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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 9:00pm — 4 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 — 14 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

Kauri Road Brewery 2.3.2

Dip tubes/inlets done, thanks to the kind lend of a pipe bender by Peter Smith – cheers!

Made short work of some bloody hard stainless, and good learning – last one is the best one.

kettle inlet/whirlpool:

HLT inlet:…


Added by Barry on March 30, 2014 at 8:16pm — 13 Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.3.1

Additional photos fwiw

Kettle interior

Mash tun interior…


Added by Barry on March 19, 2014 at 8:14am — 2 Comments

Intro Posting

Hi Barry.

Sorry for the lack of contact - I have just resurfaced after being belted by an unexpected medical curve ball. 

Thanks for info about where to go for parts I will be chasing them up in the next couple of days.

As soon as I learn how I will post photos of some 'before and after' shots of the stripped and polished metal components from the Engine - really impressive result.


John M


Added by John Mildenhall on March 18, 2014 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.3

Significant progress this weekend, cyclone Lusi gifting me a fair amount of indoors time.

Got all my vessels completed, all that's left to get going is the electrickery (so still quite a bit then).

I had mixed experiences with some of the fittings, all four taps through the pots seemed to go together quite differently despite each pair of them being made up of identical parts inside and out.

But they all passed an initial leak test, not with vessels full but with me…


Added by Barry on March 16, 2014 at 8:25pm — 16 Comments

Srit Plate

Just finnished my first prototype but i'm not sure if its too fast, using a varible voltage adapter so it has like 4 speeds.


Added by Scott H on March 7, 2014 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.2

Tiny bit more progress tonight saw my making holes in my stainless pots for the electric elements.

Massive thanks to Guy Gibson for the lend of the chassis punch, legend.

I'm doing these following theelectricbrewery.com's instructions to the letter – 2 gang metal junction box, faceplates either side, 32mm hole through a faceplate on the back, element, oring, washer on the outside, lock nut on the inside. Unsurprisingly looks like it'll be perfect.

The hold up has…


Added by Barry on February 27, 2014 at 9:11pm — 45 Comments

Intro Posting.

Hello Team.

Just before Xmas I became the proud owner of a 1945 Gaskell & Chambers Dalex Beer Engine. This Beer Engine has been in storage for the past 30 years. It's in original condition - and from what I can tell - is also in sound working order - except for a missing drip tray and 1 ceramic tap head washer.

I have certainly appreciated finding the information on this forum about other Beer Engine restoration projects - and in particular - where to go to…


Added by John Mildenhall on February 9, 2014 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Kauri Road Brewery 2.1

A quick update,

I spent our national day doing brew stuff – getting fridges and fermenter in place at my other 100l brewery, and attempting to finish the new brewstand at home.

The 100l brewery has had her cherry popped, we brewed on Tuesday night and beer is in our sexy new 120l fermenter which as of today sits in a huge glass front Skope fridge.

But moving on to the Kauri Road Brewery, after 2 weeks of relentless busyness (honestly I've never had so…


Added by Barry on February 6, 2014 at 8:34pm — 4 Comments

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