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Title: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 15, 2014, 10:53:06 PM
I'm finally doing a Pimp My System thread, now that I've moved out of my long string of little apartments and into a house. Things really have come into their own here in the home brewery in the past few months, enough that I can post it even though there are constant projects and improvements.

So here goes!

The actual brewery is a 2009 Sabco Brew Magic VMS350 that we recently picked up from a friend. It has been quite a learning experience to go from a stovetop-batch-sparging-cooler-system!

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Z-GdZ8CyT24/UuVAuLcjIvI/AAAAAAAALAI/n6DS7JWEC3I/w981-h553-no/IMG_20140126_110707_198.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-YGQ6UoFoKWc/Uv-lhapSgqI/AAAAAAAALKg/BjBzWYyiJAE/w982-h553-no/IMG_20140215_113546627_HDR.jpg)

Chiller is a MoreBeer 'Chillus Convolutus Counterflow Wort Chiller'. Shown here in cleaning mode.

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In moving from brewing on the stovetop to brewing outdoors, water availability became a huge issue. Luckily, my mom knew this would eventually happen. She used to develop all of her own photographs as a professional photographer, so when she quit doing that, she saved her darkroom sink and temperature controlled water valve for me. :) So the sink below is a free sink. Approximately 5'-0" by 2'-0" by 5" deep. All stainless. Hot and cold water is plumbed to it and the valve can control water within 1*F. We've installed this in the garage so it makes clean up incredibly easy. It is amazing in cold weather.

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The fermenter in the picture below is a 15 gallon plastic conical with stainless tri-clamp fittings. It is housed in a True Manufacturing commercial fridge that I picked up from craigslist. Dual stage temp controller controls the fridge and a little heater near the bottom. Don't mind the ridiculous amount of buckets laying around. It was cleaning day. ;)

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Switching over to the basement, where we have storage and the rest of the fermenting happens. My main set of shelves are below. Picked them up from The Shelving Store a while back. I keep everything from finished beer (in bottles), to empty bottles, to Better Bottles, to a jockey box, to Beer Guns, to bottle trees, to a box of airlocks and more on these shelves. Empty bags of grain hang from the ceiling, you know, for decoration.

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To the left of the shelving and below the stairs is a sour beer aging area. I am in the process of moving my sour beer aging from my parent's house to my own house, so there is nothing in here yet. Just a few trophies.  ;D

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Obligatory medal/ribbon shot. The framed score sheet is from a Saison-Brett clone judged by Stan Hieronymus. To say that I'm proud of that beer would be an understatement.  8) And yes, that is the German flag on the ceiling. Ich bin 100% Deutsch.

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Grain storage. Vittle Vault II. Sometimes found on amazon for $25 or so.

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Lagering freezer, named Franz. He can hold four kegs. Empty Boulevard Smokestack bottles are for our wedding toast beer.

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Newest freezer - 25CF, a replacement for my older keezer (Hanz - he lives with a friend now). No name yet for this one, but it's a work in progress. We are working on a collar for a through the wall tap system. I'll update with pics when we get around to doing it.

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Should hold around 16-18 kegs when we finish building it out. Right now, it's all on Cobra taps.

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The little wine coolers. These are tinted-glass front Vissani wine coolers that Home Depot used to sell a couple of years back. I have them hooked up to an assortment of temperature controllers. One is dual stage for the Belgians, the other two are single stage for normal beers. We use the top of the coolers as a sort of table.

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A really poor shot of the inside of the wine cooler. These little guys can go down to 38*F if need be, and the one with a ferm wrap in it can go as high as I ask it to. The control is quite valuable.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YeQsiXHGLeg/Uv_boHlVPgI/AAAAAAAALOs/KtCNpwaVREw/w311-h552-no/IMG_20140215_152622483.jpg)

And finally (for now), no home brewery is complete without a set of his and hers brewery boots.  ;D

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Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 15, 2014, 11:07:35 PM
Whoa  :o.   Amazing brewery, Amanda !
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jeff M on February 15, 2014, 11:08:20 PM
Awesome! Im jealous of how much space you have!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Pinski on February 15, 2014, 11:20:05 PM
Nice Amanda! Your going to have a blast settling in. We name our kegerators too. We have Holly Day, Maybelle & Menard (the Maytags).  Glad to see the Sabco is coming around for you as well.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: thebigbaker on February 15, 2014, 11:38:55 PM
Wow, that is awesome Amanda!  Looking forward to you updates.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: slarkin712 on February 15, 2014, 11:39:02 PM
What you have is awesome.  Now you need an awesome bar build!  I've got to show my wife your set up for some perspective.  She can then appreciate the relatively small expanse of my brewery and bar.  Definitely jealous, but need a bigger house to get where you are.  I'm just starting a sour "program", mostly inspired by you.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: duboman on February 15, 2014, 11:55:25 PM
All I can say is WOW! And my wife thinks my brewery takes up space....
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 15, 2014, 11:57:18 PM
I've got to show my wife your set up for some perspective.  She can then appreciate the relatively small expanse of my brewery

+1. Good call. I think I'll show my wife this, for some perspective.    :)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 16, 2014, 12:18:03 AM
Awesome! Im jealous of how much space you have!

Thanks guys!  I'll be posting updates to the brewery projects as they come along.

And in reality, I don't have that much space. My house is a 1500sf split level, with the brewery is in the lower basement and part of the garage. After brewing in apartments for so long, I've learned that organization goes a long way.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jeff M on February 16, 2014, 12:28:27 AM
Fair enough, Im looking at setting up a BBL Pilot system in a 16*12 garage, so you can understand my jealousy;) Space always seems to be enough till you play with it sketchup:D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 16, 2014, 12:39:23 AM
Very nice set up Amanda. You gave me an idea on how to use those grain bags I have been saving.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: euge on February 16, 2014, 08:09:22 AM
Again awesome work Amanda!

I had brewing in mind when looking for my house after living in a tiny apartment.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Scot (one T) on February 16, 2014, 03:57:42 PM
Myles wears pink boots?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 16, 2014, 11:15:39 PM
Very nice set up Amanda. You gave me an idea on how to use those grain bags I have been saving.

A local brewery uses them as a tree skirt around Christmas time. I wish I had thought of that!

And Scot, I don't think the pink ones would fit him! :)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jimmy K on February 17, 2014, 02:09:24 PM
Good lord! One Pimp my System to rule them all!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: udubdawg on February 17, 2014, 02:19:32 PM
 ...dat sink!  *want*

Good job Amanda!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: klickitat jim on February 17, 2014, 02:20:04 PM
No doubt! All they need now is a hydroponic greenhouse for hops and maybe a yeast lab/library
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: blatz on February 18, 2014, 03:08:55 PM
excellent!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 18, 2014, 03:14:42 PM
No doubt! All they need now is a hydroponic greenhouse for hops and maybe a yeast lab/library

Now that's just too much! :-P
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: ibru on February 18, 2014, 03:52:41 PM
Very nice setup Amanda. I have lots of room for brewing in my shop, but it's not nearly as organized as yours. One of these days..... 
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Vin S on February 18, 2014, 03:57:20 PM
1st WOW. 2nd Call yourself a brew your own store and try to write off all your stuff. But seriously awesome.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: bluesman on February 18, 2014, 05:53:43 PM
Very, very cool!  8)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Herminator on February 19, 2014, 04:26:32 AM
Very Nice!  If I had a place like that...I would never leave. 
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: glenmoorebrewing on February 20, 2014, 08:17:52 PM
Awesome post!
Where's the bar?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: beersk on February 24, 2014, 07:52:47 PM
Pimpin'!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: reverseapachemaster on February 25, 2014, 02:36:25 PM
How are you planning on transporting the sour beer?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: mchrispen on February 26, 2014, 03:24:59 AM
Very nice Amanda. Much better organized than my garage stuffed full of tools and fishing gear!


