New Brewery!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by levain, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    :lol2 you are the first person to ever say that....probably the last. Glad it worked well for you.

    I also agree with sharing the beer. Most of my buddies are more than happy to drink my beer :deal I like to bottle a 6pk or so to store too.

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  2. DustyPockets

    DustyPockets Flatland wanderer.

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    Not home brewing of course but an interesting project I have been working on this summer and fall.

    We built a restaurant a few years ago for a client. Now he has decided to open a Brewery across the street.

    I'm not involved with the brewing ( but would like to be) just the guy trying to tack it all together.

    Tanks get hooked up this week, hopefully we can run s test batch....[​IMG]
  3. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Very cool!
  4. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    Yeah, consumption increasing is kind of an issue... I try to keg beers that I want to drink more in moderation. That doesn't always work so well... :freaky
  5. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    I am in Eastern NC and have 8 corny kegs to sell for $40 a piece. Discount to $37 per unit if you buy them all. Pm me If interested. I'll share an imperial stout with whoever comes by to pick them up. Happy brewing.
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    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Damn you and your not being in CO.
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    P B G Long timer

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    Mine went down.

    Tap's in the kitchen, use a smaller glass, you don't think about it, but getting up the energy to walk to the kitchen will slow your consumption way down, where I would grab a few bottles to save the trip, I've not yet found myself willing to fill multiple glasses.
  8. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Chemically Enhanced

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    I can ship them. Let me know.
  9. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    If I have a porter or a stout on tap, I drink a lot less. I just get too full too quickly. Now this summer when I brewed a honey ale, it was gone in about a week.

    The other thing is if you have people over, a 5 gallon corny keg can go really quick. I only have one keg, so if it goes, I want to have something ready to keg right away. I botttle a six-pack of everything I keg so there's always a stash in the back room, and I do brew a batch specifically to bottle every two months or so. I'll be bottling a batch of porter next week - I always keep a lot of that on hand in bottles as it tends to be very popular amongst my friends.

    I've been buying a lot of Boulevard beers as of late to get more bottles. Those and the Sierra Nevada bottles are my favorites for re-using for home brewing. They use the short necks with no brand stamping or embossing on the bottles.
  10. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    bought a plate filter and filtered an IPA last night. All I can say is that it was money well spent. no more weeks of waiting for beer to clear, no funky yeast flavors or trub left in kegs. No worrying about moving a keg and stirring up crap, only to have to wait for it to settle again. nope, just carb and drink. Crystal clear IPA. :freaky

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  11. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    I usually just filter out a lot of the trub when I rack to the secondary carboy, and then run it through a screen funnel when it goes into the keg. Never had any issues with that.

    I made the mistake early on of just dumping the whole batch into the keg. Ended up ruining a good amber ale when all the trub crud clogged the output line in the keg. I had to disassemble the whole mess to clean it out and then the beer got contaminated. I won't go into detail on what that did to my stomach when I drank it anyway.
  12. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    Made a terrible mess the other night. I was brewing a kit with the White House honey porter recipe. I was also bottling another porter the same night. It was about 2 below zero outside, so I decided to set the kettle outside on the patio table to cool while I bottled the other batch.

    Oops. The pot slid off the table, and dumped wort all over the deck. It froze instantly to a sticky awful mess. My wife was not pleased, as it also splashed all over the sliding glass door. Ugh.

    It got up to about 40 today, so when I got home, I was scraping nasty beer residue off the deck and the door. And then I brewed again. :rofl
  13. fifthcircle

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    Hey levain,
    Do you feel RIMS is worth it?

    I have been really thinking about building a system, but I just don't know why. Plenty of awesome beer at the local home brew club comes from cooler MLT's.



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  14. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Worth it in what sense? I brewed for 10 years with 2 SS pots, a propane burner, an insulated box for the mash and a bunch of hoses. My beer is no better today than it was then. Well, maybe its better now, but that's because of more experience.

    When I bought mine, my ultimate goal was to end the mayhem that I had created. I was tired of lifting that bucket over my head just right. I wanted a fair amount of automation. Easier to clean. Pumps. Solid build. RIMS was low on the list for me. I love my Brew Magic, but its an older version. I think it cost me $3K shipped new from Sabco. Would I do it again? Yeah, but I won't need to. It's a solid, well built system that should last me a lifetime. I love the ease and flexibility it offers.

    The RIMS is great since it produces crystal clear wort quick. I can mash out in 20-30 min. but since I batch sparge, I still need to recirculate a bit after mash out.

    I considered the B3 1550 when I bought my BM, but it was really cheap in comparison. there was just something really flimsy about it. I chose the BM for build quality, not because it was a RIMS versus a HERMS. I would always choose a pump based system over gravity just for height. That is certainly something to keep in mind.
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    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    You answered my questions. Makes brewing more convenient. That is worth it, partly. The other part is consistency. And that's great for the few beers I would brew and keep on tap. I can't swallow the price though, so if I do have a system, I will build it. I know a great welder for the stand.

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    +1 on the RIMS. I understand the cost factor, that's why I have a brewing partner and we split the cost of all the brewing equipment. We take turns deciding what to brew except for the Imperial Stout which keeps his wife happy!!
    We ended up with the Sabco because we were tired of stirring since we like to do step mashes and heating a mash in a big pot and keeping the temps even is a pain. I love the whole idea of recirculation. The clear mash and that it's much easier to repeat a recipe are two big advantages. Another brewing friend built his own RIMS system by incorporating friends to weld up, wire electronics and build him a heat exchanger. It all folds up and is about 2 feet square and 4 feet tall and rolls around. Very cool.

    So if you know someone equally interested in brewing maybe you could form a partnership and cut the cost in half?:freaky
  17. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Get some pics of that system. I would really be interested in seeing how it works, and folds up!!:deal
  18. Apocalypse Cow

    Apocalypse Cow SHEEP LIE!!!!!

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    It has been a gooood weekend.
    Saturday night resulted in 5 gal of partial grain vanilla Porter and while that was cooking I brewed my first 5 gal. all grain brew, an Amber Lager.
    Of course I had to pick two beers that will both take at least 6 weeks to mature. :cry
    Still a great weekend.








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    mud I just wander.....

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  20. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    That's pretty cool. Simple and easy to build. I would just recirculate onto the top of the mash, and direct fire to maintain/raise temp.

    Thanks for posting that.:deal