New HERMS first run!!! Pics coming - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > New HERMS first run!!! Pics coming
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-22-2008, 06:08 PM   #1
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,391
Liked 94 Times on 79 Posts



Fired up my new HERMS today... AWESOME!!! Heated the strike water to 177F while I was heading to the LHBS. When I got home I transferred 3.7 gallons to the MLT and mashed in. Tossed a frozen bottle of water into my HLT to get my HERMS water from 177F to 162F so that I could start the recirc.

I will be posting pics in a short while. Needless to say, it is working perfectly. I have the A419 on my HLT set at 162F with a 1F differential and my mash is recirculating at a comfy range from 157-158F. I have NEVER seen such clear wort in my life! It is a beautiful, crystal copper color (Octoberfest!).

Thanks to all who have built a HERMS and posted information here, thanks to Biermuncher for the inspiration on my OctoberFEAST brew. I will get pics up shortly, I am really just loving that I can sit here and clarify my wort, set up a nice filter bed and maintain my temp within about .5F and not have to lift a finger! (Looks and sounds cool too)



 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 08:56 PM   #2
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,391
Liked 94 Times on 79 Posts


Going into the fermentor now... 4 hours to AG bliss. Pic soon...



 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 08:58 PM   #3
eschatz
 
eschatz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Terre Haute, IN
Posts: 3,426
Liked 35 Times on 19 Posts


nice, cant wait for the pics!!!!
__________________
play the bass, brew the beer

What's tappening? :D

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2008, 02:24 AM   #4
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,391
Liked 94 Times on 79 Posts


Great brew session, here are the pics.

Grain Bill

Hop Bill

Mashout heating

Stirrer, stirring

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2008, 02:27 AM   #5
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,391
Liked 94 Times on 79 Posts


Some buffer


Adjusting my HERMS temp... ended up with a 3 degree F differential between the HERMS and the MLT.


Mash temp SPOT ON!


Recirculating

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2008, 02:28 AM   #6
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,391
Liked 94 Times on 79 Posts


Now that IS clear beer!


Chillin in the fridge at 65F!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2008, 03:08 AM   #7
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,391
Liked 94 Times on 79 Posts


A few things about this system.

1. NO LEAKS... really quite phenominal and clean to operate.
2. Heating the strike/HERMS water to strike temp +7 is about where I need to be to preheat my mash tun. (90 mins)
3. Cooling the remaining HERMS water in the HLT (from STRIKE +7 down to MASH +3) is done quite effectively with a 1qt FROZEN water bottle dropped in while running the stirrer.
4. Recirculating is easy, no issue with grain compaction.
5. Cleaning the HERMS coil, associated tubing and pump is a breeze... all of the sparge water is run through the pump and HERMS coil during the sparge to purge all of the sweet wort and clean the pipes.
6. Mashout is done simply by recirculating the mash and turning up the HERMS temp to 173F. After mashout, the HERMS water is used to sparge, and it is already the appropriate temp.
7. Sparge until the HLT runs dry, and the MLT runs dry... brewing software accurately calculates the total water volume required.
8. Boil the clearest wort you have ever seen!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2008, 03:22 AM   #8
Saccharomyces
Be good to your yeast...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Saccharomyces's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Pflugerville, Texas
Posts: 5,423
Liked 108 Times on 62 Posts


Man that is a sweet setup. I love simplicity, and this is as good as it gets. Dualing coolers! Yeah baby
__________________
[How to Calculate Mash Efficiency | Do I Need a Yeast Starter? | My Ghetto Fermentation Chamber | Twitter | 6 Gal. HDPE Fermenters | Slanting Yeast | No Sparge Brewing]

Quote:
Originally Posted by Soperbrew
big brother only monitors facebook and untappd

 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2008, 03:31 AM   #9
The Pol
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Posts: 11,391
Liked 94 Times on 79 Posts


It is just as advanced as say a Brutus 10, as far as the HERMS capability, but it is insulated so well that there is virtually no temp loss... it runs on ONE pump and ONE electric heating element (aside from the boil). I had dreams of building a Brutus 10, but I cannot get away from the economy (both cost and efficiency) of the coolers. This is all the brew stand that I will ever need, and with the electric temp controls, it will have great repeatability as well.
My new neighbor is a SS fabricator and sayes that he has all the SS square tubing that I will need to place this on a SS stand, and will fabricate it for me. He is really impressed with my design and my brews, so he is happy to help out.. he offered!

I WILL be getting together a parts list for this thing, for all three components, the HLT, MLT and BK. Thanks for the comment, I am really pleased with how it turned out!


 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2008, 03:47 AM   #10
Ice9
Recipes 
 
Dec 2007
Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 454
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


This is something I'd definitely consider building. Nice job!!


__________________
Primary:
Secondary:
Bottled/Kegged/Conditioning: Orfy's Boddington's clone, Orfy's Old Speckled Hen clone, SN Celebration clone
On Deck: Gumballhead clone, German Pilsner
Drinking: Old Ale, Bourbon Barrel Wee Heavy, Bourbon Barrel RIS

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New 10 Gallon Herms! Pics! The Pol Equipment/Sanitation 398 10-08-2015 12:46 AM
New Diamond Plated Herms! HOTT PICS! The Pol Equipment/Sanitation 39 01-20-2010 07:00 AM
Summer's Coming: An upgrade to my stir plate (pics) fastricky General Techniques 1 05-21-2009 11:35 AM
HERMS brew today, pics to come The Pol All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 22 10-11-2008 06:29 PM
My new Herms system (pics) foppa78 Equipment/Sanitation 22 02-02-2008 07:30 PM


Forum Jump