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I've been brewing with mine for a year and half now and love it, I agree with the comment about the app. Wish they would open it up more for customization, If I had to guess they are keeping it locked down so everyone is fairly sussesful with their beers and we get comfortable with brewing with it. I haven't seen much love/intrest for it in this community, or else were for that fact, which is a shame....becuase it makes DAMM good beer. Cheers
I've been emailing the poor guy in tech support (Joe) with about a question a week. He is amazingly responsive and patient (with me). He sent me for free a spare picnic tap to replace the one I managed to torture (I discovered the part swap option before his snailmail gift arrived).

I've been asking about the backend of this software solution, and suggested they could sell more units if people knew it was more in the users hands and not a locked-down system. Creating open-source options for working with their equipment would be awesome.

I mean, if they go under and I have a $600 door stopper, I could buy some RaspberryPi kits, dissect the poor beastie, and figure out how to bluetooth together (or better yet, LAN-accessible) a programmable manager for the heating, cooling and jiggling bits. I'm not a huge programmer, but it can be done.
 

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Out of curiosity, I put a power meter on my last batch with the BEERmkr (Chubby Stout). 240 hrs start/finish. About $1.25 in power cost (ours is $0.12/kwh). During operation, it averaged about 95W during heat or cool cycles. When it's idling, draws about 5W.

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I've been brewing with mine for a year and half now and love it, I agree with the comment about the app. Wish they would open it up more for customization, If I had to guess they are keeping it locked down so everyone is fairly sussesful with their beers and we get comfortable with brewing with it. I haven't seen much love/intrest for it in this community, or else were for that fact, which is a shame....becuase it makes DAMM good beer. Cheers
This is the first forum I've found discussing the BEERmkr. I asked their tech support if they were going to set up a forum on their website -- no plans at present. They directed me to a Facebook group and a Reddit thread. I no longer use Facebook and see no reason to feed Zuckerberg my data further. Nor am I on Reddit enough. I prefer curated forums like this to have grown up discussions.
 

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Sound abatement challenges -- my BEERmkr makes an impressive amount of noise during the stage when its vibrating to drive trub down from the brew bag to the waste bag. I brew in a storage closet off of our attached garage. The other side of the room's rear wall is common with my home office. My internal walls do have sound insulation, but the vibration sound was substantially notable.

For the second batch, I tried to solve the issue by putting the BEERmkr atop a drip/spillage tray, and the tray sat on 1/2" carpet padding atop the workbench. Vibration on the table is way, way down -- but the sound is still significant. I'll have to try dampening methods (wall blankets, maybe sound tuning the room with some other absorbers. What is everyone else doing to resolve the vibration sung from their BEERmkr?

BTW -- I found a terrific drip/leak tray at Wallyworld: Robot or human?

Sitting the BEERmkr on little squares of wood gives me over 7L of spill volume -- so that's a complete batch mess up covered.
 

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Does anyone have a spare set of white valves? I'd like to be able to have one batch brewing while drinking the prior batch. White valves seem to be hard to come by.
 

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Has anyone reused their brew bags? Seems a waste to continue with one-time-use plastic if these could be rinsed sufficiently for safe repeat use.
 

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Has anyone reused their brew bags? Seems a waste to continue with one-time-use plastic if these could be rinsed sufficiently for safe repeat use.
I don't but others have, I wouldn't chance it more than 2 to 3 brews. I'd use something like pbw and rinse well, no need to sanitize as the brew temp will kill any bugs.
 

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I love my BEERMKR also. I love my Picobrew Zymatic and its larger batches but this keeps me brewing when time is tight and I don't have time to hook up my temperature management stuff for my traditional fermenters. My last half-dozen or so brews I have done have been with it and it's produced good results, even with beers that have languished in it for extra weeks... or months... while carving out time to get my kegerator up and running. Just kegged a Wee Heavy, and have a Belgian Tripel brewing in it right now (added the yeast about 5 minutes ago, actually!).

I'm planning a couple mods in the coming weeks. First is a drip tray. In my garage, on my wood brew bench, it produced enough condensation during my last brew to actually get a bit of wet-wood mold going on which I was able to clear up and dry out. But to avoid future issues I'll be using a "full sheet" aluminum cooking pan under it, and putting some self-adhesive rubber feet from amazon under the unit itself to get adequate clearance for the door to open while sitting inn this tray.

@Bad DNA... email the support team asking for new valves and they'll send you an invoice and once paid, they'll ship the new valves to you. You might want to pick up a couple kits too, to get over the free shipping minimum. I accidentally threw my first set away like an idiot after my 2nd or 3rd brew... the bag "kicked" and I just popped it out of the tap and tossed it :( with the valves, which I didn't realize until my next brew. They let me buy two sets at once which got be back in business and allowed me to do exactly what you want to do. I haven't reused the bags yet but they are advertised as reusable. When I use up my current supply of MKRkits I'll be trying the reuse thing with my planned custom batches.

I like the form factor of the BEERTAP but kegging is just so much easier with my setup. I haven't used my BEERTAP in several batches so it may be headed to the classified section on here before too long.
 

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email the support team asking for new valves and they'll send you an invoice and once paid, they'll ship the new valves to you.
Thx -- I've been pestering Joe in their customer support for some weeks now. Asking why some things in the shop show up on the phone app but not the website and vis-a-vis. He let me know they are having supply constraints -- white valves aren't yet restocked, but the greys just came in.

I've also hunted eBay and Craigslist for parts/pieces. I guess the BEERmkr isn't yet long enough in the tooth for folks to be parting them out.

One solution is to drink faster, right? My college daughter is trying to help -- she's discovered the BEERtap in my office mini-frig and is helping to empty it as she can. But this only highlights the problem: I'll be in-between batches while I wait for the next one to process. Oh white valves, where art thou?
 

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I accidentally threw my first set away like an idiot after my 2nd or 3rd brew... the bag "kicked" and I just popped it out of the tap and tossed it :( with the valves, which I didn't realize until my next brew.
Oh -- I came so close to doing this on my very first batch! Luckily, I'm slow to dump my brewing closet refuse can. Starting prepping for the second batch, realized there aren't white valves included in the brown paper sack for a mkrkit, and gently schooled myself over accounting for parts before putting a batch together.
 

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I don't but others have, I wouldn't chance it more than 2 to 3 brews. I'd use something like pbw and rinse well, no need to sanitize as the brew temp will kill any bugs.
What gives you pause? The bags mechanically failing or biological contamination in some appendix-like nook corner. As you mentioned, a good sterile rinse *should* kill the nasties, but life tends to find a way particularly when we don't want it to.
 
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