Apr 22, 2019
As we continue to move all of our content over to our new site, we're stealing an idea from Wikipedia to make it clearer when a link points to a PDF document or an external website. For example, for a link to an external site look for a little box with an arrow immediately after the link, like so. We're also changing how external links work: They will no longer be forced to open in a new browser window or tab. Instead, the same window will be used. You may still open any link in a new window or tab (all modern browsers on desktops, phones, and tablets allow this flexibility). For example, in Google Chrome SHIFT-click to open in a new window, or CTRL-click to open in a new tab. This way allows you the choice of what you want to do instead of forcing you to always open new links in a new window. Choice is good!
Apr 15, 2019
Brew now, pay later! Financing is now available, including 0% APR.
Mar 1, 2019
The Hop Stopper 2.0 Keg Edition is now available! No more blocked or clogged dip tubes or hop bits in your glass! Cheaper shipping on all Hop Stopper products is now also available, including discounted options for international shipping. See our Hop Stopper order pages for complete details.
Feb 1, 2019
New milestone! Our Electric Brewery is now used in over 60 countries.
Nov 20, 2018
Added dozens of new products to our shop, including pumps with optional custom cables with expandable sleeving and locking plugs, industrial pump extension cords, longer tri-clamp temperature probes, new DIN rail components, clearance items, and more! Build the perfect Electric Brewery by visiting our shop at shop.TheElectricBrewery.com.
Jul 13, 2018
Electric Brewery control panel kits now ship internationally. Different models available for brewing anywhere from 5 to 110 gallons (19-410L). Special 240V only versions available too for Australia, Europe, and more. Build the perfect open source brewery used by thousands in over 50 countries.
Jul 3, 2018
Launched a new online shop at shop.TheElectricBrewery.com. For years now we've had customers asking if they can purchase the same quality parts we use in our control panels and other components for their own custom builds. After almost 10 years of picking through manufacturers to source quality parts, it made sense that people wanted to use the same parts we do. While we've always offered custom invoicing, to make things easier we're now proud to announce a new online shop with 150+ products to help with custom builds. The same quality parts we use ourselves. We've also been able to drastically cut shipping costs, especially on international orders, as much as 50-75% in same cases! This new shop is completely mobile friendly too - use it on any device. Interested? Start building your perfect electric brewery any way you like by visiting our new Shopify store at shop.TheElectricBrewery.com. Lots more to come! Eventually our entire site (build instructions, articles, recipes, everything!) will be ported over to offer a completely seamless experience.
May 8, 2018
After a year of trials and testing, we're proud to introduce the ultimate hop filter: The Hop Stopper 2.0! Greatly improved performance and faster chilling to lock in those late addition hop flavours. Available exclusively at The Electric Brewery.
Sep 19, 2017
Our brew room was featured in a story by the Associated Press that was published by newspapers and websites across North America including ABC News, Washington Post, LA Times, Denver Post, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Daily Herald, San Francisco Gate, and the Toronto Star (to name a few).
Jul 23, 2017
Added an Electric Hop Candy Jr. (New England style Pale Ale) recipe. This is a lower alcohol 'sessionable' version of our Electric Hop Candy NEIPA. Same soft and pillowy mouthfeel full of juicy fruit-forward hop flavours and aromas, but with less alcohol.
May 24, 2017
Added a Belgian Super Saison recipe. Often referred to as Farmhouse Ales, Saisons are crisp and dry pale ales that are highly carbonated and feature fruity / spicy notes.
Apr 25, 2017
Added a new step by step guide for Water Adjustment. Proper control of water is an important step to brewing any style of beer consistently and successfully. It's yet another aspect in brewing that can take a beer from 'good' to 'great'.
Mar 12, 2017
Added an Electric Hop Candy (New England IPA) recipe. A unique IPA with a surprisingly soft and pillowy mouthfeel, full of juicy, fruit-forward hop flavours and aromas, with a subdued bitterness to enhance drinkability. Brilliant but hazy, as succulent as fresh tropical fruit.
Jan 10, 2017
Added a Deschutes Black Butte Porter recipe. A rich, creamy mouthfeel complements a layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Full of flavour, yet easy to drink. The flagship beer that started it all for the Bend Oregon brewery.
