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Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« on: December 12, 2012, 06:57:29 AM »
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



Control Panel:



Here's Brewdog Walden requesting to come supervise



HLT warming up:



Weighing out the grains:





Getting the mill ready:









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



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





Boil Kettle getting prepped for wort...



Spider now in place...




The wort was fly sparged and sent to the boil kettle, now we are just finishing the hot break stage...



Cascades getting ready to swim...



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...



Now pumping to the conical...



Is it beer time yet?



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...



Cheers guys!

*edit* adjusted links.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2013, 01:05:13 PM by blatz »
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 07:28:47 AM »
Beautiful setup blatz. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 07:45:55 AM »
Very sweet!  And I'm very jealous.  Still working on some of the parts for X-mas for my Brutus 20......

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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 08:09:05 AM »
That's a nice brewhaus.
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 08:54:59 AM »
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?
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2012, 09:01:24 AM »
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.
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2012, 09:03:36 AM »
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!
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 09:04:56 AM »
Wow, great looking setup!
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012, 09:41:24 AM »
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!!!
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 09:50:19 AM »
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.
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2012, 10:09:25 AM »
Very cool, Paul!  Although I don't know how you can make beer without a blue cooler....;)
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2012, 10:20:36 AM »
Looks awesome!  Has it changed the length of your brew day at all?
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2012, 10:40:11 AM »
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.
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2012, 10:52:23 AM »
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
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Re: Blatzhaus Electric Brauerei
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2012, 02:01:04 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.
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