Beer brewing the nerdy way

Just started a new brew on Saturday afternoon/evening, at now it’s bubbling away merrily.

I have attached the newest birthday gadget to the brewing bucket – my electronic water-lock PLAATO.


As you can see from the picture it’s powered with a standard USB micro cable, and it’s got WiFi built in to store all the data in the cloud – on the accompanying App it looks like this :


The green line is counting the number of bubbles going through the air-lock.

All very exciting – but there were a few gremlins to fight to get it all working. If you look at the line there were very few bubbles before 17:00. In reality there were lot of bubbles before 17:00, they just did not register properly.

For those of you that are home brewers yourself – you will notice that the temperature is quite low. This is because I have yet to find my heating belt for the fermentor. (-;

Todays brew finished – Dead Pony Club. Summary.

Just finished the brew – and here are a few post-brew notes.

– The BrewDao brewing page enclosed with the pack is a bit lacking in details, so I used the standard Grainfather calculations for how much water to add to the sparge. This turned out to be wrong, as this should be 25 Litres, not 28 Litres as assumed in the Grainfather calculations.

– On the positive side using a keg hopper to keep the hop pellets in made cleaning a lot easier, and the finished product a lot clearer.

It’s now all fermenting – so in a couple of weeks I can report back on the results.

Brew #17 – its; brew day again

July 23. 2017
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Grain bill – 4.58 kg
Formula => grain weight * 2.7 + 3.5 => 4.58 * 2.7 = 15.866 litres.
Mashing at 62C
Hops to add when :
Start of boil : 
    – Cascade – 2.5g
    – Amarillo  – 2.5g
Middle of boil – after 30 minutes
    – Nelson Sauvin (2.5 g)
End of boil
    – Amarillo 12.5g
    – Nelson Sauvin 12.5g
Everything else – drop into the fermentation bin., this time in a sterilised “sock” – let’s see how this works out
This was all made slightly harder than usual as the 3 first had to be measured out from their bags.
Sparge water
Grain bill * 0.8 = 3.6  = 13L – actually filled it up to the 25 litre mark afterwards.
Decided to boil for 60 minutes.
Gravity at end of boil – 1044 (the recipe aims for 1050). I will do another one later on
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