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Title: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 12, 2012, 01:57:29 PM
Some of you have seen my brew stand build, but now I think I'm ready to show off the whole brewhaus, in a brew day illustrative...

Here's the brewery - strike water heating up in the Herms to the right.  The two upright freezers to the left hold 14.5 gal conicals

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/BREWHOUSE2.jpg~original)

Control Panel:

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/CONTROLPANEL.jpg~original)

Here's Brewdog Walden requesting to come supervise

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/BREWDOG.jpg~original)

HLT warming up:

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/HLT.jpg~original)

Weighing out the grains:

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/GRAIN.jpg~original)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/SCALE.jpg~original)

Getting the mill ready:

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/MILL2.jpg~original)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/MILL3.jpg~original)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/CRUSHED.jpg~original)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/CRUSHED2.jpg~original)

Mast tun getting ready for strike water and grain...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/MTUN.jpg~original)

Moving the strike water to the mash tun and striking in on an American Stout...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/BREWHOUSE3.jpg~original)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/MASH.jpg~original)

Boil Kettle getting prepped for wort...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/BK.jpg~original)

Spider now in place...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/SPIDER5.jpg~original)

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/SPIDER3.jpg~original)
The wort was fly sparged and sent to the boil kettle, now we are just finishing the hot break stage...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/BREAKBOIL.jpg~original)

Cascades getting ready to swim...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/CASCADE.jpg~original)

Recirculating chilling and whirlpool going on now, hops removed via the basket - double ganged CFCs - one with hose water, one with recirced ice water - coming out at a nice 55df (though I can get down to 45df if I want...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/CHILLING.jpg~original)

Now pumping to the conical...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/FILLING.jpg~original)

Is it beer time yet?

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/BREWDOG2.jpg~original)

Almost...

I didn't take any pictures of cleanup, cause, hey cleanup sucks, but basically dump out the grains, recirc PBW CIP and the fresh water, wet vac out the standing water and we're done...

Brewing's rich reward...

(http://i661.photobucket.com/albums/uu338/pblatz/Brewing%20Day%20-%20American%20Stout/American%20Stout%20Brewday/vienna1.jpg~original)

Cheers guys!

*edit* adjusted links.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: Mark G on December 12, 2012, 02:28:47 PM
Beautiful setup blatz. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: davidgzach on December 12, 2012, 02:45:55 PM
Very sweet!  And I'm very jealous.  Still working on some of the parts for X-mas for my Brutus 20......

Dave
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: pyrite on December 12, 2012, 03:09:05 PM
That's a nice brewhaus.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: Pinski on December 12, 2012, 03:54:59 PM
Awesome! I love touring other folks' breweries.  Thanks for sharing!
I noticed you have a couple counterflow chillers.  How do you generally configure your cooling system?
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 12, 2012, 04:01:24 PM
Awesome! I love touring other folks' breweries.  Thanks for sharing!
I noticed you have a couple counterflow chillers.  How do you generally configure your cooling system?

Thanks all.

Yeah it's a double ganged CFC - I pump the hot wort through CFC one which has hose water running through the water side, then through CFC #2 which I pump a loop of ice water that is in the in the HLT.

If I am doing a whirlpool or a lager, I will just run the hose water and recirc the wort for a while until I'm ready to get it really cold.

Not sure if I explained it well enough.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: Pinski on December 12, 2012, 04:03:36 PM
Awesome! I love touring other folks' breweries.  Thanks for sharing!
I noticed you have a couple counterflow chillers.  How do you generally configure your cooling system?

Thanks all.

Yeah it's a double ganged CFC - I pump the hot wort through CFC one which has hose water running through the water side, then through CFC #2 which I pump a loop of ice water that is in the in the HLT.

If I am doing a whirlpool or a lager, I will just run the hose water and recirc the wort for a while until I'm ready to get it really cold.

Not sure if I explained it well enough.

Nice, got it.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: yso191 on December 12, 2012, 04:04:56 PM
Wow, great looking setup!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: hamiltont on December 12, 2012, 04:41:24 PM
Looks awesome Paul.  I know it's been a dream of yours for quite a while. Happy to see it finally became a reality for you! Cheers!!!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 12, 2012, 04:50:19 PM
Looks awesome Paul.  I know it's been a dream of yours for quite a while. Happy to see it finally became a reality for you! Cheers!!!

Thanks bro - it has been - and I am having a lot of fun with it.  Don't know if it makes better beer yet, but I enjoy it.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: denny on December 12, 2012, 05:09:25 PM
Very cool, Paul!  Although I don't know how you can make beer without a blue cooler....;)
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: tschmidlin on December 12, 2012, 05:20:36 PM
Looks awesome!  Has it changed the length of your brew day at all?
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 12, 2012, 05:40:11 PM
Looks awesome!  Has it changed the length of your brew day at all?

