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Introduction

Steps to System
Construction

1. Frame
2. Burners and Gas Lines
3. Heat Shielding
4. HLB, Mash Tun,
and Kettle
5. Heating Chamber
6. Immersion Chiller
7. Counterflow Heat
Exchanger
8. Pumps
9. Plumbing for both
Chillers
10. RIMS Control System
11. Electrical Plan
12. Controller

Brewing

Brewery Construction Guide

Heating Chamber

Materials                                                                                                          Special Equipment
1 Copper Tubing 1.5” x 13.5”                                                                         Soldering Torch
2 Copper Tubing .5” x 1”
1 Copper T Joint 1.5” x .5” x 1.5”
1 Copper Reducer 1.5” x .5”
Silver Solder (Lead free)
Silver Solder Paste
Steel Wool
1 Steel Hot Water Heater Element Converter (Screw-in to Bolt-on)
1 Hot Water Heater Element 12” or 13” long (Screw-in style, 240volts, 4500watts)
2 Straps for 1.5” Tubing (Copper or Steel)
 

Procedures
Cut the 1.5” diameter copper tubing to 13.5” in length.  File edges of this tube and all to follow.
Cut off 0.5” of the top end of the t joint.  (Caution: Must be a 90-degree cut so that the element fits in evenly.)
     Alternative: Don’t use the t joint and drill/solder .5” copper tubing into the side of an extra long 1.5” tube.
Apply soldering paste to the bottom edge of the converter and place top-down onto a table.
Connect the 1.5” tubing to the bottom end of the t joint and apply paste to the top of the t joint.
Connect the top (cut end) of the t joint to the bottom edge of the converter.
The converter should now be on the table with the t joint & 1.5” tubing connected above.
Line-up the converter to the t joint / tubing so that element will be able to fit into the center of the tubing.

Caution: The element must not touch the sides of the copper tubing when screwed into the converter.

Solder the converter to the t joint.
Paste and solder the t joint to the tubing.
Paste and solder the copper reducer to the bottom of the tubing.
Paste and solder the two .5” x 1.5” copper tubes to the reducer (entrance) and t joint (exit) of the chamber.
Attach the chamber loosely to the wood frame using straps and wood screws.
You may need to turn the chamber later when attaching to the copper plumbing lines in Step 9.
Screw the element into the chamber.

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