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Title: The Clog and Thistle Brewery
Post by: alexe_1509 on July 08, 2014, 10:59:32 am
After over three years of researching, designing, testing and building my new brewery is finished!  I set out with the following principles:
It had to be shiney
Brew-length approx. 30litres (3 crates, a crate and a corney, or a big and a small corney)
Easy to use and clean
Computer control where it matters, ie to improve accuracy and consistency (no gratuitous computer control and automation)
As much as possible to be homemade

I used Bergland type stock pots and used an arduino to provide the temperature control.  The HLT is 70l, the mash tun is 33l, the boiler is 50l and the fermenter has a capacity of 48l. I use a HERMS to control mash temperature.  The arduino is linked to computer which enables a nicer display.

The finished brewery
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3697/12158666135_ce0fbb00e1.jpg)

The HLT
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3761/12158666095_1f77cb7a88.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3761/12158912703_9b5799c9fc.jpg)

Short leads to make cleaning easier
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/12158665835_ebd51f2c6c.jpg)

The mash tun
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/12158912053_7cf67773bd.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3694/12159339246_bc84ea8fd3.jpg)
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2862/12158911203_ce9ed260b6.jpg)


The heat exchanger
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3676/12159075734_998382866d.jpg)

Sparging (sample tap for measuring samples of first and last runnings)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3812/12158911493_acc9e38718.jpg)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5481/12159074874_e44f5e90e7.jpg)

The boiler
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3681/12158663865_36ff958338.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3693/12158663635_e285454d68.jpg)

The control box and PC screen
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/12158663305_c6bd6d439b.jpg)

The fermenting fridge
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3794/12159337026_81846dd960.jpg)
Title: Re: The Clog and Thistle Brewery
Post by: morticaixavier on July 08, 2014, 11:05:50 am
Very nice. Compact and efficient. Do you ferment in kettle ?
Title: Re: The Clog and Thistle Brewery
Post by: alexe_1509 on July 08, 2014, 11:16:14 am
Thanks!

Do you ferment in kettle ?

No, I use a 48l flat bottomed vessel from Speidel, which seals nicely and fits perfectly in my fermenting fridge.
Title: Re: The Clog and Thistle Brewery
Post by: yso191 on July 08, 2014, 12:28:28 pm
Very, very cool!
Title: Re: The Clog and Thistle Brewery
Post by: dcb on July 08, 2014, 06:52:49 pm
Beautiful.  I enjoy seeing others who value stuff they make by hand as much as I do.