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Good crush size for high efficiency and bed fluidity

Good crush size for high mash efficiency and bed fluidity The below image is a high definition picture of the image shown on this page of the BREWHA website. It shows a good crush size that removes the grain husk while leaving it intact, and cracks the grain open without pulverizing it. This crush was obtained with a single pass through a 0.04"/1mm roller gap on a three roller Monster Mill.

Troubleshooting the March 815 pump

March 815 beer pumpIf your 815 pump is not pumping liquid, check the following things:
  1. Ensure the correct power is available to the pump (120V in North America). 
  2. When powered on, inspect the...

How to add priming sugar to beer for carbonation

bottle carbonatingCustomers who are bottling their beer sometimes ask how they should add priming sugar in order to carbonate the beer. There are a few ways to accomplish this.

A first method is to use...

Securing sanitary clamps against accidental loosening

sanitary clamp 1.5 A customer from Iowa (Paul T) recently informed us that some friends (who were new to brewing) had loosened one of the sanitary clamps on the 'wrong' (that is, nearest to the fermenter) side of the valve. Instead of removing a hose fitting, they removed the entire valve and suddenly had beer spilling out of the fermenter. It is bad enough if...

Installing a portable fermentation temperature control unit

beer fermenting chiller For most styles of beer, a chilling system is important for producing a great tasting beverage. In fact, aside from proper sanitation, temperature control is arguably the single most important criteria for brewing a fantastic product. Without temperature control...

Troubleshooting the March TE-5S-MD pump

March beer pumpIf your pump is not pumping liquid, check the following things:
  1. Ensure the correct power is available to the pump (120 or 240V). The larger TE pump has an auto shut off if it is overheated. It should not get overheated under normal operation and...

How to clean and sanitize a beer transfer hose

sanitize beer racking hose When racking beer, one primary source of infection can be the transfer hose that is used. Hoses can easily develop knicks and cracks internally that are hard to spot, harbor bacteria and are very hard to effectively sanitize with chemicals. Chemical cleaners wash over the surface but don’t effectively deal with...

Water Flow Meter Manual

Water Flow Metering manual for brew beer
This accurate and reliable Flow Meter is useful for metering the amount of water going into your brew system. It can be particularly useful when adding sparge water to add the precise amount needed to hit your pre-boil target. It is recommended to install it at a horizontal orientation and...

Preventing leaks and galling in the 4-in-1 fermenter

tighten fermenter lid so it doesn't leak
The 4-in-1 fermenter lid is held in place with eye bolts. Eye bolts are used over standard nuts as they are easier to open with fingers—no tools are necessary. However, when higher pressure is being applied to the vessel (up to 14.9psi), a tool is likely needed to tighten the lid down so it doesn't leak. For a tighter seal, a screw driver (or other steel bar) can be used to tighten the ring by...

Great technique for improving mash efficiency

mixing the mash During the mash, enzymes attack complex carbohydrates in the grain and break them up into more simple sugars that yeast can digest. If all (or most) of the available complex carbohydrates are modified by the enzymes and extracted in the wort, a 'high efficiency' is achieved. If much of the total available carbohydrates remain in the grain and...

Brewing an American Amber—Evaluation (Le Gourmet TV)

Evaluating an American Amber ale beerThis video was filmed by heavyGFILMS as part of its Le Gourmet TV channel 'Brewhouse' series.

In this episode the completed beer is sampled and reviewed with comments on what was done right and what can be improved. 

Brewing an American Amber—Chill & Pitch (Le Gourmet TV)

Brewing beer chill and pitch yeast This video was filmed by heavyGFILMS as part of its Le Gourmet TV channel 'Brewhouse' series.

In this episode the boiled wort is cooled down to yeast pitching temperature, yeast is added and fermentation commenced.

Brewing an American Amber—Boiling (Le Gourmet TV)

American amber boil This video was filmed by heavyGFILMS as part of its Le Gourmet TV channel 'Brewhouse' series.

