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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First all-grain Brew Day: Dirty Daemon II

First all-grain Brew Day: Dirty Daemon II

TLDR; I had a number of disasters, but it turned out ok in the end! Read on… 🙂 I’ve finally got everything together to make my first all-grain brew on my new equipment!  As it turned out really well, I’ve decided to make the all-grain version of the Dirty Daemon extract-based beer I made last November.  It’s a really nice amber-coloured American Pale Ale with lots of Citra hops and should turn out at around 6.5% vol. On Friday evening I…

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Building A New Brewery – Part 3: SS Brewtech Kettle

Building A New Brewery – Part 3: SS Brewtech Kettle

Maybe this blog post should have an alternative title…  “NPT thread? BSP thread? ARGH!” or maybe “Why can’t I stop that bl**dy leak?!?”. So, I’ve got this brand new 15 (US) Gallon SS Brewtech Kettle, from The Malt Miller.  It’s very shiny… Installing the supplied ball valve, bulkhead & the recirculation plugs are a doddle – You just need to grab some PTFE tape and follow the nice little instruction guide that comes with the kettle. Next up was the…

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Building A New Brewery – Part 2: Buffalo Tap Fitting

Building A New Brewery – Part 2: Buffalo Tap Fitting

I’ve got a new 40L Buffalo hot water boiler to use as a HLT in my new setup.  I need to remove the plastic tap and replace it with new 1/2″ Ball Valve, nipple, lock nut, washer and Camlock fittings. Remove the tap and save the plastic washer to use with the new fittings.  You’ll notice the tap hole isnt round, so you’ll need to round it out and slightly enlarge it for the 1/2 nipple to fit. At this point…

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