New home for the BM20

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New home for the BM20

Unread postby Dan » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:08 am

The old "brew room"/butchery/workshop/storage etc...

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And after many months of hard work, delays, banging my head against every wall, joy at making something fit, more delays etc....

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I threw myself in the deep end with the maiden brew;
- 7.7kg grist Dopplebock (which I've never brewed before),
- 1st time no sparge (total mash volume greater than BM20 capacity),
- People coming over for dinner so had to cook several dishes for 8 people,
- And it was a cloudy day, and we're 100% stand alone power (off grid).

Not easy, but I managed;
- Stirred every 5 minutes for the 1st half hour.
- Tapped off about 5 litres every 10 minutes into one pot, then tipped back the previous 5 litres so the mash temp and conversion never got too far out.
- Once the boil started there was time to get into the other kitchen to get started on dinner.
- Also once the boil started, I ran the BM from the genset. When I built the room I put 2 power outlets next to the brew spot. One hooked into the main board, and the other I ran an extension lead into the shed to plug into geny :beerbang:

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Draining the malt pipe. Old sliding door runner above to roll it over to the sink for cleaning.

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Chilling post boil. The outlet has a pipe that runs up to my gutter, so the water runs straight back to my rainwater tank - no wastage!

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And the most satisfying 2nd most satisfying part of brew day - Watching the clear wort run into the fermentor as the cows clean up the spent grain. Smiles all round :beerbang:
Of course the most satisfying part comes in about 3-4 weeks :drink:
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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby Dicko » Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:56 am

That looks great Dan, you have done a bit since i saw you last.

Very well thought out. :D

How was the gravity on the dopplebock???

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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby BreadMurderer » Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:26 am

Brilliant! Love the butchering shed, haha. Great setup. :cheers:
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Conditioning: Nowt
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Planning: To buy a pimpin' setup on my return
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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby mashy » Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:13 am

Excellent work. Like the malt pipe slide.
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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby Dan » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:21 am

Dicko wrote:How was the gravity on the dopplebock???

:cheers:


24.5L in the BM post boil and 1.074 for a 75% efficiency.
Must have messed up with the pre boil gravity as I recorded 1.056, BS told me to expect 1.067, and working back from 24.5/1.074 - I should have had 1.065.
Maybe I misread the hydro?? :?

Looking forward to hopefully getting down my standard Aussie ale on Wednesday for a stress free brew day.
I'll still run with the no sparge - as it's a regular house brew I should get a good feel for how efficiency is affected if at all :cheers:
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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby Dicko » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:45 am

Dan, when I have done my Dopplebocks I found it hard to stir the mash. it was more of a stabbing the mash bed than actually stiring it.
I think from memory I also sparged the malt pipe but I will have to check back on what I did.

I only no sparge now on the BM and with no dissadvantage with any standard brew.

I am home this week if you are in town but I am taking my grandsons camping on Friday for the long weekend....call in if you want. It would be great to catch up.
Mate, I hope that cow I can see out the window in the door is not related to the one hanging in the shed in the first picture. :lol:

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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby Dicko » Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:36 am

Dan,
Just checked my records and I most definately did sparge those two Dopplebocks that I did last year.

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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby LMoerkens » Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:35 pm

Hi Dan,

Great setup :beerbang:
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Re: New home for the BM20

Unread postby Dan » Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:09 pm

Dicko wrote: Mate, I hope that cow I can see out the window in the door is not related to the one hanging in the shed in the first picture. :lol:

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They are - his sister and his niece :shock:
Plenty of spent grain for them in years to come - no plans for eating them.
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