A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

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A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby gandalf the brew » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:55 pm

A few months ago I had to sell most of my all grain brewing equipment due to a debilitating back disease which left me after every brew, unable to hardly move at all, but just as I thought it was back to bottles from the supermarket, I was introduced by some friends to the all in one system.
I either observed or brewed using a Brewolution, a Grainfather and finally a Braumeister.

Having used my friends BM 10 only twice and experiencing very little back problems compared to the others, I thought I must get one of these, as this is the best bit of equipment I have used.
Since buying the BM10, these are the things I noticed the most, from a disabled brewers view:

1.The ease of adding smaller amounts of grain, no more bending and scooping to add a 7Kg grain bill.
2. How much easier it is to lift the malt pipe up onto its rest compared to the other systems.
3. How easy it is to clean, as almost everything fits into the kitchen sink.
4. How easy it is to handle a smaller fermenter into the brew fridge.
5. Last but not least, more variety of finished bottled stock with smaller batches.

The BM10 is just efficiency without fuss, put simply, set it and forget it. It’s a more convenient size and it’s far quieter than the boilers and pumps I used to own.

The system of pumping the wort from the bottom to the top as used by the BM allows the grains to always be loose and not compacted; this has helped boost my efficiency by 5%

BM say there is no need to sparge as the grain bed drains easily, which from the position of a disabled brewer is one less job to carry out.
But being old school, I do sparge with 2 litres of 75C bottled water instead of adding top up water if it’s low, that way I can extend the boil to correct the final level if needed.

So if you are like me, with a disability, this size of system is ideal, as long as you don’t mind the cost, but bearing in mind the cost of a pint at your local, you will recoup the outlay, and have better beer. :cheers:
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby mashy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:16 am

You make some good points there. Nicely put.

Are there further improvements that could be made?
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby gandalf the brew » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:20 pm

mashy wrote:You make some good points there. Nicely put.

Are there further improvements that could be made?


I'm still doing the testing with the screen condensation, so far I have run 2 dummy runs and 1 brew, with NO condensation problems (inserted a 20g sachet of silica gel into case whilst sealing it up again in a 40% humidity environment).
Making a whirlpool paddle from copper parts, will post pics when done.
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby mashy » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:06 pm

gandalf the brew wrote:Making a whirlpool paddle from copper parts, will post pics when done.


It will also make a good mashing in paddle..keep the crank handle short.
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby gandalf the brew » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:23 pm

mashy wrote:
gandalf the brew wrote:Making a whirlpool paddle from copper parts, will post pics when done.


It will also make a good mashing in paddle..keep the crank handle short.


Handle centre from shaft centre has a 8cm offset, so should be able to get good speed.
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby mashy » Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:16 am

Sounds familiar.

Are you using 15mm copper and some equal T's for the paddles.
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby gandalf the brew » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:43 am

mashy wrote:Sounds familiar.

Are you using 15mm copper and some equal T's for the paddles.


I'm using 15mm tube with 15 to 10 reducers set inside as bearings to run against the centre post.
The 3 paddles are 75mm square x 3mm thick copper sheet set @ 120 degrees each.
I'm designing a handle of white 15mm poly pipe rotating on a 10mm SS bolt.

I'm having great fun with this one, every time I do a bit, I find a way to improve it again. :geek:
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby mashy » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:42 pm

Sounds good - have you read "fast beer". I am a tinkerer myself.
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby gandalf the brew » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:09 pm

Here is my DIY paddle, though I say so myself, isn't it pretty.
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby tsgreen » Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:14 pm

That is some fine craftsmanship! Great idea!
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby mashy » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:46 pm

Nice work
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby gandalf the brew » Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:42 pm

Couldn't stop after I got going, tested the whirlpool paddle = OK, but thought as a mash paddle all it did was move the grains in bulk round in a circle.
So here is the latest gismo, a mashing stirrer, haven't tried it out yet, but I took the design from a brewery video I watched.
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby tsgreen » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:05 pm

Look forward to hearing how they perform!
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Re: A disabled brewers view of a Braumeister 10L

Unread postby mashy » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:19 pm

This is what I came up with.

For mashing agitate don't rev it up. TBH I got on better with a shorter crank.

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