SOLIDWORKS Electrical Video Series

Brewing with Electricity:
The SOLIDWORKS Brewery

Welcome to the SOLIDWORKS Brewing Mini-Series! This video series will demonstrate the use of an electric home brewing system while also relating back to our digital design of the brewery in SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

For each major step in the brewing process, you’ll find a detailed video that encompasses how SOLIDWORKS Electrical can relate to a brewing system and ultimately help when designing components and equipment. These videos are not only related to brewing equipment but ANY equipment that has circuitry incorporated within it.

Keep an eye out and your taste buds ready for more upcoming videos that show the process behind designing an electric home brewing system as well as several tips and tricks along the way.

Part 2: Preparing for our Brew Day

As we start our Brew day, we discuss the fact that there are many items that need to take place before we can simply start brewing. Preparations for our brew day are an important piece of the puzzle. The same goes for SOLIDWORKS Electrical – where we need to set up an implementation plan up front to help us get our jobs done faster.

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Part 3: Starting our Mash

Let’s begin part three with one of the first steps in the brewing process, Mashing. This is where we soak our grains in water at a controlled temperature in order to extract all the sugars which we need during fermentation. In order to control the temperature correctly, we are taking a closer look at our electrical cabinet – specifically the temperature control module and how we create its symbol within SOLIDWORKS Electrical.

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Part 4: Lautering and Sparging

Sugar plus yeast makes alcohol. The more sugar we have in our wort the more alcohol we will potentially have in our beer when it’s done. So the lautering and sparging stages help us to extract any remaining sugars we might have missed – which is a good thing. In our home brewing system, efficiency is important because we are limited by our overall space in the kitchen, so these two steps are performed in the same kettle. Efficiency is also important in our schematic designs. And to help, SOLIDWORKS Electrical has a tool known as Project Macros which can help us streamline our development and make our designs just that much more intelligent.

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Part 5: The Boil Phase

Now that we’ve rinsed our grains and captured all of the sugar, we need to bring our wort up to boil temperature. This boil phase is where we really start to notice a change due to the sharp aroma of our hops. However, none of this would be possible without some of the amazing equipment we are using as well. Learn how we can create what is known as a Super Part to account for all of the various components that make up one larger part – such as our kettle.

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Part 6: Pitching the Yeast

We’re almost done! There are just a few more steps we need to complete. Let’s take a closer look at our electric home brewing system and how it helps us get tasks completed faster and more efficiently – in particular when it comes time for pitching the yeast!

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Part 7: The Clean Up

We see our brew day has been a complete success! Now, it’s time for the clean up. We clean up our brewing equipment to ensure it’s in good working order for the next brew, and this same idea applies to our electrical projects. We need to maintain our projects by generating the proper reports. See how easy it is by watching the final video of this series, The Clean Up.

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