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Old 11-21-2011, 01:17 PM   #1091
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Wow brewing with a Braumeister is a dream. Just did my first 10G batch ever and things are going quite well.....

Glad to hear all went well!
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:12 AM   #1092
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I have a brewday coming up, and am thinking something like this for the 20L Braumeister:

Recipe: Tripel-13.25lbs-5gl
Style: Belgian Tripel
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 6.23 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.61 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.26 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.070 SG
Estimated Color: 3.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 20.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 74.1 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt Name Type # %/IBU
7.67 gal Toronto Ontario, Canada Water 1 -
6.00 lb Pilsner (Weyermann) (1.7 SRM) Grain 2 45.3 %
1.50 lb Barley, Raw (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 11.3 %
1.50 lb Oats, Quick Rolled (1.0 SRM) Grain 4 11.3 %
1.50 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 11.3 %
1.50 lb Wheat, Raw (1.6 SRM) Grain 6 11.3 %
4.00 g Saaz [3.10 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 7 2.1 IBUs
1.25 lb Sugar, Table (Sucrose) (1.0 SRM) Sugar 8 9.4 %
15.60 g Styrian Goldings [7.00 %] - Boil 60.0 mi Hop 9 16.7 IBUs
10.00 g Saaz [3.10 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 10 1.3 IBUs
1.0 pkg Canadian/Belgian Ale-Unibroue (Wyeast #3 Yeast 11 -

Mash Schedule: Braumeister-20L-Beta-Protein-SM
Total Grain Weight: 13.25 lb
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Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 25.00 l of water and heat to 95.0 F 95.0 F 20 min
Beta-Protein Rest Heat to 113.0 F over 0 min 113.0 F 30 min
Conversion Heat to 150.0 F over 0 min 150.0 F 60 min
Mash Out Heat to 172.0 F over 0 min 172.0 F 10 min

Sparge: Fly sparge with 1.07 gal water at 172.0 F
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Malt conditioning and adding a couple more liters of water during the mash, really seems to make a difference in flow, especially with raw grains.

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Old 11-22-2011, 12:12 PM   #1093
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An updated version of my 20L Braumeister equipment profile:

Equipment Profile: Braumeister 20L-1
Batch Size: 5.26 gal

Mash Tun Volume: 10.58 gal <- actual is 11gl.
Mash Tun Weight: 30.00 lb <- actual is 30.2lbs.
Mash Tun Specific Heat: 0.12
Lauter Tun Deadspace: 0.00 gal <- not really applicable to the Braumeister.

Boil Size: 6.23 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Evaporation Rate: 10 % <- actual fluctuates a bit.
Calculate Boil Size: TRUE
Kettle Top Up Water: 0.00 gal
Hop Utilization Adjustment: 100.00 %

Trub/Chiller Loss: 0.13 gal
Cooling Loss: 4.00
Top Up Water into Fermenter: 0.00 gal

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Old 11-23-2011, 12:21 PM   #1094
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So I received my tracking numbers from Thorsten yesterday, my 50L unit will arrive next week. I ordered it on 10/26 via his website, paid with PayPal, and am surprised it's taking 5 weeks for receipt especially when others in this thread have indicated 3 weeks consistently. Has anyone else had shipment delays?

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Old 11-23-2011, 02:06 PM   #1095
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If I had to take a guess, I'd think it has something to do with shipment from Germany. That, and I'm sure Thorsten doesn't carry any sort of significant inventory (many large concerns don't do that now).

And when considering shipment, remember that most trans-oceanic surface shipping now is in standardized 40 ft. metal containers. We have a local furniture store that has really good deals on Italian furniture, but for what you want, you may have to wait months, because they can only get those prices when they order a whole container. Something along these lines may also be in play.

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Old 11-23-2011, 02:47 PM   #1096
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Rico, I think you are exactly right. Thorsten doesn't carry it, it all comes direct from the factory in Germnay. Most get there shipments in 3 1/2 to 4 weeks so I would say five is not too far off and wouldn't be concerned.

