First 2 Beers on BM 20L

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First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Thebiglebrewski » Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:00 pm

I just completed my first 2 (out of 3) beers successfully.

The first attempt on this past Thursday - I was attempting a Czech Pils, everything was going fine until I screwed it all up. The combination of my daughter wanting attention and a neighbor dropping by caused me to forget to put the bottom screens of the malt pipe in before I put my grains in. I attempted to salvage the operation by dumping, straining, and starting over but there was a point where the stress was overtaking the fun of it. I dumped it all, showered and relaxed.

Friday I came back strong, and tackled the Czech Pils again, New machine, new process.. I was feeling the weight of uncertainty on my back the entire session but my competence was just enough to overcome another chaotic mess. Finished with 5.2 Gallons at 1.050 OG about 74% mash efficiency. Most interesting thing for me was that I recirculated my cooling water through my immersion chiller and with 40 lbs of ice I brought the wort down from 97 C to 18 C in 30 mins.

Saturday morning, I was on a roll, I was more confident around 75%. I tried thought more about my physical movements to maximize my own economy of motion. I went in with 12.5 lbs of grain for a Farmhouse Saison Ale, I used my water calculator, and came to the conclusion that I needed about 1.25 gallons of sparge water,considering 6 gallons of water in the Braumeister to start. I achieved 80% mash efficiency.
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Nesto » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:58 am

Nice recovery! Jumped right back on the horse that bucked you off ;)
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby niels » Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:24 pm

Nice one! You just showed who's boss :p

Are you bottling the beers or are you a kegger?

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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Thebiglebrewski » Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:40 am

I knocked out 2 more today. Vienna lager and blonde ale.

I keg but I've been trying the white labs farmhouse ale blend and I'm keeping that separate and bottling it.

So 4 beers down, I'm out of fermenters right now, going to do a few whiskey mashes while my lagers mature.
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Thebiglebrewski » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:54 pm

While I am waiting, figured I'd recycle some wood and knock the dust off of my soldering iron.

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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby lachiemack » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:53 am

Love the tap handles! Excellent way to spend time waiting on beer to ferment!
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Thebiglebrewski » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:37 pm

Thanks, I have been meaning to do that for awhile. I wanted to buy a laser engraver to have a professional look, rustic is cool though.
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Cervantes » Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:36 pm

Thebiglebrewski wrote:The first attempt on this past Thursday - I was attempting a Czech Pils, everything was going fine until I screwed it all up. The combination of my daughter wanting attention and a neighbor dropping by caused me to forget to put the bottom screens of the malt pipe in before I put my grains in.


You're not the first person who's done this. And probably not the last.

I'll put my hand up and confess to having done the same thing in the past. :roll: I did persevere with the straining though and managed to save the brew.

I now store the bottom screens in the malt pipe, which makes it very difficult to forget to add them.
Cheers :cheers:
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Thebiglebrewski » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:16 pm

Good tip Andy, thanks
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Thebiglebrewski » Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:24 pm

I racked my Czech pils and Vienna lager to secondary for lagering yesterday. The pils tasted great, malt character coming through and hops are in balance. While the Vienna was disappointing. I used a single hop and malt recipe, I found it thin and bland and too bitter for the body. It still may turn out highly drinkable but I may also dump it, it's taking up valuable brewing real estate.
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Thebiglebrewski » Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:13 pm

Anyone else replace the sorry excuse for a valve that ships with these?
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Wezzel » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:40 am

No. I like the original. Works fine for me.
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Dicko » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:37 pm

Thebiglebrewski wrote:Anyone else replace the sorry excuse for a valve that ships with these?


Yes, I did my 20 when I first got it.
I used exactly to the fitting, what you used Thebiglebrewski and I like it because I can fit a silicon hose to it for draining without trying to hold it on to a tapered outlet.
Why on earth would a manufacturer put a tapered fitting on a brew tap outlet is beyond me.
That original tap would be fine on a tea urn.... :lol: :lol:

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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby Omphteliba » Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:57 pm

Thebiglebrewski wrote:Anyone else replace the sorry excuse for a valve that ships with these?


Yes, one of the first things i replaced! But when I ordered my SS FV (some Oliveoil drum), I ordered the stock faucet; it is worse that the one from Speidel. So now i have two mint SS faucets, that i don't use ...
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Re: First 2 Beers on BM 20L

Unread postby mashy » Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:20 pm

Dicko wrote:
Thebiglebrewski wrote:Anyone else replace the sorry excuse for a valve that ships with these?


Yes, I did my 20 when I first got it.
I used exactly to the fitting, what you used Thebiglebrewski and I like it because I can fit a silicon hose to it for draining without trying to hold it on to a tapered outlet.
Why on earth would a manufacturer put a tapered fitting on a brew tap outlet is beyond me.
That original tap would be fine on a tea urn.... :lol: :lol:

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Tea urn LMAO.

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