Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Electric Brewing > E-Herms Build

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 03-24-2012, 12:18 AM   #21
Holter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Culver City, Ca
Posts: 115
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

I've brewed 5 batches on this new setup and everything works great. I had some documented issues, but now that I understand the systems I need to follow to get good results I feel good about everything. My consistency is a bit wacky so far, hitting 70%, 82% and 93% efficiency ver the last three brews. Hopefully I'll be able to dial it in to around 80% soon. Kal's panel design is awesome.

Filling up the HLT with water. Tubing set for the mash.


Heating up the Mash and HLT together to 160. My mash for this beer was 154. I've found that a water to grist ratio of 1.5 qts/lb is equal to around a 7-8 degree drop in the mash. I heat up the HLT and mash at the same time by recirculating the mash water through the coil as the HLT heats up. Wen it's time to dough in I set the HLT temp to my actual Mash temp and pour in the grains. I leave the mash recirculating while i dough in and for this batch I hit my mash temp in 3 minutes.


Close up of the HLT. This would be a downside of the kettles I chose. No preset markers for the gallon increments. I placed zip ties at each gallon marker and will eventually put more permanent markings on the glass tube. I've just been more focused on brewing ever since this thing was operational.


Setting the sparge temps


Sparge


Runoff into the BK.


Tubing setup for sparge and runoff. I run the output of the HLT back through the coil to clear out the wort. I also fill the BK from bottom to top. I use the bleeder valve on the output of the pump to take gravity samples as the wort is filling up the kettle.


Freshly tapped keg of Pale Ale. This was a batch that hit 70% mash efficiency and as such came out darker than I would have liked. I entered it in NHC as both an Amber and APA.


Cleaning out the mash tun. We scoop out the spent grains first, remove the false bottom and hose it out. Works amazingly well.

__________________
Holter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #22
kchomebrew
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 490
Liked 42 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Post

Nice build. Enjoyed reading through it. I like the manifold you built for the water. I finished remodeling a portion of my basement for a brew room and then completed building an eHERMS system and got some good ideas from you. Thinking I'll switch out the quick disconnect water line and build a manifold like yours.

__________________
kchomebrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-06-2013, 03:31 PM   #23
chadkersey3000
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 2
Default Attaching the casters

I have been wondering about the edsal shelving unit. I almost purchased it last week and then realized the holes for attaching the caster would not work since it was indeed off center and was meant for bolting down to the ground. When you redrilled the holes was it a pain in the *#!&. What kind of bit did you use. Also is those four bolt casters or a single center bolt.

If it is indeed to easy to drill through i will probably go purchase this shelving unit today and hopefully be able to finally brew with a more organized work flow

__________________
chadkersey3000 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-07-2013, 11:48 PM   #24
Holter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Culver City, Ca
Posts: 115
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

The casters are single center bolt and it was a breeze to drill through, no big deal. I cant recall now, but i am pretty sure we used some solid washers on there to support the joint that now has two holes in it.

Its been over a year without issue.

__________________
Holter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-18-2013, 06:23 AM   #25
RedBeard08
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 9
Default

That is an awesome setup. After reading this post I bought that exact stand. I love it. But where did you get all the extra weld wire? couldn't locate any good sized pieces of it?

__________________
RedBeard08 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2014, 02:17 PM   #26
berrywise
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Maplewood, Minnesota
Posts: 173
Liked 26 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

Holter,

I've been searching the forums looking for things to include on my own rig and stumbled across your build. You've got a few years on your system now. Anything you have/would change? I'm really like the idea of a manifold for water, something so simple but kind of a pain in the rear to be swapping hoses around on brew day.

__________________
berrywise is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-12-2014, 01:20 AM   #27
Holter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Culver City, Ca
Posts: 115
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Im not sure if I mentioned it in this thread or not, but the corkboard thing didnt work out like I had hoped. The unfortunate thing is that there is always going to be liquid making its way out of the kettle in one form or another, and with soft wood like I used its a bad setup. I switched over to using tiles now instead and they work great.

The water manifold works great as long as you have a good hose connection. Mine leaks a bit so we put a small pot underneath it during cooling to catch the extra water for cleanup water. I have thought about putting together an all copper manifold at some point just to have it be a bit cleaner looking, but the problem is it remains perfectly functional so i havent had a reason to change it.

So I guess other than the cork board thing I am really happy with my setup. Kal's instructions are great, and over the years as I discovered problems with my wiring (loose connections, etc) I have reached out to him and he has been very helpful - which for someone who doesnt know enough about electricity has been a huge help for me.

Good luck with your build!
Holter

__________________
labeerfan.com
Holter is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
E-HERMS Build Begin2Brew Electric Brewing 77 04-14-2014 12:09 AM
Coffee_Creek E-HERMS Build Coffee_Creek Electric Brewing 32 02-03-2013 08:42 PM
How long did it take to build your HERMS? dmfa200 Electric Brewing 16 02-21-2012 07:44 PM
My E-HERMS build pix sambogi76 Electric Brewing 5 02-21-2012 02:38 AM
Non-Rims/Herms E-Build? TravelingBrewer22 Electric Brewing 26 09-02-2011 07:45 PM