What is it all about?
A HERMS ( Heat Exchanged Recirculating Infusion Mash System) is basically a system used by home brewers to perform their mashing, either partially automated or fully automated. Most systems consist of some method of heating the mash other than applying direct heat to the bottom of the mash tun. Some use a heat exchanger, others use a tube or pipe with a heater element inside it and still others do use direct heat applied to the mash tun.
Nearly all systems use some kind of pump to circulate the wort being produced in the mash tun (thereby the Recirculating part of the HERMS name!).
This web site is designed to help the home brewer, at any level, understand the HERMS method of brewing . It helps to have all the relevant facts (? huh) together when undertaking construction of a HERMS brewery. I started brewing with extract malts. I had brewed many gallons of fine beer, wheat beer, ales and had progressed to lagers. However, I found that I could not get the type of extracts needed for fine pale ales and delicate lagers. So, all grain brewing was the only option. Being a gadget head, HERMS was for me. The pictures I saw of these systems and the clear wort and high gravity yields produced was what turned me towards this system of brewing. So browse around, learn what I know, email me and teach me what you know!
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Currently the selection available at home is:
- California Common
- Belgian Strong Dark Ale
- empty tap
At last I got around to converting the website from a static format to a new dynamic format that allows me to post stuff real time. It means I can keep recipes up to date, post when and what I am brewing, what is on tap etc.