Looks like it is time for some changes … again. As I prepared for this, I thought back to the various breweries I have had …there have been a few variations.
-all extract stovetop
- Partial mash with a turkey fryer
- All grain cooler and turkey fryer
- all grain cooler, electric HLT and turkey fryer
- all grain three vessel (converted kegs) all electric with a HERMS – in my garage
- all grain three vessel (Bayou Classic 62qt kettles) all electric with a RIMS - in my cellar
- all grain two vessel (Spike 15g kettles) with a RIMS
- all grain BIAB with a RIMS
- All grain BIAB single kettle- currently building
I know my new setup will have some issues hot side for low-DO brewing (if you are into that) but I am not getting rid of my RIMS or second Spike kettle so I can always go back to it if I want. My control panel will still have room if needed.
I decided to go with an Auber Industries DSPR320 to run my single kettle BIAB. Amazing what can be done with a OTS controller for under 100 bucks. You can set this thing up to run mash programs, have alarms for hop additions etc. At this point I think I will just have it set up for step mashing and run my boil as I have been, 75% output for 30 minutes then off.
I had to re-work my existing control panel and change out the thermocouple on my kettle to make this all work. Along with that I decided I wanted to have the recirculation hit both top and bottom for the best temperature management. That resulted in building a simple diverter and adding a T-valve with a separate small valve after it. I tested that all out before taking the panel apart and it was all good.
I need to print out the vinyl labels for the control panel but for now tape works.
I am currently running a water test where I start at 100 and move to 120 – 140- 160 with a 10-minute rest at each step and just hold at 160 till I shut it off. So far it is working great and the temps are spot on.
I hope to get everything buttoned up and give it a test run next weekend with a simple Mild.
Here is the old panel