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Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:43 am
by thedragon
Hi

A mate and i at the weekend went halves in a BM20. It's a great piece of equipment that I'm sure we will enjoy using for a long time.

Like others that have posted here, we're having issues with the boil, not being able to get over 99'c, meaning that the boil timer isn't kicking in. But I'm sure that with a bit of experience we will work it out.

I'm looking forward to using this forum to help speed up the learning experience.

Cheers
Daniel

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:02 am
by Dan
Welcome aboard Daniel.
Set your boil temp to 102 - It will never reach 102, but this is what everyone else has been advised to do and seems to work. The boil timer should kick in at 98-99 I think.
Mine always boils at 99 and has only hit 100 just recently twice. No difference to the boil off though.
Was your boil a water only test or did you put down a brew?

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:13 pm
by royco
Welcome Daniel. I'm a bit worried about blokes from Melbourne because I know a guy called Bruce who knows how to drink beer properly and every time I have taken him on I have come runner-up ;0)
You will love your BM despite the unenthusiastic boil. BTW why 102° and not 101°? Surely water cannot boil above 100° so will it make a difference?

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:21 pm
by Dan
royco wrote:... BTW why 102° and not 101°? Surely water cannot boil above 100° so will it make a difference?


I think it was mentioned elsewhere in this forum that the point at which the boil counter starts is the boil set point -4, so the timer will start at 98. Mostly the temp will sit at 99, sometimes 100, occasionally 98. So 102 seems to be a good point at which the counter won't start too soon, but won't cut out if it drops temp a little.
101 would see the timer start a little early at 97, and 103 would make the timer pause each time the temp drops to 98 (won't happen often, but it does).

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:25 pm
by Nath83
Welcome, Daniel.
I have the same issue here as well with the 99C, but the boil timer will kick on after 5mins of 96C or above I believe. The temperature probe is in the centre of the vessel, where the water is the coolest. As long as you see movement up the top, you've got a boil. I did a test with 30L of water and could see a lot of bubbles coming up from the element when the probe was reporting 98C.

Hope this helps!

Cheers
Nath

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:30 am
by thedragon
Gents

Thanks for the feedback. It's all starting to make sense....

We set the boil temp to 102, however as the actual temp bounced between 98 and 99 the boil timer never kicked in.

Reading your replies and other posts next time we will:
1. Set the boil temp at 101 meaning that the boil timer will start after 3 minutes at 98
2. Make a jacket to sit around the BM kettle

Thanks for all your comments.

Dan, Nath, thanks for pointing out the -3 degree countdown start. I'd missed it in the BM manual
Ryco, I'm glad to hear that the reputation of Melbournians has made it all the way to SA. You should come down to OZ next year for the cricket World Cup.

Happy brewing

Daniel

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:13 am
by thedragon
Today I put down another two brews on the BM20.

How easy is it when you know what your doing?

Setting the boil temp at 101 rather than 102 and a yoga mat wrapped around the BM solved the problems that I'd had on me maiden brew.

I should have brought a BM sooner.

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:33 am
by Cervantes
Dragon

I'm glad it's going well for you.

I used a $9.00 car sun visor for my insulation and set my boil temp to 102 and haven't had problems yet. But it's been bloody hot here.

Cheers
Andy

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:01 am
by royco
Happy for you Dragon. About to do another brew and will try using a mat or old sleeping bag.

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:56 am
by thedragon
Cervantes wrote:Dragon

I'm glad it's going well for you.

I used a $9.00 car sun visor for my insulation and set my boil temp to 102 and haven't had problems yet. But it's been bloody hot here.

Cheers
Andy


I like the idea Andy. A sun visor may be easier to adapt than my yoga mat. Cheers Daniel

RE: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:58 am
by thedragon
royco wrote:Happy for you Dragon. About to do another brew and will try using a mat or old sleeping bag.


Good luck with your next brew Royco. The mat made a big difference to my boil temp (1 to 2 degrees). Cheers daniel

Re: Melbourne: Hi, I'm a new BM20 owner

Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:42 am
by royco
Hi Daniel, would be great to visit OZ for the cricket WC. You guys recently gave us a clinical lesson on how to play the game! What a team you have.
Do you follow Super 15 rugby there or only that game with the nice man in a nice white coat on the sidelines? I've heard some rude versions of what the crowd says just before he puts his hands in front of him 12" apart.
It's still mid morning here so about to start a 50L batch of Amber Ale and will def try a sleeping bag for insulation.
Cheers, Roy