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HLT upgrade7552 viewsAutomated HLT filling. This was done using a simple two stage controller. The sensors are home made as I couldn't find anything off the shelf. These were made up of 1/2 inch BPT nipples welded top and bottom with plastic end caps used in rural irrigation to electrically isolate the probes from the keg which acts as ground. These caps were boiled in an electric jug for 15 minutes to test for heat and they stood up well. The probes used were stainless steel screws and nuts. Corrosion and electrolysis can be a real problem with this sort of gear.
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HLT upgrade4421 viewsTop water level sensor. Solenoid valve just seen on the riight.Taz
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HLT upgrade4486 viewsWater level sensorTaz
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Mindy7784 viewsFearless rat catcher protector of the grain supply and brew assistantTaz
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My brew assistant6730 viewsThe brew assistant doing what she does best between eating and hunting.Taz
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March Pump6804 viewsAn ungarded March Pump that needed a cover of some sort.Taz
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March Pump7101 viewsWasn't long before I realized the March Pump wasn't going to last long without some sort of protection against water and hot wort getting ito the cooling slots so I had this cover made upTaz
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6785 viewsTurning a 60 litre Sankey keg into a 85 litre one. The need to brew triple batches to fill 3 corny kegs I found the 60 litre keg was a tad to small which didn't allow for evaporation and head room for hot break, this is how I approached the problem. I cut the middle out of a damaged keg scavenged from an apple orchard.Taz
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5537 viewsI cut my existing Sankey boiler in half (gulp) then welded the bottom half to the salvaged keg, then finished the weld off inside grinding and polishing. I needed a torch in the bottom for this.Taz
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5583 viewsAdd the top, weld into place grind and polish inside. Stainless Steel will rust if the surface is not polished smooth so a bit of work is needed to bring the welded areas up to a good finish. The end result was a good sized boiler at a cheap price.Taz
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Brewrig3427 viewsAnother brew day finished and all cleaned up.Taz
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Cranking up the boiler2884 viewsBoiling a 60L batch in a modified kegTaz
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My Brewrig3237 viewsBrew day filling the fermenter through the CFCTaz
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Bruin Poured2474 viewsBelgian Style Bruin - My First AG. Just poured the first(of many) that evening with a few friends. Doesn't look too bad at all Jaymes
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Bruin Settled2215 viewsBelgian Style Bruin - My First AG. A few minutes after pouring, it still has good head retention.Jaymes
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Inside shot. C/O2 tank is on the outside now. 2376 viewsInside the Fridge. C/O2 tank is now on the outside. I placed it inside because I did not have place for it outside when the picture was taken.Beer-Guy
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Two Keggles2283 viewsHere are the two Kegs after the top has been removed. One will be the HLT, THe other a Boil Kettle.Jaymes
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Nice ChopJob2154 viewsThe Start of my HLT. 2nd Hand Keg with a chop topJaymes
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Filling the wine barrel3056 viewsThis is another shot of the first brew going into the wine barrel for fermentation and brett conditioning. It is going to take 5 brews to get enough beer to fill the barrel.bhami
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Filling the wine barrel2518 viewsThis is a shot of the first brew going into the wine barrel for fermentation and brett conditioning. It is going to take 5 brews to get enough beer to fill the barrel.bhami
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Orval Brett. yeast starter.2547 viewsThis is the starter I have made to get the brett yeast out of the Orval bottle. I am adding this brett yeast to my wine barrel aged beer.bhami
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Aged Hops2532 viewsThis is the aged hops after a few weeks. They have lost a lot of their colour and aroma.bhami
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Aged Hops6490 viewsThis is a shot of the aged hops after they have been removed from the dehydrator. They were aged at around 65 degrees C for around 3 weeks. In that time they lost a lot of their colour and aroma.bhami
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Aging Hops2206 viewsAnother shot of the hops that are being artificially aged in a fowlers dehydrator to be used in the same way that Lambic brewers use hops.bhami
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Aging Hops2198 viewsThis is a shot of some hops that are being artificially aged in a fowlers dehydrator to be used in the same way that Lambic brewers use hops.bhami
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Postmix keg valve in wine barrel2527 viewsThis is a shot of the installation of the postmix keg valve to the wine barrelbhami
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The Barrel2314 viewsThis is a shot of the barrel I am using for my experimental barrel fermented and brett conditioned beer. I have installed a postmix keg valve to the barrel to take samples and to hook a beer tap up to it.bhami
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wakkatoo's brew stand2438 viewswakkatoo
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Wakkatoo's brew stand2686 viewswakkatoo
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Orval Clone next to an Orval3046 viewsThis is a picture of an Orval Clone I have made next to a real Orval. Mine is a little darker and stronger (it boiled down further than I predicted as I fixed my brewery burner). Overall it is a darn good drop and has those farmhouse brett characters of the real thing. It should get better with a bit of age. My head isn't as dense on this photo as the real Orval but is improving the longer it sits in the bottle. YUM.bhami
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Waxed Orval Clones2507 viewsI plan to keep about half of my Orval Clones to see how they age over the coming few years. To prevent oxygen getting in through the crown seal I have waxed them. bhami
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Inside of mash tun2627 viewswakkatoo
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Wakkatoo's brew frame2573 viewswakkatoo
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My brew frame - need to add wheels, paint and bench tops2407 viewswakkatoo
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My brew stand with keggle, mash tun and march pump2632 viewswakkatoo
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mmmm-Amber Ale2675 viewswakkatoo
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The "crowd" I made the beer for2622 viewswakkatoo
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Bar at the 50th. 2864 viewsWell after everyone had gone to bed except me and the FILwakkatoo
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Bar at the 50th3201 viewsMy fridge never looked so good!wakkatoo
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Birthday Brewing2637 viewsGetting 2 brews down before we wnt away for christmas - hadn't even finished unpacking!wakkatoo
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