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Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 03, 2014, 02:39:09 AM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/03/aga3uham.jpg)

Stained the collar for the keezer today. I hope to seal it tomorrow and have it attached to the freezer by the end of the week.

I may need some outside help wiring the Love back into this one though. I'm not that great with electricity and should probably be supervised. :D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Pinski on March 03, 2014, 07:23:55 AM
Nice. What are the two big holes for?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 03, 2014, 01:28:04 PM
Through the wall taps. The round holes are for two 4" PVC runs that will head up to an insulated box that needs to be built.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Pinski on March 03, 2014, 03:47:16 PM
Through the wall taps. The round holes are for two 4" PVC runs that will head up to an insulated box that needs to be built.

Cool, can't wait to see the finished project.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 14, 2014, 04:08:32 PM
Collar is on the freezer. 100' spool of beer line ordered.

Next steps:
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: jaftak22 on March 18, 2014, 06:24:38 PM
This is an awesome set up you have. Just wanted to thank you by the way. I am the guy you sent the homebrew magazines to over in Afghanistan. They helped me kill alot of time and I actually found a few other homebrewers from Aulstrailia on my way out that I gave them to. You have no idea how much I appreciated that. Thanks again and enjoy your brewhouse, you guys deserve it.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 24, 2014, 10:08:48 PM
I am so glad those magazines helped pass the time. It is good to hear from you. I wish you the best!

In bar related news, my new faucets arrived today. Sold my creamers and bought five of the new 630SS.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/25/erasejer.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Pinski on March 24, 2014, 10:12:41 PM
Shiny! 8)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: ibru on March 26, 2014, 03:15:54 PM
Now you need some handles for these beauties.....

Bruce
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: euge on March 26, 2014, 08:02:51 PM
Slick!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 28, 2014, 09:51:14 PM
Today was one of my Fridays off, so I made some good headway on the "pouring beer through the wall" concept.

Started this morning with a bunch of mechanical in my way (I didn't take a true before picture, but it was this plus 6 Ethernet cables and a few phone lines.)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/zaguqahy.jpg)

Cleaned everything up by moving all of the electrical and plumbing:
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/y6u8y8ej.jpg)

Built the substructure of the box that will house the taps and mounted that to the studs. The superstructure is also built, but not installed. Due to very tight space requirements, I need to install it after I get my polycarbonate back plate here. Ordered that today.
That tiny little white spec in the right area is where the shank height will be.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/ata9yryp.jpg)

I silconed all of the joints in the substructure and put in some rigid insulation between the studs.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/ha2eraty.jpg)

Used some Liquid Nails on the 4" PVC pipes coming out of the freezer. I'm letting that dry before I attach anything vertical.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/yduve6es.jpg)

Wired the Love TS2 up, but lost the temperature sensor somewhere in the basement... So it's still running on a Ranco at the moment.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/29/bysu9ahy.jpg)

So that's all the progress for now. Once the polycarbonate sheet gets here, I can press on with the box. In the meantime, I'll be building more dual stage temp controllers for my little wine coolers. Single stage is what I have on most of them now, and that needs to change with the constant 64F basement temps.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: tschmidlin on March 31, 2014, 07:09:11 AM
That looks awesome Amanda, great progress! :)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 31, 2014, 06:00:50 PM
Thanks Tom!

So the official date for the housewarming party is set for late April, which I had given up on getting the bar finished by then already. But as is tradition, the homebrew club came through with a ton of motivation and help!  ;D

To do list for the bar/tap build is now:

Wish me luck! I have less than four weeks to finish the rip out and build it all back up.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: tschmidlin on April 01, 2014, 05:16:45 AM
No worries, you can do it!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: euge on April 01, 2014, 07:32:05 PM
Best of luck!

I'd say your afternoons and weekends will be spoken for with this build!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 07, 2014, 12:41:05 PM
This is turning into more of a bar build than anything directly homebrew related, but I'll post anyway.

Made a lot of progress last night, but forgot to take pictures, so pics from  Friday will have to do. Trimmed the walls on Friday, painted on Sunday evening. Pic is from Friday.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/07/5avy2amy.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/07/ytebutas.jpg)

Bathroom, before (hole is from a hideaway ironing board):
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Bathroom on Friday:
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/07/zazy2u6y.jpg)
Mudded and taped the hole up last night.

Tonight is an off night, gotta lead a BJCP class upstairs for our tasting exam in May.

More progress later...
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 08, 2014, 06:07:12 PM
I threw together a schedule over lunch so I know exactly what my critical path is for the project. Substantial completion is on target for 4/18.
 (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/09/uqyve6yv.jpg)

I also mocked up the final tap spacing. It'll work out to be 5 taps initially, 3 on one side and 2 on the other. Then add a 6th tap for nitro.

If we ever get a wild hair and want 4 more taps (10 total), then there is spacing to do that without moving any existing taps - just by sliding the future taps down 2" and centered between existing taps.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/09/me9avu6a.jpg)

I'll post the cross section view of the taps if I remember when I get home.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Tim Thomssen on April 08, 2014, 11:37:03 PM
Wow!  That's one heck of a project you have going there Amanda, nice work!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: duboman on April 09, 2014, 12:51:46 AM
Can you build mine next:)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 09, 2014, 12:56:48 AM
No kidding . I'm pretty sure it's gonna beat my makeshift garage 'pub' - lawn chairs, cheap stereo and a tv around the kegerator. Could be worse!  I can't wait to see this build though. Looks pretty serious.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 09, 2014, 02:38:12 AM
Oh hey Tim! Good to see you on here! Hoosier, some of my favorite places to drink involve standing in a basement, around a floor drain, and in front of the kegerator. :D

And no, I cannot build another... I am so worn out with my own project! :) But after living for years in apartments with a brewery, it's pretty clear that this has been stewing for a while! Haha.

Progress tonight: ripped out toilet, moved the washer and dryer out of the bathroom/laundry room, continued sanding on my sad attempt at mudding and taping drywall, built a bit more of the remote tap box, and drilled the first five holes in the wall for taps.

Phew!

Pics:
Superstructure of remote tap box. Basically 2x4s and polycarbonate. Still need to buy the all thread studs (have 1' rods, but it is impossible to cut with hand tools) and weatherstripping.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/09/eha7yqa2.jpg)

Love me a hole saw... Taps as shown on the previous drawing.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/09/tejuzese.jpg)


Toilet and laundry gone. Half painted. Have a new toilet on order and still need to pick out a vanity. I have a sneaking suspicion that the part I'm attempting to mud/tape over will need a beer tin over top of it. ;)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/09/sahe8y6y.jpg)


I have half of the main room painted. Once it is all painted, then the floors go in. Then the cabinets.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/09/a4y2u4ud.jpg)

Speaking of, cabinets will be here tomorrow. Staining will start on Thursday. I cannot say enough good things about my great friend who is making them, Michael Crane. He's awesome. Just awesome. He's totally the reason I'm even motivated to tackle this project.

PS: this is what we started from:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/4-vsk3gGOpNjC79nTujPRhFiVZqHE6ai2GK6d5IMcS8=w1482-h835-no)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 09, 2014, 02:44:43 AM
One more thing for (potential) future reference. The tap cross section I mentioned earlier. This is probably the 4th or 5th design and will be the final design.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/09/6egeny4a.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: yso191 on April 09, 2014, 05:27:22 PM
Wow.  This looks so awesome.  But what are you going to do with all your time when this is done?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 09, 2014, 07:15:35 PM
Wow.  This looks so awesome.  But what are you going to do with all your time when this is done?

Thanks!

I'd like to think that I'll brew more and drink while sitting in lawn chairs more... but those will probably be famous last words if I commit to that! Like the title of the thread, "there's always a project".  ::)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 10, 2014, 02:02:19 AM
Cabinets are here!! :D
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/10/y8yvyna4.jpg)

Started staining them tonight. This is going to be a long process...
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/10/umeby4ev.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: darwin18 on April 10, 2014, 02:17:06 PM
Awesome set up.  I particularly liked your shelving storage and organization.  I could definitely use that to get equipment and supplies off the ground and organized in my garage.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Scot (one T) on April 13, 2014, 01:23:05 PM
, some of my favorite places to drink involve standing in a basement, around a floor drain, and in front of the kegerator. :D

I know that basement.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 14, 2014, 01:11:52 AM

I know that basement.