Oct 27, 2016
We co-authored an article with The American Homebrewers Association on How to Estimate Power Requirements for your Electric Brewery.
Jul 4, 2016
Our basement brewery was the featured 'Room of the Day' on Houzz.com.
Jun 14, 2016
Added a Kern River Double IPA recipe. A Gold winner at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, this double IPA includes massive citrus and tropical / fruit notes. Not overly bitter, this beer is often referred to one that is "liked by many that don't like IPAs, and loved by those that do."
May 18, 2016
Added a Dusseldorf Altbier recipe. A copper-coloured, cool-fermented and lagered ale, making it somewhat of a hybrid between ales and lagers. Clean-tasting, with an aromatic hop presence, some bitterness, a firm creamy head, a medium body, and a dry finish.
May 17, 2016
Tri-Clover (sometimes called Tri-Clamp) temperature probes with 2" flange and longer 6" and 8" probes are now available. See our temperature probes & parts order page.
May 5, 2016
Added a Schwarzbier recipe. A German black lager with light roast character, clean malt flavours, and the flowery, spicy notes of noble Hallertau hops. Cold fermentation and conditioning results in a beer with a clean, dry finish.
Apr 1, 2016
Looking to upgrade to all-stainless heating elements to avoid rust? We've added an article with hints and tips on replacing heating elements.
Mar 28, 2016
Added an English Mild recipe. An English style ale with lots of flavour but without all the alcohol, a beer that can be enjoyed all day. Lightly hopped, refreshing, and flavourful.
Feb 7, 2016
Added a Belgian Tripel recipe. A high alcohol Trappist beer with hints of spiced honey, soft banana, and cloves. Perfectly clear and golden yellow. A complex sipping beer, with a great deal of finesse and elegance.
Jan 23, 2016
Added a German Pilsner recipe. A crisp and dry lager brewed with harder water which helps accentuate the noble German Tettnanger and Hallertau hop flavours.
Jan 8, 2016
You can now follow us on Instagram to see photos and videos as we go about our day to day beer-related activities including brewing, fermenting, kegging, etc.
Nov 18, 2015
We've hit a milestone! Our Electric Brewery design is now used in over 50 countries.
Oct 22, 2015
According to Untappd, two of the top eleven rated breweries in Canada produce all of their award winning beers with on of our control panels by following our brewing process. Complete details.
Oct 21, 2015
Carolina Home and Garden magazine featured the Hoski's Electric Brewery which is based on our design and uses our prebuilt control panel and other electrical equipment. Complete details.
Oct 20, 2015
Win a FREE Thermapen Mk4 from TheElectricBrewery.com! Contest ends midnight Oct 24th (GMT-5).
Sep 9, 2015
Added a California Common recipe based on Anchor Steam Beer. A clean tasting lager with a deep amber color, thick & creamy head, and subtle grainy / toasty / caramelly notes, balanced by a firm hop bitterness. Crisp and quaffable.
Aug 8, 2015
Added a Belgian Wit recipe. A unique cloudy-white beer with very little bitterness, some spiciness, and a slightly sour / tart finish.
Jun 3, 2015
Brooklyn Brewery, one of the most respected and successful craft breweries in the United States, now uses our The Electric Brewery design and equipment for their pilot setup when developing new recipes. Complete details.
May 12, 2015
Straight 4500W and 5500W stainless steel heating elements are now available in our heating element kits and for order separately. Perfect for smaller kettles, RIMS based setups, or other places where ripple elements will not fit.
Apr 21, 2015
I recently had the pleasure of being asked to serve as part of the editorial review board of Brew Your Own magazine (BYO). Complete details.
Apr 20, 2015
Have you won any for the beers brewed on your electric brewery that is based on our design? If yes, congratulations! Post here and let everyone know the details.
Apr 13, 2015
Effective immediately all of our Heating Element Assemblies now ship with name brand Camco brand heating elements with a stainless base (will not rust). They are also available for order separately for those looking to upgrade. These heating elements are still ULWD (Ultra-Low-Watt-Density) ripple heating elements that are UL listed for use in US / Canada. ULWD means that they produce only 50W per square inch (7.8W per square centimeter) or less so as to not scorch or caramelize the wort. The best part: Our kit prices remain the same!
