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TOOTHPICK




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PostLink    Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:47 pm    Post subject: Temp control Reply with quote


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Any more information on the temperature control panel would be of great help. Laughing
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jonymac




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PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toothpick - I am going to work on a thread on the build for the fermentation refrigeration controller. This is the first box I have built like this and did a lot of trial and error testing and hookup, so I will need to go back in the box and recreate the wheel a bit. I built it and tested it last January and February and it has been sitting on the sidelines while my brewery was built. I would also add that I am no electrician and there are probably much better ways to go about it. That said, it has been running flawlessly for almost 4 months and works perfectly and most importantly, has not burned down the house!
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TOOTHPICK




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PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply I built my own electric control panel from scratch plans from the electric brewery site and would live to build a temp control panel like yours.
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V1_Vr_V2




Joined: 22 Dec 2015
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Location: USA


PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely gorgeous! I too would be very interested in your control panel setup. I've seen homebuilt glycol setups before that can be set to heat or cool, but it seems to get more complicated to make it do both automatically. I'm certainly no engineer myself, but I'm very good at following directions!

Additionally, how do you like your SS Brewtech fermenters? The MoreBeer conicals are attractive because they can heat or cool automatically, but not sure I can get over that price! The temp controlled SS Brewtech fermenters seem far more economical, especially if you have designed a system for heating and cooling.
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cardmechanic




Joined: 16 Feb 2011
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Location: Virginia


PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, impressive work. I've had a kal clone for the better part of 5 years now, and am located in Centreville, VA. Would love to see your setup in person. Are you part of any local homebrew clubs?

I'm in the process of building out my basement brew room and you've done an amazing job on a lot of what I was planning.
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rcrabb22




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PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonymac wrote:
For the fermenters I only have to get them down to 53 or so for lager fermentations - I added a bit of star San - maybe a cap full - to adjust the ph to prevent crud from growing in the tubing since it is exposed and can sit quite a while waiting for the pumps to kick on and off.


Guess this should be obvious. To ferment multiple batches you must have separate pumps for each fermentor?
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jonymac




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PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cardmechanic - I would be happy to show you my setup and brew a batch together so you can see everything in action. We are traveling through the new year, send me a PM and we can coordinate.

Rcrabb22 - yes I have three aquarium pumps inside a keg in the Keezer full of water, some glycol and a bit of starsan. The pumps are controlled by the three controllers you see on the right side of my term controller box. The temp probes go into a thermowell in the lid of the fermenter.

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Ben58




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PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice set-up Thumbs Up What brand of temperature controllers are you using?
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kal
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonymac wrote:
I can keep the fermenters 10-12 degrees below ambient with this setup...

So no brewing lagers I guess? (I have to usually set to 48F to hold the wort at ~52F).

Kal

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jonymac




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PostLink    Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben58 - I use Love controllers for the refrigeration and I use the controllers that came with the SS Brewtech fermenters for the conicals - not sure what brand they are, I will have to look when I am back in town.

Kal - yes I can lager with the setup - I am doing my first lager now, Your German Helles Lager, I just move the pump from the cooling reservoir to the reservoir for the tap pump that is tied to the freezer copper loop that keeps the taps at 39. I am maintaining 52 right now. I need to insulate the top of my fermenter and the vinyl cooling hoses aren't insulated yet, so I bet I can get the temps to within 8 of the source reservoir.

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zimmekt




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PostLink    Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently I am not the only Batman lurking in the shadows. Dude, my jealousy factor isn't even measuring on the scale. This is very well done. As soon as I get my wife's home office finished I hope to start on my own basement renovation. Truly inspiring what everyone is doing on this forum. Cheers all.

Zimm
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jonymac




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PostLink    Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zimm - thanks, and yes, so much inspiration was taken from this forum. What amazes me is the problem solving, creativity and innovation of home brewers. And yes, your wife needs taking care of first!
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PostLink    Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I added the following links to the first post here which point to your various build threads to make it easy for others to find your work:

Quote:
Return Air System for Brewery Fan Build:
http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28626

Keezer and Freezer Build:
http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28625

Brewery Grain Grinder Build:
http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28627

Fermentation Refrigeration Controller Build:
http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28624

More Construction pics:
http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28619


Kal

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jonymac




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PostLink    Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kal!
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PostLink    Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

V1-Vr-V2 - I love the fermenters! I put wheels on them, they are easy to clean and move around the brewery, and I can pressurize them to move beer into conditioning or bright tanks. With the FTSS cooling system and the car seat heaters, I can control the fermentation temps easily.
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kecclest




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PostLink    Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice brewery! What size and model hood is that? Where did you pickup the wood tile?
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jonymac




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PostLink    Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the hood custom made in Canada from fastkitchenhood.com - it is 72"Lx24"Dx12"H - it has an 8" collar centered on the top and a drain in the back left to drain condensation into my sink.

The tile is from Lowes - called Natural Timber Ash - they are 4'x1' - more info is in this thread: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28619

JonyMac

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rcrabb22




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PostLink    Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonymac wrote:
Yeah, the Raspberry Pints display is running off a virtual pi on my Macbook Air. It was a bit tricky to get setup but it works really well. I am also considering adding the flow meters to show how much is left in each keg real time.


Thanks once again for the inspiration. Your post was the first I had heard or seen of RaspberryPints and I had to have it Very Happy

I got a webserver running on my Mac Mini and installed the RaspberryPints package. I displayed the included demo tap list on my iPad. Can't wait to get a proper monitor hung in my bar area. I have an older computer I can set up to be the server.
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PostLink    Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rcrabb22 wrote:
jonymac wrote:
Yeah, the Raspberry Pints display is running off a virtual pi on my Macbook Air. It was a bit tricky to get setup but it works really well. I am also considering adding the flow meters to show how much is left in each keg real time.


Thanks once again for the inspiration. Your post was the first I had heard or seen of RaspberryPints and I had to have it Very Happy

I got a webserver running on my Mac Mini and installed the RaspberryPints package. I displayed the included demo tap list on my iPad. Can't wait to get a proper monitor hung in my bar area. I have an older computer I can set up to be the server.


Post a pic!

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PostLink    Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely amazing, wish I had a basement! In Florida I have to make do with a lanai. Really love what you have created!

John

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