Yep! :D

Made a ton of progress in the past few days. Cliff notes:


Roughed in the PVC piping for the beer lines and cooling air.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/14/y2uqe7ys.jpg)


We also got all of the new flooring laid and the cabinets are here! Doors are being stained now and will be installed soon. I need to pick out a top and get the taps installed, but they hinge off of the top being picked out. Tomorrow, maybe.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/14/udame5ym.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/14/yryzasav.jpg)

We've gotten far enough to be able to move the laundry back into its proper home. Woo laundry!! Haha.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 16, 2014, 12:12:09 PM
Really exciting progress here: we have a toilet back!
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/16/5y7yze9y.jpg)

We also got the box structure built and the PVC glued into it's final location. It's a tight fit with the air duct up top, but it'll do. I added some weather stripping but still need to make the box airtight. Crappy cell phone picture (promise I'll take proper pictures at the end, uploading from the phone via Tapatalk is just too easy):
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/16/pe4uny9e.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 17, 2014, 12:12:36 PM
Did some beer related work tonight. Finished sealing up the box with that aluminum duct tape. Also wrapped the beer and air lines with Reflectix.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/17/e5atu3ad.jpg)

Close up of the inside of the box.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/17/tyjujaqu.jpg)

I also received the new drip tray / glass rinser combo. This thing is a beast. It's still in the protective packaging, but you can see the glass rinser in the middle. That works perfectly for my situation since there are two studs smack in the middle of the tap box behind the wall. Almost looks like I planned this... ;)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/17/yha2uva3.jpg)

Custom countertop has been designed and will be fabricated soon. Once I get that in place, I can mount the drip tray, get the metal plate on the wall for the "tap back splash", install the shanks/taps/lines and pour beer!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Mark G on April 17, 2014, 01:45:10 PM
Nice work so far. The taps through the wall part of the project is something I'm working on right now in my basement, so thanks for sharing. Where did you find the drip tray/rinser combo?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 17, 2014, 02:31:50 PM
Nice work so far. The taps through the wall part of the project is something I'm working on right now in my basement, so thanks for sharing. Where did you find the drip tray/rinser combo?
Thanks!

I bought the drip tray / rinser combo directly from Micromatic.
Tray:
http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/drip-trays-pid-DP-1606.html (http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/drip-trays-pid-DP-1606.html)
15psi pressure regulator for rinser:
http://www.micromatic.com/water-regulator/rinser-drip-trays-pid-1750352C.html (http://www.micromatic.com/water-regulator/rinser-drip-trays-pid-1750352C.html)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: jaftak22 on April 17, 2014, 06:56:49 PM
This is an awesome home build. Makes me look forward to buying a house. What's gonna happen to your souring room? Just curious
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 17, 2014, 08:15:28 PM
The sour beers at my mom's home will remain, I will just not add anything more to it. When the time comes for those beers to be ready, I'll bottle them and haul them across the state.

When I'm done with this bar build, I will have more time for brewing sours. Those new ones will hide out under my stairs. It's a slow phase out process.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 22, 2014, 12:28:06 PM
Put on some finishing touches recently. Some items worth mentioning: received the countertop and finished up the tap list.

Still need to stain and polyurethane the edge banding on the countertop, mount it to the cabinets with the biscuit joint finished, and get the back splash on the taps before I can anchor down that massive drip tray.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/22/5unyhahu.jpg)

My mom gave me this frame (30x40) for the tap list. I finished it out last night with the party tap list. I haven't drawn anything in probably 5 years, so I'm quite pleased with how the title block came out - did it all by hand.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/22/peruryry.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Stevie on April 22, 2014, 12:32:04 PM
Your sign looks pretty dang pro. Zero art skills here. I use masking tape and sharpie.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on April 22, 2014, 12:39:29 PM
Looking awesome !
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: duboman on April 22, 2014, 10:31:18 PM
Amanda, I think you missed your true calling! Tap room designer would be a good second job!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 23, 2014, 12:24:56 PM
Thank you guys. I did go to college for Architectural Engineering and used to do a good amount of pencil art, so I've been well prepared to take on the bar design. :)

In other news, we made substantial progress last night. Namely that the taps are working!! I'm actually a bit surprised that the "computer fan sucking air through PVC" thing works at all. But it certainly works! Just need a couple more hose clamps to get the last two taps with liquid running through them and we'll be in business!

Shot of the back of the tap box. Fan on the left of the picture, three taps labeled and running with Beer Line Cleaner in them:
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/23/ve6ezyqy.jpg)

Shot of the Perlick 630SS set up with the glass rinser drip tray. I'm going to get that installed properly after the party this weekend. Not enough time!
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/23/rareru5e.jpg)

Quick pic of the cabinet doors with Myles adjusting them. TV should be up tomorrow!
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/23/ga8azy6e.jpg)

Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 23, 2014, 12:33:56 PM
Ooo! Almost forgot. I ordered this bad boy for the wall from BeerLoved:

(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0309/9849/products/P-MegaBrew0115_ZOOM.jpg?v=1394214667)

60"x40".  ;D

We will use it to map out our adventures with push pins.  8)

For reference:
http://www.beerloved.com/collections/art/products/the-bountiful-breweries-of-the-united-states-of-america (http://www.beerloved.com/collections/art/products/the-bountiful-breweries-of-the-united-states-of-america)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on April 24, 2014, 02:12:04 AM
Made great progress tonight:
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/24/a7ysa8ut.jpg)

We don't need no stinkin' picnic taps!! :)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: garc_mall on April 25, 2014, 06:56:45 PM
Ooo! Almost forgot. I ordered this bad boy for the wall from BeerLoved:

(http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0309/9849/products/P-MegaBrew0115_ZOOM.jpg?v=1394214667)

60"x40".  ;D

We will use it to map out our adventures with push pins.  8)

For reference:
http://www.beerloved.com/collections/art/products/the-bountiful-breweries-of-the-united-states-of-america (http://www.beerloved.com/collections/art/products/the-bountiful-breweries-of-the-united-states-of-america)

That's a really cool map, and very updated!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: udubdawg on April 25, 2014, 10:32:00 PM
Ha!  "Thaaaanks Amy" is a peach cider at my house.  Does she know she's famous?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 09, 2014, 06:10:29 PM
Been a while since I've updated the brewery/bar build thread. It got nice outside, so we've been tearing apart the backyard and doing a full work-over on that too. Current goal is to have a new deck built by the time the KCBM Oktoberfest party hits our backyard. Oh yeah, and we've been brewing 90 gallons of beer for our wedding! Whew.

Some small progress:

I built a clip-in system for one of my gas manifolds, so there is a female gas inline QD on the manifold and several attachments for the male QD: picnic tap for flushing carboys in the sour area, ball lock gas QD for purging/sealing kegs, the Beer Gun clip in, and a clip in for the closed transfer system.