Apr 13, 2015
HERMS vs RIMS? We get asked this question all the time so we've put together an article to explain why we chose HERMS over RIMS for our design.
Apr 12, 2015
We are now affiliated with Amazon.co.uk (Europe) and Great Fermentations (USA). Hundreds of links have been added throughout the site to these two stores. Any purchases made using our links helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you! A complete list of affiliate links can be found in the footer below.
Mar 18, 2015
All thumbs but still want to assemble one of our control panel kits yourself? Pre-punched enclosures are now available in our control panel kits. This allows you to save time and helps ensure an exacting fit and finish with perfectly aligned controls and lights.
Mar 6, 2015
Are you building a brewing room from scratch? Consider installing this industrial fan speed control right in the wall instead of building a fan speed control box. This is what we did when we built our new brewery in 2013. After a year and a half of use it's still working great. We've now included it in our build instructions.
Jan 31, 2015
We helped BYO magazine host an informal chat on electric brewing. Complete transcript of the event is here.
Jan 10, 2015
Having problems sourcing your own meters or finding ones that match? Control panel volt meters, amp meters, and power supplies are now available for order separately. These are already included in our pre-built control panels and control panel kits.
Dec 8, 2014
Gift Cards are now available. Give the gift of electric brewing!
Nov 11, 2014
Added a recipe for Firestone Walker Double Jack. A double IPA with grapefruit and tangerine American hop aromas, accented by undertones of stone fruit and pine.
Oct 29, 2014
Texas Brewing Inc interviews Craig Gilbreath who built an electric brewery following our instructions.
Oct 25, 2014
In late 2014 Blichmann redesigned their kettles calling them the "BoilerMaker G2" and changed the standard ball valve for a proprietary "linear flow" valve. We recommend this be replaced. (Complete details and instructions)
Oct 7, 2014
Added a recipe for The Electric Pale Ale (sessionable version). This is a lower alcohol (4.3% ABV) version of our signature beer, perfect for those days when you're looking for all the flavour but don't necessarily want to feel the effects after having a few pints.
Aug 13, 2014
Added a Russian Imperial Stout recipe. A rich, deep, intensely flavoured full bodied ale with roasty, dry chocolate, almost tar-like sensations. This is a high alcohol sipping beer with rich / luxurious depth that can be aged for years.
Jul 15, 2014
Our basement brewery was featured in the July / August 2014 issue of Prime Living magazine.
Jun 7, 2014
Added a recipe for a New Zealand IPA. A combination of unique New Zealand hops produce a tropical punchbowl of flavours including passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon blanc grapes.
Apr 27, 2014
Added a recipe for Stone Enjoy By double IPA. Intense dank hoppiness, with flavours of peaches and hints of tropical fruits. Brewed and distributed to be consumed as fresh as possible to maximize the flavours produced by the medley of nine hops, including exciting new varieties such as Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin.
Apr 13, 2014
Added a recipe for Fuller's London Pride. A smooth and astonishingly complex UK beer, which has a distinctive malty base complemented by a rich balance of well developed hop flavours.
Mar 25, 2014
The Omega PTC-21 timer we use in our instructions appears to be discontinued and therefore hard to find. Use the Eagle B506-5001 timer instead. It is a direct replacement. Identical functionality and programming, no wiring changes required. Any other 90+ minute DIN 1/16 timer that can count down may also be used too of course, but the wiring and programming may be different.
Feb 14, 2014
Added pump lubrication instructions. While the pumps come pre-lubricated from the manufacturer, they should be lubricated again every year or two.
Jan 29, 2014
We're now affiliated with Kegerator.com. Thinking of purchasing a kegerator to serve your beer? Using this link helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you! A complete links can be found in the footer below.
Jan 19, 2014
Added a detailed hydrometer calibration procedure with a downloadable chart to ensure your hydrometer is accurate at multiple gravity readings.
