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Old 11-11-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default brewkart + ditches + countertop brutus = this

Long story short this is a cart mounted all electric automated recirculating mash setup. There is a control panel just like brewkart has on the RH side you can't really see. Everything is hard plumbed and it only uses one pump, requires no pulling or reconnecting of any lines. It is very clean and easy to use. If you time from taking it out to putting it away it takes me about 4-5 hours to complete a 6 gallon batch. The setup does everything from the mash to the boil to cooling my wort. Cools my wort down to 80 degrees in about 15 minutes. To keep things easy to clean I have screens over both kettle drains and I use bags for everything (grains, hops, additions, etc). You can see this in the 2nd picture. You can also see the heat exchanger coil. The element is buried in there underneath a stainless screen to make sure the bags never contact it. That picture is what it looks like after I've cooled and drained to my fermenter. I've been using this for a few months and have made a dozen or so beers. Took me about a week to make it and it was pretty darn affordable. I love it. In case you care, it has been named Attobrew.

Basic brewday is as follows, I'm sure I'll miss something but you get the idea;
1. Take out setup, fill boil kettle with light starsan solution and recirculate for 10-15 minutes and drain (clear tubes on bottom of kettles)
2. Fill boil kettle with clean water and heat it up, recirculat for 10-15 minutes and drain
3. Fill boil kettle with brewing water, set PID, and heat to mash temp
4. Crush grains, put in bag, put in mash kettle (on left)
5. Drain some of the heated water into mash kettle and recirc via pump (water is kept at temp via boil kettle heat exchanger)
6. Mash for X time and X degrees or steps, then turn valve to transfer to boil kettle
7. Set PID to boil, once boiling complete your boil
8. Fill mash kettle with ice and top off with water
9. Turn on pump and recirc ice water to chill wort
10. Pull off clear tube and sanitize in starsan solution
11. Put clear tube back on brew kettle and drain wort into fermenter.
12. Clean system







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Old 11-11-2010, 12:51 AM   #2
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Looks pretty cool - I hope you can post more photos.

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Old 11-11-2010, 01:22 AM   #3
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Uh that looks awesome and your camera rules.. what is that? Not to get off topic.

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Uh that looks awesome and your camera rules.. what is that? Not to get off topic.
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I'm not sure I understand step 1 and 2. It's all pre-boil...why do you sanitize and then rinse??

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Old 11-11-2010, 02:28 AM   #6
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I'm not sure I understand step 1 and 2. It's all pre-boil...why do you sanitize and then rinse??
yah wondered that as well.. i would think just cleaning bits up? Just adds time and can't do any harm.

Looks like a set up that works.
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I'm not sure I understand step 1 and 2. It's all pre-boil...why do you sanitize and then rinse??
I do both steps because starsan tends to foam when run through a pump and agitated. I do the quick rinse to just make sure I get rid of the suds.
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I didn't think star san was effective as a cleaner... why not a light oxyclean solution and then water... or pbw?

Can you post more pics and details on this - it looks like a really cool setup! I'm interested, anyway.

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Old 11-11-2010, 12:21 PM   #9
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I do both steps because starsan tends to foam when run through a pump and agitated. I do the quick rinse to just make sure I get rid of the suds.
You might want to take a look at Saniclean. It is basicly foamless StarSan.
Great for use with a pump. I use it as a final acid rinse.

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You might want to take a look at Saniclean. It is basicly foamless StarSan.
Great for use with a pump. I use it as a final acid rinse.

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I plan on using saniclean once I use up my starsan.
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