system!!!
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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012, 09:52:58 AM »
Yeah, but having the tank indoors is illegal and dangerous. House catches on fire and you have a huge bomb ready to go off. I assuming the OP has this set up for photoshot purposes.

Beautiful system!!!

Oh crap, I didn't see the tank in the corner. My bad. That is a definite no, no.

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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012, 10:07:15 AM »
The system is beautiful! 

I would be very hesitant to use the large propane burners we use indoors too.  I grew up in a fram house where we had a gas stove that ran propane but nothing with burners this large.

I think Kieth is right about those tanks being outdoor only.  Our tank on the farm was 1k gallon tank that also served the grain dryers.

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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 11:03:06 AM »
Nice. Shiny.

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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012, 11:19:42 AM »
Only 2lb tanks can be used indoors. Everything else is supposed to be outside and piped indoor. 

The reason has to do with how much the gas expands should the tank leak.  A full tank can fill a house with gas. 


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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012, 11:57:41 AM »
Proper ventilation is required not only to vent steam and propane, but also the byproducts of combustion (CO2 and carbon monoxide, most notably).

Without a properly sized hood, its kind of like turning on your car while its in the garage.

Also - I'm sure your Apartment Complex doesn't allow propane burners of any kind OR tie-ins to your natural gas line (if you have NG).

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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 12:21:15 PM »
Nice job, I'm jealous
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Re: My Brutus System
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2012, 12:45:33 PM »
If you wouldn't mind could you give some more specifics? Like:
Did you use the "Brutus 10 build" book or get instructions on line (if so where)?
Where'd you get your keggles? Make them?
What kind of control box is that? Make it? Buy it? Where?
What kind and where'd you buy those electric heater element thingies for the HLT and mash tun?
Thanks!