All of the male clip ins, with the picnic tap being long enough to reach the sour area:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/XBPGwSh9bZDLuzWnlMdfs_JOT6DkgKv9OJ1HuyQTQvKu=w1332-h750-no)

Transferring a Dubbel for souring, glass carboy flushed with CO2:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TleZ53p3I1k/U7cGfDEYt5I/AAAAAAAARsk/4ONozCO2vxY/w434-h771-no/IMG_20140704_145428572.jpg)

Using the same system, different clip in, to close transfer from a keg to a CO2 flushed carboy:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-bqzTIIjShAE/U7b79_0POWI/AAAAAAAARsQ/SdkZWnraQzA/w434-h771-no/IMG_20140704_140936024.jpg)

You guys should know my need for organization by now:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RDwaN5lgIVY/U7cOSVpLZYI/AAAAAAAARtc/QrjNBS74Fd0/w434-h771-no/IMG_20140704_152745453.jpg)

Restart of the sour beer pipeline. I should really get another lambic going.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-eTmX-SFW1do/U7cLageI3TI/AAAAAAAARtM/Vk1VnrE6AOA/w1332-h750-no/IMG_20140704_151502079.jpg)

I never did post pictures of the interior of the kegerator, but here's Helga! I have 1/4" clear line for the beer line and 1/4" black line for the gas line. The two colors help me keep my sanity. Otherwise, it is just a mess of tubing. The clip in line is the one on the far right.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MKh0pCvBlXM/U4o6ZOrRDbI/AAAAAAAAMmg/Z2LFiG3FuJU/w1332-h750-no/IMG_20140531_152338104.jpg)

I mounted the spools of tubing to the joists to keep them out of the way:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Nhfe8hBiCGg/U4o6h6Bwb2I/AAAAAAAAMm4/q2aOvbC5kpM/w434-h771-no/IMG_20140531_152406413.jpg)

In somewhat related news, I did manage to finally understand how to wire a temperature controller on my own! Watch out world!  ;D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: duboman on July 09, 2014, 09:26:17 PM
Holy Helga Amanda, that's quite the setup/brewery you've got going there!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: S. cerevisiae on July 14, 2014, 08:41:33 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/22/peruryry.jpg)

A beer with the name "The Dog's Danglers" has to be good.  ;D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on July 14, 2014, 10:33:06 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/22/peruryry.jpg)

A beer with the name "The Dog's Danglers" has to be good.  ;D
I think there is a missing digit on the IBUs. 4 does not seem right for a PA.

You should trademark that name Amanda.  ;)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 15, 2014, 10:21:19 PM
Yeah... I took the picture before confirming if it was closer to 40 or 45 IBUs.

The Dog's Danglers is one if my favorite beer names. I can thank my English boss for that one!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 15, 2014, 10:23:11 PM



A beer with the name "The Dog's Danglers" has to be good.  ;D

It's won a few times. I love when the emcee reads the beer name out loud. It either ends in complete laughter or like it was read as a question. Haha.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 21, 2014, 01:50:00 PM
Myles usually does the milling, so I've been fairly oblivious to just how fustrating the old Barley Crusher really is. Yesterday, I had to mill the grain myself. This resulted in a stuck 'free' roller, a mill tear down and rebuild, and plenty of cursing. I bought a MM3 yesterday afternoon.

I'm tired of the gap wandering, the 'free' roller sticking even after I take it apart and clean it, the tiny hopper, the torque the hand drill puts on my wrist (I have messed up wrists that can't take a lot of torque), and the cobbled together mess of it all.

I'm motorizing the MM3 with a direct drive motor/Lovejoys. Will post pics when I get the parts in and get it running.

I also added a pump bleeder valve to the chilling system yesterday. That thing is sweet.

Wedding brew day count: 7 brew days down, 2 more to go.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jeff M on July 21, 2014, 02:33:50 PM
I also added a pump bleeder valve to the chilling system yesterday. That thing is sweet.

I was thinking about adding bleed valves to my pumps, wanna take pics of how you did it?  I have real problems waiting for my pump to push water all the way threw 50Ft of herms and then another 20ft of hosing.  Bleed valve would probably fix the problem.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 21, 2014, 03:09:54 PM
Can do, Jeff.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: dak0415 on July 21, 2014, 03:36:05 PM
I'm motorizing the MM3 with a direct drive motor/Lovejoys. Will post pics when I get the parts in and get it running.
First of all, congrats on getting hitched!
Second - where are you getting your motor?  We found a bunch of 160RPM gearmotors a couple of years ago for $40 each but nothing even close to reasonable $$ since.

Dave
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 21, 2014, 04:21:44 PM
I'm buying one from Steve @ All American Ale Works. (http://www.allamericanaleworks.com/ (http://www.allamericanaleworks.com/)) Disclaimer - the website leaves a lot to be desired. If you don't like ALL CAPS, don't click it.  8)

From what I can tell, he's a home brewer who is importing motors from China because of the same reason you stated - low rpm, high torque motors are nearly impossible to find at a reasonable price. I've talked with him via email and he seems very genuine. The motors seem like they are more than up to the task of grinding grain (I asked for a video, and he made one and sent it over within a day.). However, I do not have it yet and have no actual experience with it. There is a 90 day manufacturer warranty though... so there's at least that.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: dak0415 on July 21, 2014, 04:58:27 PM
Oh yeah, I remember him now. SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!!
Are you going for the 180 or 240 RPM?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 21, 2014, 05:22:50 PM
Oh yeah, I remember him now. SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!!
Are you going for the 180 or 240 RPM?

Yeah... I actually found him on this forum in an old thread about malt mill motors. He was also shouting then. In our email conversations, he hasn't shouted once. ;)

I'm going to go with the 180rpm, just to keep the dust down a touch more. The video he sent of his (the 240 model) is plenty fast, so 180 will be fine for me. But hey, anything is better than my current set up. Well, unless you count a corona mill... that would be worse.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jeff M on July 21, 2014, 06:00:52 PM
Corona Mill + Ag Batch = Torn Rotator Cuff
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Stevie on July 21, 2014, 10:12:42 PM
He got pulled through the ringer a few months back when he first posted. People were upset because his post wasn't clearly advertising and was worded as if it was a testimonial. It got ugly fast.

When I power a mill, I'm using him.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jeff M on July 21, 2014, 10:38:03 PM
He got pulled through the ringer a few months back when he first posted. People were upset because his post wasn't clearly advertising and was worded as if it was a testimonial. It got ugly fast.

When I power a mill, I'm using him.

i bought a gerbil wheel to power my mill, but i suppose you could scale it up and use a human....
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Stevie on July 21, 2014, 10:56:43 PM

He got pulled through the ringer a few months back when he first posted. People were upset because his post wasn't clearly advertising and was worded as if it was a testimonial. It got ugly fast.

When I power a mill, I'm using him.

i bought a gerbil wheel to power my mill, but i suppose you could scale it up and use a human....

Yuck, yuck, yuck
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 22, 2014, 12:56:05 AM
He got pulled through the ringer a few months back when he first posted. People were upset because his post wasn't clearly advertising and was worded as if it was a testimonial. It got ugly fast.

When I power a mill, I'm using him.
Yeah, that's the thread I found him on. I clicked on the link, thought he was a joke, then came back a couple of weeks later. In talking with him, he's just a passionate home brewer trying to help the rest of us out. I'll obviously post here and let you guys know what I think about the product once I get it.

And Jeff, here's two shots of the bleeder valve in front of the pump. It is a Sabco part (TCs make my life easier), about $30 or something. Saves me from manually trying to rid the hose of air and then reconnecting it. The line coming from the left comes from the kettle.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/22/ada7e8yt.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/22/ysugejat.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on July 31, 2014, 07:15:17 PM
We bottled the wedding toast beer last week - it is nice to have that done! 15 gallons in bottles and another 5 in a keg for our own use.

I never could find red hooded cages for corking and caging the 750mL bottles, so I ended up with gold ones that got painted. I disassembled 72 cages, painted the hoods dark red, and reassembled the cages before corking. Total PITA and could not recommend, but they look pretty great!

We uploaded the label to GrogTag this week. It's a collaboration between myself (picture & post it note idea) and my mom (execution). The glass in the picture is a custom brewery glass that we're using as the escort card, the reception drinking glass, and the party favor. Grandstand did a great job on the glasses. I will also highly recommend GrogTag - customer service is second to none!
(http://i.imgur.com/NT1XuZ8.png)

The wedding is so close I can taste it. Soon we will have time to brew what we want, when we want - and we get a vacation to boot!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 16, 2015, 04:48:02 PM
Ahhh, so since we burnt ourselves out on brewing after the shenanigans that was the wedding brew days, we are now finally getting back into the swing of things!

