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London Hackspace Brewing

A successful inaugural brewing session was held at the new Hackspace on the 2013_August_Open_Day.

Brewing as a "project" is being driven by Det, helped by Ross, overseen by Russ with equipment borrowed from B3cft.

Anyone can participate, even if you've had no experience before, there's always cleaning to be done. :)


A public Google sub-group exists for planning brewdays, discussing recipes and the like.

Other topics that affect the Space as a whole should be done on the main mailing list.

IRC: #london-hack-space-brewing on Freenode

Planned Brewdays:

Date Time Organiser(s) Beer
10/11/13 0900 Ross Unnamed Belgian Xmas Ale
17/11/13 1000 Det Undecided


Brewing will take place outside on or in front of the loading dock for various reasons, namely ventilation and easy access to running water.

As there's no fixed hose fitting that we've found, we'll be clamping a hose on to the bathroom tap just inside the roller door. This is used for the immersion chiller whilst cooling the wort. Thankfully there's also a drain below the loading dock.


B3cft has kindly loaned the space his setup The kit is to be considered Hackspace infrastructure and is not to be hacked, but can be used with respect. As always, please clean up after yourselves, and return the equipment to where you found it. (Mention the permanent location of the kit here)

Full list of brewing equipment at the Hackspace:

Item Quantity Owner Notes
Gas burner 1x B3cft
High pressure gas regulator 1x B3cft Replaced the perished hose, but could do with a longer one.
13kg Propane tank 2x B3cft & Hackspace (hired)
80L Stainless mash tun 1x B3cft
Converted keg kettle 1x B3cft
29L Brupak Electric Boiler 1x Det Good for HLT. Element needs regular cleaning to prevent gunking up the thermostat
25L fermenting vessels 4x Det & Ross All complete with bungs & airlocks
19L Cornies 8x B3cft Some require servicing. (perished o-rings, dodgy quick release valves, etc.)
Cornie taps & connectors 3x pairs (?) B3cft Gas & Liquid pair (Gray = gas, Black = liquid)
Copper immersion chiller 1x B3cft
Hose and fittings 25m Hackspace (Bathroom tap adapter and hose connector)
Refractometer 1x B3cft
Brew belt 1x Ross
Thermometer & Hydrometer 1x Ross

Brewing equipment available but not at the Hackspace:

Item Qty if >1 Owner Notes
Mash tun (25L) 2 Ross & Det



See this sub-page for a current stock list.

Gas bottle refills can be obtained from: They'll deliver and take away the empty for £32.50.

We currently have a 13kg propane tank and an 11kg, both with a standard 27mm screw-in regulator. Please make sure there is always one full. If one runs out and you start the new one, send an email to the LHS Brewing group to let us know, and perhaps start a pledge for a refill.

Gas status:

  • 11kg - Empty
  • 13kg - 4 brews used.


Local water composition for Bethnal Green from Thames Water Quality Report 2012:

CaCO3 Calcium(Ca) Magnesium(Mg) Sulphate(SO4) Sodium(Na) Chloride(Cl) Fluoride(F)
280.2mg/l ?? ?? 57.3mg/l 39.9mg/l 55.4mg/l 0.18mg/l


In Progress

Project Description Owner Status
Realtime Beer Stats Hack the Wii Balance Board to weigh the cornies in the kegerator Det & Jonty Can get stats from the Wii balance board. Need to build 2x shelves to put into the fridge. Have an RPi ready.

Up For Grabs

Project Description Owner Status
Sparge Arm Build a better fly sparge arm. Doesn't have to be a rotating one Up for grabs Worth doing? We do already have a little fly sparge arm that can be hacked.
Hose Install an outdoor hose tap. eg. & Up for grabs Requires buying the kit and a volunteer.
Spent Grain Find something to do with the spent grain Up for grabs


Project Description Owner Status
BrewPi Temperature controller/grapher/etc. Det brewbot complete. Still yet to hook up the solid state relays to anything.


From time to time we need to buy new things, be it consumables like propane, or new kit like a new boil kettle.

Current Pledges

Completed Pledges

Miscellaneous stuff to buy:

  • 3/8" pp beer line (clear)
  • Corny disconnect push-type (John Guest) for 3/8"

Some suggested logos for the group

LHS barrel.svg LHS barrel pump.svg LHS barrel2.svg LHS barrel2 pump.svg LHS barrel2 tap.svg


See HomeBrew for other info and older discussions about brewing at the Space.