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A quick update on the HLT build which is now mostly wrapped up and been through its first batch.
The lovely insulation is courtesy of a warehouse camp roll and a bunch of duct tape.
I was concerned about usability with the large gap between the tap, thermometer and sight glass and it has been a minor nuisance since the thermometer isn't easy to read from an angle. I played it safe with a fairly large gap to avoid cross over between the probes…Continue
Added by Brett Mason on October 12, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments
Evening all. Am mid brew with a 55L batch of 1.079SG Porter which is about to come up to the boil and I thought Id share the loves. The recipe is a bit of a bastard 11kg Pale, 1.4 Crystal 60, 1kg black, 1kg chocolate, 1kg Rye, .6kg Caraaroma, 0.4melanoidin, 0.3kg special B. Obviously aiming for a meal of a beer. Hopping with a small dose of Pac Jade to 20IBu and 200G of Tettnager at flame out and fermenting with 04.
Reason I came on though is a few boys from the forum have been over…Continue
Would anyone be interested in two Perlick 630 stainless steel taps. Now surplus to requirements. I am in the process of putting together a serving fridge with three taps. I have decided to replace the 630's with the 650ss (flow control)
One is unused the other hooked up to try out.
Offers around $75 each?
Added by Dave on September 19, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments
I have started to get bolder with my home brewing, by entering the world of partial mashing.
I found that I could prep everything in advance, but once I got to the hop schedule I was left worried about timing of the numerous additions I needed to make.
After a few brews, and some googling I found that there is no timer I could find that was specifically built for a hop schedule.
So, being a geek and a home brewer I decided to make one.…Continue
Ok so after stalking this and other forums for the best part of 12 months or so, I though I would throw my hat in and share my experiences.
So my name is Dave.......and yes I am a home brewer.
I guess it all started about 35yrs ago with my Dad, being a beer lover, brewing his own. He used a kit that was put together by a local home brew shop, from memory consisting of DME, sugar and whole hops, on reflection quite advanced for its day.
I recall it being quite bitter and…Continue
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Added by Peter Smith on September 5, 2014 at 10:07am — No Comments
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