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Complete brewery build

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by H@wkeye!, 20/8/17.

 

  1. H@wkeye!

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    Posted 2/10/17
    Update

    Hi all. So things are still moving, just a bit slowly as i wait for parts to arrive. Finally have all the front cutting done and all parts ready short of lights. These are on the way. Literally slow boat from China.

    Next step, cut bottom of enclosure for power, and temp gauges and power in. Then actual wiring, the tricky bit.

    Will get more pics when there's more to show. And yes had to re-paint, not the best job, but think the PIDs and bits will distract from it all

    So brew day is getting closer. Hopefully all ready before the end of the year. 20171002_170559 (2).jpg 20171002_170607 (2).jpg
     
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  2. H@wkeye!

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    Posted 14/10/17
    Hi again people.

    So the front of the box is now complete. The LEDs arrived and have been installed.

    Now I'm moving on to the final cutting and finishing the outside. Then the fun wiring.

    Have a question. The electric brewery site says to do this to the enclosure and heat sink: http://www.theelectricbrewery.com/control-panel-part-1?page=16

    Basically install the top of the enclosure and cut it back so only the SSRs and a little space between them are left.

    Do i need to do this? Could i just install the heat sink straight onto the enclosure and not worry about the slightly bigger area of exposed heat sink (on the inside of the enclosure)? If i did the suggested way, i would only have a slightly smaller exposed area as my enclosure is a bit different to the one they are showing.

    Thinking that the more exposed area on the inside leaves more heat building inside the enclosure. But not really sure.

    Otherwise, it's progressing, just slowly.

    Thanks

    Hawk
     
  3. bevan

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    Posted 14/10/17
    I think it's so you get a better heat transfer to the heat sink. If you had the enclosure sandwiched between them I'd think it would get very hot.
    Someone else might be able to explain it better or another reason.
     
  4. H@wkeye!

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    Posted 14/10/17
    The enclosure wouldn't be sandwiched between then. The heat sink will be attached to the top of the enclosure. The existing whole will remain under the heat sink. Just means i don;t have to attach and cut the enclosure hole cover that it came wit. Seems rather pointless as i'd be cutting almost as much as is there now.
     
  5. H@wkeye!

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    Posted 6/11/17
    Progress.

    Been making slow progress, especially on the cutting. Happy to say that's all done now. So the outside is complete. Pics below. Waiting on the wires to arrive and then the fun electric connecting begins. Hoping to have it functional by mid December

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  6. H@wkeye!

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    Posted 13/12/17
    Update.

    Work progressing, slowly. Realized i need an additional Ezboil as the 310 does do both boil and mash, but only in one pot, not two. So the timer has to go to make room for the new Ezboil.

    Otherwise, mostly wired up. Still have a few questions about my volt/amp meter and the coils.
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    Did a wet test of the brew, and it leaked like crazy. Lots of seal tape later and it's pretty closed to sealed. Quickly concluded the chipboard shelves will have to go, to be replaced with some arms, sufficient to hold all components.

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    Still have a couple more components to go, namely a whirlpool arm for the BK (anyone know where i can get one?) and few other bits and bobs.

    Then have to re-wire the garage.

    And then we brew!

    Long project. Finally nearing completion

    Hawk
     
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  7. H@wkeye!

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    Posted 31/3/18
    And many months later. It's finally ready.

    Got the control box ready, thanks to a local, fellow brewer. Months of building and delaying brewing are over. Hope to brew tomorrow. Just need to figure how to turn the SYL-2352 to C not F and figure out my thermonator chiller - mainly just the tubes.
     

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    Looks good, am planning something similar myself, let us know how your first brew goes! =)
     
  9. H@wkeye!

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    Posted 1/5/18
    Have done 2 brews now. Continual tweeking the cooling system (to use less water). Otherwise the brews went well. The first brew, a porter, is tasting amazing.
     
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    Posted 27/10/18
    I really like the big red button !

    Every brewery should have a big red button,
    Like Tesla’s insane button.
     
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    Posted 10/3/19
    Hawkeye, how is your brewing setup going?
     
  12. H@wkeye!

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    Going better. We moved house and i only just got the brew system ready last week. So last week i did my first brew for almost 1 year. Now i wish i could have done it again as its a holiday today. But only have 1 fermentator (well temp controller). So will have to wait till next week. Going to do a porter brew next friday as i put the Belgium pale ale into kegs. Have made some further tweaks to the system, mainly i now have a sink and tap straight into the brew system. Makes brews so much easier.
     
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    Posted 13/3/19 at 2:37 AM
    Nice one. Are you still in the Canberra area? Myself and a couple of mates are getting into it but unsure where to start and with what sort of system. Think we are pretty keen on something like this or a little bigger that we could possibly adapt the same recipes and techniques into something bigger down the track. Would be great to chat with someone local. Going to head to the craft beer and cider festival in Braddon this weekend, should be a good day.
     

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