Category Archives: Beer and Brewing

Brewery Update – 2014

By | April 18, 2014

It’s been a long time between posts (and work in the brewery) for various reasons but I’ve finally got back in today and getting on top of everything. As of this evening the front panel of the control box is now complete and I just have to check a few side cuts before it gets a slap of… Read More »

The control box

By | October 24, 2013

Having a new electrically controlled brewery means it needs to be controlled – enter the concept artwork for the new control panel. Drawn to scale (and them scaled down for web) the panel is designed to sit inside a first aid cabinet which can be picked up from Bunnings for $39. (EDIT: I ended up purchasing the slightly… Read More »

Feeling the heat

By | October 23, 2013

In my previous post I mentioned the heat exchanger and how it was made out of PVC (and coloured blue in places from the glue used), it has now been coloured grey to match the rest of the SS in the brewery and is just waiting to be used… Nice eh?!

Hops, glorious hops!

By | October 22, 2013

‘Tis the season to be hoppy – well, it’s the start of it anyhow. This year I’ve moved the hops from out the side to the backyard to try and get some more sunshine and a better environment for them to grow in, and hopefully a better crop than last year. At the same time by dear wife… Read More »

Plumbing it in

By | October 7, 2013

It’s another long weekend here in Canberra and so more work continued with the brewery today – this time the plumbing.

Although I only got in here a few hours today, the plumbing is almost complete with the exception of mounting the pumps, three-way tap and plate chiller.

I decided on two of the 12v little brown pumps – I guess we’ll see how good they are, for $25 each I’m not to fussed if they pack it in and I need to go bigger later on.

Cutting-edge brewery upgrades

By | September 30, 2013

Well, only in the sense I was cutting holes in stainless steel pots. After ordering the parts quite a few months ago and some unfortunate family health issues which obviously took priority, the weather has warmed and I finally got back out into the brew shed. Yes, the brew shed – I forgot to post up (mind you I… Read More »

Work begins on the new brewery

By | June 9, 2013

With all the new parts hanging around it was time to finally get out and start putting some of it all together. Despite the cold weather and not wanting to get out there, work began on the new heat exchanger today and went pretty well  although there were a few hiccups – namely me measuring an inner diameter… Read More »

Birty’s Bitter goes commercial for Anzac Day 2013

By | June 7, 2013

I finally got around to putting this up here, instead of writing something new I thought I would just put up what I (partially) wrote already for the paper. Originally printed in Army Newspaper – It was a fantastic day in the pub on Anzac Day and I feel honoured that Ash’s family supported the beer and it… Read More »