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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2011, 06:55:30 PM »
Gravity, it's automatic. I deal with severe automation on various professional and not so professional levels..... The LAST thing I want to hear myself say when brewing is: "What's it doing?"

Simple, organic: Heat water, soak grains, boil....done. Ooooohm.

I like that.  My life used to be uber complicated.  Brewing was the release from that nonsense.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2011, 07:29:57 PM »
Bluesman, I've seen some of your pics..very nice system..How many gallons? I'm doing 10 gallon batches. What temp controllers are you using? Love to see more pics. Thanks

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I can brew 12 gallon batches. I have three Blichmann 15's using banjo burner KAB4's. The mash and HLT are regulated by two Love controllers using pilot lights. This way I can precisely heat my strike water and regulate the mash temp with the controllers. I am taking photos the whole way through the process and will post them in my Brutus 10 thread when I'm nearly complete. I'm thinking by summer I should have the full system up and running.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2011, 09:38:46 PM »
I have simple HERMS system.
One pump and one Ranco controller.
Some gravity and some pumping.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2011, 08:26:42 AM »
My pump developed an issue to where I pretty much eliminated it from my brew day and went back to pouring the sparge water over the perforated tin foil or colander....it felt like the first time and kinda enjoyed it more.   Gave me something to do ... beside drink and that can lead to trouble before clean up.   So I guess I am getting less automated and enjoy it more.

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2011, 08:28:22 AM »
Bluesman, sounds like you are doing exactly what I want to do. Any pics of the gas connections would be great. 3 Blickmanns, wow...

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2011, 10:34:19 AM »
Bluesman, sounds like you are doing exactly what I want to do. Any pics of the gas connections would be great. 3 Blickmanns, wow...

I am working on the finishing touches to the gas supply system and will have photos. I actually used the system for the first time last weekend but utilized my cooler in conjunction as my controllers aren't installed as of yet. Soon though...very soon.
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2011, 04:51:11 PM »
Pitbull my friend I must ask... You built a Brutus Ten. Do you have my plans? It tells you exactly how to automate it.

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2011, 04:53:11 PM »
Ah, I just realized you emailed me two days ago! :) I need to answer that!

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2011, 05:17:14 PM »
I have a digital thermometer that I use a lot... does that count?   ;D

I do have a March pump and brewstand that I'm working on but I still do things manually... probably always will except for using the pump to move water and wort around.

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2011, 12:34:55 PM »
Apartment living for the past few years has prohibited automation. Also, having no money has prohibited automation.

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2011, 12:42:53 PM »
I built Brutus Ten in a small two bedroom apartment! :)

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2011, 12:46:28 AM »
I'm as automated as the number of people I can get to show up to a brew session and stir!
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2011, 07:36:16 AM »
Gravity, it's automatic. I deal with severe automation on various professional and not so professional levels..... The LAST thing I want to hear myself say when brewing is: "What's it doing?"

Simple, organic: Heat water, soak grains, boil....done. Ooooohm.

I like that.  My life used to be uber complicated.  Brewing was the release from that nonsense.

Several years ago, I fully automated my brewing. I gradually came to hate brewing so I took my system apart and was ready to quit the hobby because the only thing I really did was clean the equipment - I hate cleaning.  I ran out of beer brewed a batch the old fashioned way just to finish off my grains/hops and haven't looked back. Brewing is again fun and relaxing now that I am the brewer.

I might work on an automatic cleaning system one day.

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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2011, 10:48:26 AM »
I'm not automated at all.  Simple and to the point, like Oscar said: organic.  Carry the kettle in the house to siphon into the fermenter.  Everything is done by hand more or less.  It's work, but it's fun work with a good end result. Ooooohmmm
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Re: How automated is your system
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2011, 01:35:09 PM »
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I might work on an automatic cleaning system one day.

Hmmmmm nozzles and a single valve..... I like it.
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