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I want to make upgrades to my brewery what should I do?
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410
    I have:
    10 gallon stainless BK complete with spigot
    10 gallon igloo water cooler with SS false bottom
    20 ft IC
    several 5 gallon glass carboy
    4 Fermenting buckets
    Ferm wrap with Ranco temp controler and thermowell
    What would you add to the brewery to make better beer or make the brewing process easier?

    I've thought about a March pump, plate chiller, false bottom for BK, upgrading to larger BK to make bigger batches.

    Thoughts?

    Lothos
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 100,767
    I feel that anything you can do to improve ferm temp consistency is going to yield the biggest roi in terms of product quality. Otherwise the ability to brew bigger batches is great.. it lowers the cost per batch and allows you to fill the pipeline with less work.

    Lothos
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,034
    i would upgrade the boil kettle so you can do ten gallon batches. assuming you have a temp controlled ferm chamber, that is.

    Lothos
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410

    i would upgrade the boil kettle so you can do ten gallon batches. assuming you have a temp controlled ferm chamber, that is.



    I don't have a ferm chamber per-say I am using my kegerator for that for now. Although that isn't ideal as I'm learning.

    Lothos
  • CurlyFatCurlyFat
    Posts: 58,779
    Temp control and yeast propogation are the most important things to upgrade, IMO. Besides, stir plates are cool!

    ThymLothos

    "Balls."
    - Thym's 100,000th post

  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 76,479
    CurlyFat said:

    Temp control and yeast propogation are the most important things to upgrade, IMO. Besides, stir plates are cool!



    I always have fun with food coloring and the water tornado on my stir plate before actual adult use.

    Lothos
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • JerryJerry
    Posts: 72,164
    I'm going to recommend getting a few really good thermometers, not that I have any, but I wish I did. Maybe you're already happy with what you have for that... A good chiller would be nice... Second 10gal mash tun would be cool.... having a sack of Marris Otter on hand is nice too.

    Lothos
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410
    I've been thinking about building a fermentation chamber for my beer closet. Well, really I would like to turn it into a walk in cooler

    Secondly, maybe going to a plate chiller and a pump for transfer. Then when I am ready to upgrade to bigger batches I will be ready.

    Lothos
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 100,767
    Both are good ideas. I'd start with the ferm chamber

    Lothos
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410
    Now I just need a good idea on how to build. Maybe I'll take some pics of my closet and start a new thread on how to build a ferm chamber to get good ideas.

    ThymLothos
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,034
    rigid foam insulation and a dorm fridge.

    Lothos
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 100,767
    Buld thread!

    Lothos
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • djsethalldjsethall
    Posts: 4,013
    CurlyFat said:

    Temp control and yeast propogation are the most important things to upgrade, IMO. Besides, stir plates are cool!



    Stir plates are about $10 to make. Many designs in the google. I would personally suggest a keggle so that you could do larger batches. 12.5 gallon batches are easy on a system like yours. Even with decent gravities 1.060-65 are attainable with batches of that size.
  • djsethalldjsethall
    Posts: 4,013
    Also a march pump or something similar. Drop the IC and get a chill plate. I could go on and on. Buy 2 sanke MLT's, 1 sanke HLT. 2 PID controllers and a few feet of stainless pipe and you have a nice system, that can produce 45 gallon batches fairly easily. That means brewing 5 batches a year. roughly, my math is bad tonight
  • BenvarineBenvarine
    Posts: 1,606
    jlw said:

    Now I just need a good idea on how to build. Maybe I'll take some pics of my closet and start a new thread on how to build a ferm chamber to get good ideas.



    I'm interested in building one as well. I want to build one to cool and heat as needed based on temp. If anyone has a build, please share. JLW, you starting a thread?
  • jlwjlw
    Posts: 16,410
    Benvarine said:

    jlw said:

    Now I just need a good idea on how to build. Maybe I'll take some pics of my closet and start a new thread on how to build a ferm chamber to get good ideas.



    I'm interested in building one as well. I want to build one to cool and heat as needed based on temp. If anyone has a build, please share. JLW, you starting a thread?


    I may start a thread. I have to get motivated to start looking at equipment or for gear.