As is tradition around here, we are having a party next weekend so we're trying to get too many things done in a short space of time before people arrive. I need to:

So far, I've gotten the glass rinser in the drip tray all hooked up finally. I've had the parts for about 8 months, but no motivation to actually hook it up. Husband asked to have it ready for his party, so there was my motivation!

I'm rockin' again on the mill. I ended up contacting my cabinet friend and had him CNC a spacer for the mill so it would line up with the motor shaft. I now have to grind down the 7mm keyway on the motor shaft to get a 6mm Lovejoy to fit on there - joy.

And we completed a random beer-related project, a coat rack for the garage/basement entryway.

Before:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JvIfxI-5fL8/VLXEq7rRXrI/AAAAAAAAViw/OaB2XzocNhg/w427-h759-no/IMG_20150113_192126440.jpg)

After:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-4ITR8k6tJMQ/VLc6r5ZQ-RI/AAAAAAAAVkI/bdmvxWUmYbw/w1237-h696-no/IMG_20150114_215715862.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gfsL9QkC6bQ/VLc5NLiZdqI/AAAAAAAAVj4/uwnWVbttnYY/w1237-h696-no/IMG_20150114_215051828.jpg)

We will continue to build it out when we travel.  8)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: 69franx on January 16, 2015, 07:10:13 PM
Love the coat rack Amanda!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 18, 2015, 12:29:23 AM
Finished the grain mill today. I'm getting much better at this basic electrical stuff!
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3j4oFtJUdLg/VLr8Z6RECzI/AAAAAAAAVnQ/fKG1Gm8-aSM/w427-h759-no/IMG_20150117_182039465.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-mdIqptY8WgM/VLvl4wrEPXI/AAAAAAAAVo0/-av7X0HrCFk/w427-h759-no/IMG_20150118_105632605_HDR.jpg)

Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Stevie on January 18, 2015, 01:09:40 AM
Is that a powergrinder motor?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 18, 2015, 01:18:11 AM
Love that mill, Amanda. That's a rock solid build, including the hopper.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 18, 2015, 01:34:32 AM
MM3 with hopper extension?  How much does that hold?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 19, 2015, 02:50:34 AM
Yes, it's a Power Grinder motor, a MM3, and the hopper extension.

I think it's supposed to hold 35 lb of grain, but today is the first day I've used it. We did a 10 lb batch and a 16 lb batch. Here's a shot of the 10# batch:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NUi9NWiLEKQ/VLvk2mHusLI/AAAAAAAAVoc/L7l5Xuj8gSc/w1237-h696-no/IMG_20150118_105216455.jpg)

We are making good progress on the bier hall table and benches, and did two batches of beer back to back today. Man it feels good to get back in the swing of it!

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-TCvsKjVFpDM/VLwSqvGHVJI/AAAAAAAAVpo/C9wUwmXw9yU/w1237-h696-no/IMG_20150118_140746529_HDR.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 19, 2015, 02:03:39 PM
Yes, it's a Power Grinder motor, a MM3, and the hopper extension.

I think it's supposed to hold 35 lb of grain, but today is the first day I've used it. We did a 10 lb batch and a 16 lb batch. Here's a shot of the 10# batch:



We are making good progress on the bier hall table and benches, and did two batches of beer back to back today. Man it feels good to get back in the swing of it!



Thanks, I might get the extension.

Weather looks nice there, still freezing here.

Should we start calling you AmandaB?

Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 19, 2015, 03:20:12 PM
The extension should make brewing 10g batches very nice. I figured it was $25, why not?

What is the gap setting on your MM3, Jeff? I used it at the factory 0.045 setting (as recommended) and was fairly disappointed in the efficiency. 65% for the Dry Stout and 51% for the Maibock. I'm used to running 75-76% with a single batch sparge and the ol' Barley Crusher. I think I might drop it down to 0.039 since the crush looked pretty coarse. All cracked and nicely separated husks, but still fairly coarse. I used to run the BC at 0.038 I think.

And yeah, I guess you guys could start calling me 'AmandaB'. :D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Pinski on January 19, 2015, 05:34:18 PM
The extension should make brewing 10g batches very nice. I figured it was $25, why not?

What is the gap setting on your MM3, Jeff? I used it at the factory 0.045 setting (as recommended) and was fairly disappointed in the efficiency. 65% for the Dry Stout and 51% for the Maibock. I'm used to running 75-76% with a single batch sparge and the ol' Barley Crusher. I think I might drop it down to 0.039 since the crush looked pretty coarse. All cracked and nicely separated husks, but still fairly coarse. I used to run the BC at 0.038 I think.

And yeah, I guess you guys could start calling me 'AmandaB'. :D

+1 on the hopper extension. Big and sturdy.

I have my first batch using my MM3 in the fermenters. I couldn't get myself to leave the gap at .045 as the instructions suggest and set it to .039 which is where I used to run my BC before it crapped out.  My mash efficiency was 78.5%, I don't have final numbers yet for overall efficiency but if I hit my numbers it will be ~82.4%. This is for a very low OG Berliner at 1.034, so there's that.

Crush looked pretty nice and fine. I am a little concerned that the husks were perhaps shredded more than I would like but I haven't confirmed any detrimental astringency yet.  Sparge was just fine with a 40% wheat grain bill and no rice hulls added. 

Nice build, looks awesome!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 19, 2015, 06:48:17 PM
The extension should make brewing 10g batches very nice. I figured it was $25, why not?

What is the gap setting on your MM3, Jeff? I used it at the factory 0.045 setting (as recommended) and was fairly disappointed in the efficiency. 65% for the Dry Stout and 51% for the Maibock. I'm used to running 75-76% with a single batch sparge and the ol' Barley Crusher. I think I might drop it down to 0.039 since the crush looked pretty coarse. All cracked and nicely separated husks, but still fairly coarse. I used to run the BC at 0.038 I think.

And yeah, I guess you guys could start calling me 'AmandaB'. :D
Since it is adjustable, I gaped at 0.035, 0.040 and 0.045. Made a mark on the knob for the first one, and a mark on the base. Then marked the base for the next 2 and noted the gap on the base. Easy peasy.

The crush looks pretty good at a little less than 0.040. The last beer brewed used some malt conditioning to help keep the husks intact. I still use the pico brewing system with a false bottom with slots, so I am not sure i can go too fine. For big single infusions beers I think I can go finer with the SS braid in the blue cooler.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 19, 2015, 10:13:42 PM
Well that settles it, I'm crankin' the sucker down.  8) I like the mark idea, I'll have to do that.

I use rice hulls in the Sabco since I still don't trust it to recirc via RIMS without the rice hulls, so I'm not too worried about keeping the husks intact just yet.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: S. cerevisiae on January 28, 2015, 10:01:27 PM
I believe that I gapped my 3-roller MM at 1mm.  The crush is pretty good, but I still need to make a cabinet/stand for the thing.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 28, 2015, 10:17:59 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 28, 2015, 10:39:55 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 29, 2015, 01:51:51 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.

I'll let you know when the weather gets nicer around here. Next batch is a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner. After all the wedding beers, I could probably brew a 10 gallon 1.050 beer with my eyes closed!  ;D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 29, 2015, 02:13:26 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.

I'll let you know when the weather gets nicer around here. Next batch is a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner. After all the wedding beers, I could probably brew a 10 gallon 1.050 beer with my eyes closed!  ;D

Yep, pils is pretty straight forward. Good stuff anyway !
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 29, 2015, 06:55:39 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.

I'll let you know when the weather gets nicer around here. Next batch is a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner. After all the wedding beers, I could probably brew a 10 gallon 1.050 beer with my eyes closed!  ;D

Yep, pils is pretty straight forward. Good stuff anyway !

The ingredients are straight forward, the procedures can be more complicated.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 29, 2015, 07:06:13 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.

