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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:35 am

Latest additions: A lid made from pink foam board, heavy tin foil, tin and duct tape; and velcro for the reflectix jacket.



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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:55 pm

Temperature controller built for the fermentation space.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:38 pm

I just got the Auber deluxe probe as my cheap probe inside a thermowell wasn't really working out for me.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by LiverDance » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:40 am

do you have a link to that probe? i'm in the market.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by mr x » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:40 am

I can help you out with that, we could work out a deal on your freezer.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by LiverDance » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:43 am

mr x wrote:I can help you out with that, we could work out a deal on your freezer.
Sounds good, I sent you a pm but didn't know about this.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by gyorke » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:06 pm

What was the problem with the probe in the thermowell? Is it probe based or the setup? I am planning on going the probe in a thermowell route for my setup too.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:24 pm

I was using a cheap probe that wasn't water tight on the thread side. On my first attempt I had removed the pt100 probe itself from the steel casing and slid it inside my 6" long 1/2" MPT thermowell. The readings were ok (only a little slow) but eventually the probe died (cheap POS). I replaced it with a similar one but left the probe in the steel casing / thermowell it came in and slid the whole unit into my larger thermowell. Now my tempurature readings take a long time to equalize because of the two layers of steel and the air buffer in between.

After my cheaping out on temp probes I bit the bullet and got the "good one" from Auber. I should have done that initially as it wouldn't have cost me any more money and would have had better results. I can still use the cheaper probes on my smoker controller though.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by bluenose » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:21 pm

how much do you have from the top of your kettle to the underside of the range hood, and do you think it's enough?
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:26 pm

I can measure it later but I specifically designed my counter height, bag height with hooks plus pulley so the bag lifts high enough out of the kettle.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:16 pm

Motorized grain mill with variable speed controller. I'm using a 650 rpm drill from Princess Auto and a fan speed controller.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by mr x » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:24 pm

Very good. This is a nice unit for those in a rush.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:31 pm

Yeah I almost went with such a device. I would have if this option didn't work. There's a cheaper version of that on Amazon for about $20 I think.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:37 pm

And for those getting the idea, don't even bother trying to use one of these with a high speed drill. They don't have the torque to crush grain at low RPM.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by CorneliusAlphonse » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:27 pm

cool. how much did the 650 rpm drill cost?
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Post by RubberToe » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:30 pm

$70 plus tax IIRC.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:58 pm

Forget everything about trying to lift a huge grain bill up with a slow draining bag (fine crush and fine material). I was previously using a single pulley with no mechanical advantage.

Here's my new 4 pulley block and tackle. If I'm not mistaken it should give me a 4:1 mechanical advantage.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by LiverDance » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:27 am

That's intense!
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by mr x » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:04 am

I like that. Princess Auto?


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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:15 am

mr x wrote:I like that. Princess Auto?
Yep, like $6 or something each. I can't wait to try it out this weekend.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by wortly » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:34 am

That is what I used to use when I did BIAB. It makes a huge difference!

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by mr x » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:07 am

Got any links to the pulleys you used, l need to do this.

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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by RubberToe » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:14 am

The ones I used are here, I think that's a pic of a smaller pulley. There was no info on the lbs rating and the body is cast so it's probably not the best. It's not a life or death situation so I'm fine with it and it should be beefy enough to hold my stuff.

I saw an assembled block and tackle at Canadian Tire for $12 and change rated for 1 tonne.
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Re: My Single Vessel Electric Brewery Build

Post by mr x » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:32 am

Really?! Fuck, I'll have to look. Can you remember the section you saw it in? Can't find anything on the website....

Edit: Got it. Thanks!!

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