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Old 10-06-2017, 03:40 PM   #1
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So after using kits for a while, I decided to attempt AG. Not wanting to spend a fortune, I thought I would build my own equipment and upgrade as I go.

I am a total beginner at this so I watched a lot of videos and set at it. Yesterday I completed my first AG and it seemed to go ok (apart from the few lessons learnt found here http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=71663)

Boil kettle:

Equipment used:
30l FV
2x Tesco value kettles (£6 each)
15mm Compession tank connector (£2.32 toolstation)
Copper pipe (B&Q £6.24 3m x 15mm - This is enough for the mash tun too)
Ball valve to fit 15mm copper pipe (I liberated mine from work)
40mm & 20mm Hole saw (these were my measurements)
Sandpaper
PTFE tape (use it on every thread throughout)

First I took the kettles to pieces and removed the elements to fit. I measured the elements and found I needed a 40mm hole saw. There is a small metal disc inside that has to be removed, otherwise when it hits boiling it will cut off.
I then drilled, sanded and fitted them:

EDIT: I had a few problems with leaks from the kettle elements when in place. The wall of the kettle was slightly thicker than the FV. I ended up doubling the seals with some spare bits I had kicking about.




I then drilled a 20mm hole, sanded and fitted the tank connector, small length of copper pipe to a valve and another piece of copper pipe (followed by jubilee clipped hose)



I took a small length of copper pipe for a 'false bottom', however this proved a problem so I am going to change this to a 'flexible tap connector' with the rubber hose taken out of the middle (just leaving the mesh)




Mash Tun

Equipment used
12l Cool box (£9 poundstretcher) I may get a bigger size though
15mm Compession tank connector (£2.32 toolstation)
Ball valve to fit 15mm copper pipe
15mm Copper pipe 't' pieces and elbows
Copper pipe from above
16mm & 20mm drill bits/hole saws
1mm drill bit or similar

Firstly, I drilled through the bottom corner and fitted the tank connector, connected to ball valve (same as for boil kettle). I did have to make a bigger hole on the outside to fit a spanner in.




I then created my inner piping for the grain bed and drilled lots of small holes in it. This just slots into the tank connector. I didn't weld it together for easy cleaning:




Next, Sparge arm. I drilled a 16mm hole in the top of my cool box and poked a small length of copper pipe through.



Inside, push fitted together i created the sparge arm by drilling 1mm holes.




Wort chiller

Equipment used:
Wednesbury copper compression tube 8mm x 10m (£14.78 B&Q)
Hose pipe
Jubilee clips

Easy one. Just wrapped the copper pipe around a paint tin and connected the hose pipe to each end.




Final set up...



I hope this is of some use to someone...
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Excellent post.

And even better handiwork.
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Excellent post.

And even better handiwork.
Thankyou.

However handiwork wasnt that good... there were mistakes made along the way
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is that mashtun a coolbox from tesco? if so how well does it hold temps
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is that mashtun a coolbox from tesco? if so how well does it hold temps
It's the same as the tesco one, but a pound cheaper

I started at 65.5'C and an hour later 63.7'C. I did have a blanket around it, but it wasn't very thick.
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What size hose are people using to connect onto 15mm copper pipe?
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What size hose are people using to connect onto 15mm copper pipe?
Something about 15mm inside diameter, heat it up with hot water if its on the tight side to expand the hose. If you need to connect onto 10mm copper with a garden hose you can solder on a 10mm x 15mm reducer onto the 10mm end, that will give you a clean 15mm copper pipe end to attach the hose to.
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