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#1 HVB

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 05:14 PM

I was browsing the Spike bargain cave last week after a really good review at work and decided on treating myself to a new toy. Maiden voyage this weekend with my Chinook/Citra/Simcoe IPA (Waterpark).

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#2 SchwanzBrewer

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:22 PM

Nice.
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#3 pkrone

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:34 AM

Wow.  That looks like fun.


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#4 Poptop

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:53 AM

I'd hit it


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 07:57 AM

You'll shoot your eye out!

 

 

How big is it? Temp control?


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#6 HVB

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:21 AM

You'll shoot your eye out!

 

 

How big is it? Temp control?

HA - my son has that shirt after he was given a Red Ryder for Christmas.

 

It will be for 6g batches, I do not do anything bigger these days.  I will be getting their SS coils and building a glycol chiller for the summer.  Right now my brewing area is sitting at about 50 so it makes it good for lagers and I can use a heating wrap to get up in temp for ales.


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 02:39 PM

I modified the cover with the thermowell and sample port to also have a stove for oxygen and carbonation.  Best part it was all done with spare parts.

 

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 03:02 PM

Hot!


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 03:41 PM

so basically, this is a start to finish kettle??


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:36 PM

so basically, this is a start to finish kettle??


It can handle upto 15psi so you can cap and naturally carbonate or force up to 15psi. So, not a unitank but it will allow me to do a couple of things that I currently can't.
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Posted 05 March 2020 - 12:48 PM

On my second batch with this and I really like it.  Last night I was at 1.014 on the beer according to my tilt so I closed it all up and threw the spunding valve on and woke up to 12PSI. 

 

The only issue is it will not fit in my wine fridge so I am looking at a upgrade to glycol.  I am not sure if I will DIY with a old ac unit or bite the bullet and get a ready made one.


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Posted 05 March 2020 - 03:02 PM

I don't see the pic, but I assume it's a fermenter?  Re glycol...did you see the article in the current BYO?


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Posted 05 March 2020 - 03:57 PM

I don't see the pic, but I assume it's a fermenter? Re glycol...did you see the article in the current BYO?


I got a spike flex +. I have not seen the article, l will go look for it.
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#14 Stout_fan

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Posted 05 March 2020 - 06:53 PM

Hard to tell from the pics. did you TIG it or epoxy it... possible a third option?

Inquiring minds want to know?


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Posted 05 March 2020 - 08:06 PM

Hard to tell from the pics. did you TIG it or epoxy it... possible a third option?
Inquiring minds want to know?


Silver solder.
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Posted 06 March 2020 - 05:58 AM

I don't see the pic, but I assume it's a fermenter?  Re glycol...did you see the article in the current BYO?

I looked at the BYO article online.  Unless I missed it they just go over a few of the popular options and really do not make a recommendation on anything.


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#17 MakeMeHoppy

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 07:07 AM

I'd HUMP it

 


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 12:17 PM

I looked at the BYO article online.  Unless I missed it they just go over a few of the popular options and really do not make a recommendation on anything.

No, they present the info and let you decide.


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Posted 06 March 2020 - 12:25 PM

No, they present the info and let you decide.

Shucks.  I was hoping for some test or something at least.  Showing the cooling power, under real conditions, of each.  That Morebeer one looks interesting though.  I have to look at that one a bit more. 

 

My hang up is I have 90% of what I need kicking around to make my own.  Temp controllers, old cooler and an AC Unit.  The only issue is the AC unit is digital and not analog and that makes it a bit more of a PITA to deal with.  Buying 2g of glycol, small pump/hoses and my time may be worth it over forking out the money for a pre-made one.


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Posted 20 March 2020 - 10:07 AM

So you've got all 3 of those going through the 1.5" TC port on the Spike?

 

I'm kicking around ideas for my craigslist conical build and was wondering if I could fit three 1/2" or 3/8" SS tubes through a 3" TC without interfering with the clamp or seal.  If you got all those in a 1.5" I should be good with room to spare.  

 

Here's what I'm kicking around.  For temp control the current plan is glycol circulated through a stainless coil inside the conical so I'll need 2 ports in the 3" TC for that.  Based on what you have done here I'm thinking I'll get a 3" cap, drill it and then silver solder the in and out of the IC coil to it with disco's on the outside.  I still need a 3rd port for an airlock but that can just be a short section of tube soldered in with a 90* on the outside that I can hook to a tube and bucket of sanitizer.  

 

Am I thinking this through right or is there an easier way?




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