I’m starting to work on moving towards a HERMS build with my setup eventually working towards a Brutus 10 setup.  The most important part of a Brutus build is the brew pump.  You need a pump to recirculate hot wort through the HERMS coil in the HLT as well as any other movement required for your brew day.  Equally important is the hose fittings for the system.  There are a few options for this and they all look really cool and shiny but they are not cheap. Ranging in price from $10 to $70 a piece for respective parts for a home brew system soRead More →

ITC-308 Outlet Thermostat temperature controller Product Specs: Plug and play design, easy to use; Dual relay output, be able to connect with refrigeration and heating equipment at the same time Support reading with Centigrade or Fahrenheit unit Maximum output load: 1000W(110V)/2000W(220V) Dual display window, be able to display measured temperature and set temperature at the same time Temperature calibration Compressor delay protection for refrigeration control High and low temperature alarms are available Over-temperature and sensor fault alarm Heating/Cooling differential function could be set separately for refrigeration and heating to protect temperature controller from violent change. (110V Model) I ordered this controller after seeing a fewRead More →

Oatmeal Stout   Brewed by: Duncan Blackman ABV: 6% (based off recipe) Style: Oatmeal Stout   *note*   Due to either a stuck fermentation that finished in the bottle or a potential infection with this bottle, i was unable to provide a full and in depth review of the beer.  The following review is from what i was able to try.   This beer was part of a series of stouts brewed by Duncan, Rich, and myself over a couple days and the three recipes were all the same base line, and then tweaked for each brewer to make it unique.  This one however hadRead More →

Chocolate Porter   Brewed by: Jeff Thomson ABV: 5.5% *Brewer’s Note* Gluten Reduced (Clarity Ferm) Style: Brown Porter Pouring it i notice a nice roasted maltyness with a hint of coffee, very enjoyable way to start this review off.  It poured with about two fingers of tan coloured head, which sticks around for a good amount of time and a deep dark color to the beer.  First taste I get a nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate sensation followed with a bittering finish, nice and balanced.  No overpowering hops or other flavors and a very clean and light body to the Porter. I am reallyRead More →