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Show us your brewsystem!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:38 pm
by yeastmeister
Show us your brewsystem!

You guys asked to see it, here is my new system. Fully digital RIMS system, literally, fire and forget. I continually recirculate the mash and the boil, the digital controller will automatically fire the burner on the mash tun and hold on any temp I set, or it will step roughly 1 degree per minute (faster if I crank the burner). No problems with scorching as the burners heat very evenly with no hot spots, and the wort is recirculating. The temperature is measured via a thermoprobe that is directly in the outflow of the mash tun, so I never need to worry about the wort liquid getting above what I set the controller at.

There is also a stainless HLT that is on a separate burner outside. All the plumbing is copper, no more ugly rubber gas hoses! 8)

Its a single tier system. I use a single pump and move the input and output between the vessels. The hoses are high temp silicone.

Just so you know, I started out as extract with steaping grains, moved up to a igloo cooler mash tun for all grain, and this is the latest evolution of the system. I've had experience and am willing to help anyone at any level of sophistication. As always, I'll state you definitely don't need to go this far to make some great beer. I won awards with extract.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:54 am
by redtail28
Sweeeeeeeeet. love 2 see it work/ and taste the fruit of
your labors. :lol:

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:55 pm
by triple-oh_six
Very nice! The copper for the gas lines was a nice touch.
I'm in the process of building my all-grain system. It'll be a gravity fed, 3 tier system.
The timeline for accumulating the components depends on how much Uncle Sam says I owe him.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 9:16 am
by redtail28
Yeastie, How close is the burner to your boil kettle?
Are all 3 of your kettles on the same level?
Why did you go with low pressure regulators and burners?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:25 am
by yeastmeister
Roughly 2.5 or 3 inches below, I rested them on the brackets that were already in place, and since they are 2 different size burners, they are at slightly different heights.

I went with low pressure because everyone dealer I talked to locally, basically told me that there was no way to get the high pressure propane burners to work with a little tank. They could be correct, something about the vaporization rate of propane. The 100lb tanks can put out more vapor in the timeframe than the 20lb tanks can. Morebeer told me they are using those burners and that regulator in their expensive systems on 20lb tanks, so thats why.

I actually only have 2 kettles, and 1 stainless pot, the pot is on a separate stand (piece of oilfield casing pipe with legs), but its basically at the same level, maybe an inch higher. I pump everything anyway, I don't use gravity.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:59 am
by redtail28
Do you use the standard small propane tank? And do you get a strong
flame?
Do you think that with low pressure and your burner, can it be used
for crawfish boils?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:18 pm
by aleguy
Nice system. the first thing that came to mind was to automate separate grain bins and your mill then hook the whole thing up to an internet connection so you could plug in a recipe and start brewing form anywhere at any time.
Start brewing from work at lunch and just pitch the yeast when you get home. I know that's probably going too far, but I've been spending so much time visualizing the upgrades to my own brewery that when I see something like that I start making leaps (and lapses of judgement.)

PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:09 pm
by yeastmeister
Yep, yep, and Yep.


redtail28 wrote:Do you use the standard small propane tank? And do you get a strong
flame?
Do you think that with low pressure and your burner, can it be used
for crawfish boils?

Re: Show us your brewsystem!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:51 pm
by triple-oh_six
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Re: Show us your brewsystem!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:53 pm
by triple-oh_six
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On, the bigger burner, how did you get it in place?
I got one today and the only way I can see is removeing the jets.
Also, did you need to cut the shroud at all?
Thanks,
tripple

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:15 pm
by yeastmeister
I did cut the shroud on both burners in order to allow the "neck" (for lack of a better word) of the burner pass through where the shroud was. Other than that, it slid in from underneath. Was a tight fit, but I didn't remove any jets.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:30 am
by redtail28
Yeastmeister and Igor can you please post close up pic
of the valve,and plumbing,and tempature set up.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 10:01 pm
by triple-oh_six
ahem..........

bump

PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:19 pm
by triple-oh_six
Here's the start of mine.
It's getting there, bastards at the hardware shop keep selling my burners before I can pick them up.
Thanks to Redtail for the hookup, $30 apiece
More pics coming, I'm trying to get some stainless to build a shelf to mount my pump.
Can't wait 'till it's finished.
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The visegrips are temporary BTW. And I used some copper for the pilots.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:29 am
by yeastmeister
I dunno, I sort of like the vice grips. But seriously, I'm assuming you mean that you won't need them once you get the other burner installed. I wouldn't hardlink those pipes together personally. You probably need the little bit of play your gonna get when you change out tanks.