18 November 2008
Well my people. It would appear that the end has finally begun. As you can see all the pieces are in their proper place, as far as I know there are no leaks, and according to my calculations we should not have a another meltdown this time. Yes, we had an unfortunate incident with very much too much electricity coursing through a small solenoid valve which resulted in a "simplification" of my design. This design will be an easier start to get things fermenting though it bothers me to no end that I will not yet be using the stainless steel float valve and delay relay which was going to keep the sparge level at just the right place.... *sigh*
But we must temper our desire for perfection knowing full well that we cannot alter the entire vessel that is our soul all at once. Only by testing, by trial, by change and by learning can we ever hope to possess the perspicacity to function according to our will. Much like other sea-going vessels our soul cannot be completely re-fitted in the middle of is voyage. You cannot remove all the rotten planks and timbers at once or you will find that you are at the bottom of the ocean. No we must make one or two adjustments at a time and trust that our vessel will get us to where we long to go. There is no "Truth" for us folks, no ideal, no purity of life... there is only the human nature that pushes us beyond ourselves... a desire to be that which we currently are not... an eternal gnawing dissatisfaction that fuels our journey toward God. But in order to be what we are we must also realize that it is not our nature to 'be' (what we want to be) but rather our nature to 'become'. We must have patience with ourselves, we must allow ourselves to 'become' and not require ourselves to already 'be'.
Very well nature... I shall accept my becoming for now... let's begin without an automated sparge tank for now, knowing that many tweaks will be required for my brewery even without that added level of complexity...
I have enclosed the heat exchange unit since I have completed calibrating it so that it will not yield more than 20% of it's power at a time, which will prevent me from again melting the solder on the copper heat-exchange pipe.
I have also mounted and enabled a temperature controller that will control the temperature of the sparge water in the sparge tank.
And this tub should do nicely for draining the remaining liquids from the lines once the mash is complete.
And finally I would like to highlight my favorite component so far, our fermenter. Tim and Brian seem to have created the stand for it, carefully calculating the exact height for draining the kettle into it. ;) Tim and I later added some foam rubber weather stripping and clamps for an airtight seal, and then mounted the bubble trap on the top to allow CO2 release without danger of infection.