I'll let you know when the weather gets nicer around here. Next batch is a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner. After all the wedding beers, I could probably brew a 10 gallon 1.050 beer with my eyes closed!  ;D

Yep, pils is pretty straight forward. Good stuff anyway !

The ingredients are straight forward, the procedures can be more complicated.

For sure. Fermentation and lagering definitely need to be managed well.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 29, 2015, 08:15:03 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.

I'll let you know when the weather gets nicer around here. Next batch is a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner. After all the wedding beers, I could probably brew a 10 gallon 1.050 beer with my eyes closed!  ;D

Yep, pils is pretty straight forward. Good stuff anyway !

The ingredients are straight forward, the procedures can be more complicated.

For sure. Fermentation and lagering definitely need to be managed well.
Sometimes mashing, too!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 29, 2015, 08:16:36 PM
I'm a Hochkurz infusion masher when it comes to German lagers.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 29, 2015, 08:19:12 PM
Oh yeah, as a follow up: I cranked it down to 0.039" gap. Doing no-sparge for a 5 gallon batch of ESB yielded 70%. I'll take it.

Wonder what I'll get with a single batch sparge? Hmm.

I'll bet on 80+ %.

I'll let you know when the weather gets nicer around here. Next batch is a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner. After all the wedding beers, I could probably brew a 10 gallon 1.050 beer with my eyes closed!  ;D

Yep, pils is pretty straight forward. Good stuff anyway !

The ingredients are straight forward, the procedures can be more complicated.

For sure. Fermentation and lagering definitely need to be managed well.
Sometimes mashing, too!

I'll be honest, I single infuse mine.  So I'm betting yours are more involved (step?).  As for double decoction, I spent all day a few times and couldn't find much difference.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 29, 2015, 08:25:51 PM
Step or HochKurtz double sometimes.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on January 30, 2015, 02:05:00 PM
Jon, it's no more involved than raising the temp for mashout on our system.

If I'm doing a German lager, I'll usually do a rest at 145F, then one at 158F, then mashout. The time spent at the 145F and 158F flips between 30 and 45 minutes. If I want a more fermentable beer, I do 45 minutes at 145F and 30 at 158F. If I want more body, I reverse that.

Looks like the next few weekends are going to be too cold for brewing, so that will give me some time to source Saphir hops and maybe even get some more done on the basement bar. I have some custom lights coming in, I want to install a new fixture for spotlighting, I'd like to get some shelves on the bar back, maybe install the new bathroom door, get a frame around the map, and install a new sliding glass door to the deck.

In the meantime, here's a crappy quality picture of the table we built:
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-jJvYDbAQZhw/VMLqQEb64pI/AAAAAAAAVus/tI1JsETDAbE/w395-h702-no/IMG_20150123_184000033.jpg)

It got good use over the past weekend. Mario Kart N64 prior to a party we had:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-219A6oLv2OE/VMZPLpIk9ZI/AAAAAAAAVvA/Stm3znT4C2Q/w640-h360-no/IMG95201501249516124651495HDR.jpg)

I'm really going to have to take some proper pictures when this thing is all said and done. Cell phone pictures just aren't doing it justice.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 30, 2015, 02:20:30 PM
Amanda, first, the bar is looking unbelievable. Love the table.  And I have done some Hochkurz mashing and liked my results very much. But I have also liked just mashing 148-151F and using water chemistry to manipulate the malt, hops (or both), too. You'd think somebody who's done as many split batches for different things would have had 2 lagers ready, one done single, the other Hochkurz. Maybe I need to revisit.
BTW, I love Saphir and used some recently.  Yakima Valley Hops appears to still have some  :
http://www.yakimavalleyhops.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=saphir
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 02, 2015, 12:50:05 AM
We did none of the things on our list, but we did do some day drinking at our favorite homebrew shop on Saturday and decided that the lower basement was in desperate need of more organization.

So we did some things today.

Before. Wine coolers (fermentation temp control for 5g batches) were on the floor of the basement with a mess on top of them. Crap everywhere.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/K3wgP8-S7oHkTDNoZOrZLWQ1cAIqWkKRJ6qqC7PfzPP7=w1026-h577-no)

After. Wine coolers raised off the ground, so we don't have to bend over to get to full fermenters in the coolers. Tiny side table for random crap.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/6zJHEi7ltnkJrwwm17NaQSvSSCden3sJwS4RPvLgKCyc=w1026-h577-no)

The bottle storage below the tiny table was the whole reason we started the 'we need more organization tangent'.
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-UClVMt_5I6c/VM7BSD_srYI/AAAAAAAAVxw/tajZH_P_G7Q/w325-h577-no/IMG_20150201_181343009.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dvSaUNugqQs/VM7BXOxJ0HI/AAAAAAAAVx8/WT6cb6cf1rM/w1026-h577-no/IMG_20150201_181357377.jpg)

Once I make it back to StL again we can get the shelves in the bar basement started. New light fixtures are supposed to ship on Monday!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Alewyfe on February 08, 2015, 06:55:55 PM
This thread has certainly shared a bunch of good ideas. Thanks for posting all the pictures Amanda. Keep 'em coming.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: yso191 on February 11, 2015, 12:18:28 AM
Amanda,

I just ordered the Power Grinder motor from All American Ale Works.  I'm curious how you resolved the keyway issue.  Which solution did you go with?  I'm also interested in any other tips you might have as I puzzle through piecing this together.  In case it matters I'll be connecting this to a Schmidling (JSP) maltmill.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 11, 2015, 01:45:22 PM
As always, Jon, Diane, and everyone that posts here: thank you for the kind words of encouragement! I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I'm not learning all this stuff to keep it to myself! If I can pass on something I've learned from another homebrewer, then this thread is a success.  8)

Steve, I hand ground down the 7mm keyway until I could get the 6mm Lovejoy on the shaft. I bought a hand grinding stick-thing at Lowes and just went at it. It's not pretty or easy, but no one will notice except me.

Basically, you have this setup: motor -> 6mm keyway -> spider -> (whatever Lovejoy fits the Schmidling shaft) -> schmidling mill.

Depending on the mill's shaft height, you'll have to make a spacer from where you mount it to raise up the mill shaft to approximately the height of the motor shaft. It doesn't have to be perfect, just pretty close - that's the joy of Lovejoys. The wiring diagram you'll likely need to use for the Power Grinder is #2 in the hand drawn packet. #1 makes my MM3 run backwards. IDK which way the shaft is facing on the Schmidling, but I'm sure you can figure it out from the pictures I've posted and by looking at your mill.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: coolman26 on February 12, 2015, 10:34:53 PM
This is awesome start to finish.  Love the mill!  I guess when my drill/speed controller burns out, I'll get that for my MM-3. Where did you end up with for your gap?  I'm in a house, but brewery is more like an apartment.  Nice work!  I need more organization and space
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 13, 2015, 03:04:48 PM
Got some new lights in!  8) Custom lights from Wine Country Craftsman out in CA.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/zOtVP-krc2OoeaZl6wD0IqR_k-ycKi1dOEdaFAXcuVQx=w395-h702)
Pretty illustrative, no?  :D I didn't get a picture of the main light, but I did get one of the hop light.

HOP LIGHT!!
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ix5aoVR05IA/VN0xsFByjFI/AAAAAAAAV64/dFEr8Q5iftI/w395-h702-no/IMG_20150212_170504624.jpg)

The nasty ceiling fan is getting replaced. I mean, look at this thing! GROSS. And yes, I still need to install the bathroom door and door trim in the back of the picture.
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-JWSLM1O4brw/VN0ybFbLA6I/AAAAAAAAV7Q/6E2EQfn2uFc/w1236-h695-no/IMG_20150212_170653304.jpg)

This is what's replacing it, sort of - mine is flush mounted. (Stock photo from Wine Country Craftsman's etsy site.)
(https://img1.etsystatic.com/056/0/5942992/il_570xN.686376983_8dxf.jpg)

Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on February 13, 2015, 08:14:05 PM
SO MANY brass fixtures were in our new house when we moved in.

