The Brewery is a Recirculating Infusion Mash System (RIMS)
Brewery, or more specifically, a Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System (HERIMS)
brewery.. This means that the wort is recirculated around the brew, using a pump,
during the mash. To maintain the correct temperature the recirculating wort is
heated when needed. A lot of the info I needed to build this brewery came from
the web. If you do a google search on RIMS you will get heaps of info.
The unique part of my brewery is the heating system, it uses a counterflow
heater to heat up the wort, similar to a counterflow chillier used to cool the
wort after the boil. In this system a thermostat turns on a pump that pumps
boiling water around the pipe that carries the recirculating wort. Most RIMS
systems use an element or gas burner.. My system is more expensive but removes any chance of
the wort scorching.
The Control box used to turn pumps on and off and to control
The Mash Tun with a stainless steel mesh false bottom
The wort pump
The burner that heats the boiler used to maintain mash
temperature, the burner is turned on and off by one of the thermostats on the
Temperature controllers used to regulate fermentation
temperature. If the fermentation gets to hot the temperature controller will
turn on the fridge, if it gets to cold it turn on the heating belt.
I will add more pictures and diagrams to better explain how
the brewery works shortly