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My first brew day postponed till next weekend

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:53 am
by david79thomas
I'm going to postpone my first brew day to next weekend due to the fact that I don't have any grain or yeast to use and I'm still missing a few parts. I thought I could get it by this weekend, but to make sure I have enough time, next weekend.
So who would like to help? And what day is better for you, Saturday or Sunday morning?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:41 am
by yeastmeister
I'll help out. Saturday would be better for me, but either day would probably work. I'd like to see your system in action. What parts are you missing, and can we help in any way to get it together?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:28 am
by david79thomas
I know I'm missing 3 stainless bushings 1/2" to 1/4" and silicone tape. I believe that's all I need to get it running in manual mode without any automation. I even have some cleaner, I believe it's StarSan. Won't know for sure if I need anything else until I really hook it all up and put water through it.

As of now, I have no control box and am not sure how to get a stainless box with cut outs for my switches and controllers. Last night we got the stand ready to be welded and I'm waiting on welders to finish. Then I'll hook up hard pipe gas lines and everything else to it. I have 3 controllers, 3 probes and 2 asco valves to hook up. So I also need a roll of wire. I don't think I need a third valve because the boil kettle valve will be wide open? I just wanted a controller just to have a digital display of the temperature.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:31 am
by david79thomas
yeastmeister wrote:I'll help out. Saturday would be better for me, but either day would probably work. I'd like to see your system in action. What parts are you missing, and can we help in any way to get it together?


Know how to get a stainless control box?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:42 am
by yeastmeister
Check grainger for the bushings. I just checked the website, and it looks like they have them, or can get them real quick.

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/1LUN2

I've discovered the local grainger has lots of stuff in stock.

I can't help on the control box, but I can tell you that the plastic ones we use work just fine. You can always get a plastic one cheap, and then switch it out if you find a stainless one later on.

We wanna see that sucker automated!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:07 pm
by GuitarLord5000
Where do you get the plastic control boxes from?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:25 pm
by yeastmeister
Got mine from Lowes in the sprinkler supply sections.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:43 am
by aleguy
They are using irrigation control boxes. They work, but they sure aren't pretty, and they have to be modified to allow for the depth of the controller bodies. I'm not happy with them and am still looking for a box for my stand.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:13 am
by triple-oh_six
Mine's pretty :roll:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:19 pm
by aleguy
Yeah, pretty ugly. :wink:
Seriously though, you epoxied an aluminum plate to yours.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:01 pm
by triple-oh_six
aleguy wrote:Yeah, pretty ugly. :wink:
Seriously though, you epoxied an aluminum plate to yours.


I didn't realize that was cheating :?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:12 am
by Imakewort
i used a electrical junction box, just a plastic box about 12x12 with no holes, so you have drill the holes for wires and cut the holes for the love controllers, not water proof so i made mine removable to store inside. You can buy them at lowes or a electrical supply store

Grain is on it's way! 20 Gallons of Malty Brown Ale

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:19 am
by david79thomas
Yeastmeister really came through on helping me order 20 gallons worth of a B3 Malty Brown Ale recipie from morebeer.com. I had no idea what grain to get when they say Pale Malt 2 row Great Britain. I ordered from the Brewmasters Warehouse website. Yeastmeister translated the morebeer language to brewmaster language for me and I was able to get it done. I just heard from the BW site that I should be getting my stuff By Thursday, so I'm hoping for a Friday or Saturday delivery.

So it's on! brew day at my house:
96 Theo St Lafayette, LA 70508
Sunday morning around 9? It can be later if that's too early...

No update on the brewstand. I have a capability of doing it "manually". I also have the asco valves and temp controllers and hardware. I guess we could hook it up kind of rough just to get the automation working

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:00 am
by aleguy
If you can get a housing for it, we can get your control box together, probably in the time it will take to get your strike water heated. Just be sure you have enough wire, etc. to put it all together. Though it would probably be best if you got a few beers into the Yeastmeister first. He works better that way.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:46 pm
by jimmiec
I think it might be good for you to brew manually at least once. Then you might appreciate brewing with the automation a little more. However, I wouldn't mind watch you all put the eletrical and asco valves together.