08-09-2011, 02:37 PM #1
D.I.Y. 5-gallon vortex brewer
Alright I've already tried this once today but here we go again. This is my 5-gallon single airlift vortex brewer that i've built from parts i had left over from various projcts. So with that in mind im showing you my brewer as a guideline and to show you the problems i had and how i problem solved them. you want to build your brewer to cater to your needs. I went through about 3 different types and designs till i settled on this one. The reasons why i settled on the vortex brewer.
1.got tired of buying airstones
2.there are no dead spots will not go anaerobic
3.can sufficiently brew aact and nutrient teas(there is a difference)
4.optimal co2 do2 release
Most of the information i gathered to make this project is found on http://www.microbeorganics.com/ read the whole page to better under stand microbe organics before you begin. the rest i just googled and found on other forums.
So these are most the materials i used to make mine i don't suggest you try to copy mine exactly i used what i had laying around and there are better alternatives than what i used.
(do not use pipe glue on anything u want it to come apart to clean it after every use)
5-gallon culligan bottle(without the handle)
eco commercial air 1 (this is the smallest pump you can use)
1" pvc pipe and 1" elbows and tee's (biggest size you can use with this pump)
coulple different size air tubing
some patience and common sense
I will add captions next to the pics of importance and why i did certain things to make it work with a small sized pump.
this is what the finished product looks like
first pic the pump take the brass fitting off that comes with the pump it restricts cfm and ziptie a hose that fits over the nipple like so.
next thing that i had a problem with is when i first built it was i had an elbow coming straight out of the 5-gallon tank which wasn't giving me enough throw to create the vortex. so i came straight down out of the water bottle into 1' of pipe so i creates more of a drain or what i call throw. It has to be atleast 1' no less but it can be more here's a pic.
Next i used elbow's and tee's to build the airlift which use's air to lift the water to the top of the water bottle in which waterfalls back into the brewer. I have the elbow that is feeding the the waterfall at about 22.5 degree angle give or take.check it out
one of the most important parts is that everything is level and true so the vortex has a center gravity to it or it just wont work properly.now when i got to the top where it feeds back into the system instead of using an elbow i used a tee and about 6" of pipe and a end cap and drilled a hole for my tubing to fit in here's a pic.
now i ran my tubing to the very bottom of the pipe i found that is the best place for my lift to start to get the maximum lift of water for the vortex to work properly. here's a video to show how it works
i'm not the best at typing and explaining what i know in text but i did it the best i could if i find anything i missed or need to add i will. Or if you have any questions or if you need any help at all just ask here and i will be glad to help to the best that my knowlegde will let me.
Last edited by L; 08-31-2011 at 11:20 AM.
08-14-2011, 03:03 PM #2singleeGuest
What aquariums are you feeding?
08-17-2011, 08:56 PM #3skinwinsGuest
very nice, i was thinking about making one soon
08-17-2011, 09:08 PM #4
thanks skinwins the vortex is the bomb. If you do end up making one let me know i'll give my :2cents:.
08-17-2011, 09:16 PM #5skinwinsGuest
i brew my tea with air stones in a 5 gal bucket, so time to step up
08-17-2011, 09:26 PM #6
yeah i did that for awhile air stones kept clogging up. Then i made one of the pvc diffusers that fit around the bottom of the 5-gallon bucket and it just can't compete with the vortex.
08-28-2011, 08:38 PM #7grannysgtGuest
hello guy, love the pictures of to 5 gal brewer but cant make out all the fitting and sizes to you have a detailed parts list, and some good assembly pictures if not can you make me an offer to build one and i will pay to to ship it to me here in texas, am mecanacially inclined but need some parts list
thanks guy really need one here in 107 degree weather in texas thanks again, my email is [email protected]
08-29-2011, 11:39 AM #8
how's it going grannysgt. unfortunately i am not able to build one for you but i will most definitely help you make one.If you get the basic materials we can make this happen. do you have any yet if so what are we working with. I'm not going to walk you through it im just here to give a helping hand they are very easy to make. as of the parts you need to get a culligan bottle first then we can go from there.
08-29-2011, 05:14 PM #9grannysgtGuest
have the cullgan just need the pvc parts and and what size of pump lowest to make it work .
08-30-2011, 10:59 AM #10
the lowest pump to make it work is the eco commercial air 1 but the bigger the pump the better vortex (only get the commercial pumps) and the more outputs you can have. As for your pipe sizes measure the outside diameter of the spout on your culligan bottle whatever the outside diamiter of that is will be the inside diamiter of your pipe. I hope this helps you I'm a pretty busy guy with work and my family but i will help you as much as possible.