Malting kiln controller for preparing beer brewing grains

A quick primer is in order: when it comes to hobby brewing there’s two main types, extract brewing and all-grain brewing. The former uses a syrup that has been extracted from the grains at a factory while the latter adds the steps to do this yourself. But in both cases the brewing grains have already been malted. This is a careful process of soaking the grains and then kiln drying them. [Richard Oliver] built his own malt kiln controller to add the preliminary step to his home brewing ritual. Now the only thing he’s not doing himself is growing the grains (and perhaps culturing the yeast).

His original design used a food dehydrator for the drying step, but this didn’t work because the temperature wasn’t at the correct level. The new build uses the ceramic heating element from a 300W hot air gun. A blower directs air through the element and into the wooden box that serves as the kiln. An Arduino monitors the heated air to keep it right in the sweet spot. He’s included a graphing GUI for easy monitoring, which is shown in the video after the break.

Comments

  1. Frank Cohen says:

    Nice work. I think I am going to stick with buying malts for now though.

  2. Jgreendyk says:

    That is taking the hobby to the next level. I’m not there yet.

  3. Chris says:

    Good to know for after the zombie apocalypse, but as long as I can buy a bag of 2-row for a reasonable price I’m good leaving the tedious parts to the maltsters.

    • ar0cketman says:

      Meh. I’m starting to grow my own grains and obviously looking to preserve the crop. No better way than brewing beer! Love this project on automating barley malting, looking for similar projects on other grains, such as oats and such.

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