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… ūüôā 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 ‚Äď Part 3: SS Brewtech Kettle

Building A New Brewery ‚Äď 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 crappy plastic tap and replace it¬†with a decent ball valve. Parts List: 1/2″ Ball Valve nipple lock nut Silicone washer (20mm ID, 32mm OD) Camlock fittings Grinding stones 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…

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Building A New Brewery – Part 1, Mash Tun

Building A New Brewery – Part 1, Mash Tun

I recently saw a post on the “N.E. Home Brew Network” Facebook Group¬†regarding a bargain buy from Tesco for a 52 litre cooler box for ¬£20 – Ideal for converting into a mash tun. After a few good brews based on Malt Extract, I’ve worked out I could be saving between ¬£10 & ¬£20 per brew if I¬†was brewing “All-Grain” batches. ¬†It seemed like a no brainer! ¬†I placed my order and picked one up the next day. I scoured…

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