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Old 05-30-2012, 02:05 AM   #1
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Default First Brew on the new home brewery

After about 9 months of on-again/off-again building of Kal's system, I brewed my first batch...


Yesterday (American Memorial Day) was my first time brewing on my new automated system.

Despite one big issue (one of my pumps broke mid-brew), everything came together. Luckily it broke right after mash, and I ended up fly sparging by hand! LOL

My first brew was a simple Blonde Ale inspired by New Belgium Somersault.

My goal is an ABV of 5.5 to 5.7% and an IBU (bitterness) of around 28. I had a target OG of 1.056 and achieved 1.052. Using BeerSmith 2.0, it looks like my efficiency worked out to 88.8%. I had programmed in 90%. I feel happy with my first attempt.


So here's the process (total time is about 7.5 hours from firing up the brewery to finishing cleanup). I can probably shave it down to 6 hours once I become more familiar with the equipment and process.


Crushing the grains in my barley crusher




Hops (Centennial and Cascade)




Brewing salts and mandatory refreshment of the day




The mad scientist's laboratory




The workstation (brewing software, beer platform, and general work area)




Mashing the grains




Initial Foam appears at the start of the boil (this is eventually skimmed off)




Yeast culture




The mad scientist at work




And here we have unfermented beer



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In the keezer: Black Pug Coconut Porter, Black Pug Wheat, Black Pug IPA
Gone: Black Pug Blonde Ale
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:12 AM   #2
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Wow that is one beautiful set up you have put together. It looks fantastic!



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Old 05-30-2012, 04:22 AM   #3
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That looks sooo awesome. How much do you have invested if you don't mind telling

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
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All that awesomeness and you're milling your grains by hand!?!?!

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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That is some clear wort.

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Congrats that's a beautiful setup. I'm still finishing my build 4 months later and I can't wait to take it on its maiden voyage

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All that awesomeness and you're milling your grains by hand!?!?!
Exactly what I thought LOL. At least chrome plate the crank handle!
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:18 PM   #8
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Excellent excellent job on the setup, the whole area looks just so pleasant to work in. Great choice of beer as well! Going to brew alot of pilsner on that system?

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:22 PM   #9
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Great work. It looks like a very well thought out space and a great system for you to produce some great product.

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Looks like I'm not the only one that thought a stainless brew table would be awesome. Congrats!



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