500L BM operators thread

Because the 200 L and 500 L units are a different league, we'll grant them their own sub-forum.

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby dinnerstick » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:45 pm

Hi! Sticking my nose into this thread... as someone who brews on a commercial system that is not a speidel. Out of curiosity I'm wondering what sort of brewhouse efficiency numbers you guys are getting on the big speidels.
User avatar
dinnerstick
 
Posts: 1019
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:51 am
Location: Utrecht NL
Model: 20 litres

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby I_Am_Brew » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:31 pm

Hey Guys, what's the maximum amount of grain you have put in the 500L? Cheers


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I_Am_Brew
 

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby philip500 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:11 am

Hey regarding grain amount I have only tried 120kg but let me know how it goes with a larger grain amount!

I assume many of you have nice floors with some angle to a drain, how have you managed to keep the BM straight if you position it in the area with an angled floor? I'm thinking of putting something under the wheels before filling it and measure with a level. Any better solutions?

Thanks
philip500
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu May 12, 2016 2:14 pm

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby I_Am_Brew » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:13 am

Hi, I've put 130kg in with no problem at all. Set the pump to 7 during mashing and got a good extract.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I_Am_Brew
 

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby philip500 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:45 am

What efficiency have you gotten from the 500?
philip500
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu May 12, 2016 2:14 pm

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby tomipa » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:45 pm

Hi everyone, great idea to start a thread on the bigger systems.

I will purchase BM500 soon for my brewpub project, and I will have a few questions in the coming months.
I hope I can contribute with my own experience soon too.

I am looking for solutions for sparging, especially finding the right piece of kit to have the water ready at the right temperature.
I might use simple domestic Hot Water Heater Tanks. If someone could share what they do for sparging, that would be great.

To understand exactly the volumes required, could I ask someone to share a typical recipe for BM500 in term of mash water + sparge water, please?
The recipes supplied by BM are not very helpful on this matter.

Thanks a lot
Tom
tomipa
 

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby philip500 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:56 am

Hi Tom

We use our BM50 to heat sparging water. Still sparge manually with pouring water over the grain but will try to construct something more efficient with an arm and a pump.

Cheers

Philip
philip500
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu May 12, 2016 2:14 pm

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby bigcubez » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:59 am

We use a Grainfather for sparging our BM200. Utilising the in built pump to pump over the top of the grain basket. Looking at building a HLT and mounting it high on the wall to gravity feed into the BM

Sent from my SM-G928I using Tapatalk
bigcubez
 
Posts: 10
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:00 pm

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby tomipa » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:32 pm

Thanks for the info Philip and bigcubez..

I will have to go with the cheap methods of using domestic Hot Water Heater Tanks due to the volume required, with the downside that they don't go high enough in temp for ideal sparging temperature. I ll probably switch to a proper HLT later on.
tomipa
 

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby WD40 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:42 pm

Hello gentlemen

What's the best way to clean the heating coils in BM500 (and smaller)

We'll use hard manual brushing but it feels that they will snap broken after 100 cleans or so..

Is there a soap I can "boil" or something that would clean the dirt without manual work?
WD40
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:37 pm

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby johnrm » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:04 pm

PBW used correctly should deal with this.
User avatar
johnrm
 
Posts: 159
Joined: Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:12 am

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby dinnerstick » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:01 pm

why not use a standard caustic?
User avatar
dinnerstick
 
Posts: 1019
Joined: Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:51 am
Location: Utrecht NL
Model: 20 litres

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby Mraubreister » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:57 pm

So with hindsight, would any of you have chosen a different system? Do the cons outweigh the pros or vice versa?

Also, does the cooling jacket work well with glycol? Is it just cold water that is a problem or not?

Many thanks!

JB
Mraubreister
 

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby philip500 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:32 pm

No I probably would not have chosen a different system but I would like to have a discussion with the person who designed the 500L version.

The biggest pros for the BM500 I would say is
Price
Space requirement
Relative easy to use
High quality

I think the pros outweighs the cons which would be
Quite average efficiency
Bad pipe connections
No good cooling system
Pain to clean

My two biggest issues from the BM500 has been steam from the boil (had to redo the lid and make holes in it to connect outflow) and the cooling system. Right now I use the built in one plus a cooling coil which gets it down to 35C or so in about 45min and after that I do the rest of the cooling in the fermentation tank. They could easily have fitted a plate exchange chiller under the BM.
philip500
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu May 12, 2016 2:14 pm

Re: 500L BM operators thread

Unread postby mashy » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:49 am

WD40 wrote:Hello gentlemen

What's the best way to clean the heating coils in BM500 (and smaller)


There was some discussion on here about mash in temp affecting the ammount of build up on the elements. Perhaps worth a search.
User avatar
mashy
 
Posts: 2798
Joined: Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:43 pm
Location: Mercia
Model: 20 litres

PreviousNext

Return to The Big Guys - BM200/BM500

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest