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Old 08-24-2009, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default 8-22-09 Brew Day - Pumpkin Ale

Well it was time to take the BT for another spin as I needed to get my pumpkin ale ready for this holiday season.

Overall, the system preformed perfectly. I only had a couple display glitches but never any loss of control or reboots. The new smart herms with the HLT tracking is the ticket. The mash stayed right where it needed to be.

It was also the first run for the new e-kettle which also worked really really well. My homebrew hop stopper did a great job of keeping the pellet hops from going through my plate chiller.

I also used Arnie's BTRemote program to log the entire brew and I was able to watch the brew from my office in the other part of the house. Just not having to run back and forth to check temps is worth it in itself.

All in total the brew day took 4 hours, which for me is the quickest i've ever brewed an all grain batch.

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System all setup and preheating



Preheat



New sparge ring I built



Screenshot of preheat

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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Computer doing the monitoring and uploading to the web



Recirculating



Cloudy at the beginning



Clear now

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First runnings into kettle



Here you can see my hop stopper, i'm sure it won't stand up to something like an IPA, but for my brews it'll do just fine.



Heating up to boil



Mmm, boiling malty goodness

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Hop stopper did it's job very well



Batch safely in the fermenter



Apple cider in the fermentation fridge that will keep this batch company



Hit with oxygen and some notty and this batch is done

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Very impressive. That is a really nice set up.

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Old 08-24-2009, 01:27 PM   #6
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Please don't take this the wrong way, but I want to make out with your system.

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Old 08-24-2009, 02:30 PM   #7
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I have been thinking of doing a similar sparge arm but the myth/concerns of HSA have stopped me. Have you noticed any issues. Nice looking system. You clear section of plastic is a nice idea. I have a large section of plastic sight glass tube left and I think I will construct something similar.

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Thanks

I think HSA is a myth and so far I haven't found any reason to think that it's true.

For my sight glass I used a thick piece of pyrex glass tubing from mcmaster. That way I didn't have to worry about it getting too hot. I still need to buy a couple more to see the wort in other places.

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I think HSA is a myth and so far I haven't found any reason to think that it's true.

For my sight glass I used a thick piece of pyrex glass tubing from mcmaster. That way I didn't have to worry about it getting too hot. I still need to buy a couple more to see the wort in other places.
"Brew Strong" on The Brewing Network interviewed a professor at UC Davis and he believes that HSA plays a very small role in beer "freshness". He thinks that homebrewers should focus on packaging and keeping beer cold in the package to prevent oxidation.

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Old 08-27-2009, 04:05 AM   #10
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Would you mind if I took your rig out on a date Friday night, I promise to have her home early

Hop Stopper.... please explain??

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