Building an Electric Brewery with John Blichmann – BeerSmith Podcast #151

by Brad Smith on June 26, 2017 · 0 comments

John Blichmann, founder of Blichmann Engineering joins me this week to discuss setting up an indoor electric brewery at home.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (53:52)

  • Today my guest is John Blichmann, the President of Blichmann Engineering. John is a long time brewer and founder at Blichmann Engineering which provides a wide range of brewing equipment including brewing systems, kettles, pumps, control systems and fermentation equipment.
  • Much of the show used English units, but here are some articles that include metric units for those of you outside the US: Electrical Considerations for an Electric Brewery, Ventilation Considerations for an Electric Brewery.
  • John shares his thoughts on some of the advantages of having an indoor electric brewery, including the ability to brew year round.
  • We talk about the sizing of electric breweries and how the size of a system will ultimately drive requirements for things like electricity, ventilation and water.
  • We discuss the limitations of 12oV and 240V electrical power in a typical home and why it is important to get an electrician involved in the planning process to assure wiring and breakers are sufficient.
  • John explains why a Ground Fault Interrupt Circuit is a REQUIRED piece of equipment for brewing systems as we are ultimately mixing water and electricity.
  • We talk about the need for proper ventilation, even for an electric system, to avoid dumping gallons of water and steam into the air in a confined space.
  • John shares his rules of thumb on how to determine the proper size for a ventilation system.
  • We discuss the need for a proper water supply and draining water – which is critical for cleaning, brewing and also chilling the wort after brewing.
  • John spends a few minutes discussing some of the new home brew products Blichmann Engineering recently launched including a new brew pump, BrewVision thermometer, and others.

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