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Commissioning my Banks Brewing E-HERMS Brewery

Posted on December 16, 2011 at 3:30pm 20 Comments

This has been a long time in the planning and I finally received my kettles and control box via 'special' delivery on Sunday straight from the workshop of Chris Banks. It was wired in by a sparky on Monday afternoon and I finally got a brew away on Wednesday night

I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this build. All I can say is that Chris is a perfectionist and his stainless work is exceptional. I won't hesitate to get more stuff from Chris in the…


Commissioning the New Brewery 2

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 9:44am 11 Comments

In the space of a week I have gone from Bag and Pot (BIAB) to a conventional set up. I've added a new Mashtun made from a 38L plastic fermenter covered with expanding foam ala Joking. Also fitted all the various valves and fittings, purchased a pump, a mill and a 40L 3kw electric Urn for HLT, and converted my copper chiller into a whirlpool chiller. Phew! Anyways, I waited patiently until everything was in place before attempting a brew. I decided to use up a load of crushed grain and came up… Continue

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At 11:18am on September 30, 2008, Reviled said…
Hey mate, keen as to come out fishing with beers, I have heaps of HB at the mo, so I can supply the drinks :o) Id be happy for you to come and watch me do a brew also, I do BIAB and have pretty much got it down pact (allthough theres still heaps to learn)..

Im just on the North Shore, near browns bay... Where abouts are you buddy?
At 10:18am on October 1, 2008, Reviled said…
Sounds good mate! Ive only been fishing once before, so hope you can put up with a noob ;oP haha

Give me a txt on 021-876502 to arrange to come round and watch a BIAB, ill make sure I have some cold ones ready for tasting too :o) Im going away this weekend, but will be doing a brew sunday the 12th of October... Maybe the saturday as well :oP lol
At 2:57pm on October 1, 2008, Reviled said…
Sweet as matey.. Hear from you next week
At 11:19am on October 8, 2008, Reviled said…
Hey mate, all good.. Maybe next weekend?

Ive got an awesome APA recipe for BIAB, "Unspeakable Pale Ale" its very popular amongst non beer drinkers as well, so an all round winner!

Here ya go...
20 litre batch

4kg Golden Promise
200g Crystal

60 mins : 30g Cascade
30 mins : 18g Nelson Sauvin
15 mins : 25g Williamette
5 mins : 10g Nelson Sauvin, 15g Amarillo
Flame out : 15g Amarillo

US-05 yeast

Mashed in at about 66-67
At 1:55pm on October 10, 2008, Reviled said…
Hey buddy

Dont use EKG or Stickelbract, unfortunately this will be a bit lacking without the Amarillo, it really makes it... But you will need at least cascade and Nelson Sauvin... I think the EKG and Stickelbract wont give you an APA type aroma/flavour...

And by US-04, do you mean S-04 in the blue packet? If thats what you mean definately dont use it for an APA, its more for english ales cos it can give off stinky fruity esters... It would be worth it to get a packet of US-05 cos its such a clean fermenter and will make the malt and hops stand out awesomely...
At 2:10pm on October 10, 2008, Reviled said…
Sorry, just reaslised you asked what initial watervolume you should have... It can be quite hard to know how much you will vap off untill youve done a boil... But in saying that, I have a 30 litre pot, and to do 20 litre batches I can put 28 litres and 4.2kg of grain, then after the boil that leaves me with about 20 litres give or take...

So Id start out with maybe 35, see how you go, if you boil off more you can top it up in the fermenter to 25 litres...
At 8:56am on October 14, 2008, Reviled said…
Hey mate, did you manage to get any Amarillo? Did Mike have much left if you did?

Howd it go in the end?
At 9:49am on October 14, 2008, Reviled said…
Wicked stuff mate! What hop schedule did you go for in the end?
At 11:27am on October 14, 2008, Reviled said…
Thats a good OG mate, it will work well with all of those IBUs... Be warned, leave it about 2-4 weeks in the bottle before you try it or it will be super bitter! And I personally wouldnt dry hop the APA, it has plenty of hop aroma and might make it taste a bit "green"...

In regards to your hops, I would probably do another APA or Golden Ale using the APA hops and just play around with the additions...

Cant help you with the stickelbract cos I havnt used them yet, but EKG is an awesome hop for english beers!
At 9:09am on October 24, 2008, Reviled said…
1014's a good FG, what was your OG again? Glad youre liking the taste of it, I only have one bottle left so should really do another one soon, its a fantastic beer :o)

Um, what sort of recipe's do you want? Have you tried a smoked beer? I have a fairly good Smoked Porter recipe!

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