Gert's home brewery

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RE: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby Twonky » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:45 am

Very nice and spacious setup!
Very jealous of the amount of work space you have. Me I brew in the bathroom, and have one Ikea PAx cupboard to store all my stuff in.... I recognized your little stool / stepladder I have the same one, I use it to stand on next to the bath. On top of the bath I set a box that holds my garden hose counter flow chiller, and on top of that goes the BM, so all in all it is pretty high, and I really need the stepladder.

gert wrote:I lift the full malt pipe by hand (I only used the 25l malt pipe, I don't know if I can use the 50l by hand).
But the table on which it is placed is so strong and stable I can stand upon it and pull as hard as I can. Should work.


But if you can stand on the table, and it sure looks like that is no problem, then it should be very doable with the full sized malt pipe, but something I just learnt last month, is you can put the stirup on the edge of the BM and then lift the malt pipe through it, and rotate 45 degrees and set it in place. This is much better than the way I was doing it, lifting the malt pipe with one hand and then using the other to position the stirrup...

Cheers
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RE: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby gert » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:23 pm

Twonky wrote: you can put the stirup on the edge of the BM and then lift the malt pipe through it, and rotate 45 degrees and set it in place. This is much better than the way I was doing it, lifting the malt pipe with one hand and then using the other to position the stirrup...


That's the only way to do it! (I didn't know somebody did it with just one hand...)

Thanks again for all the compliments!
I just did a brew session today (a tripel/Belgian IPA hybrid); love to work in this space.
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RE: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby royco » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:59 pm

Wow Gert, inspiring indeed. And the earthy, natural coloring………..what my wife would use in a living room (and she is a decorator). Sorry, but I am going to have to steal some ideas ;)
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RE: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby gert » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:58 pm

I'll send you an invoice, Royco!... No, it's my pleasure. The walls are made with 'loamy clay' (if the translation is correct); a friend of mine is specialist in it.
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RE: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby royco » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:37 pm

How about you and your friend come over to South Africa with a bunch of loamy clay. We have guest rooms and we can brew up a storm and make my brewery cool like yours. Well, almost! ;)
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RE: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby Brewing&Sailing » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:38 am

Wow! Gorgeous brewery.:beerbang:
20l Braumeister

Current Project: 4-tap Keezer w/ Nitro Tap
Kegged: Brickwarmer Ale, Kiwi IPA
Fermenting: Dark Cherry Stout
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby irisheye » Thu May 22, 2014 8:16 pm

Fantastic. Mine will look similar, but with a Bavarian/sports theme. Question: Do you have the plans for your awesome brew tables? Were they "modified" from Kal's Electric Brewery?
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby gert » Fri May 23, 2014 7:10 pm

irisheye wrote:Fantastic. Mine will look similar, but with a Bavarian/sports theme. Question: Do you have the plans for your awesome brew tables? Were they "modified" from Kal's Electric Brewery?


Thanks Irish Eye! But no, there are no plans for this brew table: it's an old full oak table that already stood in our little farm when we bought it. It can be a century old...

Next month my first beer will be sold officially (recipe made at home; brewing took place in a brewery in a neighbourgh city; as a contracter).
Have a look at:

http://www.keun.be

http://www.facebook.com/huisbrouwerij.keun
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby bierfest » Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:06 am

Wow - love the labelling on the bottles and the wooden boxes you store the bottles in. What type of beer is it? Are you selling it from your farm or from a different business?
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby gert » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:34 am

Thanks bierfest,
Yes I really wanted to do it good: wooden boxes with 'fire stamp'. The label and logo is designed by a friend of mine (a very good graphic designer...)

The beer is only sold locally: from the house, in the restaurants in the neighborhood and in the good beer shops.
It's a spicy dark beer (9%).
Really great to release your own beer!
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby Luis Coentrao » Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:01 pm

Hi Gert,

Congratulations !! Wonderfull job !!
Regarding the comercialization of your beer, any legal questions in Belgium?
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby gert » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:29 am

Thanks Luis!
Yes there are legal questions, but of course it's easier as a contract brewer (you only need to have VAT-number and permission to sell alcoholic drinks). Next year when I will start an official mini-brewery it will be different...
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby Dicko » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:17 pm

gert wrote:Thanks bierfest,
Yes I really wanted to do it good: wooden boxes with 'fire stamp'. The label and logo is designed by a friend of mine (a very good graphic designer...)

The beer is only sold locally: from the house, in the restaurants in the neighborhood and in the good beer shops.
It's a spicy dark beer (9%).
Really great to release your own beer!


You are very lucky in your country and I am envious of you.

I wish our laws were different in Australia and we could do something similar. :?
The worst thing that can happen if I die is that my wife will sell all my brewing equipment for what I told her I paid for it
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby dinnerstick » Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:04 am

If any of it makes its way over the border to bierkoning please let me know! I'd love to try it. My first contract brew is also just about available, 1200L in kegs on its way to the warehouse, very exciting.
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Re: Gert's home brewery

Unread postby gert » Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:50 am

Dinnerstick: my beer will be sold in the Mitra in Tilburg (normally from september).
Exciting indeed!
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