Brewiks 1000 Review

So I landed in a snow dusted airport in Slovenia to a cool minus 13, I’m brewing on the new Brewiks 1000 in Maiester Brewery and I’m getting a lift from the airport by Damir the owner of the Brewiks brand.

I have got to know Damir and his family well since we meet them a few years ago, I love that the extended family all work together in harmony. They have a wealth of experience amongst them and we have built a strong and solid relationship, I know the Brewiks brand is world class as we have a Brewiks 200 and 500 litre system in our showroom but I was eager to test the Brewiks 1000

The short journey to the brewery allows Damir and I to have a good chat about his exciting new plans, I’m greeted at the brewery with the dull sound of the sub woofer belting out tunes , the aroma of freshly milled malt and a few friendly smiles from the brewers. The new Brewiks 1000 is an impreasive sight i thought ‘What a day to be alive’….read on as we brewed a double batch

We mashed in via an auger which came through the wall from the malt room, it was good to see a hose lock water connection port to moisten the grain as it enters the mash tun and to ensure the auger remains hygienic

So after we mashed in it gave me the opportunity to discuss with the brewers what it was like to upscale from the Brewiks 500 litre system to the new Brewiks 1000, right off the mark he said it’s easier and the best bit is the mashing and lautering works better. He talked about a better clarity of wort, I explained that we had added an underback to the Brewiks 500 system that we had and it made the clarity much better. The head brewer explained generally all the brewers felt it made alot of improvements and was easier to use, the only negative they said was the hop revolver it allowed direct steam to release when opened but they had already found a work around and added via the glass lid.

I noted the guys had added a hop filter between the pump and the heat exchanger and they said it was an added extra that the Brewiks team made to prevent the heat exchanger getting blocked with hop debris . They also explained that initially the heat exchanger was a little too effective and they had to slow the pump speed but now they have found a workaround, they changed the cold water flow hose diameter to 25mm from the hose lock tubing and add a ball lock valve to allow them to control the flow, so the pump speed is set to 80% and the flow restricted using the ball valve and it chills a 1400 litre batch with ease.

The turnaround time from the first batch to the second batch was 30 minutes and the hot water generated from cooling the first batch was used to mash in with the second batch, an impressive 5 hour brew time for the first batch also, so I started to try and find problems as so far it seemed to good to be true, so wanting to give an impartial review I found an issue , it needs a light in the inside of the boil tank and lauter tun. I was slumming it with a torch and although I’m scraping the barrel to find an issue it was one.

The touchscreen brewing technology with live time diagnostics including all temperatures and live power usage rates may seem intimidated but it was very simple to operate , i have to admit it did seem too simple to me and I kept thinking I had missed something but it genuinely makes it simple to operate.

The pump speed can be changed at the touch of the button as with the smaller models and the stepped platforms make over seeing the brew insanely simple.

As the first brew of the day completed I enjoyed some pizza delivered to the brewery and a pint of IPA straight from the fermenter, Slovenian hospitality is always awesome .

During the second mash in for the 2nd brew of the day I noticed the mash temperature drop as the malt was augered in , I got the boiling button and the temperatire shot back up rapidly, I flicked it to reservoir heating one degree out and it stopped bang on target mash temperature. A simple moving of hoses and I’m connected up for transfer to the lauter tun.

The brewiks boost heating system is a beast of a machine it heats 1 degree in one minute. So when we transferred to the lauter tun, lautering took half an hour, yep I couldn’t believe it either, so visually it has been manufactured robustly to allow for vacumm layering but that was designed for an hour and half of lautering yet it didn’t need it.

The system brought the wort to a vigorous rolling boil and the steam was maintained with the condenser and adding the hops was simple, we whirlpooled and the brewers explained that after whirlpool they let it settle for 10 minutes before they commence the transfer from the kettle to the heat exchanger, the key here is to avoid excess bitterness in your brew is to simply have all your pipes connected prior to commencing the transfer.

Effiency was 95% and when I challenged that with the brewing team they said a bad efficiency rating would be 90%. This system is built to last it oozes simplicity and works effectively and efficiently I was impressed!!

So if a light gets added to the next model and wheels to the steps for ease of cleaning this has to be the best system on the market for anyone considering a 10hl or 20 hl brewhouse.

Kegging – Start Kegging Your Own Beer

Kegging Your Own Beer
“Kegging is King” especially if you bring a keg to a party, we like to have friends around for beer and pizza nights and a keg is great means to excite people with your brews, plus you can have beer ready a lot quicker in comparison to bottle conditioning and……………………… its a lot less hassle than bottling!

Kegs genuinely require minimal maintenance, they do however require you to clean them , if everything is sterile as with a lot of things in brewing it helps to gain success and avoid infections

What makes up the Geterbrewed keg starter kit;
  • 1 x Cornelius Keg Brand New 19 litre capacity
  • 2 x Ball Lock Fittings
  • 2 x Thread FFL John Guest fittings to attach to Ball Lock for quick release
  • 1 x CO2 Regulator with quick release John Guest Fitting
  • 1 x Beer Line
  • 1 x Dispensing Tap Assembly
What are the Fittings on the Corny Keg?

Basically there is two ports on a Corny Keg, Beer Out and Gas In.

1. Beer Out, you attach a ball lock disconnect to this and it has a beer dispensing assembly connected to it, whether that be a tap directly added to the ball lock or if its run out into a length of beer line and then into a picnic tap or tower dispenser. The key point here is to avoid foam (fobbing), a lot of turbulance is created as beer exits the keg under pressure via the ball lock valve so you want sufficient beer line length to prevent this coming out of the tap, it needs to settle in a length of beer line . Also the beer needs to be cold, the warmer the beer gets the more the co2 wants to come out of suspension and foam up.

2. Gas In, you attach a ball lock disconnect to this (which has a gas line running to the regulator) and it connects the co2 tank to the Corny Keg via this assembly, the pressure is adjusted with the regulator and this allows you to set the psi

Points to keep in mind

  • Keep everything sterile
  • Try not to introduce oxygen when transferring the beer from the fermenter into the keg
  • The colder the beer the more easily it dissolves the co2
  • There is different carbonation levels depending on the style of beer
  • Carbonation can be set with the psi and achieved slowly over a few days or you can force carbonate (rolling the keg back and forth to force carbonate the beer quickly with co2)
What is the regulator?

It controls the flow of the CO2 into the Corny Keg, you may want to carbonate a beer over a few days at 12psi, this reading is on the dial to the right of the control when connected to the co2 tank, the dial above the turn controller reads how much co2 is in the container. Remember you dial up to carbonate but need to reduce that down to a dispensing pressure after carbonation is complete

What is the Dispensing Tap Assembly?

Its where the beer comes out , we have selected a picnic tap and have suffcient beer line to prevent fobbing or foam during dispensing

 

Handcrafted Irish Mash Paddles

Handcrafted Mash Paddles

We are very passionate about supporting local businesses so when we saw the opportunity to create some mash paddles we worked with a local hurl maker called ‘Scullion Hurls – a family run business from Loughguile’ (*Hurling is an Irish Sports Game just incase you have no idea what i’m talking about)

The hurl maker is also a passionate home brewer so he knows these have to be a strong product, we have made a few different versions of these but have now settled on using Irish Ash Wood for the mash paddles.

We use untreated & naturally air seasoned wood, the quality of the wood is strong and robust and will last for a lifetime if looked after correctly

Michael the Hurl makers has taken over from his father who started the business in 1979, they are part of the Economusse network which our brewery is also apart of and we work closely together attracting tourists to our working museums, a great visitor experience if you are ever in their area, they do a live hurl making demonstration. These mash paddles are genuinely excellent value and usually sell out quicker than Michael can make them.