Actually it's about the same ~6-6.5 hrs.  I think I can shave off a half hour by getting some cleaning done while the boil is still going (I have still been learning what goes where etc so I have been behind) but I am surprised that switching to fly and not using a blue cooler hasn't increased my time dramatically.

Realistically a non-whirlpooled batch can probably be done in 5.5 once I get everything tuned in.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: weithman5 on December 12, 2012, 05:52:23 PM
this is really nice.  it always makes me want to fancy up my system, because i am nearly as un-pimped as you can get
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: euge on December 12, 2012, 09:01:04 PM
I like. Not as badass as the pot on my stove but... ;) ::)


Would have liked to see more of the hop-spider in action.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: hopfenundmalz on December 12, 2012, 10:47:42 PM
Good work on that brewery set up.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: snowtiger87 on December 12, 2012, 11:04:37 PM
Looks good. Did you just buy the Control Box straight from Cal? That is what I am doing. And the ss herms coil.

Did you buy the hole punches? I am about to need some.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 13, 2012, 09:25:19 PM
Looks good. Did you just buy the Control Box straight from Cal? That is what I am doing. And the ss herms coil.

Did you buy the hole punches? I am about to need some.

Yes on all counts - the CP assembled was just plain worth it to me, get it done rather than spending a year doing it.  I tried cooling the herms myself but that ended badly so I purchased it.  And I bought all the punches.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: davidgzach on December 14, 2012, 12:58:48 PM
How many oz of hops can fit in the spider?
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 14, 2012, 01:15:51 PM
How many oz of hops can fit in the spider?

At least 12 whole leaf in my experience - pellet, prob more than you can possibly use!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: redbeerman on December 14, 2012, 09:02:29 PM
Very nice Paul.  Why aren't there any AHA stickers on your freezers? ;)
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 14, 2012, 09:05:23 PM
Very nice Paul.  Why aren't there any AHA stickers on your freezers? ;)

haha - actually the "on deck" chest freezer with the Old Rasputin sign on it does have the "I brew the beer I drink" on it - i'll have to work on the other 2
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: gmac on December 15, 2012, 02:28:25 AM
Very nice.  Looks a little too warm there for my liking.  Hard to ice fish with all those palm trees around.

How long does it take to bring a pot to a boil with the electric elements?  I'm thinking of going electric and I'm debating putting in two elements in one pot for 15 gal batches (in a 100 qt pot).  Just wondering if that would help or be overkill. (thinking I'd stay with the turkey fryer for any batches under 10 gals).  I don't think I'll ever get to a HERMS system but you've got it very well set up. Nice and compact looking.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: Pawtucket Patriot on December 15, 2012, 01:34:57 PM
Outstanding setup!  So many people seem to be going the electric route now. 
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: Kaiser on December 15, 2012, 02:43:22 PM
Nicely done.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 17, 2012, 09:00:12 PM
Very nice.  Looks a little too warm there for my liking.  Hard to ice fish with all those palm trees around.

How long does it take to bring a pot to a boil with the electric elements?  I'm thinking of going electric and I'm debating putting in two elements in one pot for 15 gal batches (in a 100 qt pot).  Just wondering if that would help or be overkill. (thinking I'd stay with the turkey fryer for any batches under 10 gals).  I don't think I'll ever get to a HERMS system but you've got it very well set up. Nice and compact looking.

gmac - not sure on the timing for out of the tap to boiling since I heat in steps - room temp to strike temp, then use the HERMS to get up to mashout temp, then from mashout temp to boiling.

I haven't actually timed it (but I can this weekend if you'd like) but going from 75-160 with 20gal, it seems to take about 20 minutes give or take a few.

not sure why you'd need two elements though - one 45-5500W unit should be more than suffiicient for that volume.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on December 17, 2012, 09:01:29 PM
Would have liked to see more of the hop-spider in action.

I can try to take more pics next session. 
Title: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: bluesman on December 17, 2012, 11:11:13 PM
Very nice work Paul! Looks like Walden likes to hang out for the brewday.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: euge on December 18, 2012, 12:16:49 AM
Would have liked to see more of the hop-spider in action.

I can try to take more pics next session.

Thanks! Was this particular piece of equipment store-bought or made to spec?
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: narcout on December 21, 2012, 09:56:14 PM
Would have liked to see more of the hop-spider in action.

I can try to take more pics next session.

Thanks! Was this particular piece of equipment store-bought or made to spec?

