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Perforated stainless steel sheet suitable for false bottom

Started this discussion. Last reply by Reuben Rowntree Apr 13, 2011. 2 Replies

Automated Brewing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Reuben Rowntree Apr 25, 2011. 19 Replies

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Reuben Rowntree replied to Barbara Joppa's discussion 19July 2014: Robust Porter in the group Western Brewers Conference
"OK I'm in :)"
Jul 16
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Beer Judge App for Android

I was looking for an app to rate and keep track of the beers I've brewed and tasted. There wasn't quite anything around that suited so my brother developed an app for Android which you can check out here for NZ$1:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.judgebeer&hl=enIt's got some cool features such as libraries (homebrew, commercial etc) and a GPS location of where you had the beer. Gives us a lot…See More
Nov 14, 2013
Reuben Rowntree replied to James P's discussion Hop rhizomes
"I was just typing this up as your post came through haha. Here's mine, can you tell how many shoots?"
Sep 18, 2013
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Reuben Rowntree replied to Paul Cannell's discussion Honey instead of dextrose?
"I agree 100% with the guys above, it will be rather dry much like Dextrose, and you may be surprised how little honey flavour is left. I have had good results bottle conditioning with honey if you want honey flavour. Or add late in the fermentation…"
Aug 26, 2013
Reuben Rowntree replied to Barbara Joppa's discussion Upcoming Competition: California Common, 31 August, 2013 in the group Western Brewers Conference
"Arrgh, I killed mine. I literally killed it... Had the lamp to close to the fermentor which has autolysed the yeast. Valuable lesson there, use a low watt light bulb and a decent distance. I've been lagering it and may filter it, but not sure…"
Aug 26, 2013
Reuben Rowntree and Hunt are now friends
Aug 14, 2013
Reuben Rowntree replied to James P's discussion Hop rhizomes
"Hi Smiffy, do you still have a spare danscade? I'll be in the area this weekend for Beervana. Cheers"
Aug 9, 2013
Reuben Rowntree replied to Gareth Kerr's discussion pH Meters
"I have one too of those cheap ones too. You can just buy a new one of those each year to get you in the ball park. I previously bought a DSE one which was a bit more but that only lasted about a year. Kind of fussy little things really."
Jun 11, 2013
Reuben Rowntree replied to Barbara Joppa's discussion American Brown 25th May, 2013 in the group Western Brewers Conference
"Haha yeah...Brown belt :)"
May 28, 2013
Reuben Rowntree and Allan Sheblom are now friends
May 27, 2013
Reuben Rowntree replied to Allan Sheblom's discussion North Shore Home brew groups? in the group Auckland
"Hi guys - thanks for the tip there Mike, looks cool indeed. I'll look at joining for sure. Allan, I just moved to Murrays Bay, so if you or any others out this way ever want to catch up for an informal get together or brew or something…"
May 25, 2013
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Reuben Rowntree's Blog

Brewtroller Build Part Four - Volume Sensing

Posted on December 7, 2011 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

I've been so busy with work/study lately I haven't had a chance to finish off my blog series, so thought I better get back into it.

The goal here is to allow the Brewtroller to calculate how much water is needed to brew a particular batch, then fill the HLT with the correct amount, transfer the mash water to the mash tun, and finally sparge until I have the desired amount of water in the kettle. There is actually a particularly useful feature where by you can set the flow into your BK…


Brewtroller Build Part Three - Electric Heating Elements

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 9:30am 7 Comments

I decided to go for 3kW elements, it seems that would be about the biggest I could go for without requiring new switches and fuses in my house. My circuit breaker is rated to 20A, and as a good rule of thumb I'm going to try and keep this below 15A. Basically, the bigger the element, the quicker I can heat the water to start the mash and get the boil rolling.


The Maths:

20A x 230V = 4600W (max)

15A x 230V = 3450W (my target)


Therefore: 3000W/230V…


Brewtroller Build Part Two - Plumbing Fittings

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

Brewtroller Build:- Plumbing Connections



First off I must say I'm surprised by the total cost of plumbing this system, it's much more than I would have guessed - but it has to be done.

Side note: I work as a sound engineer now, but actually I did my trade as a plumber so the plumbing side of things is going to be a piece of cake for me - the electronics side is going to be a little more difficult - but…


Brewtroller Build: - Mash Tun False Bottom

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 2:24pm 3 Comments

I just got my false bottom back from the sheetmetal workshop so I thought I'd post a few pictures. I bought a sheet of perforated stainless steel sheet from: LockerNZ - http://www.lockernz.co.nz/pdf/catalogues/Perfmetals.pdf

I opted for the P106 which is 2.4mm holes at 3.6mm centres. It comes on a roll which I think was about a metre wide but they sold me just a half metre of that (for about $90), so…


Brewtroller System Build

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

Well I'm well into my Brewtroller Build so I'd thought I'd document the whole process.


Building an Automated Brewing System



I have been brewing all grain in 20L batches for a couple of years now. I have been using a 32L pot which doubles as a HLT and a Boiling Kettle, recently I started using the Brew in a Bag (BIAB) method which has proven to…


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At 6:56am on October 17, 2011, Barry Walton said…

Hi Reuben,

I had mine made at Mahurangi Sheet Metals Warkworth. They were expensive as I had high pressure lids fitted for fermenting under pressere.

Mine hold 75L easy, they work very well and are very easy to clean. I have a number of SS lids (500 diameter) with seals and hinge /lock down fittings if you want one or more they're yours.

I had them fitted on mine at first but could only reach 8 PSI


Cheers Barry

At 12:12am on January 11, 2012, IPWS said…

Hi Reuben

bet you were thinking you would never hear back. well im sorry to tell you i have move to aussie and havent set up to build anything yet. If your still keen i could look into meterial cost and such. If you want do drop me an Email its earlpink@gmail.com

Cheers Earl

At 7:57pm on March 19, 2012, craig rothwell said…

Hi Reuben, hope you brewing has been going well.  I recall you purchased a Bilchmann conical fermenter.  Are you happy with it? And do you mind telling me where and how much you payed for it?  I was looking at getting the 14.5Gal one through i-n-i brewing for $1100.



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