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Thought I would post some details on my electric keggle HLT conversion. Not finished yet but close. I've found reading over peoples other blogs/threads really useful, particularly those from NZ, so hopefully this is useful to someone thinking of doing the same.
Fittings from left…Continue
Etch O Sketch.
Did a little etching last night in my HLT, worked out pretty good.
Despite the blurry shit photo it's actually crisp and neat. Each line is an exact 1mm tall rectangle.
The only thing is it's a pretty light etch, whether that's because of the nature of…Continue
Finally got my wiring done, sporadic nights over a couple of weeks but I got there in the end.
I would recommend to anyone doing this to set enough time aside to do it in one bang :)
There's enough to this system that just when you have your head around it you discover some other little piece of complexity that makes you think really hard about what you're doing.
My timer is different from Kal's one on theelectricbrewery.com so that took a fair amount of…Continue
The last few bits arrived during the week, so a few hours this afternoon and we have beer on tap. Perlick 636SS taps. Covered the fridge door in a vinyl blackboard sticker I got off ebay. Room for 4 corny kegs in the fridge, and the freezer is still being used. I might yet replace the fridge thermostat with a STC1000 yet as I did with my fermentation fridge. At the moment the CO2 cylinder is inside the fridge, just waiting on some John Guest fittings to turn up so I can move it outside.…Continue
Added by Barry on May 8, 2014 at 11:37pm — No Comments
More bits arrived today. Enough to go forth and build my panel.
I spent the last few days getting the paint done, making sure all holes were drilled and clean, bits of filing and touching up paint, etc.
Last bit of drilling was to tap holes in the heatsink for my SSRs, and through the cabinet door for two surplus kitchen handles I had left over.
Tapping the holes was clean and easy, I recommend this approach over nuts.…Continue
A pretty hard out half day spent today cutting holes in my control panel. It's now ready to paint.
I still have a few bits and pieces to arrive but have enough to be comfortable hacking through steel safe in the knowledge I've measured thrice.
I used a jigsaw and did a lot of filing for all the rectangular holes, every single round hole was accomplished with chassis punches. Thus they are clean as a whistle, so satisfying.
Photos are of the stress test –…Continue
One thing I've always wanted to sort was volume measurement in the Brew Kettle, a depth stick is only so good.
I've wanted to be able to measure in cold water into the Boil Kettle and then measure how much is transferred to the Mash Tun. I should clarify that I run a Brutus 20 style setup, so 2 vessel (BK and MT). It is a continuous recirculating sarge. It's simplicity lends itself to a degree of automation/ process control.
So following what has been going…Continue
Got enough bits arrive to tempt me into beginning to mark up my control panel. I did enough of that this evening to ensure I don't do a single bit of cutting until I have absolutely every piece of the puzzle.
My control box is just so tight that I had to adjust things like the position of the far right timer because it might hit the side of the box as the door swings shut. And the excessively large machanical relays within have to be placed very carefully…Continue
Dip tubes/inlets done, thanks to the kind lend of a pipe bender by Peter Smith – cheers!
Made short work of some bloody hard stainless, and good learning – last one is the best one.
Additional photos fwiw
Mash tun interior…Continue
Sorry for the lack of contact - I have just resurfaced after being belted by an unexpected medical curve ball.
Thanks for info about where to go for parts I will be chasing them up in the next couple of days.
As soon as I learn how I will post photos of some 'before and after' shots of the stripped and polished metal components from the Engine - really impressive result.
Added by John Mildenhall on March 18, 2014 at 5:57pm — No Comments
Significant progress this weekend, cyclone Lusi gifting me a fair amount of indoors time.
Got all my vessels completed, all that's left to get going is the electrickery (so still quite a bit then).
I had mixed experiences with some of the fittings, all four taps through the pots seemed to go together quite differently despite each pair of them being made up of identical parts inside and out.
But they all passed an initial leak test, not with vessels full but with me…Continue
Just finnished my first prototype but i'm not sure if its too fast, using a varible voltage adapter so it has like 4 speeds.
Added by Scott H on March 7, 2014 at 4:54pm — No Comments
Tiny bit more progress tonight saw my making holes in my stainless pots for the electric elements.
Massive thanks to Guy Gibson for the lend of the chassis punch, legend.
I'm doing these following theelectricbrewery.com's instructions to the letter – 2 gang metal junction box, faceplates either side, 32mm hole through a faceplate on the back, element, oring, washer on the outside, lock nut on the inside. Unsurprisingly looks like it'll be perfect.
The hold up has…Continue
Just before Xmas I became the proud owner of a 1945 Gaskell & Chambers Dalex Beer Engine. This Beer Engine has been in storage for the past 30 years. It's in original condition - and from what I can tell - is also in sound working order - except for a missing drip tray and 1 ceramic tap head washer.
I have certainly appreciated finding the information on this forum about other Beer Engine restoration projects - and in particular - where to go to…Continue
A quick update,
I spent our national day doing brew stuff – getting fridges and fermenter in place at my other 100l brewery, and attempting to finish the new brewstand at home.
The 100l brewery has had her cherry popped, we brewed on Tuesday night and beer is in our sexy new 120l fermenter which as of today sits in a huge glass front Skope fridge.
But moving on to the Kauri Road Brewery, after 2 weeks of relentless busyness (honestly I've never had so…Continue
This is a new beginning for me.
I've heard so many disheartening stories lately about people selling their brewing equipment, indeed when I look around realbeer now there's a distinct lack of the old guard, the legends who contributed so much knowledge to the fledgling all-grain brewing scene in NZ. In actual fact more than a few of those legends are now the legends who make up the very best of the best on the shelf at your favourite craft beer outlet and dominate the awards…Continue
The second largest city in New Zealand, Auckland, is just as interesting to visit his Sister Wellington. Rent a car in Auckland requires from you a short period of adaptation, since there drive on the left. However, driving is easy thanks to etiquette copy of the New Zealanders. Wellington is also ranked in the ten cities of the world where life is good. For tourists, the driving licenses of citizens of the European Union are valid.
On board your car hire in Auckland, take…Continue
Added by Vaugh Martyn on January 11, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
I'm New Zealand's representative for an all expenses paid competition to travel to six breweries in five countries over four weeks. It starts at Good George in Hamilton.
I'm leading at the moment but the UK contestant is catching up quickly. I'd really appreciate New Zealand beer makers support to try and win this one.
You only need to vote once at www.worldsbestbeertrip.com. You need a facebook account to vote and there is no app…Continue
Added by Nikki on October 16, 2013 at 11:56am — No Comments