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My 25 gallon boiler builds...

Postby Stainless dude » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:37 pm

Hi guys, I've been using a 15 gallon keg for my boiler and wanted something a bit bigger.
Started out by having the local sheet metal shop roll me a tube, and form my lid. I made the bottom myself. It's made out of 14 ga 304 stainless.
Here are some photos..
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby BadAssBass » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:59 pm

That's beautiful!
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Swede » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:09 pm

Nice boiler. You'll be bery happy with the extra capacity. Are you going with triclamp ports everywhere or you going to put a manway on the top for cleanout and access?
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:18 pm

Thanks guys.
Hi swede, yes all triclamp. Four inch for column. Four inch clean out-fill, and a couple od three inch for sight glass. Would be nice to have a eight inch man hole for clean out, but trying to keep the cost down.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby BareKnuckles » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:33 pm

Very nice :handgestures-thumbupright:

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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Spud1700 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:47 pm

Very cool :) I am liking the look of it......
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby sweden » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:28 pm

Nice done and weld :text-coolphotos:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stinger » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:42 pm

:text-bravo: Nice-looking build there.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Bonjimmi » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:03 am

Very nice work.... :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Bushman » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:06 am

If you don't mind me asking how much do you have into the boiler and if you were to have done the pattern lay-out would that of saved you money? The reason I ask is we have a Technical College that has a great welding program and I was thinking about asking the instructor about building one around 30 gallons for me.
I started my liquid diet and so far it seems to be working! I've already lost two days.

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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:50 am

Thanks stinger, not really planning on building them to sell.
Hi bushman, it cost me $300 bucks to get the parts made. The outer shell and top, inc. material..
I got some more done this morning, I'll try and post more photos tonight..
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby BareKnuckles » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:57 am

Got my popcorn and beer ready! :text-goodpost: :text-coolphotos:


Getting inspired..Again...lol...


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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Bushman » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:06 am

You have the top for the column and 2 ports. One as a fill port what are your plans for the other ( site glass)?
I started my liquid diet and so far it seems to be working! I've already lost two days.

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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Prairiepiss » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:13 am

Great looking build. :handgestures-thumbupright: Your wells make me sick. :mrgreen:

Gota ask why you welded the top inset into the boiler so far? And how you cleaned it up so well?
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby lokibrew » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:29 am

PP, I think that second picture with the inset is the bottom, with a shallow slope to center.. I imaging the inset is to allow for the shallow cone.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Prairiepiss » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:44 am

:handgestures-thumbupright: Got it
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Fri Apr 12, 2013 6:20 am

Bushman wrote:You have the top for the column and 2 ports. One as a fill port what are your plans for the other ( site glass)?

Yep, good guess. I decided to put a sight glass on top and one on the side. Always wonder what is going on inside there, now I'll be able to have a look.
Prairiepiss wrote:Great looking build. :handgestures-thumbupright: Your wells make me sick. :mrgreen:

Gota ask why you welded the top inset into the boiler so far? And how you cleaned it up so well?

Loki was right PP, that is the bottom. It is recessed because I run natural gas and wanted to a bit of a gas skirt. As far as the finish, just lots of sanding and hours at the buffer. It's not really much fun but
the results are worth the extra time... :grin:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:34 am

Got some more done today, got most of my threaded couplings in, more polishing, and then I polished some more.... :obscene-drinkingcheers:
Got the legs done, and welded the wheels on, she's going to be mobile..
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:38 am

Having trouble with the pics here are a couple of more.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Bushman » Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:46 am

This is a fun thread to follow. Thanks for keeping it updated!
I started my liquid diet and so far it seems to be working! I've already lost two days.

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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Philter » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:09 pm

Top job on a great design and build Stainless Dude.
I wouldn't have thought you'd get such a great polish on that rough stainless. You must have a lot of patience :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:46 am

Thanks for all of your kind coments guys :grin: I got a bit more done today, she is standing on her own legs now and rolling around. I think that I am going to add a 3/4 inch
coupling for a pump fill. I think I saw that on swedes boiler, do many of you guys pump your wash into your boiler??
So about all I have left is putting the drain in, welding on the top ferrell and mounting the burner. Might be done tomorrow...
I am posting a photo of some of the polishing gear that I use.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Philter » Sat Apr 13, 2013 3:31 pm

That really is superb SD! Did you weld the inside & outside of the ferrules, or just one pass?