It looks a lot like one of these: http://www.stainlessbrewing.com/Hop-Strainer-with-SS-Mesh_p_123.html

Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: snowtiger87 on December 27, 2012, 09:48:37 PM
Quote
I bought all the punches.

Well, if you would not mind parting with them for a while I could definately use them. They used to have a sharing program from the electric brewery website but some a-hole did not ship the the punches back and won't reply anymore. Maybe we can work something out. I would gladly pay for shipping (and maybe put in a few homebrews when I ship them back).

If you are willing let me know.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: ahaintern on January 03, 2013, 06:44:16 PM
Blatz,
Great looking home brewery! Let us know if you are interested in showcasing it on Pimp My System.

-The Intern
ahaintern@brewersassociation.org
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: tonyskennedy on January 24, 2013, 01:47:31 PM
Pix missing! Can you fix? Would love to see your rig!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: mjdonnelly68 on February 27, 2013, 05:43:57 PM
Beautiful set up Paul - I'm racked with jealousy.

Looks like you found the perfect freezers for your 14.5G Blichmanns (I have the same).  Can you share the make and model and where you found them - I'd like to pick one up.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Mike
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on February 27, 2013, 06:36:36 PM
Beautiful set up Paul - I'm racked with jealousy.

Looks like you found the perfect freezers for your 14.5G Blichmanns (I have the same).  Can you share the make and model and where you found them - I'd like to pick one up.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Mike

thanks!

sure no problem - its these:  http://www.lowes.com/pd_54036-2251-LFFU14F5HW_0__?productId=1187867&Ntt=frigidaire+upright+freezer&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dfrigidaire%2Bupright%2Bfreezer&facetInfo=

You have to remove all the racks (they snap out) and front piece of the shelves on the doors (also snap out) and then tilt the conical so that the front "blichmann" symbol faces about 4-5 o'clock, but you are otherwise good to go - very easy.  I attached mine to some plywood so I could also attach casters and make it easy to make sure the conicals fit in without fidgeting, but YMMV.  I don't believe the conical will fit in the fridge with the casters sold by Blichmann, FYI
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: majorvices on February 27, 2013, 08:31:47 PM
Guess I missed this when you first posted. Awesome set up!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: jeffy on February 27, 2013, 09:38:50 PM
He's featured on the AHA front page, too.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on February 28, 2013, 12:38:47 AM
Tx!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: euge on February 28, 2013, 01:22:45 AM
Thanks to Paul I'm eying a spot in my garage. There is a concern about the steam and where it goes in Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei!
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on February 28, 2013, 01:49:10 AM
There is a concern about the steam and where it goes in Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei!

generally, you would install a vent hood and exhaust fan - I had one installed in the house I was building where this system was originally intended to go, but given I am doing this in my garage, for now, I just open the big door and my back door and that seems to provide enough ventilation (i.e. no condensation buildup anywhere.

but one day I hope to insulate and AC my garage, in which case I will install a vent hood.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: euge on February 28, 2013, 02:04:32 AM
Thanks! No added heat from burners also helps probably... One reason why I want to go back to this type of brewing.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on January 16, 2018, 05:35:28 PM
Finally got my board done in my home tap room(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/bf3956c25983a8ee6af973c8f617e8c6.jpg)


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Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: BrewBama on January 16, 2018, 06:15:15 PM
Very clean set up.

BTW: if you’ll add ‘~original’ after the ‘.jpg’ in the link to the photos on the first page you’ll correct the photobucket block. Not sure how long the “fix” will last but it works for now.


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Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 16, 2018, 06:35:56 PM
Looks awesome, Paul. One of each, please.   :)
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: Wilbur on January 17, 2018, 03:23:08 PM
I'm having trouble seeing all the photos, but what I can see looks great! Any chance of getting the links to the later photos fixed? I'm aiming to reorganize and am looking for inspiration.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on January 17, 2018, 03:36:45 PM
I'm having trouble seeing all the photos, but what I can see looks great! Any chance of getting the links to the later photos fixed? I'm aiming to reorganize and am looking for inspiration.

Sure I fixed what I could on the original.  That was at my old house in my garage.  Here are some new pics of my new brewery:

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180117/915dff74f21efeafb3eea8e38d3dc8e4.jpg)

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Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: jimmykx250 on January 17, 2018, 04:16:32 PM
Holy crap thats a nice set up.
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: mabrungard on January 17, 2018, 07:46:42 PM
That's a lot of grain in sacks on your shelves. Won't it stale quicker in the humidity...or is that an air conditioned room?
Title: Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
Post by: blatz on January 17, 2018, 07:48:41 PM
Yeah it's in an air conditioned room.  73 df. I usually don't have that many at one time, either - post group buy


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