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Today was an awesome kid at the candy store kind of day. I picked up the More Beer 2100 Beer Sculpture featuring 26 gallon stainless steel kettles and frame that was ordered in December during their 15 percent discount day. Despite the rain, Wolfie my Pal and I braved the 60 freeway to make our way to the Riverside B3.
OK, I know you are asking yourself now, What is a Beer Sculpture? No, its not a tower of beer cans. A Beer Sculpture is a welded metal piece of art that holds several brewing pots in the creation of Beer Wort. A typical Beer Structure holds three different kettles identified as the Hot Liquor Tank, Mash Tun, and the Boil Kettle. In a four kettle system there is the addition of a Lauder Tun but our Mash Tun functions as both. The Beer Sculpture not only holds the kettles but provides a frame for the burners and pumps that run the system. This sculpture is a right to left flat structure which runs on two pumps. Its totally awesome.
Prior to purchasing this 20 gallon system, I was using 15 gallon kettles (10 gallon system) on a make-shift rig consisting of two Banjo burners and an overturned metal trash can to hold the Mash Tun. It was a one pump system that worked very well but required two people to lift the Boil Kettle off the ground after the sparge to set it on the Banjo burner. This was a gravity sparging setup. Now of course that problem is solved in fine style due to the two pumps and multiple burners. Thank you More Beer.
This 2100 Brew Sculpture from B3, is managed through the use of two controllers that fire up and off to control the temperature of the Hot Liquor tank and the Mash Tun enabling fine management of the wort creation process.
In the morning I will fire the thing up, check all the fittings and clean the entire system with PBW. The next brew day will probably be next week sometime and I will post some pictures of the event.
Watch it only if you want a good laugh.
I picked this link up through a Twitter feed I have been following. If you do not know about Twitter its the hottest social networking application to come down the pike in the last year or so. Move over Facebook here comes Twitter.
Scarlet Letter American Amber Ale is an American-Style Ale designed and brewed by Brian Rezac. I tried it out and yummmm yummmm yummmmy results.