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Nice one Kelsey - might need to upgrade the kegerator now 🙂

I've just rebuilt and relocated by control box. Moved all the cables behind the cabinet and ran 2.5mm cable everywhere.  Added another SSR for sparge control and now using my old crab cooker for the sparge HLT. Does away with the old 10L urn and STC and puts it all under control of craftbeerpi on the raspberry pi. Upgraded the element to a 4500w ULWD jobbie running on a 20A GPO. Will need to replace one of the RCBOs with a 20A instead of the current 16A though I'm also playing with re-coding the pid algorithm on the pi to reduce the max draw. I was able to run the element at 90% duty cycle before it tripped the 16A switch. Now just waiting for some SS piping to make up a hard line for the recirculation feed...

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1 hour ago, Wobbly74 said:

I've just rebuilt and relocated by control box

Very nice! But I'm more interested in how your Porsche is going. Much progress? 

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1 hour ago, Wobbly74 said:

I've just rebuilt and relocated by control box

Very nice! But I'm more interested in how your Porsche is going. Much progress? 

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7 hours ago, porschemad911 said:

Very nice! But I'm more interested in how your Porsche is going. Much progress? 

I keep throwing money at it, does that count? 😑

No, there has been progress...the gearbox had just been completed, the engine is back together, the webers rebuilt...just need you source a few parts and get it back together now...

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Well after trying to reorganise my garage 3 times to try and fit in a brew fridge, I went and bought a Cool Brewing bag this morning. While I probably won’t be brewing any lagers during summer, I don’t really drink to many anyway.

With music rooms and camping gear, I think this might be the best solution to get some temp control.

I’ll be putting it to the test tomorrow, got the ice bricks in the freezer ready.

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2 minutes ago, NewBrews said:

Well after trying to reorganise my garage 3 times to try and fit in a brew fridge

I am fiddling around too. I think I have a spot for my brew area but it will require a sparkie to get some extra power points and to change the automatic garage door to the other garage door $$$$$$$$

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Dad came around earlier with the jigsaw to cut a section from the bench behind the bar, in order to fit the tap tower and drip tray in. I didn't want the drip tray on the bench as the clearance wouldn't be high enough to fit all the different sized glasses I have. Now just to fill a couple of kegs with beer.

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Cheers

Kelsey

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Where did you get the tap handles from Kels? 

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4 minutes ago, Titan said:

Where did you get the tap handles from Kels? 

Just eBay at various times. I have a few others as well. The plain timber one is actually a Sierra Nevada PA one but I took the top off it as that tap is permanently on soda water duty. Gas cylinder fits nicely in beside the kegerator too.

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Gonna have to cut some more out of the bench on the right side. The fridge was getting too hot being right up against the timber panel on the left side and not chilling down below about 8 degrees, just moved it about 7-8cm away from it and it's going fine now. No urgency though, I won't have beer on tap again for at least a month anyway.

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Otto, from someone that would never consider having a bar, that's a f***ing pretty impressive bar. Nice work and kudos to Otto's dad as well.

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On 1/10/2019 at 9:17 PM, Wobbly74 said:

 

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I hope you know this photo looks like a prop from Mission Impossible.
"Jim, your mission, if you choose to take it, is to disarm the bomb...."

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It looks a bit like the inside of my guitar amp as well. 

Yep pretty stoked with the bar setup. Can't wait to actually pour a beer behind it though!

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7 hours ago, Otto Von Blotto said:

I won't have beer on tap again for at least a month anyway.

Rookie error!!

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5 hours ago, Beer Baron said:

Rookie error!!

Got one lagering that I'll keg in about 9 days or so. Gonna do a brew day tomorrow too. The house move stuffed it all up but since we're permanently here now, I can get back into the production routine again. 

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On 1/12/2019 at 4:53 PM, NewBrews said:

I went and bought a Cool Brewing bag this morning.

Can't go wrong with this, they're brilliant.

Cheers,

John

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On 1/12/2019 at 4:58 PM, Beer Baron said:

I am fiddling around too. I think I have a spot for my brew area but it will require a sparkie to get some extra power points and to change the automatic garage door to the other garage door $$$$$$$$

Haha! Not worth it for home brewing I reckon ... get a Cool Brewing Bag instead. 😋

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20 minutes ago, porschemad911 said:

Can't go wrong with this, they're brilliant.

Cheers. I’ve read quite a few great things about them, including yours.

I never got the brew down until tonight, and my temp was a little high so I stuck a couple of smaller bricks in tonight, along with the 2 x 2l milk bottles. I’ll see how it’s going in the morning and might pull the two smaller ones out.

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1 hour ago, porschemad911 said:

Nice work Kelsey, looks great. You just need some better spirits.

Cheers mate. Most of those aren't even mine 😂 but Jack Daniels has been one of my favourite drinks since I was 18. The other one of mine is a bottle of cognac. The rest were leftovers from new year's but they were the girls drinks.

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