In this episode the mash is lautered (separate grain from water), the grain is sparged (rinsed to recover sugar) and the wort (sugar water) is boiled (to sanitize and add hop bitterness to balance the sweet wort).

Brewing an American Amber Ale—Mashing (Le Gourmet TV)

Mashing in an American Amber AleThis video was filmed by heavyGFILMS as part of its Le Gourmet TV channel 'Brewhouse' series.

In this episode Doug helps us mash in and Matt stops by to give us a taste of Sawdust City 'Limberlost'.

Unboxing of the BREWHA BIAC brewing system (Le Gourmet TV)

Unboxing the BIACThis video was filmed by heavyGFILMS as part of its Le Gourmet TV channel 'Brewhouse' series and "will see us leap right into the deep end of homebrew technology with the use of a brand new BREWHA BIAC (Brew In A Conical) system. This system will allow us to mash, lauter, boil, and...

March 815 and March TE-5S-MD Owners Manual

march te 5s md manualThe March 815 and TE-5S-MD are American made, UL certified (CSA approved) commercial grade, high-performance pumps that will give years and years of service. Read the full product manual here.

Chugger TCPSS-CI Owner's Manual

Chugger wort manualThe Chugger TCPSS-CI is a cost-effective pump that comes in handy for moving wort in your brew system. The full manual can be read by clicking here.

Best practice for sparging with the BIAC

Heating sparge water
While not absolutely necessary, some brewers prefer to rinse or 'sparge' their grain at the end of the mash period to recover as much sugar as possible. While cold water can be used, it is generally recommended to use hot water at 75°C/167°F as sugars will be recovered more readily and the grain bed kept more fluid, allowing easier...

Brewing 5BBL of Craft Beer in the BREWHA BIAC

How to brew your own beerIn this video you will see just how easy it is to use the BREWHA BIAC to brew 5BBL of craft beer. The BREWHA BIAC is an innovative brewing system that takes all of the control that was afforded through the traditional four pot method of brewing and puts it into one compact system. It takes up less footprint, is easier to clean, easier to setup, easier on brewday, and one of the major benefits...

Installing the 3-in-1 fermenter lid gasket

stainless conical lid gasketAll models of the BREWHA 3-in-1 fermenter have a silicone lid gasket for sealing the lid and providing up to 3psi of pressure for racking beer into kegs. If the lid is kept clean, the lid gasket can generally be kept in place as it can be sanitized simple by putting into position...

Preventing scorched wort and burnt flavor in your beer

preventing scorched wortAfter four weeks of eager anticipation, there are few things more devastating to a brewer than discovering an unwanted microbial infection or tasting burnt/smokey notes in your latest brew. The BIAC takes you a long way towards preventing the unwanted infection, since by boiling in the fermenter it is heat sanitized. However, one needs to be careful...

Heating and chilling methods for the 5BBL BIAC

Method for faster chilling of wort There has been some discussion online about the benefit of circulating wort inside the BIAC fermenter during chilling to reduce the chill time so we put it to the test in our largest system, the 5BBL BIAC. We tested on the 5BBL, since being the largest system we currently offer, it has the lowest chilling surface area to wort ratio and therefore (all other factors being equal) the longest chill time of the BIAC systems.

Controlling vorlauf and lauter rates to prevent a stuck mash

prevent stuck mash Not long ago Dave Miller sent me a link to an article he wrote on vorlauf and lautering that has really helped with questions around increasing lauter rates and preventing stuck mashes. In his article he states that most people lauter (and vorlauf) too fast and while there are many possible causes, the major culprit...

The BREWHA CIP Spray Ball Assembly

Clean In Place CIP Spray Ball Assembly The BREWHA CIP (Clean in Place)Spray Ball Assembly makes deep cleaning of fermenters super easy.  It comes with a 1.5" sanitary connection, 1.5" or 5" resting cap, 1.25" (32mm) rotating, self-cleaning spray ball, and a 3/4" by 6" stem that can be cut shorter if necessary...

