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Kauri Road Brewery 2 final post – it's a wrap


So after a wet run and autotune it was time. Time to brew and no more procrastinating.

I started contemplating this build nearly 2 years ago and starting collecting parts about a full year ago. It's been 19 months since I brewed at home.

Brew day on Sunday 7 December 2014 started really late, I had to pick up the kids from their grandparents and do some other stuff but in truth I was scared. Scared at how much more involved the process might be with 2 pumps…


Added by Barry on December 8, 2014 at 9:07pm — 23 Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.9

At long last.

Today the sparky came round and rewired my house switchboard. He also added a 32A supply and caravan outlet for the brewery.

So tonight, after almost a full year of buying up parts, relentless researching, construction, wiring, etc etc etc I fired the Kauri Road Brewery 2.0 into life.

Tonight was just a hot water run, autotuning the HLT PID and running both pumps and all hoses at 80degC.

Only 2 leaks, one at the outlet elbow…


Added by Barry on December 4, 2014 at 10:25pm — 1 Comment

Beagles nose Remote Monitoring

A few false starts getting this going but now have the controller updating a database and web server so I can check temps etc while doing other things around the house.  …


Added by Guy Gibson on November 30, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

Control Panel Pt 1

Mostly finished the first version of my new control panel. Ended up mostly following the design from http://theelectricbrewery.com/ , considered a bunch of different options but was hard to fault Kal's design. This build is just the base build to…


Added by Brett Mason on November 25, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Imp Has Been Released

Epic IMP, has just been released in time for the coming summer holiday season.

Brewed as a session IPA, it is SMALL (4.7% alc/vol) and MISCHIEVOUS (generously dry hopped like an IPA. It has more dry hop than the Epic Armageddon IPA).



Added by nzbrewer on November 19, 2014 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Electric keggle HLT build - Part 2

A quick update on the HLT build which is now mostly wrapped up and been through its first batch.

The lovely insulation is courtesy of a warehouse camp roll and a bunch of duct tape.

I was concerned about usability with the large gap between the tap, thermometer and sight glass and it has been a minor nuisance since the thermometer isn't easy to read from an angle. I played it safe with a fairly large gap to avoid cross over between the probes…


Added by Brett Mason on October 12, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments

A raging Friday night..

Evening all. Am mid brew with a 55L batch of 1.079SG Porter which is about to come up to the boil and I thought Id share the loves. The recipe is a bit of a bastard 11kg Pale, 1.4 Crystal 60, 1kg black, 1kg chocolate, 1kg Rye, .6kg Caraaroma, 0.4melanoidin, 0.3kg special B. Obviously aiming for a meal of a beer. Hopping with a small dose of Pac Jade to 20IBu and 200G of Tettnager at flame out and fermenting with 04.

Reason I came on though is a few boys from the forum have been over…


Added by Nicholas Jones on September 26, 2014 at 9:13pm — 8 Comments

Perlick 630ss

Hi all,
Would anyone be interested in two Perlick 630 stainless steel taps. Now surplus to requirements. I am in the process of putting together a serving fridge with three taps. I have decided to replace the 630's with the 650ss (flow control)
One is unused the other hooked up to try out.
Offers around $75 each?

Cheers Dave.

Added by Dave on September 19, 2014 at 11:45am — 16 Comments

Timer for Hop Schedule

Hello all,

 I have started to get bolder with my home brewing, by entering the world of partial mashing.

 I found that I could prep everything in advance, but once I got to the hop schedule I was left worried about timing of the numerous additions I needed to make.

 After a few brews, and some googling I found that there is no timer I could find that was specifically built for a hop schedule.

 So, being a geek and a home brewer I decided to make one.…


Added by Shem on September 12, 2014 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Quick intro

Ok so after stalking this and other forums for the best part of 12 months or so, I though I would throw my hat in and share my experiences.

So my name is Dave.......and yes I am a home brewer.

I guess it all started about 35yrs ago with my Dad, being a beer lover, brewing his own. He used a kit that was put together by a local home brew shop, from memory consisting of DME, sugar and whole hops, on reflection quite advanced for its day.