Oct 17, 2013
Added a recipe for Russian River Pliny the Younger Triple IPA. Christened as best beer in the world by Beer Advocate in 2009, this Triple IPA has garnered a massive cult-like following over the years.
Oct 15, 2013
Added a Kolsch recipe. A clean, crisp, delicate beer with soft malt and hop character originally brewed only in Cologne.
Oct 14, 2013
The enclosures we include in our control panel kits are now custom made for us and result in less work for you: There is no need to move the ground post, no need to seal and sand the bottom cable plate, and no need to prime and paint as the enclosure is already professionally powder coated with an industrial flat textured charcoal / black finish.
Oct 13, 2013
A big congratulations to Norm Lecuyer and his team at Just Basements Ottawa. They've been awarded "best basement renovation" at the 2013 Ottawa Housing Design Awards with the work they did in creating our basement bar / brewery / home theater. (See pictures)
Sep 30, 2013
Tri-Clover (sometimes called Tri-Clamp) temperature probes are now available in two different lengths. See our temperature probes & parts order page.
Sep 19, 2013
We've put together a world map that shows countries where The Electric Brewery design is used. If you built our setup and your country is not listed, drop us a email.
Aug 12, 2013
We are now affiliated with ThermoWorks, makers of the highly accurate ThermaPen thermometer, perfect for calibrating your temperature probes / PIDs and all other instruments where accuracy is important.
Aug 1, 2013
We are often asked for specifics on how much it costs to brew with electricity, so we've added a breakdown of electrical costs to our FAQ.
Jul 4, 2013
Added a Bohemian Pilsner recipe. A medium-bodied beer with a rich, grainy malt flavour that is complimented by a spicy and floral hop character.
Jun 29, 2013
Added a Bell's Two Hearted Ale recipe. An American style IPA that uses only Centennial hops for a hoppy, but balanced finish. Very drinkable. Considered a truly historic beer by many.
Jun 21, 2013
Added a Bell's Hopslam Imperial IPA recipe. Six different hops in the kettle topped off with a big dry-hop of Simcoe results in a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes.
May 24, 2013
Need a longer temperature probe cable? Custom lengths and replacement cables are now available. See our temperature probes & parts order page.
May 20, 2013
We're now affiliated with Amazon.ca. Any purchases made using our links helps support our site at no extra cost to you. We thank you! A complete list of affiliate links can be found in the footer below.
May 8, 2013
We've always been a fan of the clean tasting American Chico yeast strain so 6 weeks ago we started an experiment comparing a popular dry version (Safale US-05) with the suggested liquid equivalent (Wyeast 1056). The experiment using two different beer styles is now complete and we've posted our results.
May 7, 2013
LoveBeerLoveFood.com has posted a review of our Electric Brewery complete with pictures. A quote: "This is the coolest, most badass homebrewing set up I’ve seen. Ever."
Apr 24, 2013
Added a Cream Ale / Standard Lager recipe. This is a crisp, clean tasting American style beer.
Apr 23, 2013
Added an English Pub Ale recipe. This is an easy drinking ale with a smooth, full-bodied malty flavour. Quaffable and refreshing. Heavily inspired by the commercial beer Boddingtons Pub Ale.
Mar 15, 2013
We love beers with huge hop flavours and aromas so yesterday we brewed up an experiment: The Electric Hop Stand Pale Ale with absolutely no hops added during the boil, but massive hops (a full pound's worth) added after the boil and held at specific temperatures. Our control panel with advanced temperature control in the boil kettle allows this (unlike a dial-type boil control). This process is used by new popular beers like The Alchemist's Heady Topper. We took pictures in our new brewery throughout the process so that you can follow along. The recipe is here.
Mar 11, 2013
We are now affiliated with OntarioBeerKegs (OBK) who sell various homebrew supplies and stainless steel hardware to Canadians (go Canada eh!). The parts lists in our build articles have been updated with links to OBK wherever possible. Support both OBK and The Electric Brewery at no extra cost to you by using our links. We thank you!
Feb 18, 2013
Over the last two weeks hundreds of small changes have been made to the build instructions to hopefully make them easier to use. A complete list of changes can be found in this forum thread.
Jan 28, 2013
Sales of our Complete Guide to Building your Brewery ebook are now handled by an Amazon S3 based service. Purchasing is now simplified.
