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    CaterPride 50lt Dema-Clone


    Stating up the build thread for this little project.

    First things first, I reckon PID is the way to go, the 50lt Caterpride has a 3KW element I believe (to be confirmed tomorrow) so it will overshoot the 10A rating for the relays in the STC1000.

    Heading out to Makro tomorrow morning to pick up the Urn and thereafter I can inspect it up close and see what fittings I need to procure.

    I'll pic and post as I go
    Last edited by BackOffMyBrew; 26th June 2020 at 11:35.

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    Looking forward to this thread, I'd be the guy to open the box and inspect the urn in store, looking for shoddy joints or "friday" builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by groenspookasem View Post
    Looking forward to this thread, I'd be the guy to open the box and inspect the urn in store, looking for shoddy joints or "friday" builds.
    That's definitely me, store sales people hate me

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackOffMyBrew View Post
    That's definitely me, store sales people hate me
    Well, if they want our money they'd hate us less. I vote with my wallet and will take my money elsewhere without a scene or a blow up and then avoid the store going forward.
    I care as much about "haters" as they care for me, so no loss really. I'd rather spend more somewhere else where my cash is wanted and if there's a monopoly on the product, I'll import it usually for less
    \_(ツ)_/

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    I think this is what I love most about homebrewing... The home builds... Look forward to this. I'm slowly adding bits and bobs to my Tupperware brewery in similar fashion.
    Cheers,
    Lang
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    I'm coincidentally doing something similar, got the urn from Makro a few days ago, and I've done a test brew using the urn as a boiler after replacing the tap with a proper lever ball tap.

    The 3kw element worked well for a 20l batch, and the boil was nice and vigorous, the urn has no temperature sensor, so does not cut out when boiling.

    I've ordered some REX-C100's with SSR's and Temperature probes from Banggood, which will probably take a month or so to arrive, once I have everything together I'm planning on putting together an eHerms type system, something based off The Electric Brewery but more portable since I don't have the space for a dedicated brew room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul.stevens View Post
    I'm coincidentally doing something similar, got the urn from Makro a few days ago, and I've done a test brew using the urn as a boiler after replacing the tap with a proper lever ball tap.

    The 3kw element worked well for a 20l batch, and the boil was nice and vigorous, the urn has no temperature sensor, so does not cut out when boiling.

    I've ordered some REX-C100's with SSR's and Temperature probes from Banggood, which will probably take a month or so to arrive, once I have everything together I'm planning on putting together an eHerms type system, something based off The Electric Brewery but more portable since I don't have the space for a dedicated brew room.
    This is great to hear (the rolling boil), I'm picking mine up today, did not want to go out in the Cape Town's storm yesterday.

    I too have the same PID on its way from Banggood, keen to see your progress as well - please post it here if you want

    As a matter of interest, what was the boil-off rate, if you checked

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    The boil-off rate seems to be about 5l per hour, give or take. I'll post my progress here as well, no need to create yet another thread for the same thing.

    BTW, I've had to go with using brass threaded nipples for adding the ball valve for now, I just couldn't find any stainless steel ones, if you happen to find stainless steel ones anywhere please let me know. I'm concerned about electrolytic corrosion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul.stevens View Post

    BTW, I've had to go with using brass threaded nipples for adding the ball valve for now, I just couldn't find any stainless steel ones, if you happen to find stainless steel ones anywhere please let me know. I'm concerned about electrolytic corrosion.

    Will do, I'm thinking of approaching NDE here in Killarney Gardens for some goodies, they have nice stainless steel tubing as well

    http://www.nde.co.za/products/bsp-fittings

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul.stevens View Post
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    I've ordered some REX-C100's with SSR's and Temperature probes from Banggood, which will probably take a month or so to arrive, once I have everything together I'm planning on putting together an eHerms type system, something based off The Electric Brewery but more portable since I don't have the space for a dedicated brew room.
    Why not locally, unless BangGood is way cheaper?

    > https://www.robotics.org.za/REX-C100-KIT
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