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#1 HVB

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 07:17 AM

Have not been brewing much but I have had some time to make some brewhouse tweaks. So far I have upgraded kettles to Spike, really HD and nicely made. I have also got a stand made for the RIMS tube and converted that to 220v. I figured since I was no longer using the HLT in my set up I may as well use that outlet and controls for the RIMS. Should make ramp speeds a lot better. I also added s sightglass to the RIMS output so I can make sure things are as they should be. Just a couple pieces of copper left to change out and the hot side should all be SS.

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#2 neddles

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:05 AM

That looks fantastic drez. Nice brewhouse.


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#3 HVB

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 09:06 AM

That looks fantastic drez. Nice brewhouse.

 

Thanks!!  Now I need to get some brewing done!!


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#4 Zsasz

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:26 AM

Can you clean those kettles in place?
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#5 HVB

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Posted 21 August 2019 - 01:10 PM

Can you clean those kettles in place?


That is what I do.
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Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:12 PM

Looks great!   Now get some brewing done!


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#7 matt6150

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 06:29 AM

Awesome man, looks good! I have not brewed much as well. It's been since 6/1.


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#8 HVB

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 12:05 PM

I realized I was getting some air in my system and that tracked down to a cracked pump head.  Lets hope this one works better!

 

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 12:33 PM

did you have to replace the whole pump or just the head?


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 12:36 PM

did you have to replace the whole pump or just the head?

 

I got a whole new pump.  This is a Blichmann riptide.  My March was discontinued and the pump head part I needed was not available.  I wanted a full SS head for a while so I did not have to worry about anything with temps and cleaning.


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#11 ER Pemberton

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 01:22 PM

How many times does Denny have to say it?  It's about the BEER not the GEAR!  :lol:  Just kidding.  Make some beer, will you?  :D



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:30 PM

How many times does Denny have to say it? It's about the BEER not the GEAR! :lol: Just kidding. Make some beer, will you? :D


I think denny has a pump, conical and a bunch of automated brewing utensils :)

I need a pump or no brewing... Hoping to get a batch in this weekend.
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#13 ER Pemberton

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:36 PM

I'm honestly so old-school... what do you do with the pump?



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:39 PM

I'm honestly so old-school... what do you do with the pump?


I pump hot water from the bk to mlt. Use it to recirculate the wort through my RIMS and the to the bk to boil. At the end I use it to whirlpool then to chill with a CFC and then pump to the fermenter.
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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:55 PM

I pump hot water from the bk to mlt. Use it to recirculate the wort through my RIMS and the to the bk to boil. At the end I use it to whirlpool then to chill with a CFC and then pump to the fermenter.

I'm like an Amish brewer... everything is done by hand.  :D  I use gravity for all of that except the chilling part.



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Posted 11 October 2019 - 03:13 PM

I pump hot water from the bk to mlt. Use it to recirculate the wort through my RIMS and the to the bk to boil. At the end I use it to whirlpool then to chill with a CFC and then pump to the fermenter.

 

that pump gets quite the workout.


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#17 djinkc

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 04:09 PM

Mine gets a workout too.  EHLT to MT.  Gravity sparge but pump from MT to BK.  Pump from BK to plate chiller (Inline post chiller this time of year too) into the fermenter.  I need to get a spare pump.  I could manage one session when it fails but it wouldn't be easy.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 04:15 PM

Mine gets a workout too. EHLT to MT. Gravity sparge but pump from MT to BK. Pump from BK to plate chiller (Inline post chiller this time of year too) into the fermenter. I need to get a spare pump. I could manage one session when it fails but it wouldn't be easy.


Yeah, I plan on fixing the other one with some jb weld and keep it around for emergencies.

that pump gets quite the workout.


It does. I have brewed this way for so long that I know no other way.
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Posted 12 October 2019 - 11:06 AM

I think denny has a pump, conical and a bunch of automated brewing utensils :)
I need a pump or no brewing... Hoping to get a batch in this weekend.


Yeah, I do, including a Riptide. It's so much easier to keep clean than my March. But you don't HAVE to have any of that stuff to make great beer. I still use my cooler mash tun more often than the fancy stuff. It's a question of what do you need vs. what do you want.
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Posted 14 October 2019 - 03:31 PM

Don’t have to, but I feel like anything that makes brewing easier, safer, and more consistent is where you can do yourself a favor. Home brewing is a hobby after all. Might as well get some nice hobby gear if you can afford/want it


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