Jan 14, 2013
Added a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA recipe. A spicy and rugged IPA with fruity, citrus and herbal hop notes balanced with the dry spiciness of rye.
Blichmann has just released specialized extensions for their 55 gallon kettles to increase capacity to 100 gallons. Perfect for a small 2 barrel nanobrewery.
Nov 10, 2012
50A control panels are now available for order completely assembled, tested, and programmed. Perfect for brewing larger 30+ gallon (1 bbl+) batches or back to back batches.
Oct 20, 2012
We wrote an article on electric brewing for the November 2012 'Tips from the pros' column of Brew Your Own magazine, on newsstands now.
Jul 27, 2012
Smaller HERMS coils customized for keggles and 10-15 gallon kettles are now available.
Jun 25, 2012
Added our West Coast IPA recipe. This is a beer with pungent and dank hop-aromas, blended with pine resin flavours. The combination is intense, for hop lovers only.
May 3, 2012
In 2011 we moved to a new house and then spent 6 months designing a new basement / bar / brewery / home theater. With a completely unfinished basement we were able to create something from the ground up exactly the way we wanted. Construction has now officially started. See the plans and follow the gory details right here. We'll be adding updates continuously as work progresses.
Mar 11, 2012
We've been asked a few times now by the do-it-yourself crowd if there's any way for people to test their control panel as they build it, so we've put together some testing hints / tips.
Mar 3, 2012
Added our Munich Helles recipe. This is a clean, malt-focused German lager with a gentle, bready malt character. It's a smooth, easy-drinking beer that is often consumed by the litre.
Feb 25, 2012
Added our Blonde Ale / Premium Lager recipe. One of our house favourites. It's a big hit with everyone who tries it as there's enough malt and hop flavour to keep the beer snobs happy (we don't use any corn or rice), but it's still light enough to not scare away the Bud / Miller / Coors drinkers. A beer that just about anyone who likes beer can enjoy.
Feb 25, 2012
Added our Weizen / Weissbier recipe. This is a pale, spicy, fruity, refreshing wheat-based German ale where the signature banana / clove flavour comes from the use of the unique Weihenstephan yeast.
Feb 18, 2012
We've added many new recipes including American Amber Ale, Janet's Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Pliny the Elder (IIPA), and Fuller's ESB. All available on our new Recipes page. Many more still to come!
Feb 12, 2012
Added control panel wiring changes for countries that run at 220-240V such as Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia (to name few).
Feb 8, 2012
We get asked all the time why we chose to go with discrete PIDs over some of the more automated solutions that are available today. Our FAQ answers this partially but people still keep still keep asking for more details, so we've put together an article that goes through the thought process and reasoning behind our design choice.
Dec 20, 2011
We've posted our American Barleywine recipe in our Recipes & Ingredients forum. It's been aging for 17 months now and has really turned out great! Hoppy and assertive with a strong malty backbone. It's been getting great feedback from everyone who tries it. Brew it yourself and tuck it away for a couple of years ...
Oct 10, 2011
We brewed our new Electric IPA today. This is an American style IPA that hits you with huge waves of hop flavour and aroma. See here for the complete recipe posted in our Recipes forum. Brew it and let us know how you like it!
Oct 8, 2011
Custom HERMS Coils are now available. Professionally manufactured to our specifications, ready for use in our electric brewery setup.
Sep 27, 2011
We've completely re-written our Brew Day: Step by Step guide. It now includes much greater detail and many videos. Learn how to use The Electric Brewery by brewing a Blonde Ale step by step.
Aug 11, 2011
Heating Element Assemblies are now available for order either completely assembled or in DIY kit form.
Jun 23, 2011
If you pick up a copy of the New York Times newspaper today there's an article on page D1 (just below the fold) that talks about homebrewers and mentions us. It unfortunately does not include any pictures of our setup as it was in pieces at the time awaiting a move to a new house. Unfortunate timing!