Assembling the Water Pressure Regulator

Pressure regulator for chilling wort Every hose and tank is designed with a maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP), which if exceeded, will cause damage and could even pose a safety hazard. The BREWHA tank jackets have been designed to hold up to 5psi of pressure (7psi in the MB 4-in-1s) which is more than enough pressure to...

Installing your BIAC complete all-in-one brewery

Installing the BIAC breweryIn this video we will be looking at how to setup the BREWHA® BIAC®. While today we are setting up a 5 barrel BIAC, most of the features and fittings are also found on the smaller models. The first thing to set up is the hoist. On the larger models of the BREWHA BIAC, an overhead hoist is necessary to raise the Colander, and...

Benefits of the BIAC for Restaurants and Microbreweries

Benefits of the BIAC for MicrobreweriesThe BREWHA BIAC  complete, all-in-one brewing system is an innovative, affordable, flexible, turnkey system that will grow with your business. The patented BIAC is ideally suited for nano and micro-breweries for a number of reasons—this video tells you why.

Evaluating the aroma and flavor of hop varieties

Hop aroma and flavorUnderstanding the bittering potential of hops is fairly straightforward. Understanding the aroma and flavor properties of a given variety, however, is often a lot more complex and difficult to assess. 

This is why the research project being undertaken this month by Frank Addeo (in conjunction with Yakima Valley Hops and Central Washington University) is particularly interesting...

Instructions for assembling the Temperature Control Valve

Inside the temperature control valveTheTemperature Control Valve (TCV) is a small solenoid that is designed to control the flow of temperature regulating water into the jacket of BREWHA jacketed vessels. When it is powered (e.g. by the ETC), an electromagnet pulls a plunger up, opening the rubber diaphragm and letting water pass through the valve. When not powered, a small...

The BREWHA Brewing Power Controller

240V power controller for brewing beerThe Digital Power Box is a reliable, precise, safe, portable and flexible means of controlling 230V electrical power in your home or commercial beer brewing system.
This video describes its structure and function and provides some useful tips for the safe brewing of beer.

Brewing with fresh hops all year long

Fresh frozen hopsBrewing with fresh hops has long intrigued me. It is fairly intuitive that fresh hops would have different flavors than dried hops, and being able to grow a key ingredient for your brew has a certain appeal. And, I happen to live in a great spot for it as Vancouver has a good climate for growing hops; hops can be seen in the back yards of many homes around the city wild patches can even be found growing around the city...

Adding a filter to a Vacuum Breaker and Pressure Relief Valve

Filter on vacuum relief valve for brewing beer A vacuum breaker and pressure relief valve can be a useful accessory to help insure against damage to a fermenter. A vacuum, caused by a cooling of liquid or gas inside the fermenter can pull the sides in, and pressure building up from expansion or gas produced during fermentation can push the walls out. In either situation, the fermenter can be damaged, possibly beyond repair...

How to enter a beer brewing competition

Ken with BIAC(This article was submitted by Ken Noesgaard of Saskatoon, SK. He documents his experience with brewing beer in the BIAC and the steps involved in entering a brewing competition.)

I have been brewing beer since 1985 and all-grain brewing since 1999. Before deciding on my BREWHA BIAC I was mashing in a 10 gallon Gott cooler with a false bottom and boiling in a 20 gallon...

Small footprint, big flavor

BREWHA BIAC Vancouver Sun newspaper articleThe Vancouver Sun published an article today on the BREWHA BIAC.

Read the full story here.

Unloading spent grain

Unloading the BIACUnloading grain from the BREWHA Mash Colander is quick and easy with an overhead hoist.

The BREWHA BIAC is the simplest, most intuitive and user-friendly brewing system available. 

Disassembling the BREWHA Sanitary Ball Valve

Completely disassembling a valve to remove any sediment that is trapped inside is essential sanitary technique for any brewery.

The BREWHA Sanitary Valve is the simplest and easiest valve you’ll ever disassemble. Aside from the very first time (when a wrench may be needed to loosen the nut on the handle) no tools other than your fingers are required to disassemble the valve. Disassembly, cleaning and reassembly can all happen inside a minute...

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