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Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Saturday Sep 28, 2013 7:14 pm

Unfortunately I haven't had the time (possibly the energy) to set up a permanent brewing station under the house so I convert my kitchen into a brewery when necessary.

beersmith is my current brewing program choice.

Basic equipment.
Brewing paddle bought today as
I couldn't give the element in my urn a good scrub with my old spoon.
Refractometer. (Love this little puppy. Makes me feel all sciency and shit)
Hydrometer (number 5)
Scales
Thermometer

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I use a 40lt concealed element crown urn with an upgraded boil over switch to allow for a rolling boil.
Also a custom made insulation out of the finest quality products I could find -see pic.
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I am currently using to no chill method as this suits my current setup. For this I use a 20lt water drum from Bunnings and as Oliver mentioned it takes more than 20lt. Might upgrade this soon if I can find something suitable as this one is a bit hard to squeeze to the point of no air.
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For draining after mash out I simply use a rack from the oven. Sorry oven you can't have it back right now.
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I have a large chest freezer downstairs and a little bar fridge which will become a fermentation fridge and a multi keg beer fridge once I get off my ass. Pictures to follow once I do.
But for now I have a small fridge which almost fits two cornies in it
Counter pressure bottle filler mounted on the side.
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Currently the tap is straight onto the keg, this is to stop the two rug rats from playing around and emptying my keg while I'm not looking
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At this time of year with the central heater still kicking I ferment out in the kitchen bench.
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I think that covers the basics. Ultimately i would like a permanent set up but that will just have to wait.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Saturday Dec 28, 2013 10:39 am

Finally got around to setting up the chest freezer with the stc-1000
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Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Sunday Feb 16, 2014 2:32 pm

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Slowly getting organised!!
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Wednesday Mar 12, 2014 3:53 pm

Upgraded the fridge today.

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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby CrookedFingers » Wednesday Mar 12, 2014 5:25 pm

No…..not jealous……..


….much.

Looks sweet dude.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Tipsy » Wednesday Mar 12, 2014 6:04 pm

Nice taps......I take it you don't have coils of beer line getting in the way in the fridge?
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Wednesday Mar 12, 2014 6:13 pm

2 meters per keg, which is enough to connect and allow the door to swing open. Just waiting for a couple of batches to ferment out so I can give them a run.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Friday Mar 14, 2014 8:19 pm

Whatever, I'm excited!!


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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby CrookedFingers » Friday Mar 14, 2014 8:30 pm

Sweet.

With mad blackboard writing skillz like that, you could get a job writing breakfast menus at hipster cafes !!!
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby weizgei » Friday Mar 14, 2014 8:58 pm

Hey how come your beers are both mid strength??
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Saturday Mar 15, 2014 7:51 am

They are actually still fermenting, I just put that up for the photo to tell the truth.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Sunday Mar 16, 2014 6:39 pm

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Citra pale 4.7
Pale wheat 4.9
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby weizgei » Monday Mar 17, 2014 4:30 pm

What, no starsan foam snake hanging out of your keg? That's my favourite part. Must film that next time I keg a beer.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Monday Mar 17, 2014 5:32 pm

Ha! If you had seen the clean I gave my brewery last weekend, even starsan would have been scared to come near it. But yes starsan is on the list of shit to get.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Thursday Apr 24, 2014 9:46 pm

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Went glamping over Easter so I had to make a single kegerator.

Yes that is a coffee machine on top and yes we went through two kegs in two nights between 4 blokes. Then turned to the commercial beers for Sunday
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby CrookedFingers » Thursday Apr 24, 2014 9:49 pm

Nice work !

GLAMPING !! Hahahahahaa
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Guru » Friday Apr 25, 2014 9:21 am

Nice one. Gotta get into kegging I think, much better than carting all those bottles down the river every Easter when we camp. Should impress my mates too I reckon, "beer on tap" down the river.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby Pogierob » Saturday Apr 26, 2014 11:58 am

Guru wrote:Nice one. Gotta get into kegging I think, much better than carting all those bottles down the river every Easter when we camp. Should impress my mates too I reckon, "beer on tap" down the river.


I must admit we were lucky to have 240v available however I do have a 50lt olive drum I could ice up and use instead of a fridge. I'm used to roughing it style camping so it was a bit of a laugh to be waking up to latte's and then pouring myself a pint around the camp fire.

I am one of those blokes that doesn't mind the bottling ritual but I was lucky enough to be given a couple of kegs and a tap off my cousin, so naturally I bounced straight into kegging.

I definitely recommend kegging as I believe you get two different beers from keg and bottle (even from the same batch).
I just have to create the time to fill the kegs and then fill the 500 odd long necks I have under the house.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby weizgei » Saturday Apr 26, 2014 12:33 pm

Couldn't agree more on that, I've brewed almost identical American Pale Ale recipes back to back, one bottled, one kegged, and they're distinctly different beers.
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Re: Pogierob's brewery.

Postby CrookedFingers » Saturday Apr 26, 2014 3:13 pm

Why do you think that is ?
Is it because if the extra sugar added to carbonate in bottles ?
Maybe it conditions better in bulk rather than bottle amounts ?
I have no idea and have never really looked into it.
It is interesting.
If this is known by most and I am a fool for not knowing, sorry.

I have plans to move into kegging soon, looking forward to it.

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