They were the first to go. Fixtures and a new fence for the dogs.

Our new ones look great, but they are controlled by remote and are on the same frequency, so when I turn on the living room light, the bedroom light comes on too!  >:(
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on February 13, 2015, 10:53:49 PM
Oh brass and golden oak... I am on a mini crusade to rid the house of it all.

Speaking of nasty brass, here's the before:
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/13/c63e8845013d718271eec0e2adcc64ac.jpg)

And after:
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/13/c46404ad850b8d22ee85360b25a94fcf.jpg)

I'm still tickled to death that I found a hop light. :D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: 69franx on February 13, 2015, 11:45:32 PM
That is an awesome light Amanda
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 14, 2015, 12:44:52 AM
That hop light is rocking. Really cool !
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: macbrews on February 14, 2015, 01:13:56 AM
That is cooler than my Wife's Hop earrings

Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jimmy K on February 23, 2015, 08:30:47 PM
That hop light turned the awesomeness up to 11.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 01, 2015, 09:30:56 PM
Thanks guys. I'm quite happy with the hop light.

We made some more progress this weekend and are inching ever closer to 100%. Just a bit of trim and some shelves left to do apart from installing a proper patio door (but that's really an outdoors project, right?).

We replaced all of the vinyl beer lines with barrier lines from Micromatic. We have some friends (who bring kegs sometimes) that have pin lock kegs, so we replaced the quick disconnects with MFL fittings from barbs. Wish I would have just installed those in the first place.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-hAQbbmxU27c/VPNYpQM4ptI/AAAAAAAAWWo/j5UW2PBpkBM/w1236-h695-no/IMG_20150301_122102351.jpg)
I keep all the lines color coded so they are easy to figure out when we have people over.

We also finally installed the bathroom door and the new main light fixture. Hooray no more brass handles or fixtures! I put a ton if money in the raffle at KCBM 32 only on the Pilsner Urquell neon and actually got it, so we rearranged the neons and tins to make it fit. The bar is really coming together.  :D
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-sPQpRwfL0DE/VPOHp9HS1eI/AAAAAAAAWXo/7RdFTdP7FjE/w1183-h766-no/IMG_20150301_152847.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on March 01, 2015, 09:40:25 PM
Totally awesome. Love the Urquell light.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 01, 2015, 11:15:42 PM
I don't have a spiffy neon, but there is a big PU mirror in the basement.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: udubdawg on March 03, 2015, 05:14:17 PM
Looking pretty good.  Pretty, pretty, pretty good, even.   8)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Wort-H.O.G. on March 04, 2015, 04:49:01 PM
Thanks guys. I'm quite happy with the hop light.

We made some more progress this weekend and are inching ever closer to 100%. Just a bit of trim and some shelves left to do apart from installing a proper patio door (but that's really an outdoors project, right?).

We replaced all of the vinyl beer lines with barrier lines from Micromatic. We have some friends (who bring kegs sometimes) that have pin lock kegs, so we replaced the quick disconnects with MFL fittings from barbs. Wish I would have just installed those in the first place.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/01/323d26f00f11ae046f694df47c5df1ef.jpg)
I keep all the lines color coded so they are easy to figure out when we have people over.

We also finally installed the bathroom door and the new main light fixture. Hooray no more brass handles or fixtures! I put a ton if money in the raffle at KCBM 32 only on the Pilsner Urquell neon and actually got it, so we rearranged the neons and tins to make it fit. The bar is really coming together.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/01/10b68a49f7372ff0c39dda915561c0d7.jpg)

very nice ...man i have to start building mine soon!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on March 13, 2015, 02:20:26 PM
So these barrier lines are both good and bad. I had a club member (who just so happened to be a draft tech) come look at it last night and he got me set up properly for the time being.

Here's the setup for anyone who is reading this in the future and may gain from my experience:

Once I got the beers pouring after simply swapping out the 9' long 1/4" vinyl lines and not changing anything else, it was straight foam. Obviously, I lost a lot of resistance going from vinyl (0.85 lb/ft) to barrier (0.3 lb/ft). I poured without changing anything just to see what would happen. I wasn't expecting it to work, but wanted to check just in case the manufacturer numbers were off. I had read the Draft Quality Manual several times while building this thing, so the numbers told me that if I decreased my temperature and lowered my pressures I would likely be good to go with the 3psi difference in resistance, so I tried that.

Problem was this: even though I could get it to pour with an inch of foam on the beer, it was "coughing". For instance, the first 2-3 seconds of the pour would be normal, laminar flow. Then it would "cough" and sputter, then pour more foam. This is the opposite problem of what I had with the vinyl lines. The line beer would be a touch foamier than the keg beer, and it tasted like vinyl line, so we'd dump it. So why the coughing and sputtering?

What the DQM doesn't tell you is that despite all of the equations and numbers, you may just have to turn the pressure up. Greg (our draft tech) looked at it, listened to my process, and poured a beer. He went to the back, turned up the pressure to 17psi, and poured a beer. By the second beer, it was pouring perfectly. Dang - I never would have figured that out by myself.

Turns out that the low resistance lines were allowing the beer to flow faster in the line than the pressure in the keg would be able to keep up with. Turning up the pressure allowed the beer to flow out at a rate as fast or faster than the low resistance lines allowed. And with a perfect little cap of foam!

Now... well, my serving pressure is all fine and dandy, but I'm going to need to experiment with how low I can turn the serving pressure (currently at 17psi, and the keezer is moving up to 38F again from 33F now) and not have coughing. If I can get it low enough, then I may not have to move to a 70/30 mix of beer gas. Otherwise, I think I'm going to have to move to a beer gas mix from straight CO2. Not really a big deal in this area, but still something else to do. In the meantime, I have the gas turned off at the regulator when we are not drinking so everyone stays properly carbonated.

As for the nearly-all-foam nitro pours, I had it originally set at 35psi (because that's what the DQM shows you to calculate for G-mix), but had turned it down to 20psi to try and knock some of the foam out. It worked... a bit. Greg advised that the G-mix probably wasn't actually G-mix at all and was likely 65/35 instead of 75/25. So I turned it down to 8psi for now and I'll see how it is pouring later tonight.

So. Pros and cons of this draft system now that it has barrier lines:
Pros
Cons

Keep in mind though, that this is a totally custom system. This isn't your standard "put shafts through a collar" type operation. These experiences may not apply to you. However, if someone is building a long draw custom system (as I have seen a few in the recent past on here) it may be of use to you.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on November 20, 2015, 04:08:01 PM
Well, to update the thread: we sold the Sabco.

I'm still in the process of putting together all of the bits and pieces to go from a 10g brewery to a 2.5g brewery, but here's a quick pic of our new brewery, aka "the Z":
(http://i.imgur.com/7xn2Nbi.jpg)

I'm having a blast with this thing. Brew days themselves went from being a chore (setup to teardown in about 7.5 hours) to something that I can fire off on a weeknight while cooking dinner. All the work is done upfront (recipe design, water treatment, grains & hops) and then chilling is stupid quick with our old chiller. I'm now able to perform experiments with nearly no consequence (little ingredient cost, minimal time spent) and collect the crap out of brewing data.

Here's a screen shot of my last brew day from their website/software:
(http://i.imgur.com/e44zzGU.png)

I exported that data and overlayed the SG readings I took throughout the mash, just because I can:
(http://i.imgur.com/dJ59xvb.png)

We are also getting back into bottling. With the variety of beer that we can brew now, we can't keg it all and keep it on tap with just 6 taps. So we're in the process of donating two of our kegs to "bottling buckets" and bottling in a minimal oxygen environment with the Beer Gun hooked up to a keg that has the priming sugar and finished beer in it. One keg for clean beers, one keg for sours. I'm in the middle of setting up a little table that will be our "bottling suite" to make it easier/quicker. I've gotten rid of the 15 gallon plastic conical, but kept the commercial fridge ("Jurgen") that we had. Jurgen now has shelves and is now our cold bottle storage, which is something I've been wanting for a while.

