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Brewing

RECIPES

You can reach all recipes of the Brewie+ at the Home/Recipes menu. Choose a recipe and than press “Brew”

THE BREWING METHOD

Once started, Brewie+ will automatically guide you through the steps of the brewing. You only need to pay attention if you have chosen manual water addition – in these cases, Brewie+ will inform you on when to add water to the machine. If automatic water inlet is selected, Brewie+ will start the brewing process with adding the water to its boiling tank. Remember, not to touch the machine, since it might misalign the weight sensors.

Preparation

During the mashing phase, first water is heated. When it reaches the required temperature, it’s poured on the malt. (If you set mashing, the machine will add water or you have to do it manually if you have chosen manual water addition.

Mashing

The machine executes the previously set mashing steps. Don’t set mash-in water temperature higher than then your first rest. If the mash-in temperature reaches the temperature of your second mash step, teh first one will be skipped.

Sparging (optional)

During sparging, extra water is added to the mashing tank and is circulated throughout the machine.

Do not disturb Brewie+ while water is being circulated in the machine.

Hopping

Before hopping, the machine boils the water.

You can delay hopping in the recipe – in this case, hopping will start after the time you added in the recipe.

During hopping, the water is being pushed through the hop tanks. The hopping time will be of the longest hopping the recipe includes. All other hopping will start when the remaining time equals to the hopping time in the recipe.

Always set the hop additions in descending order, start with the longest in hop cage #1, end with the shortest in hop cage #4.

You don’t have to use all the cages.

TIPS & TRICKS: If you would like to use more hops than 20g/0.7oz and you have unused hop containers, feel free to split the hop for better utilization.

Do not put hops anywhere but into a hop cage.

The Brewie+ will heat up during the process. Do not open the lids unnecessarily.

Hop cages could elevate as a result of that.

Cooling and sedimentation

Depending on water temperature and water pressure, cooling is usually between 10-20 minutes. Expect a large amount of water, up to 150 liters (40 US gallons) depending on brewing parameters. You can choose the temperature to which Brewie+ should cool the wort in the recipes, but the lowest cooling temperature is the temperature of the cold water supply + 5 °C (9 °F).

Additional water’s temperature might change during brewing, causing the wort’s temperature to change from brew to brew.

Cooling is only possible when your Brewie+ is connected to your household water system, so make sure the tap is open!

TIPS & TRICKS: You can regulate the incoming water flow rate by closing your tap, so less cooling water will be “wasted”. Cooling works well with minimum water flow. Note, that the cooling time may increase to 30-40 minutes in this case.

When cooling is done, the Brewie+ will take some time for sedimentation (10 minutes). To create your own recipe in Brewie+, you have the follow these steps:

Create new recipe

First, you need to add the name for the recipe.

Mash in and sparging water

As the premier settings, you can add the amount of mash in and sparging water. In this section, you can set the temperature to which the machine will firstly heat up the water. This will be the starting temperature of the water which will NOT be cooled, so never set a higher temperature than your first mashing step!

To sparging, you can not only add the temperature and amount of the sparging water, but also the time as long you wish the machine to sparge. To avoid overflowing, look at the following document on ideal mashing/sparging water amounts in Brewie+.

same with US rates:

How does the chart work?

IMPORTANT: Always pay attention to set proper quantities!

1) Choose how many kilograms/lbs of malt you wish to brew with in Column A

Sparging water is optional, but it increases the yield. The brewer team at Brewie+ recommends to use sparging water every time!

The optimal and expedient amount of malt to brew with is 3-6 kilograms/6,6-13,2 lbs.

We recommend milling malt with 0,70-0,85 mm/2,76-3,35 inches gap in case of a two cylinder.

2) You have to now define the amount of Mashing water. [Column B] Its maximum amount in case of 4 kg malt is 17,8 liters/8,8 lbs malt is 4,7 gal. This amount will completely cover the malt with a safe tolerance level.

3) Define the amount of sparging water. [Column C] If we have used the maximum amount of mashing water with 4 kg/8,8 lbs malt, the volume of the sparging water can not exceed 8,2 liters/2,2 gal. This volume can be 0 – but the less the sparging water, the less wort we get at the end.

It’s important that it is possible to brew with more water, but using this chart ensures that it will surely not overflow the machine.

4) If you wish to use the minimum amount of mashing water, use [Column D]. These amounts of water will just cover the crushed malt. While using minimum mashing water, sparging water can be added but it’s not mandatory, only recommended.

5) In cases of minimum mashing water, the amount of sparging water can be found in [Column E].

IMPORTANT: These ratios have been created for two-row barley malt. For unmalted ingredients and adjuncts (corn, rye, oat) the chart is not valid! Furthermore, this chart was created during brews without additional enzymes.

