Well..the wort making was a success!
The entire brewsession was very enjoyable, everything worked the way i wanted it to, no suprises - it was GREAT!
Have a few things to get used to/figure out, but all in all it was great!
Had some fellow brewers come over and hangout. had three 'generations' of homebrewers there - the guy that helped me get into brewing, me, and a guy i helped get into brewing.
Will need to fine tune the ramp to boil transition to avoid boilover, and refine my chilling/whirpool process.
The recipe for the day was a single malt, single hop pilsner (with ale yeast) i call Opa's Rasenmaeher.
As soon as its done fermenting, i'll be running a batch of Oktoberfest - and will have to do it ale style cause i'm so late.
Lessons learned -
- realize that if you're doing this build with keggles, you have a constraint on strike water/HLT volume you will want to take into consideration
- because of probe placement in HLT and MLT - temps only read correctly when pumps are recirculating. is not a problem, because this should be happening all the time, but when you forget to reopen a valve on your HLT and cant figure out why your temp is so low
I'll post up sourcing for the parts NOT in the theelectricbrewery.com DIY kit a little later. I'm very happy so far with all the parts and service of all the guys i have worked with has been OUTSTANDING. That, i think is a nod to HBT itself, because i went with the vendors i did based on the experiences you guys have all had. enjoy!