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Old 05-30-2012, 02:05 AM   #1
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Aug 2011
orlando, FL
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After about 9 months of on-again/off-again building of Kal's system, I brewed my first batch...

Yesterday (American Memorial Day) was my first time brewing on my new automated system.

Despite one big issue (one of my pumps broke mid-brew), everything came together. Luckily it broke right after mash, and I ended up fly sparging by hand! LOL

My first brew was a simple Blonde Ale inspired by New Belgium Somersault.

My goal is an ABV of 5.5 to 5.7% and an IBU (bitterness) of around 28. I had a target OG of 1.056 and achieved 1.052. Using BeerSmith 2.0, it looks like my efficiency worked out to 88.8%. I had programmed in 90%. I feel happy with my first attempt.

So here's the process (total time is about 7.5 hours from firing up the brewery to finishing cleanup). I can probably shave it down to 6 hours once I become more familiar with the equipment and process.

Crushing the grains in my barley crusher

Hops (Centennial and Cascade)

Brewing salts and mandatory refreshment of the day

The mad scientist's laboratory

The workstation (brewing software, beer platform, and general work area)

Mashing the grains

Initial Foam appears at the start of the boil (this is eventually skimmed off)

Yeast culture

The mad scientist at work

And here we have unfermented beer

Black Pug Brewing - Progress Thread

In the fermenter: Pugkin Ale, Apfelwein
In the keezer: Black Pug Coconut Porter, Black Pug Wheat, Black Pug IPA
Gone: Black Pug Blonde Ale

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Old 05-30-2012, 02:12 AM   #2
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Feb 2009
Columbus, Ohio
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Wow that is one beautiful set up you have put together. It looks fantastic!

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:22 AM   #3
Aug 2011
gresham, oregon
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That looks sooo awesome. How much do you have invested if you don't mind telling

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Old 05-30-2012, 04:59 AM   #4
Oct 2010
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All that awesomeness and you're milling your grains by hand!?!?!

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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Jan 2012
Lincoln, NE
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That is some clear wort.
Den Faaborg Bryggeri

Originally Posted by davekippen View Post
Open log Fermenting and gas-can secondary?? I am planning my next brew right now!!

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #6
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Nov 2010
somewhere, Ct
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Congrats that's a beautiful setup. I'm still finishing my build 4 months later and I can't wait to take it on its maiden voyage

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
Jan 2011
Pine, Co
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Originally Posted by Fid View Post
All that awesomeness and you're milling your grains by hand!?!?!
Exactly what I thought LOL. At least chrome plate the crank handle!

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:18 PM   #8
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Mar 2009
Chattanooga, TN
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Excellent excellent job on the setup, the whole area looks just so pleasant to work in. Great choice of beer as well! Going to brew alot of pilsner on that system?
Countertop Brutus Budzu-style

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:22 PM   #9
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Dec 2007
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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Great work. It looks like a very well thought out space and a great system for you to produce some great product.

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:27 PM   #10
Oct 2011
Austin, Texas
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Looks like I'm not the only one that thought a stainless brew table would be awesome. Congrats!

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