Mashing steps

Different beers need different mashing steps on different temperatures. Fortunately, on the second stage of recipe-making you are able to set as many mashing steps as you wish – their temperature and duration (in minutes) will be saved. Important: Don’t set a starting step with lower temperature than the mash in water’s, since the Brewie+ will not cool down the water before initiating mashing!

Hopping

Brewie+ includes 4 hopping cages, which can let you set up to four different hopping steps in any of your recipes. Hopping with more than 4 stages is yet in progress, but all 4 cages can be set for an amount of time.

For example if hopping is set at 60-40-20-5 minutes, the screen will display 60 minutes, as the whole time of hopping, add the second hop cage after 20 minutes, the third after 40 minutes and the last cage after 55 minutes of the process.

In this phase, you can select Delayed hopping, and add extra time of boiling before the hopping phase commences.

Cooling

An adjustable cooling temperature is optional to add. You can cool your wort to any temperature – but when this given temperature is reached, cooling stops and the brewing process ends.

Remember, that this cooling temperature can not be lower than the temperature of the initially added water +5°C. If no cooling value has been set, the machine will cool to the lowest degree depending on the inlet water temperature. BREWING WITH A BREWIE PAD

When you receive your Brewie Pad, starting the batch is much more easier. You can easily choose the Pad’s recipe from the Recipe menu. If you have chosen the recipe, press BREW at the bottom of the screen, walk through the preliminary conditions of the brewing, and you can start brewing your own beer! Keep in mind that in some cases, Brewie Pads might include extra ingredients or methods – dry hopping, enzymes, spices, etc. In these cases the Brewie Pad will always include how to add these ingredients.

PRELIMINARY CONDITIONS

After pressing the “Start Brewing” button, a preliminary checklist pops up – here you can doublecheck if you want automatic or manual water inlet and if everything is in place.

Put the false bottom into the mashing (right) tank, with standing still on its legs. Make sure that the malt is in a Standard Brewie Bag and it is not damaged – thus no malt will fall out into the machine, clogging the tubes and tanks. Place the malt bag onto the false bottom, with all four corners of the bag adjusted to the tank’s corners. Put the hop cages with hops in them (and only in them) into the appropriate hop tanks.

If all ingredients are placed, you can start brewing by pressing the “Start Brewing” button at the bottom of a recipe’s page.

Before you start brewing, make sure that everything is in place.You need to set that if you want automatic cooling. First of all, check that all hoses are connected safely to the machine – especially the high-pressure hose to the water inlet!

If the hoses are connected, and your Brewie+ is calibrated appropriately, you can start preparing for brewing. If you chose to add water manually, add it now.

If you press ‘Done’ for all these windows, brewing will start. If you press “Show the Brewing Guide” again, you can check the preliminary conditions.

Caution! Hot! Brewie+’s surface can get extremely hot during the brewing cycle. Handle Brewie+, hoses, and components with care.

Caution! Hot liquid! Risk of equipment damage! Do not remove water hoses while Brewie+ is in operation.

MASHING

During the mashing phase, first, water is heated. When it reaches the required temperature, it’s poured on the malt.

SPARGING (optional)

Do not disturb Brewie+ while water is being cycled in or out of the machine. Disturbances can cause the weight sensor to report false data.

HOPPING

Do not put hops anywhere but into a hop cage. Do not put hop cages anywhere but into the hop tanks.

The Brewie+ will get hot during the process. Do not lean on the machine, and open the lids of the hop cages carefully. Do not open the lids unnecessarily. Hop cages could rise as a result of that.

COOLING (optional)

Depending on water temperature and water pressure, cooling is usually between 10-20 minutes. Expect a large amount of water, up to 150 liters (40 US gallons) depending on brewing parameters.

The maximum cooling temperature is the temperature of the cold water supply + 5 °C (9 °F).

Additional water’s temperature might change during brewing, causing the wort’s temperature to change from brew to brew.

Caution!

Don’t forget to attach the cooling water outlet to your household water sewage. Cooling is only possible when your Brewie+ is connected to your household water system and make sure the tap is open!

Finish Brewing

Confirm that the brewing is finished and only start draining then.

When Brewie+ finished with the cooling and sedimentation phases, it will display the “Brewing is ready” window. After acknowledging it, you will be able to drain the wort out of the machine. For this, you can choose from two different draining functions – Leave sediment or Full drain. The former will leave most of the sediment at the bottom of the boiling tank – unfortunately, with about 2 liters of wort -, but the latter drains down everything through the draining tube, leaving only a thin layer of moisture at the bottom of the tank.

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