I use a small March Pump to transfer all my mash, wash and cleaning water. It's slow, does a good job and removes the heavy lifting.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:43 pm

Thanks Philter, I welded inside and out on the ferrules but didn't really need to. Couplings only one pass. I would like to go to 30 gallon fermenters so I'm sure a pump would be best.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:53 am

bentstick wrote::handgestures-thumbupright: on the pumps,I don't use anything fancy just a small RV 12 volt diaphragm pump with a inline filter for filling and emptying sure has changed the struggle of lifting as Philter said! :obscene-drinkingcheers:

So what hoses do I use? Would marine grade water hose work ok? And are you running your 12v pump with a battery or using a 12v power supply?? Are there 110v pumps that work well for this?
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:36 am

Well I finished the boiler this morning. Drain in, burner mounted. I think it turned out pretty ok :grin: I'm excited to give it a run... :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby FullySilenced » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:48 am

OMG Stainless Dude looks horrible there....




please send it over to my place at once where i sure the looks will improve drastically... :obscene-drinkingcheers: super job,... now we know who the pro is...
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:12 am

Now if I could get the all grain figured out :confusion-shrug: I'll keep reading..
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Philter » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:54 am

I'm using a mix of medium & heavy duty Silicone Hose. Both are food grade, but the heavy duty can withstand boiling wort/water and won't collapse under suction.

1/2" ID x ~25/32" (12.7mm x 20mm)
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:03 pm

Thanks bent stick and philter for the info on hoses and pumps. That is my next project. Larger fermenters and pump/hose rigs for wash transfer. For me this is what is so much fun about this hobby, so much to learn, new things to build, and great folk to keep you going in the right direction. Thanks guys :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby BareKnuckles » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:24 pm

That looks absolutely fabulous there SD. Incredible workmanship.


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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:54 pm

Thanks bare knuckles, it was a fun build.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stinger » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:44 pm

:text-goodpost: The whole rig looks VERY professional. I sure wish I had your welding skills.

Hard to imagine anything lower than top shelf coming outta that. Bling it on :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:17 pm

Thanks stinger :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:34 am

Hi guys. Making my first run with the new boiler this morning, I got to say its pretty cool to be able to see what is going on inside. The UJ wash foamed up a bit at first, then when up to temp the wash was boiling away but way different than water boils. Really cool to see, but I am easily amused.. It seemed to heat up a bit faster than my keg, I think because of it being larger diameter . This is such a fun hobby :grin:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby DrWho » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:54 am

Nice rig... :handgestures-thumbupright:

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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Hawk » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:59 am

All I can say is WOW :bow-blue:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby sweden » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:13 am

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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Swede » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:22 am

Beautiful, I just love it.
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:33 am

Thanks guys :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby sweden » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:47 am

Good to see a welder friend here WHO CAN weld +bild nice thinhgs
when have 2-3 mm material its Just melt it
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:15 am

Just keep at it sweden, practice,practice...
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby sweden » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:44 am

Yes , nead time to lern to weld like this
I start to weld when i was 14 years old and weld over 30 years now and stil lern new tricks ;-)
Can give you Stainless dude a advice , take this after you finish waxing and you get away with al the wax and get VERY shiny welds

http://www.textilhuset.se/somnad/sybeho ... lver-62002

Dont know what it calld in english :(

this pic a show here is how a do it and seams we do in same way ;-)
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby sweden » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:46 am

this shuld come first :(
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby BareKnuckles » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:49 am

Sure are some fancy welds sweden.... Very nice....


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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:56 am

Very nice sweden, I misunderstood your previous post. Nice work! :handgestures-thumbupright:
Welding that very thin material is not easy, very nice...
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby sweden » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:58 am

Stainless dude how much shuld you take for make a so very nice machine as you show us here? this most have take some time to make it
Realy nice done ,, this is HIGH CLASS nr 1 still and this is how a shuld make it to ,, but litle difrent sweden style ;-)

But most give you my respect :bow-blue: not many who can bild things like this

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Postby sweden » Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:59 am

dubbel post :oops:
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby sweden » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:04 am

If you take POWDER CHALK after you buff /polish with wax you will se BIG difrens , thats make the shine in welds perfekt
many take alcohol and clean after the wax , but try my way and I think you gone love it ;-)
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Re: My 25 gallon boiler build

Postby Stainless dude » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:13 am

sweden wrote:iF YOU TAKE POWDER CHALK AFTER YOU BEEN WAXINg/BUFFING you will see big difrens

I will look into that sweden. Thanks for your kind words, do you have any pics of your builds, I'm sure they are very nice and I would like to see more of your work.. :handgestures-thumbupright:
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