Racked the RIS, it seems okay. This the one I was worried about due to the equipment issue. Here is what I did, typically I use a false bottom and bazooka (torpedo shaped screen that filters hop materials out). When doing a gravity transfer things are nice and gentle. This was my first use of a pump to recirculate the wort during chilling. Moving that much wort it totally clogged the bazooka. Once you have that, ain’t nothing moving. So a had to plunge my reasonably sanitized arms into the 85 degree wort to removed the bazooka. So every bit of the kettle hops ended up in the fermenter. I was planning a two stage fermentation, it’s now a three stage, had to get the wort off the break and hops. Gravity was 1.050 at 10 days. Long way to go.
Well I had a pretty epic failure on my last brew, it was an equipment issue. But the beer was a big RIS. Over $100 invested, probably lost. So it was time to build. I built a single tier weldless brew rack. I’m happy, like giddy happy, here is how I did it.
Home Depot had a 8,000 lb capacity shelving unit on sale, $159. Its serious. 6 feet wide by 2 feet deep. It’s tall too, but I don’t care. I set it up to rough it out.
I used self tapping screws and covered the ends with 1/2 plywood. Truing them up, and making it all stout. Next was electrical. I run two pumps so I wired in two switches, a hot outlet and two switched outlets. The dual conduits are for look, and I could only buy 5 feet, so why not use it. Everything is steel, boxes, conduit connectors. I wired in a 12 gage electrical cord, to plug it in. Get power to it.
I had a pice of 22″x71″ 22 gage sheet metal cut, and put it under the burners as a heat shield and protect the pumps. Finally just had to hook it all up.
Okay so my chiller sucks. The first one I built you can find on here didn’t work well, so I rebuilt it with 3/4″ hose, it did better but not great. So I built a pre chiller, pictured here, on the right, put it in ice. Got to 84 degrees. Need 68 or lower, so now I have to contemplate a pump. But for now more ice. Hard to make beer cold from a boil in Florida in the summer.
Brewed a porter this weekend, used danstar nottingham yeast. I made a 1.2L starter on my nifty new stir plate. Which as side note may be the end of gadgets for a while, judging by my wife’s reaction. Well I estimate I had more than 300 mil yeast cells. Over night, well the krausen went ballistic, it blew the stopper, and I use the over lip caps, hard to blow those. Krausen filled the fridge, and is still blowing off. I switched to a 1 gallon container, its still blowing. The loss is about 1/2 gallon I guess.