Beer Church

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Beer Church is a group brewing beer at Pumping Station: One. Originally just a beer tasting and science discussion group, lately Beer Church has been focusing more and more on brewing, although we still do a beer tasting at every event! Brewing Station: One is the small work area and storage facility in the shop devoted to brewing.

Contact/Participation

Events will be posted to the PS:One blog and calendar and the beer church twitter: @ps1beerchurch. Anyone is welcome, even non-members of PS:One. Want to brew something? Tell us about it via our twitter or the Beer Church mailing list. You must be 21 to participate in Beer Church.

Events

Semi-biweekly Beer Church gatherings take place some Sundays at 1PM. They generally follow a format of meet & greet, pot luck beer tasting, brewing, and discussion of beer, life, and everything.

FAQ

  • Can I come?: Yes, you can come if you are 21 years of age or older.
  • I Have a brewing idea! Will you make it?: Maybe, if you can convince one of the brewmasters that it's a good idea.
  • How do I become a Beer Church Brewmaster: Convince the other brewmasters that you know what you're doing and you're responsible.
  • Who Decides When Beer Church Happens?: Currently the Beer Pope (Eric Stein) decides this most of the time, but any brewmaster can make an event. It's best to plan with the other Brewmasters though. We try to have events when the Pumping Station: One members are getting interested in the idea again, so this is every couple weeks most of the time. This also goes along well with the cadence of fermentations.
  • How do I contact Beer Church?: There's a whole section about that at the top of the page, read it.
  • I Want Beer Church to happen again, but you don't have anything planned!: Contact us! If nothing's coming up, letting us know that you want to see something happen is the best way to get us to plan it!
  • Oh no, I broke something, what do I do?: If you can figure out from this wiki page whose it was, talk to them. If not, just go to Brew & Grow around the corner and buy the closest replacement you can. Either way, please tell us somehow. Thanks for being cool and adult about this!

Brewmasters

Brewing Station: One

Brewing Station: One is a steel shelving unit converted into a storage unit above for keeping clean brewing gear (pots, carboys, bottles, bottling equipment, corks, wort chillers, kegs, etc) and a temperature controlled fermenting chamber below. We brew in the loading dock.

Equipment

Brewing

  • 5 gal boiling kettle (Eric Stein)
  • 10 gal boiling kettle (Ryan Pierce)
  • 5 gal Gott mash tun (Ryan Pierce)
  • Hydrometer (Eric Stein)
  • Corker (Evan Singer)
  • Wine bottles (Evan Singer)
  • Wine Carboy (Evan Singer)
  • 2 5 gal glass carboys (Ryan Pierce)
  • 3 Keggles (Pumping Station: One equipment)
  • Wort Chiller Coil (Ryan Pierce)
  • Box of Stuff, inc. metal bottle filler, hydrometer, conditioning chemicals, thermometers (Ryan Pierce)
  • Metal racking cane (Ryan Pierce)
  • pH meter, calibration and storage solutions (Ryan Pierce)
  • Mini Fridge for temperature control (Anthony Barker)
  • Air conditioner for temperature control (Ryan Pierce)
  • Peristaltic pump controller (Ryan Pierce)
  • Temperature Control System, Chillmon (built by Eric Stein & Ryan Pierce, raspberry pi + gpio temperature monitoring + relay system for chiller)

Dispensing

This list is incomplete. Please update this page!

Equipment Needed

Pending Equipment

Brewing Projects

2012

2013

2014

  • Beer 2014.01 (Rosemary's Stout) - Light Stout with Rosemary.

Potential

Hardware and Software Projects

Chillmon

Chillmon has its own wiki page, but suffice it to say that it makes sure the temperature is right for fermenting.

  • Rebuild Chillmon on Occidentalis
  • Configure Chillmon application to use shared account
  • Replace temp sensors with DS18B20 for more accuracy
  • EPICS integration:
    • Expose Chillmon control variables to EPICS
    • Create EPICS control screens
    • Investigate EPICS web interface
    • Display screen for Chillmon

Brewing Station: One

  • Electrical insulation of contactor terminals
  • Experiment: When the chiller turns off, does it blow hot air into the fermenting space?
  • Experiment: In the winter, will the shop drop below our fermentation temperatures, and will we need a heater?
  • Real time monitoring of temperature, specific gravity

Brewing

  • Modify Keggles for brewing:
    • Boil kettle
    • Mash tun
    • Hot liquor tun (inaccurately named; this is for sparge water)
  • Build RIMS or HERMS
    • Propane solenoid, thermocouple, and igniter under PID control (Arduino)
    • Pump, flow meter run by microcontroller (Arduino)
    • Multiple temperature probes (Arduino)
    • Safety gear:
      • Alarm system (stuck flow, propane flame blew out) (Arduino)
      • Emergency shut off switch
    • Raspberry Pi controlling the above via EPICS

Dispensing

We have a donated refrigerator; converted to kegerator. It's connected to the bar & draft tower, and working. We currently have 2 taps. We want to upgrade to 4 taps. Ryan Pierce currently is holding the cash for that project, it's $90.59 of the way into the needed $176 for the upgrades.

TODOS:

  • the aforementioned tap upgrade
  • temperature monitoring inside the fridge & in the draft tower.
  • upgrade drain system for drip tray
  • make custom tap handles

Resources

Links