We are also switching from Better Bottle type fermenters to Spiedels and doing closed transfer on anything that moves after primary fermentation, because we can with minimal effort.

Should be a fun little transition! I'll update with real pictures when it's not such a mess around here.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: pete b on November 20, 2015, 04:33:58 PM
JEALOUS
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: mchrispen on November 20, 2015, 05:01:31 PM
Ditto. Sorry the Sabco didn't work out. I had a lot of fun brewing on it last weekend and plan to shake out a Helles this weekend. But yeah, it's a high maintenance baby!

Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on November 20, 2015, 05:54:43 PM
Ditto. Sorry the Sabco didn't work out. I had a lot of fun brewing on it last weekend and plan to shake out a Helles this weekend. But yeah, it's a high maintenance baby!

No worries. I sold it for what I had in it (which was a steal, just passed the deal on to the next guy) and have traded that money for the Z and sundries. I do appreciate your moral support for the 'high maintenance baby'.  :)

I had a good time with the Sabco, and it certainly served it's purpose well, but it was time to move on. I've gotten involved with a lot more education efforts and party planning efforts with our homebrew club, so it's nice to have the time to do all of the beer related activities for the club/club members as well as the brewing activities that I want to do. Did I mention that clean up takes about 15 minutes and I can wash the bins in a dishwasher? Yeah, that's pretty neat.  8)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: theDarkSide on November 20, 2015, 06:05:02 PM
I'm still in the process of putting together all of the bits and pieces to go from a 10g brewery to a 2.5g brewery, but here's a quick pic of our new brewery, aka "the Z":
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/yrpzeJnjOhc6FFXM71QXAicXpg5mcdJV1JWBmPQQ_lzWMCWuj9n3Lv72MYhzc3eb2a0F6cexVRHxN-OVcGPLUtiQiObvIrxeJLP6irDnkuVnLOGOWNUg1zdsz1VCnCnY10j84lSGx7PcpyqcMrmls3sUNI7o19L3LlMGbFkHB0tWR9xw0S56LnrLR-a0bs29M7_mSdzSEEGNPamSOb3acAB4MhtcMjmLcr54GT7YflLKhD29mfcYOuj4I_YyZryc_yD7w6dLfNaz7Z6ajS-d6UV8oExQyh6mUZKajjV-VgM40YMF2j0WxofH1h4WTX9PjxZWhs7Y9CSPvd0FWb_zz3idTtqRUtcLuf9u-oGiW-QPQsxT4UpFkFAZ-p_DHSPKTTVxRM3PcBt9rwLiGYiBTLhZnzMXZ4WIwkn7B1j8cp8nWctkg-16QSyC-lPA_-L1kVxQRYdFD2-iSfUFab4lMj50MFuVT38Wi5ypzpIqNSEzpnBBS-g9X0SMm95pGrb5oJ6fkp9OyGim6Y7-89qKwHLWUeYZO3TVj3CFLA=w850-h478-no)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: theDarkSide on November 20, 2015, 06:10:23 PM
Ditto. Sorry the Sabco didn't work out. I had a lot of fun brewing on it last weekend and plan to shake out a Helles this weekend. But yeah, it's a high maintenance baby!

No worries. I sold it for what I had in it (which was a steal, just passed the deal on to the next guy) and have traded that money for the Z and sundries. I do appreciate your moral support for the 'high maintenance baby'.  :)

I had a good time with the Sabco, and it certainly served it's purpose well, but it was time to move on. I've gotten involved with a lot more education efforts and party planning efforts with our homebrew club, so it's nice to have the time to do all of the beer related activities for the club/club members as well as the brewing activities that I want to do. Did I mention that clean up takes about 15 minutes and I can wash the bins in a dishwasher? Yeah, that's pretty neat.  8)

What's your brewing time like?  As you know, I'm considering one of these but want to do 5 gallons sometimes so I'm guessing I would run 2 batches, transfer to fermenter and be done.  Also, it would mostly be for the winter and crappy weather days...I still love my cooler and kettles.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on November 20, 2015, 06:42:27 PM
What's your brewing time like?  As you know, I'm considering one of these but want to do 5 gallons sometimes so I'm guessing I would run 2 batches, transfer to fermenter and be done.  Also, it would mostly be for the winter and crappy weather days...I still love my cooler and kettles.

About 4 hours +/- a little bit each way; with a dough in, step mash, mash out. Clean up is about 15(ish).

One thing I'll be trying out is going home for lunch, starting the process, watching it from my desk, and then getting home in time for chilling.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on December 04, 2015, 02:57:06 PM
Cleaned up the garage and basement.

New garage setup:
(http://i.imgur.com/RVxrXeE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/tPUsXI1.jpg)

Moved Jurgen, the True fridge, inside. This is now our main bottle storage.
(http://i.imgur.com/bcfqxVi.jpg)

Added some shelves. (Side story: these shelves are made from a walnut tree my dad cut down before he passed away. They are just urethaned and the live edge was left on them. Once I'm 'finished' with the bar, I need to do real pictures with the real camera.)
(http://i.imgur.com/jrjQsXb.jpg)

And our little bottling area:
(http://i.imgur.com/SvAgQu3.jpg)
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: HoosierBrew on December 04, 2015, 03:10:10 PM
I pretty much love every aspect of that. The taproom obviously, but the organization of your equipment is beautiful. Mine is fairly well organized, but there's a vehicle and kids random stuff all around the perimeter of it to wade through. Nice work.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: tonyp on December 15, 2015, 05:01:41 PM
Absolutely awesome Amanda, you've done an amazing job!
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 15, 2015, 06:42:53 PM
Wow!!! So awesome to see dreams come to life!! Congratulations!!
Amanda, where are you located, so I may come and check it out?? In KC???
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: klickitat jim on December 15, 2015, 07:42:27 PM
Fantastic! I was going to say I am jealous but really it's just inspiration for the future. My bride has pre approved a brewery house for retirement. I'm thinking 24x32 with gambrel roof like an old barn. A place I can diddle around in my old man days.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: pete b on December 15, 2015, 08:08:37 PM
I love it. Are all those pictures in the same space or is the brewery in the garage and the taproom in the basement.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on December 15, 2015, 08:38:46 PM
I love it. Are all those pictures in the same space or is the brewery in the garage and the taproom in the basement.

We have a split level home. I think it's called a front/back split. Idk, I hate these types of houses but it's all that's available around here outside of huge 2 stories.

The sink/Z is in the garage, the bar area is in the "basement" which is on the same level as the garage. The beer storage area is in the "sub basement", which is a half level lower than the garage & bar towards the front of the house.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Scot (one T) on December 15, 2015, 09:02:58 PM
Looks a bit fancy for me. Where's the floor drain?
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: pete b on December 15, 2015, 09:37:11 PM
I love it. Are all those pictures in the same space or is the brewery in the garage and the taproom in the basement.

We have a split level home. I think it's called a front/back split. Idk, I hate these types of houses but it's all that's available around here outside of huge 2 stories.

The sink/Z is in the garage, the bar area is in the "basement" which is on the same level as the garage. The beer storage area is in the "sub basement", which is a half level lower than the garage & bar towards the front of the house.
Oh, I know what you mean. they built a lot of those in the 60's I think around here and a few friends grew up in them. They seem like a pretty good design as long as your water table isn't high, which it can be here.
The good thing is you have a full size window rather than a little basement window.
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: AmandaK on December 16, 2015, 12:55:13 PM
Looks a bit fancy for me. Where's the floor drain?

Looking very much forward to your visit so you can check it out in real life.  :D
Title: Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
Post by: Jflo69rmnp on December 16, 2015, 03:06:44 PM
Looks a bit fancy for me. Where's the floor drain?

Looking very much forward to your visit so you can check it out in real life.  :D
I'd love to see the setup as well.

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