Once the loaded cargo ship leaves port, it still has other ports to hit before getting here. Then your package has to go thru customs. Maybe it took longer to fill the cargo ship than usual this time.

All that being said, I feel your pain having to wait another 2 weeks on something you thought you were getting by now!!

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Old 11-24-2011, 03:22 PM   #1097
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Just thought to update on the first 4 beers I've done on the 20L Braumeister.

Pale Wheat-1:
OG: 1.046 <- 6 points shy of expected OG.
FG: 1.008
Mash Eff: 66.3%, Measured Eff: 64%. <- Result of Poor Crush.
This will be bottled tonight.
Aroma: Wheaty, Banana.
Taste: Grainy, Tart, Bubblegum/Banana.
The Grainy and Bubblegum/Banana flavor has subsided a bit.
I like this one alot.
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Pale Wheat-3:
OG: 1.058 <- 6 points above expected OG.
FG: 1.010
Mash Eff: 82.3%, Measured Eff: 80.7%. <- Crushed grain separately and well.
Aroma: Spicy, Wheaty, Banana.
Taste: Sweet, Spicy, Grain, Tart, Bubblegum/Banana.
This one has better efficiency than the first, and a slightly different mash schedule.
I'm happy to have only made 5gl of this one.
Both of these have been in the fermenter about 2.5-3 weeks.
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Dubbel:
OG: 1.040
Est FG: 1.004
Mash Eff: 53.3%, Measured Eff: 88.6%.
Aroma: Hallertauer spiciness, Dark fruit.
Taste: Sweet, Spicy, Dark fruit.
Still bubbling along. This style needs to condition longer for all the flavors to meld.
It still has a way to go.
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Saison:
OG: 1.042
Est FG: 1.002
Mash Eff: 74.8%, Measured Eff: 75.1%.
Aroma: Citrus, Funky.
Taste: Funky, Leather, Citrus/Grapefruit.
Still bubbling along. This style needs to condition longer for all the flavors to meld.
This is one of my favorites.
The Dubbel and Saison were a 10gl batch split into 2.
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I am very pleased with the Braumeister and the beers it produces. The Pale Wheat-1 and the Saison came out better than expected. Winter is finally settling in here, which should provide plenty of brewday opportunities.

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Old 11-24-2011, 05:32 PM   #1098
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First I decided I probably wouldn't be brewing in the winter - I have gotten used to cleaning the unit, FV and other stuff outside using a hose which is very relaxed but during the winter it can get 25c below zero so the water pipe outside will be frozen solid, and I thought rinsing with a shower head in a wet room would not go down very well with SWMBO.

I just figure I need to cover the drain so no grain gets to block it and empty stuff into the buckets and then take them out to the field. Might be a bit slower but manageable.

Any advice from people with more challenging cleaning facilities?

Oh, and the next one will be a single hop Northdown English style ale with 92% pale ale and 8% Crystal 150.

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Old 11-24-2011, 07:47 PM   #1099
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@DeGarre

I also usually do the initial spraydown outdoors to wash off all the larger particles, then bring it in usually to the bathtub, or if occupied to the kitchen sink which requires more care but is doable. Our city collects household organic waste, so the used grains will be dumped to that over winter (goes to the compost pile usually). All the residual grain, trub, hops will be washed down the drain (there isn't that much). I just put a towel down in the bathtub so that the Braumeister doesn't mark it up. None of my large pots fit into the kitchen sink, so usually I put them on their side on a towel with the opening facing and overlapping the sink by a bit. With the kitchen sink nozzle extended I squirt a bit of water in then with a plastic bristled brush scrub away, then slowly, carefully rinse. It would be unfortunate you don't brew due to that. Hopefully you have stockpiled and have a substantial pipeline. We stay pretty cold here until mid April.

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I have a garden-hose (gardena) fitting with the same tread as the diffuser on the kitchen tap. On brewday I attach this and use a 2 metre garden hose to fill the unit, attach to the cooler and hose down the unit afterwards. I dump the spent grains in a trashbag, give the malt-pipe a quick spray in the sink and put it in the dishwasher.

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