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Old 11-08-2005, 05:34 AM   #1
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Oct 2005
North Texas
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Want to see some really cool stuff?

I was at a brew day this weekend courtesy of the North Texas Home Brewers Association. The host was doing a basic extract brew with specialty grains using a modified keg as kettle. Informative for the beginning brewer, like myself, but not extraordinary.

Before I arrived, the club president told me that the host was "the gadget guy." When I arrived, I saw why. The man had quite the collection of beer making equipment. A shed filled with carboys, coolers and other tools. Several refrigerators with taps, etc. Burners, grinders and kettles at the ready.

What really blew my mind was his new "toys." First, he had a three-kettle assembly, piped together and wired to monitor temperature, time, and other factors. The burners looked like a collection of mini rocket engines. The other "toy" was a large funnel kettle, insulated and equipped with cooling motors like those on electric coolers.

Realistically, I can't imagine having such a setup. Don't get me wrong - I love beer and brewing. These rigs, though - WOW! I think they cost a couple of grand each, which is a little above the scope of my imagination, not to mention pocketbook. Nonetheless, they were pretty cool to see. I attach pictures for your brewing - I mean viewing - pleasure.

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On-deck: an ESB; a Sierra Nevada Porter clone; an Irish Ale
Primary: cleaning
Secondary 1: Summer Wheat
Secondary 2: American Ale
Bottled/Conditioning: Lonely
Bottled/Drinking: Heineken clone w/Calif. Ale yeast; Fat Tire clone

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Old 11-08-2005, 08:42 AM   #2
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Aug 2005
Torrance, CA
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I don't think I would ever need that kind of setup, but I'm sure it simplifies a few of the steps. I like my homemade mash/lauter tun and my wort chiller. It adds to the "I did it myself" aspect to the hobby. Although those conical fermenters are tempting...
Fermenting:#160 Apollo/Calypso Pale Ale
Kegged:#153 Old Helicon Barleywine 2013, #157 Irish Red, #158 Mosaic IPA, #159 Bravo/Delta ESB
Up Next:Brown Porter, American Stout, Imperial Stout
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Old 11-08-2005, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thanks, More for a brew pub i'd say. It'd be great if you had the facilities to build something like that from scratch. I don't think I could drink all the beer it could produce.
Have a beer on me.

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Old 11-09-2005, 05:09 PM   #4
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Oct 2005
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My Dream Rig Brew Magic from Sabco.
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Old 11-11-2005, 04:38 AM   #5
Nov 2005
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hear is a link for that system

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Old 11-12-2005, 06:08 AM   #6
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Oct 2005
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Check out my link to my systems pics.......
Why yes, yes I am a metrosexual!

On taps 1,2&3: Una Mas Cerveza, Ham in a Can, IPA
Primary: XINGU Clone, Rye P.A.
2ndary: Low Gluten IPA, Bourbon Oak Aged Vanilla Porter
Kegged: Sh*tty Orange Hefe, Una Mas Cerveza, Smokin Hot Blonde, Belgian Dubbel
Next up: Una Mas Cerveza, Pecan Pie

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Old 05-09-2006, 07:43 PM   #7

I only have one thing to say on this subject

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Old 05-09-2006, 07:54 PM   #8
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Nov 2005
Pepperell, MA
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Originally Posted by [email protected]
I only have one thing to say on this subject
If you have something as elaborate as this system, why make it a RIMS. Wouldn't it be better to add a motor powered stirrer to the mash and control the flame to heat the mash. This way you can easily do step mashes and get good mix for the mash. RIMS on this set-up is like having a big a$$ Cadillac with a 4 cylinder engine


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Old 05-09-2006, 09:45 PM   #9
Beer, not rocket science
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System? You call that a system? I shake my brew paddle in its general direction!
Before I learned to brew I was poor, sober and lonely. Now I am just poor.

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Old 05-09-2006, 09:54 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Brewpastor
System? You call that a system? I shake my brew paddle in its general direction!
No fair, I call spoiled-brewer foul!

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