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  • February 26, 2021 3 min read

    Maximizing Brewing Efficiency with the UniBrau System: Grain in the Kettle and Beyond

    Maximizing Brewing Efficiency with the UniBrau System: Grain in the Kettle and Beyond

    Understanding the UniBrau System: A Deep Dive

    Brewing is an art that constantly evolves with innovations in technology and techniques. One such innovation that has been making waves in the brewing world is the UniBrau system. This system combines the functions of the mash tun and kettle into a single vessel, promising brewers increased efficiency and a streamlined brewing process. But with this innovation comes questions and discussions about grain making its way into the kettle. Is this really a significant concern? Does it matter, and could it potentially impact the quality of your beer?

    Meet the Brewmaster: Iain

    Before we delve into the UniBrau system and its relationship with grain in the kettle, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Iain, and I'm a professionally educated and trained brewer here at Brau Supply. I've had the privilege of brewing for various breweries, including Bomber and Big Rock in British Columbia. I've also served as the Head Brewer at smaller craft breweries and brewpubs. With this extensive background, I aim to shed light on the UniBrau system and its intricacies.

    Understanding the UniBrau System

    The UniBrau system is designed to revolutionize the brewing process by combining the mash tun and kettle functions into a single vessel. It's a departure from the traditional multi-vessel setups that many brewers are accustomed to. This innovation offers several advantages, including space-saving benefits and enhanced efficiency.

    Precise Temperature Control

    One of the standout features of the UniBrau system is its ability to maintain precise mashing temperatures. This is crucial during the mashing process, where enzymes are activated to convert starches into sugars. Fluctuations in temperature can lead to undesirable results, such as incomplete conversion or the development of unwanted flavors. With the UniBrau system, brewers can confidently execute step mashes, decoctions, and other temperature-sensitive techniques.

    Energy Efficiency

    In addition to temperature control, the UniBrau system offers energy efficiency benefits, particularly when equipped with electric heating elements. Unlike direct fire kettles, where heating can be less uniform and more challenging to regulate, electric elements provide consistent and even heating. This not only reduces the risk of scorching but also conserves energy during the brewing process.

    Streamlining Operations

    For breweries looking to maximize space and efficiency, the UniBrau system's compact design is a game-changer. Traditional multi-vessel setups can be cumbersome and require more floor space. The UniBrau system's consolidation of functions simplifies the brewing process, making it more accessible for smaller operations and homebrewers.

    Grain in the Kettle: Fact vs. Fiction

    Now, let's address the issue of grain in the kettle, a topic that has sparked numerous discussions among brewers. Most of the feedback regarding this concern comes from brewers who have heard about the issue rather than those who have experienced it firsthand. This raises the question: Is it a significant problem, or is it more of a perceived issue?

    So, here's to the UniBrau system, to innovation in brewing, and to the countless brews yet to be created! As we say in our brewing circles, #barleywineislife.

    Iain, signing off, and looking forward to the exciting journeys that lie ahead in the world of brewing! Cheers and happy brewing!

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