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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2010, 07:12:38 AM »
Awesome - Best of luck.

Since collaboration brews seem to be the 'in thing' among pro-brewers, have you & Major considered doing one?
that is a great idea but we live quite apart.
As far as Pro-brewer thing. I am still working on license.
I hope to have it done by the end of the year.
You don't need to be near each other to collaborate on a recipe and brewed separately.  Either way, I wish you the best of luck and hope you have a large pair of scissors to cut through all the red tape.
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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2010, 01:03:08 PM »
I just thought I would report on progress.
Kettles are welded and they are been fitted with fittings.
I guess time to buy a valves and all other stuff.


They are still impressive to me :)
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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2011, 09:59:18 AM »
Nice work Leos!
I am planning on swinging by in Feb and will call you before I get to town to make sure it works out.  Are you going to set them up with any automation?  I have 2 ssr's with heatsinks to control both legs of 240v AC for my electric kettle now.  I had them set up manually earlier, but it would boil too fast at 240v and not enough at 120v.

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2011, 07:32:17 PM »
Yes and yes.
I am going to pick it up tomorrow.
I am using Auber PIDs with SSRs.
It will be semi automatic.

Looking forward meeting you again.
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Bohemian Dark Lager
Smoked Bock
MaiBock
American Brown Ale
Marzen
Root beer

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2011, 01:35:48 PM »
Here it is.
The brewhouse:


Can you guess how many elements are there?
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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2011, 03:46:54 PM »
Six!  Does each heater element run off of its own 240 V current?

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2011, 03:48:12 PM »
And why are they all on one side?
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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2011, 04:45:45 PM »
Six!  Does each heater element run off of its own 240 V current?
Yes. Each element will be on it's own breaker.
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On Tap At The TapRoom:
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Bohemian Dark Lager
Smoked Bock
MaiBock
American Brown Ale
Marzen
Root beer

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2011, 04:52:28 PM »
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.
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On Tap At The TapRoom:
Bohemian Pilsner
Bohemian Dark Lager
Smoked Bock
MaiBock
American Brown Ale
Marzen
Root beer

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2011, 01:04:11 AM »
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.

Would have never thought of that at first but the idea is brilliant and simple and efficent.

Nice work and i may have to make a trip out there when it opens up.

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2011, 01:17:55 AM »
Whew! Nice...

Had no idea. Seriously. The IC thread I was looking at those pics. Man. A 7bbl system?

Are you gonna keg or bottle? Both?

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2011, 09:27:32 PM »
And why are they all on one side?
Are you asking about why elements are together on one side Instead of spread across the kettle?
Liquid movement.
This should promote rolling boil.

Would have never thought of that at first but the idea is brilliant and simple and efficent.

Nice work and i may have to make a trip out there when it opens up.
You are more then welcome to stop by even before we open.
It is one big A** homebrew system  :D
Na Zdravie

On Tap At The TapRoom:
Bohemian Pilsner
Bohemian Dark Lager
Smoked Bock
MaiBock
American Brown Ale
Marzen
Root beer

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2011, 09:31:24 PM »
Whew! Nice...

Had no idea. Seriously. The IC thread I was looking at those pics. Man. A 7bbl system?

Are you gonna keg or bottle? Both?


It is about 6 BBL usable volume.
Yeah that heat exchanger is quite impressive.

We will be kegging and bottling into growlers.
We will make growlers returnable (with deposit) as we could reuse them.
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On Tap At The TapRoom:
Bohemian Pilsner
Bohemian Dark Lager
Smoked Bock
MaiBock
American Brown Ale
Marzen
Root beer

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2011, 09:04:28 AM »
Leos,
I had a brain fart, maybe something to try?  What if you had 2 or 3 of them on just switches so they are always on, and then use the PID and SSR's for the rest of them to maintain temp?  I would think that may not affect the current needed as much since some of them can be running 100% to maintain the boil.
Something to consider maybe?

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Re: New brew kettles
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2011, 08:37:02 PM »
Thank you for the input.
 I did consider that option from beginning but now I do have schematic to use one PID to control all the elements in the kettle and another PID to control all elements in the HLT.
I have to get a different breaker box then what I have right now.
I think we are getting close but there is still a lot of work to be done.
Na Zdravie

On Tap At The TapRoom:
Bohemian Pilsner
Bohemian Dark Lager
Smoked Bock
MaiBock
American Brown Ale
Marzen
Root beer