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Bill Aimonetti (12.86.25.188)
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 07:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Fermentation closet
Fermentation closet 48 - 80 degree range
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.86.25.188)
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 07:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

set up for a 10 & a 20 @ same time
set up for a 10 Gallon Gravity feed batch and a 20 gallon HERMS in batch at the same time.
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.86.25.188)
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 07:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

keg fridge
maple tower on converted frezer
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.86.25.188)
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 07:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

storage
cleaning / storage area
 

robert knight (65.208.210.98)
Posted on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 09:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

is this a garage or a storage shed?
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.86.26.110)
Posted on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 03:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is a garage, 30 x 30 with 11' ceiling
 

aquavitae (134.84.195.46)
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 01:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wow, lots of nice stuff. Could you say a bit more about the fermentation chamber as I am in the process of designing one of these. Are you happy with that insulation scheme? Looks like an AC unit in the back (BTUs? drainage?) and is that a heating unit on the left? Are you using two controllers or one of the dual jobs? Any other hints would be much appreciated.
Thanks,
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.83.81.146)
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 10:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The fermentation closet is just a 4x4 frame covered in 3/4 inch plywood shell with 4" styrofoam insulation everywhere but the doors where it is only 2". There is a small window AC unit through the back wall to the outside. I don't know the btus off hand but it was the smallest and cheapest at home depot. I just use the thermastat that is built into the unit for the summer months then do the same with thelittle heater in the winter. The average humidity here is about 14% so condensation never builds up. I tend to keep it about 50 in the winter and spring for lagers and about 63 in the summer months. I have an external temperature monitor to check on it without opening a door. The temperature stays pretty stable for how low tech it is and it was just a weekend project that cost less than a new chest freezer.

This whole brewery is the result of about 11 years of scrounging scrap yards and such with not much money invested. It would meet the buck-a-pound rule for sure.
 

Hedgie Bartol (65.1.175.236)
Posted on Tuesday, April 06, 2004 - 08:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill,

Got any designs you could share on that tower and converted freezer?

Thanks!

Hedgie
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.72.104.124)
Posted on Monday, May 03, 2004 - 03:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brewery mounted on cart
After years of collecting salvage yard goodies, I finally had enough to put this 20 gal semi-portable Herms together. It has one power connection, one water connection and one propane connection and requires no hand tools to make beer. It has a winch that bolts to the front to pull itself into the truck. My first batch using it was for Big Brew this weekend. It worked as planned and got 78% efficiency (the best I have ever had). It felt so good to be brewing instead of building. I think automation will need to wait a few batches J
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.72.104.124)
Posted on Monday, May 03, 2004 - 03:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

HLT
 

Bill Aimonetti (12.72.104.124)
Posted on Monday, May 03, 2004 - 03:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

grant
 

Gene Declue (65.148.44.16)
Posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2004 - 01:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

WOW!!!!!!
 

Jason Dalton
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Username: Hermsaholic

Post Number: 11
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 06:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thats a nice setup. I need to start spending more time at the scrapyard.
 

Ric Heinz
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Username: Rheinz

Post Number: 48
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill -

Are those forklift pockets I see?

You have a forklift?

Now I'm jealous...

Ric
Houston, TX
 

Bill Aimonetti
Member
Username: Zuchinnicat

Post Number: 213
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2004 - 01:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The cart was a shipping cart for some equipment I work on. They are used only to ship the stuff from Japan to Albuquerque then they are tossed. It does have forklift pockets though I doubt I will ever use them. The scrapyard I visit is now getting raided pretty hard. I guess stuff lasts no more than a week before some guy from China buys and shreds everything.
 

Doug W
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Username: Ravin

Post Number: 1
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2004 - 02:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Scrap is a mint right now, the Chinese have the market so inflated right now its not funny. I luckly work at a facility that is about 50% 319 SS so I get it before it makes it to the scrap yard. But stuff that goes is sold or shipped out in under 72 hours from there.

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