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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 Thies's discussion fermentation temperature control
"You could use a heat pad stood on it's side as a space heater in your fermentation chamber."
Tuesday
Chig replied to Wayne Burling's discussion RoboBrew with Pump - Adding Grainfather Connect
"BIAB never went away, Peter! :-) No debate, squeeze the bag like it owes you rent..."
Jul 4
Chig replied to Wayne Burling's discussion RoboBrew with Pump - Adding Grainfather Connect
"I've had similar thoughts about using a Grainfather controller to drive a DIY system. I believe the Grainfather units use IEC connectors for power output, so you could very easily hook up your own choice of pump and element, add in a cheap…"
Jul 4
Chig replied to Cain Harland's discussion 3944 restarted
"Funny, I prefer using the tap over a turkey baster for the same reason. I give the tap a spray with starsan before and after pulling a sample. An extra week in primary wouldn't hurt, but personally, I'd taste it for diacetyl and other off…"
Jun 29
Chig replied to Cain Harland's discussion 3944 restarted
"Fermentation might have finished, and the bubbling could be gases expanding or just coming out of suspension. The best way to be sure is to check whether the gravity is stable for a few days and if so, cold crash and keg."
Jun 28
Chig replied to Mark Weusten's discussion American Hops for sale?
"All good. I agree that the gram-for-gram price on the Citra is not a lot less than you'll pay for a 100g bag, but the others are a lot cheaper. You could try asking Mark, the owner, whether he can sharpen up the price on a bulk…"
Jun 27
Chig replied to Crusader-Rob's discussion NEIPA's
"Great write up Rob, thanks! My Mot NEIPA is cold crashing now and I'll get it in the keg this week. My observations were similar to yours - the hop character of the beer was a little more muted than what I'm used to given the quantities I…"
Jun 27
Chig replied to Mark Weusten's discussion American Hops for sale?
"Naki Brewing seem to have some"
Jun 27
Chig replied to Bud Brewerson's discussion Efficiency questions
"Thanks Bud. Sounds like your lauter efficiency is the problem. Have a look at this and think about changing the amount of water used in your mash and sparge and/or sparging slower. Once you've fixed the problem, your system will be more…"
Jun 21
Chig replied to Bud Brewerson's discussion Efficiency questions
"Hey Bud. I'm not sure I understand your question - are you saying that you're hitting your target boil volume and finding that there are still lots of sugars in the mash? If this is the case, I'd suggest trying slower sparging…"
Jun 21
Chig replied to Crusader-Rob's discussion NEIPA's
"Cheers Rob - that's all good. Glad to hear the esters are not overpowering."
Jun 16
Chig replied to Crusader-Rob's discussion NEIPA's
"Any update on this Rob? I'm going to cook up an all-Motueka NEIPA this weekend. I have S04 and Liberty Bell on hand, so I can try either yeast. Also, what temperatures did you ferment at?"
Jun 16
Chig replied to Mark Weusten's discussion Fermentasurus
"What temp? My kegs take 2 - 3 days to carb with 30psi at 6C."
Jun 2
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
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
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

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Favorite Beers?
Yakima Monster, Mikes SAIPA, Waggledance
Favorite Breweries?
Liberty, Mikes, Youngs, Epic, ParrotDog, Garage Project

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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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