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Brew Day – BBX Vanilla Porter

Brew Day – BBX Vanilla Porter

I’ve decided to take part in this year’s “Black Beer of Christmas” Facebook group brew-off(up?). The idea is to brew a beer, bottle it and send a batch of it to your local hub. Shortly afterwards, you’ll get a box back with a selection of other brewers beer! This year’s theme is Porter, so I’ve decided to have a go at brewing a Vanilla Porter. Recipe: 4.5kg Munton’s Maris Otter / Propino Blend (5.9 EBC) 1kg Munich Malt (20 EBC)…

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Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 4)

Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 4)

The PID control box, temperature probe, water heating pot and the re-circulation coil are ready (see parts one, two and three).  The remaining jobs I need to complete are: Install fittings for the pipe work Test everything! The parts used here are: PT100 temperature probe with 1/4″ BSP fitting 1/2″ to 1/4″ BSP Reducing bush 1/2″ BSP female nipple 2 x 1/2″ Camlock Type F fittings 2 x 1/2″ Camlock Type C fittings 2 x hose clips 0.5m silicone hose I…

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Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 3)

Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 3)

The PID control box, temperature probe, and the water heating pot are ready (see parts one and two).  The remaining jobs I need to complete are: Make a copper pipe coil Install fittings for the pipe work Test everything! So, next up is some copper bending! The parts used here are: 3 meters of 12mm copper pipe Kids play sand 2 x 1/2″ / 12mm compression fittings 1/2″ Tee piece A 500ml beer bottle I first tried to bend the…

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Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 2)

Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 2)

The PID control box and temperature probe are ready (see part 1 here).  The next jobs I need to complete are: Fit a heating element to the asparagus pot Make a copper pipe coil Install fittings for the pipe work Test everything! So, next up is setting up the pot that’s going to hold my warm water and act as the heat exchanger.  The parts I used are: 3 Litre Asparagus Steamer 1500W Kettle Element The steamer is basically just…

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Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 1)

Brewery Upgrade: HERMS System (Part 1)

Since building my brewery kit, I’ve managed to brew a few beers… #1 – Dirty Daemon II – Detailed in my last post, an American APA with loads of Citra in the boil & dry-hopped. #2 – A Christmas CarAle – A Christmas ale spiced with Star Anise, Cinnamon and Nutmeg.  Based on Greg Hughes’ recipe in Home Brew Beer. #3 – Oaty McOatFace – An Oatmeal Stout, based on James Morton’s recipe in Brew. #4 – Unnamed – A…

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