Is this thing still on…

Sorry everyone I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything but I’ve had some exciting new developments and thought I needed to share with everyone!  On Christmas I became the proud new owner of some new stout tanks 1 barrel kettles!  My partners (aka my parents) surprised me with these shinny beauties on Christmas morning!IMG_20141225_083434 From left to right in the picture there is the Hot Liquor Tank (HLT), Mash Tun (MT) and the Boil Kettle (BK).  Also there is a pile of sanitary tri clamp fittings!  There are extra ports in the HLT and the BK for installing hot water heating elements so this will be 100% electrical heated system.   IMG_20141225_083447  Everything will work on 1 1/2″ TC fittings. It is set up for reducing down to 1/2″ hose but we are going to look into possibly sizing everything to be 1″ and upgrading to butterfly valves instead of ball valves. IMG_20141225_083502Inside of the HLT is a stainless steel HERMS (Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System) coil.  While mashing this gives me the flexibility to to change the temperature (or hold it constant) of the mash by pumping the wort through the coil while there is hot water in the rest of the HLT.IMG_20141225_083518Sorry for the blurry picture but this is the inside of the MT.  There are 3 ports on top for recirculating wort and attaching a sparge arm.  The sparge arm will sit above the grain bed and after mashing is done it will sprinkle hot water evenly over the grain bed to properly rinse and collect as much wort as possible.  The bottom has a perforated false bottom for separating the grain and wort. IMG_20141225_083625I should probably not be so excited for the bottom of the MT but it has a center drain which will eliminate dead space and allow for more wort to be collected.IMG_20141225_083609

The BK has a fancy tangential outlet (the one on the side) that is used for whirlpooling.  This allows for the wort to be pumped out and back through the tangential outlet that will cause the wort in the kettle to rotate.  This whirlpooling helps clarify the wort before its transferred to a fermenter, its also allows for a great time to add more hops!!

Now that the bulk of the brewing systems there is a wide variety of additional things to get before the inaugural batch of beer can be brewed.  Since there will be a electrical heating elements installed in the kettles components for a control panel need to be purchased so it will be easy to control the temperatures of the water and wort during brewing.  There will also be pumps, hoses, chillers, fermenters, kegs, filters, fittings and a whole host of other things to purchase so stay tuned for more updates hopefully fully of shinny stainless steel Things.  Cheers and happy new years!

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Is this thing still on…

  1. Very exciting, can’t wait until you get your first batch brewed in these! Also, looks like you were watching planes fire and rescue when you were taking these pictures, those things are shiny!

  2. There is a really neat local brewery not far from me that started off with the same kinda set. Ali and I bought a groupon for a brewery tour and tasting and they gave us the back story. Their set like that was big enough to get a strong Foothold and then break out to a small retail property with a great product, great fans, and a cool story. looking forward to visiting the broken oak in the same fashion!

  3. Awsome looking shiney kit. sounds like you will have a great set up once you get the rest of the items you require. Good luck for your first brew. Ill look forward to future posts to see it all rigged up and ready to brew.

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