Brew Day With The HERMS Duo and Steam Condenser

HERMS Duo Two Kettle Tri-Clamp Brewing System Top View

Today I am brewing a version of my Tropicana IPA on my go-to brewery setup: the 2 vessel HERMS Duo. This system uses the unique semi-sparge method and is designed to minimize the cost and complexity of having a HERMS system: it uses 2 kettles, one heating element, one pump, and one temperature sensor. The system can be operated side by side or stacked vertically using the kettle rack if you don’t have the space.

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Kettle Cam 1: Mashing In

Not long ago I found some neat aluminum/plexiglass sight glass inserts that screw tightly into the 38mm ID of the triclamp ports I use on our kettles. These are only temperature resistant to 80C but perfect for a small window into the mash tun. I wanted to view the action underneath the false bottom during mashing, so I put them to use with my false bottom setup on the tall false bottom stand.

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