Hope you enjoyed the day rumdrinka
and congratulations on your maiden voyage of the rig
. You've got onkelutka all excited but I'll try and calm him down below
Two things... Don't grind your malt fine whether you be a BIAB brewer or a traditional brewer. When you do so, you lose an excellent filter and cause a lot of other problems for no advantage.
Secondly, I think this site is definitely the leader on understanding the numbers and terminology of your brewing so when you say that your efficiency was 74% this could be very good or very bad depending on the original gravity of your brew and as to whether you are talking about your kettle into boil or efficiency into fermentor. Read through theClear Brewing Terminology thread
and/or listen to Clear Brewing Terminology podcast
gets more excited, I better point out some of the pitfalls of high-tech
The production of sweet liquor and then boiling it is very, very, simple and requires, apart from a heat source and a kettle, only a bag and an accurate thermometer (if one exists). That's it - four parts.
So be very careful when you add equipment/technology. The more you add will not shorten the brew day. It will not give you better quality sweet liquor or wort. It will add a lot of parts and places where things can go wrong. rumdrinka's pics above are excellent but look how many parts there are
. There are as many parts in that as there are in a full-scale craft brewery and each of those parts needs to be cleaned, sanitised and maintained.
Technology is fun but just make sure you are employing it for fun reasons and not because you think it will make your brew day simpler or your beer of higher quality because it won't. In many ways, on a small brewery, the less equipment, the more control.
A lot of work and skill has gone into rumdrinka's rig above. I would love to see that same skill get applied to the really laborious side of brewing which is fermentation and packaging. Making and boiling sweet liquor is super-easy! Got any ideas on the backend of the brewing process rumdrinka?
Hope so. You've done great work above
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