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Old 01-12-2011, 05:15 PM #31
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https://www.tank-depot.com/productdet...t=A-SP0005-SQ8

I found one!!

This site has smaller vessels, down to 2.5 gallons if you are looking for cone bottom. I might try a new design soon . . .
oooooooo i want one.
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:50 PM #32
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Excellent idea!

Been scheming on how to waterfall without the impeller of a pump tearing up the micros.

Nice work

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:36 AM #33
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My newly designed tea brewer

Here is my newly built AACT brewer.

My old set-up was an X shaped PVC diffuser in a 5 gallon bucket. I imagined there were some 'dead zones' along the bottom of the bucket where the bottom met the side. My redesign is based on intelligent theory, instead of any actual microscope analysis.

Someone once dropped the idea of cone bottom tanks being used as a way to nearly eliminate dead zones. I experienced a little problem last summer with my vegetable/flower gardens and foliar spraying with my AACT. I think I introduced a little bit of 'nasties', particular to my tomatoes, peonies, peppers, and squash. I think most of that had to do with poor quality compost. But it still got the idea of cone bottoms churning in my mind again.

My 5 gallon vessel is QUALITY built! Heavy, thick plastic. The lid is vented. My gallon marks aren't painted bold/black though, no biggie. Here's a stock photo.



Here are some pics of my new set-up. I built a little table out of some scrap 2x4's and plywood.



I might need a little teflon tape to completely seal the threads on the bushing. These were loosely hand tightened and were dripping ever so slightly during my 'test run'.



Here is looking down inside the vessel. The angle of the side slope to the flat bottom is fairly open, to help eliminate dead zones. The air outlet is a 3/4" straight-pipe opening. No water backs into the air tube. I have been trying to think of a way to put a diffuser on here, but don't really even know if I need one.



Here is a pic of the bubbling test water in action. I am using a 70L/minute commercial air pump. I'm actually hoping there's not too much agitation, but I've heard thats nearly impossible. This is definitely Actively Aerated! The way it is setup now produces a nice column of air that really cycles the liquid. This really gets the water churning, breaks the water's surface tension, and produces a lot of movement of the suspended particles. I don't use a tea bag.



Any thoughts from 'the pros' or anybody else would be welcomed!
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nicely done.

you might want to have a valve of some kind somewhere( preferably at the bottom corner of the pvc) to drain the tea with ease. and aid in fast cleanup.
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I almost bought a ball valve but didn't. I still might add one.

The valve was pretty tight and needed a lot of force to adjust position. I thought it might strain the slip fit fittings. I also have been thinking about a small diffuser, so I might add/test some things this weekend.
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Beautiful design and execution - it looks to be very professional all the way around.

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That is the principle of the 'Dirt Simple' brewer
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Where did you get such a container? whats its actual use?
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Where did you get such a container? whats its actual use?
Look for the term 'cone bottom tanks' - they come in sizes from 5 gallon up to 20,000+ gallons.

Ones this size are not all that common compared to the larger size tanks offered.

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Thanks CC!

Thanks MM! I was unfamiliar with that brand.... Looks like I may have saved a couple of bucks. I had never actually seen a conical bottom brewer, so thats why I posted my design.

Razor - This is the actual site I purchased from. CC is right, the smaller tank sizes are a little more difficult to find. I would have preferred a round tank, but there a no sharp corners in this tank. I believe it's original purpose is for bio-diesel, but am not 100%.
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