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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:28 am 
Sorry Keith, I was just perfecting my machine/post when you posted. Threw out the twin tub idea and went for the upright version.

I like your idea too.

Lets work on this. we could make a fortune ;)

I have the fermenting in the brew kettle covered.

Why not go all the way and charge the machine with CO2 when fermentation is done, and dispense right into the glass.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:48 am 
Here ya go boys, have at it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Q5WUSca4Y

Just be careful that your bag doesn't get caught up in it. ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:47 am 
Quick question - How did you secure your element to the pot? Did you use a welding spud or go weldless? If you did weldless, did you use Kal's mounting suggestions as far as an enclosure for the element? I am struggling with this in my build & cannot seem to find a good way to house the element (I went the welding spud route).....

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:55 am 
weldless, followed Kal's method for enclosure

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:02 am 
Thanks....

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:26 pm 
OK Todd. Reviving something in this thread since my design is based on this w/ a few minor variations. I have brewed 2 batches on this system now. I have noticed that I am not hitting my pre-boil or post-boil (OG) gravities. I am coming up shy usually by great than 0.004 specific gravity points. My previous BIAB system was incredibly efficient & I made some beers where I ended up w/ higher than expected OG's. This is perplexing to me with my new system. I am using a customized bag from CustomBIAB. Beyond that, I feel like I am missing something. Using BeerSmith2 to assist in recipe formation. Thoughts?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:38 am 
Sorry for the delay in response, still tying up some loose ends from a very busy few weeks.

Thoughts:
- You are not relying solely on recirculation are you? You need to stir things up every once in a while during the mash process. You are doing a mashout?
- How accurate is your thermometer? Are you relying on the probe or are you verifying with a known good thermometer (I use a lab grade glass themo to double check)
- 2 batches really isn't enough to get a "feel" and dial in your system. It took me many runs and good record keeping to get to where I could hit my numbers consistently.

Keep making beer, you'll get her dialed in eventually!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:28 pm 
Bucko,

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I am coming up shy usually by great than 0.004 specific gravity points.


.004 is 4/1000. Did you really mean that?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:48 pm 
I am assuming he meant four whole gravity points.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:50 pm 
Hi Thughes,

Thanks a lot for posting your build and most importantly comparing using a blanket to using recirc and your comments on the two as well as the difficulties you had with the basket. I have read over ALOT of build threads and people just tend to go one way or another but dont really give insight on the two variations and how they perform.

I just ended up going barebones; no controller box, no pumps, no recirc, no basket, Just a kettle, GFI box and element and it works great. With just a blanket wrapped around the pot, and with the top and bottom still exposed, i lose 1 degree every 20 min in a 15 gallon batch. I plan to get some insulation for top and bottom, just havent gotten around to it yet. To stir, I either use a wine whip lightly or just a paddle and mix every 20 min or so.

As for heating, I just turn the element on 100%, until i hit mash temp,(if i go over i just mix with wine whip on max to lower temp, i can remove about 1 degree per min) dump grain in, mix put lid on and come back every 20 min or so. pull bag and turn element back on to boil.

Thanks again Thughes!

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