I'll be building a system in the same vein as the Grainfather/BIAC over the next few weeks and will use this thread to track it.
I wanted something I could use indoors, had a small footprint and was electric/automated and I could tuck away when not in use. Really liked the idea of those all-in-one style homebrewing systems but am too stubborn to fork out the cash for one. So building my own, that's what homebrewings about right...? I wasn't going to attempt to use the vessel to ferment like the BIAC because carboys are cheap and that's too long to wait between brews. I wanted to add a few extra bells and whistles than what I saw on those units, mainly oxygenation and a pre-chiller (84º groundwater here
I'll be using...
- 11g Bayou Classic with strainer (cheap, I know, but trying to keep cost down, $86 on Amazon is hard to beat)
- PID/SSR setup
- 35' Counterflow w/ 15' Pre Chiller
- 2 2000w elements
- Little stand thing to raise it to a comfortable height (always thought the Grainfather was too short on the ground and way too high on a counter...)
- TC fittings throughout
- Inline oxygenation
This week I've received the kettle and started in on the stand. I had planned to weld the legs to the kettle but upon receiving it realized it was a really really thing 20g (claimed) that likely would warp way to much to be welded too. For a port I think I'll end up using one of the solder flanges from BrewHardware instead of welding to it. The stand will hold the pump and house the CF inside the legs. I've got some SS spring toggle latches coming in that will secure the kettle to the stand.
Next will be the pump and coils. I used a 120v 2000w on my last setup and it really struggled with 6 gallons so I'm hoping the dual coil will remedy that. I had planned to weld ports also for the elements but being hesitant about the metal thickness is leading me to just use a bulkhead, that also takes quite a bit of work out of the build.
16g 1.5" 304SS for the legs.
Tapped plates for the wheels
Vinyl tubing, 100ft $10