May 11, 2011
We've been featured at The American Homebrewers Association (AHA), publishers of the popular Zymurgy magazine for homebrewers and beer lovers. Interested in joining and getting the free magazine? Use this link when signing up as it helps support our site. We thank you! (The AHA accept members worldwide). We find that Zymurgy is more recipe / craft oriented while BYO magazine is more technical. We subscribe to both.
Apr 14, 2011
TheElectricBrewery.com has been featured in the 'homebrew drool systems' section of the May-June 2011 edition of Brew Your Own magazine, on newsstands now.
Apr 3, 2011
For those that want to assemble it themselves, Electric Brewery Control Panel kits are now available for order. Save time and money and get the right parts. All of our parts are also individually tested before they are shipped out to you.
Mar 29, 2011
We've been asked to be a guest this Sunday (April 3rd) on TheBrewingNetwork.com Sunday Session radio show. It'll be an (approximately) 90 minute interview / talk show with call-ins, starting at 5PM CST (8PM EST) where we'll talk about all things related to Electric Brewing. Tune in and listen and / or call in with questions.
Mar 28, 2011
Completely assembled, tested, and configured Electric Brewery Control Panels are now available for order.
Mar 9, 2011
Three new sets of products are now available: Custom temperature probes (either pre-assembled or in DIY kit form), control panel power cords, and control panel wiring kits. Complete details can be found in our shop.
Mar 1, 2011
Large black anodized heat sinks are nearly impossible to find at reasonable prices. We've partnered with a manufacturer to purchase these custom heat sinks in volume and then professionally anodized them in batches to reduce the cost. Complete details can be found in our shop.
Feb 14, 2011
The Complete Guide to Building Your Brewery electronic book is now available for immediate download. Over 380 pages of detailed step by step instructions with hundreds of pictures and diagrams.
Feb 2, 2011
Added PID controller and Omega PTC-21 timer setup instructions. This makes the 'Building you Brewery' section complete.
Jan 22, 2011
We've had requests from people for Electric Brewery aprons, t-shirts, stickers, beer mugs, etc., so we've set up a Cafe Press store.
Jan 18, 2011
Added a Parts List for Using Your Brewery. It's a list of all the extra items you'll need on brew day (as opposed to building your brewery).
Jan 18, 2011
Added an optional water hose to the Hoses article. This extra hose provides an easy way to fill the Hot Liquor Tank with cold water for brewing directly from a faucet. If you use city water like us, you will find this water hose useful. The parts required have also been added to our Parts List for Building.
Jan 16, 2011
We're offering an alternate method for cutting the 22mm holes in the control panel which results in cleaner, perfectly centered holes with the least amount of work. It involves using a punch to make the holes instead of exclusively using a step drill bit. This is now our recommended method for creating the control panel 22mm holes, especially if you do not own a drill press. Complete details.
Dec 30, 2010
We are currently in the process of working with a manufacturer in the US to help us build and sell our Electric Brewery setups to other passionate brewers. Stay tuned for more information.
Dec 25, 2010
The metric temperature probe we used in our Boil Kettle has been replaced with a slightly smaller probe that now includes a silicone washer and a stainless steel nut. The older probe is no longer available. A slightly smaller punch is now required. The Boil Kettle build instructions and Parts List for Building have been updated to reflect this change.
Dec 20, 2010
We've added a Parts List for Building to make it easier for readers to see a complete list of parts we used to build our Electric Brewery. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has also been added to cover some of the most commonly asked questions.
Dec 15, 2010
We've added a discussion forum where you can talk to other brewers about all things brewing related. Enjoy!
Dec 9, 2010
Added a Grain Mill article. Find out what sort of grain mill to use with your Electric Brewery.
Nov 24, 2010
Added an About Us page as people keep asking about our background.
Nov 23, 2010
Added a Control Panel (Safe start interlock) article. A safe start interlock only allows the control panel to power up if the pump and element switches are all in the OFF position. This interlock will also ensure that if power is ever cut, the pumps and elements will stay off until the operator turns them off and then resets the power. Adding a safe start interlock avoids harming the pumps, heating elements, and the operator.
Nov 22, 2010
Added this What's New page to make it easier for visitors to keep track of new additions to the site.
Dec 13, 2009
Launched TheElectricBrewery.com to share our design and help others build and electric brewing setup!