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Favorite Beers?
Copper Hop, Sassy Red, Hallertau's Copper Tart, Emersons Pilsner, 8 Wired Rewired, 8 Wired Tall Poppy, Baltika No 4, Green King Strong Suffolk, Townsend Old House ESB, Owd Roger, Garage Project Pernicious Weed.
Favorite Breweries?
The Weary Pilgrim, Hallertau.
Favorite Bars/Pubs?
The Rutland Arms, Wanganui; The Malthouse, Wellington; Rhythm & Brown, Nelson.
About Me:
Been Home Brewing for over 40 years. Was doing traditional mash all grain 42 litre brews in my 3 tier gravity fed stainless steel system. 56 litre Mash Tun and 82 litre brew kettle. Sold that now and bought a GrainFather.


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The Weary Pilgrim Brewery's Inaugural BIAB Brew Day

Posted on July 19, 2009 at 7:07pm 19 Comments

After several month's planning and research brewday finally arrived on Saturday 18th July. The Grain Mill is finished (well usable, so it's finished), the Grain Bag sewn up and all of the ingredients gathered so I couldn't put it off any longer.

The 56 litre mash tun/lauter tun/brew-pot all ready to go.

The grill in place to keep the BIAB bag off the base of the vessel.… Continue

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At 7:46pm on April 8, 2009, Reviled said…
Wow 40 years of brewing, thats awesome! Do you brew with grains?
At 8:24am on April 17, 2009, Reviled said…
Nice mate, youll have to post some pics up once youve finished the build ;o)
At 8:16pm on April 27, 2009, denimglen said…
Hey mate,

Bigger is better overall I'd say.

The only thing that springs to mind with the bigger pot is a larger air to wort surface area giving a larger boil off rate, which isn't really a biggie, just need to account for it. There's kinda a science around kettle geometry but I don't think on our scale it's a big deal.

I'm using the 40L and wishing it was a few litres bigger, you should be fine with 56L.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you do a 40L brew you'd be looking at about a 50L boil, and because those kettles are quite wide (without doing the math) you might only have an inch or so from the 50L mark to the brim. So might have some boil over dramas if you're looking to push it to some limits, but nothing some stirring or Fermcap can't take care of!
At 8:08am on May 22, 2009, Reviled said…
Woohoo, great stuff mate you must be stoked :o) Ive sent you an email...
At 8:03pm on July 28, 2009, James P said…
Hi Pilgram, 1985 I think I was still messing with a Spectrum, an Archimedes and an Amstrad! I would have loved to have been involved in the IT industry during those times the progression with the likes of Wanganui, and the mainframes coming online must have been pretty surreal (for this geek anyway!).
At 8:17am on August 1, 2009, JoKing said…
Gidday mate. I'm flying in from Chch on the friday at about 3pm, so Mike is picking me up from there... we might shoot into the Malthouse before the 5pm session, but I was gonna get in there early to see if Paul Croucher or Steve Plowman needed a hand with dispensing.

After beervana finishes however... who knows?!?
At 8:48pm on August 24, 2009, HerrSchnapps said…
Sure, pm me your address and I'll hopefully send something up :)
At 11:11pm on September 25, 2009, Steph said…
At 7:04am on September 30, 2009, Mike Neilson said…
I dont like getting Plastered, What I do like is Brewing chatting and drinking the wares, and if I fall asleep on the toilet and break it because the company and beer has been so good so be it!! hahaha!! Are you coming down for the event??
At 8:11pm on September 30, 2009, Mike Neilson said…
They are basicly the same, all it is, is acceptance of NZ hops, as the US ones are expensive and hard to source. Should be a fun afternoon!!

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