Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Home Brewing Photo Forum > Countertop Brutus 20
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-06-2009, 02:37 AM   #1
jkarp
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Elizabeth, CO
Posts: 2,106
Liked 38 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default Countertop Brutus 20

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.


Click image for larger version

Name:	beer58.jpg
Views:	8902
Size:	39.0 KB
ID:	15732  

Reason: Home server died. Reposting images.
jkarp is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 04:58 AM   #2
arturo7
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
arturo7's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Huntington Beach
Posts: 9,208
Liked 234 Times on 163 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

That's awesome, j


__________________
Hey, knock that shvt off. We're drinkin' here.
arturo7 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 06:33 AM   #3
thataintchicken
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Lewiston, ID
Posts: 8,219
Liked 1287 Times on 1276 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Pure unadulterated sickness
__________________
Subtle is too confusing. Subtle only has it's place for aroma, flavor, and insult. Anyplace else, you lose. -GilaMinumBeer

Ginger, how long should I boil these crab legs for? I want them to fall off the bone just like Texas pork ribs. - Ace Club

I'm a meat hunter. - AZ_IPA

Their new commercial sounds lime the crazy fiat music.- Zuljin
thataintchicken is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 12:40 PM   #4
Baja_Brewer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 2,417
Liked 69 Times on 52 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

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?
__________________
Courage les garçons, et patience, vos femmes vont finir par apprécier la bière !
Baja_Brewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 01:24 PM   #5
Whut
Mmmm, beer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 2 reviews
 
Whut's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Peoria, AZ
Posts: 8,841
Liked 1717 Times on 1603 Posts
Likes Given: 8676

Default

Looks to me like you're sporting a Beer Dyed t-shirt from Crazy Shirts. Tell me I'm wrong! Awesome btw.
__________________
- Trace
Whut is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:40 PM   #6
jkarp
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Elizabeth, CO
Posts: 2,106
Liked 38 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Baja_Brewer View Post
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.
jkarp is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #7
jkarp
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Elizabeth, CO
Posts: 2,106
Liked 38 Times on 31 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by whutever View Post
Looks to me like you're sporting a Beer Dyed t-shirt from Crazy Shirts. Tell me I'm wrong! Awesome btw.
Kona Brewing Longboard Lager, baby!
jkarp is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:44 PM   #8
HarkinBanks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Wayne, PA
Posts: 694
Liked 7 Times on 7 Posts

Default

Man that is a cool looking setup. Forgive me if it is somewhere else, but have you posted build specs on that setup?
HarkinBanks is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:47 PM   #9
Boerderij_Kabouter
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Boerderij_Kabouter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Posts: 8,467
Liked 135 Times on 110 Posts
Likes Given: 11

Default

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.

Boerderij_Kabouter is offline
bionut Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 02:55 PM   #10
Lil' Sparky
Cowboys EAC
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Lil' Sparky's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 4,013
Liked 59 Times on 36 Posts

Default

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.


__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by duffman2 View Post
I dub this beer the Double Slutty Triple Nutty Bodacious Booty Brunette!
Lil' Sparky is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Countertop Brutus 20 jkarp Kettles, Mash Tuns, & Hot Liquor Tanks 650 05-25-2015 12:28 PM
My Concrete countertop bar build 670x Kegerators and Keezers 19 04-03-2010 03:02 PM
Muslin OK for countertop Mash? Saint Arnould All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 02-02-2008 10:35 PM
First PM, Countertop Method IndyPABrewGuy All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 2 11-17-2007 02:49 PM
countertop Partial Mash compact007 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 8 10-04-2007 12:54 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS