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pola0502ds



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PostLink    Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Caster, I have a lot of hose and long lengths of it in my build as well, do you have any concerns with heat loss or anything thing else? This issue has been on the back of my mind for sometime now.
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Castermmt



Joined: 03 Jan 2011
Posts: 864
Location: Lowell, In

Drinking: Steelhead Porter, Alt-Toids, Hefty-Weizen, Terry's Kolsch, African Amber, Pumpkin Ale, Double Dog Ale

Working on: Janet's Brown Ale, Terry's Kolsch, Pilsner


PostLink    Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kal wrote:
Looks great Castermmt! That control panel came out beautifully!

Kal


Kal, thanks. You have great detailed plans and very easy to follow. So far I have tried to replicate yours while trying to save a few bucks in the process. I think It comes close. I still need to brew with it, Very Soon I hope.
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Castermmt



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Location: Lowell, In

Drinking: Steelhead Porter, Alt-Toids, Hefty-Weizen, Terry's Kolsch, African Amber, Pumpkin Ale, Double Dog Ale

Working on: Janet's Brown Ale, Terry's Kolsch, Pilsner


PostLink    Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pola0502ds wrote:
Caster, I have a lot of hose and long lengths of it in my build as well, do you have any concerns with heat loss or anything thing else? This issue has been on the back of my mind for sometime now.


The hose is pretty thick and as long as your moving the fluid and using your HERMS, any heat loss should be negligible. Kal's system using the PID's and internal heating elements are designed to address this heat deviation issue and hold set temperatures, so you can concentrate on making great beer. Castermmt
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Castermmt



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Location: Lowell, In

Drinking: Steelhead Porter, Alt-Toids, Hefty-Weizen, Terry's Kolsch, African Amber, Pumpkin Ale, Double Dog Ale

Working on: Janet's Brown Ale, Terry's Kolsch, Pilsner


PostLink    Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject: HERMS placement idea Reply with quote

When I installed my HERMS coil I used the stainless steel 90 degree tubing fittings. I was able to rotate half the coil almost to the bottom of the kettle over the heating element. The HERMS is now submerged in the water at much lower levels. We install the element at 3" and our bottom fitting install of the HERMS is about 1" above the element, so our lowest point of the coil would sit around 4" if we just use straight fittings . By being able to rotate the coil to near the bottom of the kettle we can submerge more of the coil to the heated water increasing the exposure of the heated water to more surface of the HERMS coil which could make the HERMS a little more efficient if water levels in your kettles drop below the coil level. this idea may or may not be useful, but its an idea, Castermmt


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Castermmt



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Location: Lowell, In

Drinking: Steelhead Porter, Alt-Toids, Hefty-Weizen, Terry's Kolsch, African Amber, Pumpkin Ale, Double Dog Ale

Working on: Janet's Brown Ale, Terry's Kolsch, Pilsner


PostLink    Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:39 pm    Post subject: Grain Mill Table build! Reply with quote

Well, I had a little of the Butcher block top left and needed to build a grain mill stand and decided what the hell, so I made a mini clone of my 10'4" brew stand. Just got done staining it. here are a few pictures. I have a bare bones "Schmidling Malt Mill" for around $100 delivered and a small motor I picked up at the local flea market for $10.
I plan on building a oak hopper using 1/2" oak plywood and staining it with the same "Gun Stock" stain. Should look sharp once its all done. Finished it up this week, here are the pictures.



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Castermmt



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Drinking: Steelhead Porter, Alt-Toids, Hefty-Weizen, Terry's Kolsch, African Amber, Pumpkin Ale, Double Dog Ale

Working on: Janet's Brown Ale, Terry's Kolsch, Pilsner


PostLink    Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:43 pm    Post subject: Grain Mill Table build! Reply with quote

Well, I had a little of the Butcher block top left and needed to build a grain mill stand and decided what the hell, so I made a mini clone of my 10'4" brew stand. Just got done staining it. here are a few pictures. I have a bare bones "Schmidling Malt Mill" for around $100 delivered and a small motor I picked up at the local flea market for $10.
I plan on building a oak hopper using 1/2" oak plywood and staining it with the same "Gun Stock" stain. Should look sharp once its all done.



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KES



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PostLink    Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful build, Castermmt. I'm having the same thought about a smaller version of Kal's design for additional work area and storage.
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Drinking: Steelhead Porter, Alt-Toids, Hefty-Weizen, Terry's Kolsch, African Amber, Pumpkin Ale, Double Dog Ale

Working on: Janet's Brown Ale, Terry's Kolsch, Pilsner


PostLink    Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished the grain mill and added the photos. Waiting on grain buy to test it out. All looks good to go!


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g8tors



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PostLink    Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great!
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Castermmt



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Location: Lowell, In

Drinking: Steelhead Porter, Alt-Toids, Hefty-Weizen, Terry's Kolsch, African Amber, Pumpkin Ale, Double Dog Ale

Working on: Janet's Brown Ale, Terry's Kolsch, Pilsner


PostLink    Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been working on my exhaust hood so here are some pictures. I'm using 1/2 inch sanded plywood, 2 x 6 inch pine boards and a thin plastic sheet product to line the inside. Here's where I'm at to date. I'll be working on it a little bit each day now that I'm on vacation next week.

I nailed it together using 1.25 inch brads and used water resistant wood glue. The plastic sheeting is fastened using construction adhesive (liquid nails).



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PostLink    Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More pictures from today. I should start staining today as well.


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PostLink    Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful work Castermmt. We both seem to be designing our hoods and gain mill table to compliment kal's brew stand. Curious on how you will do the ducting to your hood. From the top or from the side? Also, how will you mount the hood?
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm coming out of the top with a 8"x12" sq to a "90 degree" x 6 inch transition and will go straight out to the wall about 30 inches total run from top of hood to outside wall, also using a vortex type blower I got off fleabay for $110 delivered. I have 13 foot high ceiling so the hood will be hung using wire rope. I'll post more pictures along the way. I just put the first coat of stain on it, so I'm having a beer (or a few beers) while I wait to put on a second coat.
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well 3 beers I decided to put the second coat of stain. I think that will be it for tonight. I'll have to see how she looks in the morning.


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PostLink    Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I finally got the hood hung in place. Here are some pictures. I still need to locate and cut the hole for the duct and install the fan.


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PostLink    Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!

I like the picture on the laptop as well... Wink

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PostLink    Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kal wrote:
Nice!

I like the picture on the laptop as well... Wink

Kal


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PostLink    Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the exhaust blower hooked up. Still need to build a Switch box for the hood lights and fan speed contorl. thats this weekends job. Also pictures of a stainless steel sink I scored for free. Had to clean the sh*t out of it for 6 hours, it was covered in crud. It came out looking close to brand new.


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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I added a 3rd pump as a backup/spare this weekend and relocated the pump station directly center of the kettles and shortened the hose. Note that I have my pumps mounted on a drawer slide so I can pull them out while in use and less mess when hooking up hoses then when done I can slide them out of the way. .


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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo! Sweet job!
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