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Old 08-06-2009, 03:37 AM   #1
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SWMBO caught me setting up to brew an Amarillo IPA tonight. Realized I hadn't posted any pics of my rig running. Kettle is 6 gal, 120V 2KW, bucket on bottom contains pump and counterflow chiller, and MLT on top, of course. Control box has PID and switches for kettle and pump.

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Old 08-06-2009, 05:58 AM   #2
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I'm interested in knowing more about your system. It appears you are using a 5 gallon mash tun? From what I've read about the Brutus 20, it has extraction efficiency issues... do you keep all your beers below 1.055 or have you found a way to solve this?

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Looks to me like you're sporting a Beer Dyed t-shirt from Crazy Shirts. Tell me I'm wrong! Awesome btw.

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I'm interested in knowing more about your system. It appears you are using a 5 gallon mash tun? From what I've read about the Brutus 20, it has extraction efficiency issues... do you keep all your beers below 1.055 or have you found a way to solve this?
There's nothing to solve really. The Brutus 20 efficiency issues are over-hyped. I've done 1.100 beers and still gotten 75%. This is consistent with Lonnie's (the father of Brutus) results too. Yes, it's a 5 gal tun. System is set up for 4 gallon batches max. I normally do 3.5 gal runs.
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Man that is a cool looking setup. Forgive me if it is somewhere else, but have you posted build specs on that setup?

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That is awesome!!!! Could you please do a more detailed write up of components, cost and the whole shebang! I linked to this from my portable brewery thread because I think this is wicked awesome.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/plea...rewery-127359/

:EDIT: I put together my version of this system in that thread. Mine is a bit over-the-top with the stainless and whatnot but you can check it out.

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That's a GREAT countertop system. Kudos!!

I tried the B20 method before, and my efficiency was only a little lower than normal. I don't get great efficiency with a double batch sparge, so it wouldn't really make much difference to me. I was in the middle of building a single-tier system then, so I just stuck with the 3 keg setup. I think the 2 vessel method is definately valid and saves some space, as you have effectively shown.

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