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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 Mudcrab's discussion White Labs Yeast
"Good stuff! What are you brewing?"
Monday
Chig replied to Mudcrab's discussion White Labs Yeast
"I don't think it should have any impact. I did the same pitching a pack of WLP041 into a starter yesterday. 24 hours later and there's a healthy krausen going on."
Monday
Chig replied to RobRoyMcCoy's discussion CO2 transfer from Malt Mechanics fermenter
"Gidday Rob. I do this with my stainless Mangrove Jacks fermenter. I found that using as few joints as possible is good. Also, make sue the sealing surface (eg o-ring or gasket) is on the inside of the lid. I use gas thread tape on my threaded…"
Jan 23
Chig replied to Hutzpah's discussion Fermentation fridge
"I agree with Cain, you should be fine running the fridge and heater through the STC off a standard NZ power output. Try putting your heat source into the fridge and shutting the door. You might find that the door will seal enough around the cable.…"
Nov 20, 2017
Chig replied to Cain Harland's discussion How much acid malt is too much
"If you want a water test done, try Robert Aylward."
Oct 3, 2017
Chig replied to Cain Harland's discussion How much acid malt is too much
"Short answer: brew up; I reckon you'll be fine! Long answer: Good point about the flavour impact. This article from Brewkaiser shows that you can get away with upto 8% acid malt without noticeably impacting flavour. There isn't a…"
Oct 3, 2017
Chig replied to Cain Harland's discussion How much acid malt is too much
"Gidday Cain, the amount your mash pH will drop is determined by the alkalinity of your water. If you know it, put your water profile and the grain bill into the Brewers Friend water calculator to see what the predicted mash pH will be. If it looks…"
Oct 3, 2017
Chig replied to Scott H's discussion Electric Brewery's
"No worries Nathan. I use weldless bulkheads; I've found them easy to work with since I have zero welding experience. In my experience the smaller ports are easy to fit, but the larger ones for the element are more tricky and require a bit more…"
Sep 20, 2017
Chig replied to Scott H's discussion Electric Brewery's
"Hey Nathan, Sounds like a cool project! My build experience lines up with Norrii's point: it's important to plan the build ahead rather than on the fly, to avoid making snap decisions and overspending. I'd also recommend that you…"
Sep 19, 2017
Chig replied to Mark Weusten's discussion Fermentasurus
"What temp? My kegs take 2 - 3 days to carb with 30psi at 6C."
Jun 2, 2017
Chig replied to Mark Weusten's discussion Fermentasurus
"I've seen the Fermentasaurus and it looks like a nice piece of kit. I did a few pressure ferments a few years ago using a 23L corny keg. The results were good, but generally I don't need to turn around beers that fast, and cleaning the…"
May 31, 2017
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…"
May 24, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017

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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.

Background

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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