I recall it being quite bitter and…


Added by Dave on September 7, 2014 at 10:59pm — 2 Comments

Bubbling over - the growing craft beer market


The craft beer trend is growing fast. Is it all froth and fashion, or a real moneymaker? Christopher Adams reports.

Garage Project brewer Pete Gillespie (left) and co-founder Jos Ruffell create a beer foam with liquid nitrogen during Wellington's Beervana festival. Photo / Mark Mitchell Garage Project brewer Pete Gillespie (left) and co-founder Jos Ruffell create a beer foam with liquid…

Added by Peter Smith on September 5, 2014 at 10:07am — No Comments

Electric keggle HLT build - Part 1

Thought I would post some details on my electric keggle HLT conversion. Not finished yet but close. I've found reading over peoples other blogs/threads really useful, particularly those from NZ, so hopefully this is useful to someone thinking of doing the same.

Fittings from left…


Added by Brett Mason on August 14, 2014 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.8

Etch O Sketch.

Did a little etching last night in my HLT, worked out pretty good.

Despite the blurry shit photo it's actually crisp and neat. Each line is an exact 1mm tall rectangle. 

The only thing is it's a pretty light etch, whether that's because of the nature of…


Added by Barry on June 9, 2014 at 8:27am — 19 Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.7

Finally got my wiring done, sporadic nights over a couple of weeks but I got there in the end.

I would recommend to anyone doing this to set enough time aside to do it in one bang :)

There's enough to this system that just when you have your head around it you discover some other little piece of complexity that makes you think really hard about what you're doing.

My timer is different from Kal's one on theelectricbrewery.com so that took a fair amount of…


Added by Barry on June 2, 2014 at 2:13pm — 26 Comments

Kegerator makes its appearance

The last few bits arrived during the week, so a few hours this afternoon and we have beer on tap.  Perlick 636SS taps.  Covered the fridge door in a vinyl blackboard sticker I got off ebay.  Room for 4 corny kegs in the fridge, and the freezer is still being used.  I might yet replace the fridge thermostat with a STC1000 yet as I did with my fermentation fridge.  At the moment the CO2 cylinder is inside the fridge, just waiting on some John Guest fittings to turn up so I can move it outside.…


Added by Guy Gibson on May 31, 2014 at 8:58pm — 4 Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.6.1

Extra photos.…


Added by Barry on May 8, 2014 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.6

More bits arrived today. Enough to go forth and build my panel.

I spent the last few days getting the paint done, making sure all holes were drilled and clean, bits of filing and touching up paint, etc. 

Last bit of drilling was to tap holes in the heatsink for my SSRs, and through the cabinet door for two surplus kitchen handles I had left over.

Tapping the holes was clean and easy, I recommend this approach over nuts.…


Added by Barry on May 8, 2014 at 11:35pm — 1 Comment

Kauri Road Brewery 2.5

A pretty hard out half day spent today cutting holes in my control panel. It's now ready to paint.

I still have a few bits and pieces to arrive but have enough to be comfortable hacking through steel safe in the knowledge I've measured thrice.

I used a jigsaw and did a lot of filing for all the rectangular holes, every single round hole was accomplished with chassis punches. Thus they are clean as a whistle, so satisfying.

Photos are of the stress test –…


Added by Barry on May 4, 2014 at 8:44pm — 11 Comments

Beagles Nose plans some upgrades

One thing I've always wanted to sort was volume measurement in the Brew Kettle, a depth stick is only so good.  

I've wanted to be able to measure in cold water into the Boil Kettle and then measure how much is transferred to the Mash Tun.  I should clarify that I run a Brutus 20 style setup, so 2 vessel (BK and MT). It is a continuous recirculating sarge. It's simplicity lends itself to a degree of automation/ process control.  

So following what has been going…


Added by Guy Gibson on April 25, 2014 at 6:53pm — 3 Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.4


Got enough bits arrive to tempt me into beginning to mark up my control panel. I did enough of that this evening to ensure I don't do a single bit of cutting until I have absolutely every piece of the puzzle.

My control box is just so tight that I had to adjust things like the position of the far right timer because it might hit the side of the box as the door swings shut. And the excessively large machanical relays within have to be placed very carefully…


Added by Barry on April 7, 2014 at 8:00pm — 12 Comments

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