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    Basterfield Urn Conversion


    Starting a thread to document my adventures.

    I found other threads on here to be super useful in my own research, so hopefully this will be useful to someone else in the future wanting to do something similar.

    [edit: no idea how to get the picture in the right orientation - apologies]

    50l Urn fresh out the box! Internal diameters are 35cm internal diameter and 57cm internal height - so volume of ~54l to the brim
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    Urn tap replaced with 3 piece ball valve. Dip tube added on the inside. All parts bought from NDE.
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    DIY Voile bag - lots of swearing between my mother and myself to get this thing sewn!
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    Had to make a new immersion chiller as well, given how much deeper the urn is to my existing aluminium pot.
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    Slow and steady wins the race...
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    I plan on using my old immersion chiller in a pot of ice water as a pre-chiller first in line to hopefully chill a bit faster...

    First brew day coming up this Saturday. I need to finish up wiring internally to bypass simmerstat and dry-boil protection (and replace the indicator lamp that I accidentally broke a lead off of ).

    If all goes well on the first brew day (i.e. nothing needs fixing) then I want to add a pump and PID (Have a C100, PT100 probe and SSR waiting on the workbench... just need to sort the false bottom / grid, the pump, silicone tubing and another ball valve to control the flow)...

    It's been a lot of fun this far... really looking forward to the first brew day!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikusj View Post
    Starting a thread to document my adventures.

    I found other threads on here to be super useful in my own research, so hopefully this will be useful to someone else in the future wanting to do something similar.

    [edit: no idea how to get the picture in the right orientation - apologies]

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    Looks like another professional quality build. Well done so far

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    Looking good, if I may ask, what was the price for the ball valve+dip tube?
    I'm looking to do the same conversation, but without the chiller for now.

    Do you have thoughts yet regarding what to use as a false bottom?

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    Lots of these on the go at the moment it seems. I ordered my basterfields beginning last week so waiting for them to be built. Will start my thread when they arive. Only recieved my B111-P pumps so far.

    Great work, keep the pics comming.

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    Thanks! Anxious to see how it performs on brew day - we're all in this for the professional tasting results though aren't we!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shatter View Post
    Looking good, if I may ask, what was the price for the ball valve+dip tube?
    I'm looking to do the same conversation, but without the chiller for now.

    Do you have thoughts yet regarding what to use as a false bottom?
    This is what I used to replace the tap:

    Swage Nipple -> ball valve -> Hex Nipple ->Stainless Steel washer -> URN Sidewall <- Red fibre Washer <-Lock Nut from old Urn Tap <- 90deg Elbow <- Swage Nipple.

    Ball Valve - ~R191
    Hex Nipple - ~R24
    Elbow - ~R25
    Swage Nipple x 2 - R57
    Total: ~R298

    Still looking for a suitable stainless steel false bottom solution...

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    Looks great man!
    Thanks for the breakdown on the tap components used.

    Is that the 3/8" 15m soft drawn copper tubing ?
    That's what i planned on getting and making a "single coil" chiller, but your "double coil" chiller looks legit!

    Currently still looking at options for a false bottom and potentially making a malt budget pipe of sorts (after seeing the cheap bucket version posted in the other thread).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaPunT View Post
    Looks great man!
    Thanks for the breakdown on the tap components used.

    Is that the 3/8" 15m soft drawn copper tubing ?
    That's what i planned on getting and making a "single coil" chiller, but your "double coil" chiller looks legit!

    Currently still looking at options for a false bottom and potentially making a malt budget pipe of sorts (after seeing the cheap bucket version posted in the other thread).
    Yup - 3/8 soft drawn. See this thread for a lot of reference- https://www.homebrewtalk.com/threads...hiller.106415/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikusj View Post
    Yup - 3/8 soft drawn. See this thread for a lot of reference- https://www.homebrewtalk.com/threads...hiller.106415/
    Shot for the link, so much valuable info!!

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    @Rikusj have you tested your setup yet? What do you think is the largest batch you'd be able to do in that urn?

    I will try to order my urn early next week. Just trying to figure out if this will be the size to go for. Go big comes to mind, because I really want to build a semi permanent long term setup and use it for years, not rebuild in a few months to go bigger.
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