Monday, October 1, 2012

Brewtroller conquered?

This past weekend we brewed up a Belgian style Dubbel using the Brewtroller for a second time.

Massive cold break!
The good news is that we had no real issues with the setup. We were able to get it to successfully control both the HLT and the MLT. We were still a little nervous about leaving things unattended for too long, but the remote viewing of the process does ease some concerns.

We do have a couple of outputs on the Brewtroller board that are shorted out. This is what caused some of the issues we have had the past week or so. Once we hooked up a voltage meter we were able to diagnose these problems and move outputs around.

So far the guys at Open Source Control Systems have been great to work with. They said we can send back the board and they will fix the shorted outputs.

Next up we will be attempting to add volume sensors to the HLT and Kettle.

As for the beer we brewed, we followed the water volumes that the Brewtroller provided, but I think we had a little more sparge water than we were supposed to. We ended up with an OG that was just a little under the expected value. Hopefully we can easily measure out things like 15.75 gallons easily after the volume sensors are in place.

Belgian Dubbel

Batch Size: 17.00 galStyle: Belgian Dubbel (18B)
Boil Size: 18.18 galStyle Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 17.5 SRMEquipment: 15 My Equipment
Bitterness: 22.4 IBUsBoil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.066 (16.0° P)Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Full Body, Batch Sparge
Est FG: 1.007 SG (1.7° P)Fermentation: Ale, Single Stage
ABV: 7.8%Taste Rating: 30.0
30 lbsPale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM)Grain1
1 lbs 6.0 ozCaramunich Malt (56.0 SRM)Grain2
6.0 ozSpecial B Malt (180.0 SRM)Grain3
2 lbsCorn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)Grain4
2 lbsTurbinado (10.0 SRM)Grain5
2.0 ozNorthern Brewer [8.5%] - Boil 60 minHops6
2.0 ozStyrian Goldings [5.4%] - Boil 15 minHops7
2 lbsCandi Syrup, Dark [Boil for 15 min] (180.0 SRM)Grain8
5 pkgsBelgian Ardennes (Wyeast Labs #3522)Yeast9

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