This year (2015), My homebrew setup went from
I decided to build a new system from scratch. I have a few requirements. I brew in my basement, so no propane. Cooling also becomes an issue brewing inside. So I need a way to cool down quickly.
I look at several homebrew setups before deciding what to pick. I have the Brew Your Own issue with Brutus 10. I heavily based my system on Brutus 10, but I had to bring it indoors.
If you haven’t seen Brutus 10, it’s a metal frame with 3 14 gallon buckets run off of 2 pumps and custom made propane burners. Brutus 10 is very cool, the designer also built Brutus 10 on wheels to brew anywhere.
My system runs off of 3 8 gallon brew kettles, 3 induction burners and 2 pumps, an all electric system. I use a power strip with individual switches to control my electronics like pumps or aerators. I had to build a wood frame mostly because I don’t know how to weld and it kept cost down for materials and labor of a welder.
My new brewing system cost about half what Brutus 10 does. I only brew 5 or 6 gallon batches, not 10 gallon batches. My old home brew system only got about 60% to 65% efficiency, I’ve heard other homebrewers say they never get less than 70%. It took me 5 months of nights and weekends working on my new brew setup. I have a full time job and sometimes a busy schedule with a wife and kids.
I’m going to take a few post to pick out the aspects of building a brew system like mine if you are interested. I hope to influence someone to build a new home brewing system, even if they only use my setup as inspiration.