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Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Crunk » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:43 am

This weekend I will be taking my brewery apart, cleaning, and reconfiguring it with permanent but adaptable and easily changeable pex tubing, which I can buy at work for $3.10 per 20 foot stick, that's cheaper than hose from my lhbs. I change my hoses every 6 months for sanitary reasons.

Now that I have brewed in a few different ways, to see what works best for my system, I decided to set it up for recirculation and infusion mashes if desired by adding valves, this will also allow me to recirculate my mash tun/cooler only to set the grain bed during dough in, then open up the entire system to recirculate, as I am running a kettle rims system.

I have a few more items I am looking for, I still need a chest freezer or Keezer, a mill, and about 5 to 10 korny kegs.

That leaves me with one thing I have not tried yet, and that requires another burner, and kettle, I'm talking decoction mashing, I will try it a few times, unless I determine it a necessary process, then I would have to adapt my system with mash pumps etc... to stay low 02.
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Big Monk » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:59 am

Crunk wrote:This weekend I will be taking my brewery apart, cleaning, and reconfiguring it with permanent but adaptable and easily changeable pex tubing, which I can buy at work for $3.10 per 20 foot stick, that's cheaper than hose from my lhbs. I change my hoses every 6 months for sanitary reasons.

Now that I have brewed in a few different ways, to see what works best for my system, I decided to set it up for recirculation and infusion mashes if desired by adding valves, this will also allow me to recirculate my mash tun/cooler only to set the grain bed during dough in, then open up the entire system to recirculate, as I am running a kettle rims system.

I have a few more items I am looking for, I still need a chest freezer or Keezer, a mill, and about 5 to 10 korny kegs.

That leaves me with one thing I have not tried yet, and that requires another burner, and kettle, I'm talking decoction mashing, I will try it a few times, unless I determine it a necessary process, then I would have to adapt my system with mash pumps etc... to stay low 02.


I don't think PEX is rated for the temperatures we'd use in brewing.
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Crunk » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:46 am

It is I confirmed it through work, it is uv protected pex.
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Crunk » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:48 am

It will withstand an hour at 255°f before it softens up,
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Crunk » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:31 am

Alterations are complete system is running perfectly no leaks my temperatures on both sensors which are located at the outlets of each kettle are within .2 degrees of each other
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Techbrau » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:43 am

Are those brass pipe fittings? If so I think you should replace them with stainless steel because brass is quite reactive. It will leech copper at the very least, and some alloys even contain lead.
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Crunk » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:34 pm

They are sharkbite fittings, plastic lined
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Big Monk » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:32 pm

Crunk wrote:They are sharkbite fittings, plastic lined


They aren't plastic lined, only the insert is plastic.
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Re: Brewery reconfiguration weekend

Postby Crunk » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:57 pm

They will be getting changed out a little at a time, I have the sharkbite tool to unlock them
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