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Holiday Stocking Stuffers For Homebrewers

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So it is that time of year, when you are looking to find some gifts or holiday stocking stuffers for the homebrewers in your life.  Here is a list of some great ideas that any homebrewer would like, or wouldn’t care if they got more of!

  • Bouncer Inline Filter – I can’t say enough about these.  I love them!  I have both sizes for my brewing setup.  There are different guage screens for more filtering options.  I can’t wait to hack out my Mac Daddy to see other way I can push the limits of homebrewing with!
  • PBW Cleaner – Cleaning and sanitation are always something that homebrewers need to do.  This gift may not be the sexiest and exciting, but this would open up the brewing budget to later get something fun instead of needed!
  • Refractometer – The thing of finding out your abv levels of your beer is the fact that you need to waste beer to find out how wasted it could get you (see what I did there?).  The refractometer is a great addition that means you need just a few drops to test the levels of your beer rather than a bunch of ounces.
  • Spray bottle – This is just a nice little addition that I learned about by reading homebrewfinds.com .  I love the handiness of sanitizer for spraying things down in a jiffy.  Why waste a bunch of sanitizer with just pouring it out, spraying things down is just as effective.  I even use it sometimes when I am running my smoker and using the thermometer on uncooked meat.
  • Boil Bro – This is the new product from the guys who brought us the Bouncer.  It is awesome.  A large placemat to help you organize your brew day, take notes, and even carry a bunch of stuff easily.  Take a pic of your notes before you clean it off, and you have a great way to chronicle what happened during your brew day.   I have a review of it coming soon.
  • Digital Scale – Measuring hops, dextrose, or anything else is a great thing.  The more precise you become, the better your beer gets.  This will help you replicate your successes!
  • Growler – Who doesn’t want a fancy metal growler to bring their homebrew to a buddy’s house?  I have a few, since I sometime give them to people to borrow…for some reason they always return empty…  I have done some reviews of a few.

There you have it.  A few things to help fill out your holiday shopping for your favorite homebrewer!

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Brewing At A New Location

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So over the summer, I moved.  It is now a whole new brewing experience at a new brewing location.  You don’t realize just how set in your ways you get, till you can’t use those ways any more.  It was time to try out the new home brewery location, and try to make a new beer style that I had not tried before.  Granite Milkshake is a milkshake IPA that was formulated by yours truly, Brewmaster Jerry.  Let’s take a peak at how things went.


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New Sponsor! BOUNCER Inline Beer Filters

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So Adventures in Homebrewing Beer has a new sponsor!  Bouncer has agreed to sponsor the site.  As a result, look for more “trials” of the filter that I reviewed very early on in their product history.  I am in the works of a project that will hack the Bouncer MD into a whole new world – keep you eyes open!

Not sure what the Bouncer Inline Beer Filter is?  Head over to their website HERE.  Looking for what I have said about the Bouncer in the past?  Check out my original post here and my review of the new filter.

 

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Equipment Review: A Tale Of Two Growlers

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Since I have begun using my kegerator more, the need to transport growlers of beer has increased.  This is especially true with any NEIPA that I brew up.  So, I have begun the process of getting more 64 oz growlers.  My wife had gotten me a 32 and 64 oz growlers a while back, but I was always chasing after them after lending them out.  So I watched Homebrew Finds, and ran into two different 64 oz, vacuum sealed, metal growlers to add to my expanding beer sharing inventory.  I got the Zell 64 oz Growler and the Swig Saavy 64 oz Growler on two different deals through Amazon.

 

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Equipment Review: Bouncer MD 50 Gauge Screen

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So you got yourself the Bouncer MD.  Then you think, wait….I need a finer filter for your Bouncer MD? Don’t worry…they have that covered with the new 50 gauge screen replacement! If you haven’t checked out my original review of the Bouncer MD, you can find it here.  I didn’t snap any pictures during my first use of the new filter, but I think the video does a good job of showing just how good the new 50 gauge screen does in filtering!

 

Overall, I think this is a great addition to an already great product!  Tim and Doug are right on with the addition of this filter.  They also have some pretty cool “hacks” for other ways to use the Bouncer, so check those out on their Facebook page!

 

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Equipment Building – Recirculating Draft Line Cleaner

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So Chris from Homebrewfinds.com is a very ingenuitive builder when it comes to projects for your homebrewing aresenal.  I had read about his recirculating draft line cleaner before I got my kegerator from my grandfather.  Now that I had draft lines that needed to be cleaned, it was time to get to work.  This is something that you definitely NEED if you have a kegerator or keezer at home.


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Equipment Building – AHA Cooler Mash Tun

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A time comes in a homebrewer’s career that he or she decides to take another step.  For me, it was time to do some all-grain brewing.  Sometimes, there is a huge outlay in equipment costs to get you to that point, but fortunate for me, I had some great gear already, and just needed to add the mash tun.  After some research, I decided to build the AHA Cooler Mash Tun.

 

 


Parts

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Homebrew Review – Brewin’ Box Black IPA 1 Gallon Recipe Kit

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I was fortunate enough to get a Brewin’ Box Black IPA one gallon kit to give a whirl.  I have brewed two gallon kits before from Mr. Beer, but this was my first one gallon kit.  I was thinking a one gallon kit would give me a good idea of how it would be for apartment brewing, meaning brewing for those without a lot of space to ferment and store homebrew beer.  The Brewin’ Box Black IPA is listed as their flagship black IPA recipe. Let’s take a look at the kit and the brewing process.  At the end of review, I will share my thoughts and overall review!

 

What’s Included

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Brewing With Friends – Outdoor Brewing At It’s Best

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So, I am loving this snow day!  I am getting caught up with a bunch of website stuff!  A few weeks ago, I had a great time doing an outdoor brewing with my buddy Sully.  You may remember him from my outdoors brewing session with him last year.  This time, he was brewing his first 5 gallon batch.  How could I say no?  I of course couldn’t let him have all the fun, I brewed a 5 gallon batch as well!

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Homebrewing Equipment Review – Bayou Classic SP10 Propane Burner

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So to expand my brewing gear, I got the Bayou Classic SP10 burner as a Christmas gift.  This is a great purchase, as it allows me to brew outdoors.  My wife wins too, as she is not a huge fan of the smell of boiling wort in the house!  Honestly, this is a great burner for the homebrewing application.

This burner sports the following specs per Amazon:

•14″ diameter cooking surface
•13″ tall welded steel frame
•4″ cast iron burner
•10-PSI adjustable regulator
•48″ high pressure stainless LPG hose
•360°egree windscreen protection
•Wide leg design for stability
•Designed to hold up to a 100-qt stockpot
•185,000 BTUs
Dimensions: 18″ x 18″ x 13″. Weight: 13.8lbs.

Some Thoughts:

A few things to keep in mind.

  • The 10 PSI regulator is a higher pressure regulator.  Some people are looking for a 20 PSI one, but this is perfectly good for the application.  The regulator is the green one with the red part in the picture.

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