Discovery Documentary on Beer

This is the full episode, very interesting:

New Prices on Valves

Hello Home Brewers,

I’ve located a supplier for 1/2″ 316 Stainless Steel Valves.  Both threaded and threadless.

I think these prices are hard to beat!!!

1/2″ 2-Way 3-Piece Threaded Ball Valve 316 SS

Smart Brewer Sketchup

Wow, Google Sketchup is really cool!!

To better illustrate or modify designs this is the way to go!!

Here’s a rough sketch of the current brew frame.


Smart Brewer System Progress

Got a lot done today on the Smart Brewer system.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to brew for at least another week!!!

The most time consuming part was re-thinking the flow of the mash tank and the sparge tanks (the two tanks on the right).  I also discovered that it’s important that all the valves be easily accessible  (i.e. placed in the front) and to do that I had to lower the cross beam supporting the pumps so all five valves face the operator of the system (this is now the third time I’ve moved the pumps!!!).

The pumps flow from the bottom up and there will be  a “Tee” built in so the kettle (far left) can join into the loop for the center tank.

Here’s a picture illustrating the flow of the system.  Note the two stainless pipes on the floor, these will be the heating tubes for the “MASH” and “SPARGE” tanks on the right.

Good Buy on Sanitary Pump

Thought I’d share, these are easily $2,000 new:

Latest Update on Smart Brewer System

It’s a Wednesday so I didn’t have much time but I did manage to measure and tack weld the cross beams today (the beams circled in red).

I also noticed that the structure is not completely symmetrical.  The top frame is 60 inches by 20 inches on top but when I add the cross beams I created THREE rectangles that measure 18 inches x 17 inches.

Can’t really turn back now but the next system will have a frame 60 inches x 23 inches so the squares in the center will all measure 18×18.

(Note: The beams are 1.5″ Stainless Steel. This thing is probably strong enough to park a car on)


Walgreens 1901

Need I say more?

SF Beer Week February 11-20th

SF Beer Week is just around the corner, thought I’d provide a link:

Here’s a link to the schedule:


Lucky Baldwins to Open New Location (Pasadena, CA)

Interesting article on Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA. David Farnworth is one resilient character.

I’ve been to the pub in Old Town Pasadena. This is a great bar and they have an outstanding selection of Belgian Ales and IPA’s. David Farnworth and Peggy Simonian are the co-owners.


(My favorite beer here is the Pliny de Younger)

SmartBrewer has Valves!!

I found a local distributor that sells stainless sanitary valves !!

This is great because A).  I had to order these from Australia last time I bought these and B).  Brewers will like the price

Check out the first valve in our catalog: