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Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:10 pm
by mikeschmidt
I brewed beer in college and wanted to restart the hobby. As my finances are a substantially better than when I was a starving student I decided to upgrade the setup hopefully resulting in a more fun experience with more consistently good beer. This is the setup I am currently putting together and hope to have first brew day in a couple of weeks. The milling and fermenting equipment along with the steel pot and hydrometer are hold-overs from my college days.

I'll update with actual pictures from brewing, fermenting and kegging when the days arrive.

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20L Setup

Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:05 pm
by LMoerkens
Wellcome Mike, you will find brewing with the BM a breeze, soooo much easier and consistent. Let us know how you make out and ask any question, this forum has a wealth of knowledge and experience. :beer:

Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:55 am
by mashy
Hello Mike.

Welcome to the forum. You will have a great time with a BM.

A couple of thoughts spring to mind from your picture ( love it by the way)

Start gently - do a water test. If you don't need to .. don't fiddle with it.

Start gently - If you can buy crushed malt. Buy it. If you are in the UK The Malt MIller is an excellent supplier

Start gently - The BM has more than enough to keep you amused to start with.

...and if I didn't mention it before start gently. Enjoy it. Get bitten by the bug. Brew more beer. Buy more shiny shiny.

Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:58 pm
by mikeschmidt
Finished my grain mill setup today. I still need to adjust the crush size once I get some grain but I have the needed washers, etc. as discussed in this mega-thread on Corona mills: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=90849

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Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:00 pm
by mikeschmidt
Here is a picture of my starting keg setup.
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Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:08 pm
by mikeschmidt
Still waiting for actual carbon filter to arrive but here is my water filter setup. The plan is to brew in our shower room and this will connect nicely to where the shower hose connects.

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Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:25 pm
by mikeschmidt
For cooling the wort I have decided to use a "closed" loop with my immersion chiller. i'll use a submersion pump in a cooler with ice water to supply the water. After I save first few liters of the hottest output water for cleaning i'll put the output hose into the same cooler for recirculation.

I like the idea of not wasting too much water, having hot/warm cleaning water and that the system requires no extra construction over using a faucet. The only down sides are the cost of the pump and the need to have ice.

At least initially I plan to make ales so I don't need to cool to very low temperatures.

Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:54 pm
by ibbones
Looks like you are off to a great start. :cheers:

Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:51 pm
by mikeschmidt
Water test run of fermentation heating system. Our house is a bit too warm for fermentation when accounting for the heat that is generated by fermentation itself. Our cellar is 8C so I'm hoping the pad can keep an insulated carboy of water above 18C. I made the fitted foam carboy jacket and if needed I have enough extra foam to make a second and third layer. There temperature controller is an ink-bird ITC-308. The temperature probe is between the glass and tight foam wrap.

There are 2 challenges. 1) it is a pain carrying a full carboy up and down the stairs/ladder. 2) 8C is a great temperature for growing mold. I need to ensure everything is sterile and there is plenty of StarSans in blow-off cup or airlock when doing this for real.

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Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:21 am
by mashy
I still carry fermenters up and down stairs.

Young's wide mouth fermenter - not glass and so much safer. Less weight.
https://www.youngsgroup.co.uk/catalogue ... 486-detail
- do not bother with the tap!

Gym handles. MUCH easier.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/15200331 ... 994&crdt=0

Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:23 am
by mashy
mikeschmidt wrote:Finished my grain mill setup today. I still need to adjust the crush size once I get some grain but I have the needed washers, etc. as discussed in this mega-thread on Corona mills: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=90849

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Question. Do you have a problem with the wingnuts loosening off during milling ? Mine does....

Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:28 pm
by mikeschmidt
Mashy, it's been a long time since I used the mill and I haven't received my grain shipment yet so you'll need to wait until my first brew day with the BM.

While waiting, I worked on my wort chilling system. I plan to recirculate ice water from a cooler through the BM immersion chiller. Here's a picture of my 32 l/min / 3m lift boat bilge pump wired to a fuse, switch and 12V cigarette lighter plug and a 12V 5A to 220V power supply.

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Re: Building 20L Setup

Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:39 am
by mashy
Search 'Turbo Chiller' it might interest you.