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Old 03-02-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default My first All grain and BrewTroller maiden voyage

So this weekend I was able to finally brew a batch of beer on the new system. So not only was this my first all-grain but it was also the first brew session with the BrewTroller. It did a great job and ran perfectly the whole time. I figured I would do something easy so I brewed a Centennial Blonde, should be interesting because the last batch I made was extract so i'm curious to see if it's any better.

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Pre-heating everything while I milled the grain. It was up to temp in 1 hour



Makeshift project box



Shot of the quick disconnects and the awesome stainless probes made for me by Derrin

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Mmmm, grains



My high tech sparge arm/ring



Another shot in case you want to build one yourself

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Maintaining the temps very very well



First draining into the kettle



Still going into the kettle



Setup to drain into the kettle

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Cleaning up while waiting for the wort to start boiling



Carboy all ready



Boiling



Therminator all setup, will pump boiling wort through it sanitize it

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Time left in boil



Hop additions



Filling the carboy



Holy fricken monkey this thing is out of control it's a 5 gallon batch in a 6 gallon carboy and its going like there is no tomorrow. Its only a 4%abv beer.




Overall it was a great session I missed my OG by a bit but I was able to boil it a bit longer and brought it to the correct point level. The brewtroller preformed flawlessly. The only thing I need to do is figure out the PID settings because I kept overshooting the HLT temp by 2 degrees. The pump kept it in check and my mash stayed within 1 degree the whole time.

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Old 03-02-2009, 07:17 PM   #6
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That is amazing, especially for your first all grain. I've never heard of someone jumping from extract to all grain with temp controlled 3 keggle system. You are impressive.

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Thanks, a lot of planning went into this system i've been working on it for 6 months.

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Old 03-02-2009, 09:39 PM   #8
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Very impressive. I've got 2 all-grains under my belt, but nowhere near the system you have.

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Well I figured if I am going to build the all grain system I myaswell go all the way. No reason to buy a cooler system and just replace it.

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Nice setup.

I lived in Hollywood Beach,Polk St, and then had a condo in Mystic Point. I miss it, but your summers are hot!

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