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For Sale - 3kW 40 litre 1V brewing system including counterflow chiller

Started Feb 29, 2016 0 Replies

See auction on trademe.Would also make a good HLT for a multi vessel system.Sing out if you have questions or…Continue

Induction fired setups

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chig Jan 20, 2016. 2 Replies

Hi all,Anyone using induction as a heat source? I'm considering moving from a the typical 5 gal batch down to 2.5 / 3 gal, so that I can brew more regularly and reduce the footprint of my kit…Continue

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Chig replied to bazza's discussion Large fermenters
"Exactly. I use a 30L stock pot as my FV and the lack of a seal is not an issue. If you can raise the FVs slightly, you can avoid the need to use CO2 pressure to push the beer from the FV to your kegs. Alternatively, if you're dead set on…"
Chig replied to Benjamin Morehu's discussion Water Report
"Do you need phosphoric acid? There is some solid research indicating the flavour impact of lactic acid is not detectable up to moderate…"
Feb 9
Chig replied to Benjamin Morehu's discussion Water Report
"No worries! I hook mine up to an outside tap and collect the filtered water in a 30L bottling bucket. It takes a couple of hours to collect enough for a batch, but you just set and forget it. I recommend using a calculator like EZ Water,…"
Feb 8
Chig replied to Benjamin Morehu's discussion Water Report
"I picked up an RO+DI system from Trademe for around $115 from an Aussie outfit called the Water Filter Factory. With salts (calcium chloride, gypsum and baking soda being the key ones) and lactic acid or acid malt, you can build your own…"
Feb 7
Chig replied to Benjamin Morehu's discussion Water Report
"Alternatively, get a RO&DI filter and build your own water profile from scratch. I went this route and it's working really nicely."
Feb 3
Chig replied to Peter Smith's discussion Best Grind Setting for Grains
"Great article - crush is so important! It's amazing to think that so many folks often leave this aspect to their grain supplier! Of course, if you do BIAB (particularly single vessel BIAB, with no recirculation) you can get away with…"
Jan 27
Chig liked Mark Weusten's discussion Sour question
Jan 20
Chig commented on Ricky White's blog post First All Grain Brew successfull
"Congrats on a great build Ricky!"
Jan 17
Chig replied to Peter Smith's discussion Cold Sparge
"Yes, I've always sparged with cold water because I can't be bothered heating it in a separate vessel! I'm happy to take the hit in terms of extra time to ramp from mash to boil, rather than preheating and storing water or…"
Jan 17
Chig commented on Chig's blog post Building a compact electric BIAB setup
"So after a while using (and tweaking) this rig, it's really starting to shine. I've made a few changes along the way the main ones being: - I built a PID based controller. There wasn't anything wrong with the STC, but I wanted a…"
Dec 29, 2016
Chig commented on Chig's blog post Building a compact electric BIAB setup
"I haven't brewed on a Grainfather, but I'd imagine it is pretty similar. The effective volume of the malt basket is around 20L so it's pretty easy to fill if you're doing anything with reasonable OG. As Peter says, the key…"
Sep 12, 2016
Peter Smith commented on Chig's blog post Building a compact electric BIAB setup
"You don't really want the pump pulling through the grain bed as it can compact....  therefore a bigger pump is not always the answer,  Braumeister pushes up through the bed vs pulls....   but it auto stops the pump about every 10…"
Sep 12, 2016
Craig Farrand commented on Chig's blog post Building a compact electric BIAB setup
"Forgive my ignorance, but is this a similar process as to brewing in a Grainfather? A friend whom has a Grainfather's only complaint is it can clog up a bit with a big Malt quantities, would the bigger tubing and heavy duty pump on this…"
Sep 12, 2016
Brendan Knowles liked Chig's blog post Building a compact electric BIAB setup
Jul 28, 2016
Chig replied to Mike Cole's discussion vinyl tube reducer for lldpe beer line? is it ok?
"Gidday Mike, personally, in a setup like that, I'd be concerned about infection (as you mentioned) and air bubbles causing foaming in the line. I've had good results with push in fittings in my keezer - I've used them on the gas side…"
Jun 8, 2016
Chig replied to Jarrod Bates's discussion Slow Fermentation
"Cheers Jarrod. Good stuff - I'm sure it will be fine with a little more time. Whatever happens, you'll end up with beer, and you'll have more knowledge going into your next brew."
May 16, 2016

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Building a compact electric BIAB setup

Posted on May 9, 2016 at 10:01am 17 Comments

Gidday folks!

I thought I'd share the experience I've had in building my current brewery: a compact 2.4kW recirculating BIAB rig.


I moved to NZ from the UK around 5 years ago with my wife and daughter, as you'd expect we had lots of "stuff" so space is at a premium. Also, with a young family (two daughters: 5 and 3) my brewdays need to fit around the family schedule. I've been brewing for around 3…


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At 1:18pm on May 2, 2013, Brian Ross said…

Good stuff Chig, how are you getting on?  I've been a bit bit slack recently as moved hose in January and only finally got my shed up to speed now.  My wife then gave birth 2 weeks ago so been somewhat pre-occupied but need to get a celebration beer done soon!

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