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Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby we5ty » Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:36 pm

Hi all,

I finally got my hands on a new shiny bit of brew kit, wrapped under the Christmas tree... A 20L braumeister! Now the 2 day festivities have finished I can get into learning how to use it.

I have a bit more than 50 brews under my belt, all BIAB but I have gone from 30L stovetop to 30L electric element, to 50L electric up to 70L recirc electric BIAB. (A 12kg dry malt bill is a bitch to lift in a bag when it is wet!)

I went the 20L brau and downsized my batch size purely because I wanted the freedom to brew in my garage in winter and on the deck in summer - and getting a 15a point installed was looking too expensive as well. From the research I have done I figured the ease of brewing in the braumeister means more different beers more often. We will see if I regret going the 20L over the 50L!

I'm planning a test run tomorrow to work out volumes and boiloff, then hopfully get some time for a brewday before new years.

Cheers

westy
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby Oz11 » Fri Dec 26, 2014 1:02 pm

Welcome to the forum and to the B.O.C. I reckon you're going to enjoy your new pressie.

Good luck with the test run, have a look round the forum, there's a shed load of useful info on here.

I was recommended by several to buy a 50L, but it would have been too big for my needs. Brew little and often, I think I might even be hearing a 10L BM calling me in the distance....

Have fun!

Where are you, btw?
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby we5ty » Fri Dec 26, 2014 8:42 pm

Thanks! This forum does have heaps of information. At the moment I'm trying to get my head around the different rests and their importance when using a well modified malt. My uneducated thought at the moment is just because i can do rests doesn't mean I should in every beer. Experiments will show some difference I guess, and a lot of reading when I'm on a quiet night shift.
I'm in Australia, about 45min nw of melbourne. Seems like there are a few from Aus on here.
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby Dicko » Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:49 pm

Hi Westy,

Welcome here mate, you will love your BM easy to brew and easy to clean. :)

When I got my BM I tended to use the step mash function for every brew.
Now I tend to make use of a step if I fell it suits the ingredients I am using.
For example, if the grain bill has wheat in it then I do a protein rest and from my personal experimenting I believe a rest at 71 deg for most grain bills does improve the head on a beer.

Enjoy you new kit.

:cheers:
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby niels » Tue Dec 30, 2014 10:28 pm

Welcome! Maybe we can start a sub forum for all you Braumeister loving Aussies ;)

Did you get a 2015 model?

There is a lot to read on the forum, but feel free to share some experiences/recipes too.

:cheers:
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby we5ty » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:20 am

Hi Niels,

Yep I got the 2015 model - sort of by accident. I was hoping my home brew shop would have a pre christmas sale (generally they offer 10% off braumeisters). They announced the sale at the same time as they announced the new model - I was over the moon!

I did my first brew yesterday - A Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone that I like better than the real thing so I thought it would be a good place to start. I have posted some of my problems from yesterday's brew - volume measurements and temp control problems. But overall the brew went well - I was over volume by 2L but under gravity by 3 points - got 75% efficiency. I will try milling a little finer, stirring a couple of times during the mash and slower sparging and I might get better efficiency. A few more batches under my belt and I will be back to feeling like I know what I am doing!

I think us Aussies like to keep things simple - BIAB and no chill are pretty great examples. That might be why the BM is gaining so much popularity here - why spend more time making beer when you could be drinking it!!!

Cheers,

westy
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby Mr O » Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:36 am

Hi westy,
I'm still undecided which BM to buy but edging towards a 20l. I know it's early days still for you but do you still think you made the right decision? My main concern over buying a 50l is that I won't be able to lift the malt pipe out when it's full of wet grain. Perhaps it's easy at ground level but then it's not possible to get the wort into a fermenter.
Happy brewing,
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby Luis Coentrao » Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:10 pm

Hi We5ty,

Welcome to BM's world!
Can you post your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Recipe?
Anxious to see it :beerbang:

Cheers
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby Mr O » Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:42 am

Luis Coentrao wrote:Hi We5ty,

Welcome to BM's world!
Can you post your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Recipe?
Anxious to see it :beerbang:

Cheers
Luis



Good call :beer:
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby we5ty » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:30 pm

Mr O wrote:Hi westy,
I'm still undecided which BM to buy but edging towards a 20l. I know it's early days still for you but do you still think you made the right decision? My main concern over buying a 50l is that I won't be able to lift the malt pipe out when it's full of wet grain. Perhaps it's easy at ground level but then it's not possible to get the wort into a fermenter.
Happy brewing,
Mr O


Hey Mr O,
No regrets at all - but I'm only 1 brew down. I can't see me missing my old 50L system with how easy the brewday was the other day. Once I dial in this system I should be able to comfortably do 2 batches in a day - along with mowing the lawns and looking after the kids ect ect.

But I also like variety in my keg fridge, and tinkering with a recipe to get it perfect. Tinkering and stuffing up 50L of beer can be hard to drink! But I can deal with 20L.

Cheers,
Westy
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby we5ty » Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:52 pm

Luis Coentrao wrote:Hi We5ty,

Welcome to BM's world!
Can you post your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Recipe?
Anxious to see it :beerbang:

Cheers
Luis


I'll post it in the recipes section - I adjusted the recipe slightly from last time to suit the malts I had available - time will tell if I need to go back to the original recipe!

Cheers,
Westy
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Re: Hi from Melbourne

Unread postby ibbones » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:19 pm

Mr O wrote:Hi westy,
I'm still undecided which BM to buy but edging towards a 20l. I know it's early days still for you but do you still think you made the right decision? My main concern over buying a 50l is that I won't be able to lift the malt pipe out when it's full of wet grain. Perhaps it's easy at ground level but then it's not possible to get the wort into a fermenter.
Happy brewing,
Mr O

Mr. O, I cannot tell you which size to get but I can tell you how I picked MY BM20L,
I have been brewing for almost six years with the cooler mash tun and two pots. I even have a keggle so I can do 50L/10G batches. My problem is I only have room for two fermenters and that gives me 50L of the same beer.
I also have a medical problem and can no longer lift the heavy things anymore. I found that I haven't brewed a big batch in about three years. I kept using the smaller pot and did 20L/5G batches. Cleanup was easier and it gave me two different beers to drink.
I have watched a BUNCH of You Tube videos on the Braumeister and (for me) the choice was easy to make.
I not only have no regrets buying the 20L size but I am glad I do not have the 50L size.
Good luck and there is no wrong choice.
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