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SukkaFoo

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I am still getting my setup up and running. I had a few, let’s call them, issues...

First, I had issues getting my pump to work. I had bought some killer tubing which is used in the food industry. It’s food safe up to 140°C. Unfortunately it was marginally too big for the quick disconnects that I was using, and I needed to get the ends crimped onto the QD’s. The guys who crimped the ends crimped the pipe too tight and blocked it... since I’m not too mechanically minded, it took me 3 days to figure out and had it recrimped.

Then... I started to run boil off tests, and my temp sensor was reading 92°C at boil. I have a short little PT100 probe in a thermowell, with a 1/2” thread. It then sits inside a larger thermowell which is mounted on a tri clover ferrule. Seems that all the air around between the big and small thermowells is creating an air cushion which is preventing accurate temp reading. I ordered a new probe from the US which should solve the problem and it arrived yesterday.

Finally, the fancy schmancy tube I bought, I planned on resting on top of the grains during mash recirc, but I found it smelled like rubber when it got hot, and that’s not something I want in my beer. I bought some silicon hose from beerlab, who incidentally shipped from Cape Town to PE in a day. Fantastic service.

Anyway, long story short, tomorrow I will brew. Eskom dependent.
 

Napalm2880

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Finally, the fancy schmancy tube I bought, I planned on resting on top of the grains during mash recirc, but I found it smelled like rubber when it got hot, and that’s not something I want in my beer. I bought some silicon hose from beerlab, who incidentally shipped from Cape Town to PE in a day. Fantastic service.
Also had a good experience with the silicon tubing from Beerlab. Price was 1/10th of any other suppliers I found as well.
 

TheSlinger

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Also had a good experience with the silicon tubing from Beerlab. Price was 1/10th of any other suppliers I found as well.
Still expensive at R100 a meter. Or it was last I looked. I've been trying to find a supplier of medical supplies, but they are not so great at communication for "small" orders.
 

Napalm2880

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Still expensive at R100 a meter. Or it was last I looked. I've been trying to find a supplier of medical supplies, but they are not so great at communication for "small" orders.
Medical guys were >R1300 per meter last I looked and they didn't have tubing with the right OD/ID.
 

SukkaFoo

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Did some boil off tests on the brewery after work quickly before the power goes out. Seems my temp issues are solved now that I have the new temp probe. Now if only we had a long enough stretch of no load shedding I'd brew tomorrow...
 

GrootP

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Hi guys, I have around 120 x 550 ml and probably 50 440 ml bottles that are in good shape to give away to anyone interested.
Please let me know as I will have to dump them at the Makro in Centurion if there is no takers.
 

Space_Kriek

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Not a whole lot of anything going on round here these days, have u guys stopped brewing?
 

TheSlinger

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Nope, going strong:
Hosted a Braai and Brew this past weekend for some people who were interested to see how it goes.
They got to taste the ingredients and 4 previously brewed beers.

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Toxxyc

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Currently clearing up a Vienna lager I'm making. Tiny batch, unfortunately, but the tasters are amazing. Can't wait for this one to be done.
 

Napalm2880

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Not a whole lot of anything going on round here these days, have u guys stopped brewing?
I've made quite a bit of progress on my Electric Brewery build.

Wired up the PIDs, Timer, fuse, and a few other bits. Only thing outstanding on the Control Panel is the "safe-start interlock" which will prevent me accidentally firing up both of my 5.5kW elements at the same time.

Still todo:
  • Get a sparky to come wire up my brewery to my DB board
  • Sort out the pipes and plumbing between my 3x 75L vessels
  • Wire up the temperature probes for the PIDs.
  • Build some cupboards for malt storage and my fridge for fermentation
Will post some pics this evening.
 

Space_Kriek

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I've made quite a bit of progress on my Electric Brewery build.

Wired up the PIDs, Timer, fuse, and a few other bits. Only thing outstanding on the Control Panel is the "safe-start interlock" which will prevent me accidentally firing up both of my 5.5kW elements at the same time.

Still todo:
  • Get a sparky to come wire up my brewery to my DB board
  • Sort out the pipes and plumbing between my 3x 75L vessels
  • Wire up the temperature probes for the PIDs.
  • Build some cupboards for malt storage and my fridge for fermentation
Will post some pics this evening.

Looking forward to seeing your updates
 

Napalm2880

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The Mash/Lauter Tun.

Got the false bottom custom made by BOBFAB out near OR Tambo. I spend a whole lot of time researching the best hole size, space between the holes, etc., and eventually just thumbsucked some figures after spending an hour reading about fluid dynamics.1561995827666.png
 

Napalm2880

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Boil Kettle (for boiling the wort)

I've got a 5.5kW in the Boil Kettle and Hot Liquor Tank. They're ultra low watt density elements to minimize the chance of burnt wort. They're also incoloy to mitigate the corrosive effects of the wort.

I don't have 100% confidence in my hop stopper but it was a cheaper option that some of the other more elegant alternatives I've seen. Will have to put it to the test...
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Napalm2880

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And finally... the whole system.

Still got quite a long TODO list before my first Brew Day but I'm getting there. This has been a 3yr side project. During which time I've purchased a house, been retrenched, gotten married, and travelled to 3 different countries. It's been quite an adventure.

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Space_Kriek

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And finally... the whole system.

Still got quite a long TODO list before my first Brew Day but I'm getting there. This has been a 3yr side project. During which time I've purchased a house, been retrenched, gotten married, and travelled to 3 different countries. It's been quite an adventure.

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I hope we get an invite to your first brew day
 

Toxxyc

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I bottled my mead last night, so no, nothing for now. Going to maybe start up my test cider in a bit, so there's that.
 
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