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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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Brewing – Phishin’ For Cookies Stout

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I realized that I am a but delayed in this post. I don’t know how I missed doing one for this. Well, my first outdoor brewing on my new burner was a blast! Here is the scenario: December 30, 2016… 9:30 PM…. 27 degrees….Felt like 15. I was streaming the Phish 12/30/16 show from MSG live. What a great way to start a brewing night!

The recipe that I am working with will turn out like an oatmeal raisin cookie stout, hopefully.

 

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Brewmaster’s Special Baking – Spent Grain Cookies

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So it has been a busy place around here. I have a bunch of posts to catch up on.  Today, I made a new treat.  I made some chocolate chip cookies with spent grains.  These are much different from the last bunch of beer cookies that I made.  I was working with a 1 gallon kit that I was reviewing, and it had some grains.  I just got the latest edition of Zymurgy, and there was a recipe right near the front….so I had to make some spent grain cookies!


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Interview With Jeff Stannard Of Stone Hard Hopyard

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After my review of the Bouncer beer inline filter, a comment popped in from a reader.  I noticed a cool website address attached to it…so I decided to investigate a little bit.  I got totally hooked!  Here was a guy who is in my state, and doing a hopyard!  So, I decided to contact him.  Jeff Stannard of Stone Hard Hopyard was kind enough to respond.  His website, starterhops.com is all about hops.  So let’s get to know him a bit!

 

Hey Jeff – Thanks for agreeing to an interview!

Hi Jerry!
 

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Interview With Doug Kline, Of The Bouncer Beer Inline Filter

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So a little ways back, I was able to test out and review the Bouncer inline beer filter.  I thought it would be a great time to pick the brains of the guys behind the product that is starting to take the homebrew community by storm!  There has been some great feedback about the Bouncer, and people are chomping at the bit to get the Mac Daddy, which is my favorite of the two!  Without further interruption, here is an insight with one of the Bouncer’s creators, Doug Kline.

 

Doug, thanks for agreeing to a quick interview about you and the Bouncer!

Thanks. Would I like to drone on about my favorite hobby? Sure!  I’m more of the brewer (of the two creators), so I’m going to respond.

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New Beers Resolutions 2017 – Resolutions From a Homebrewer

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Happy 2017 Homebrewers!  Last year, I set out on my New Beers Resolutions.  I figured it was time to revisit them, a year later and see how I am doing.  I think it is also a good time to set some new resolutions!  It is always to set goals, even in our homebrewing, to help elevate ourselves to a higher level.

Let’s look at what I resolved to do last year, and examine how I did with it!

 

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Beer Cookies – Homebrew, Chocolate Chips, Bacon, and Cayenne Pepper

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So holiday time rolls around, and parties are a plenty.  I had to come up with a new luncheon treat to bring to work, and I wanted to use my own homebrew in it somehow.  After some research I found this recipe.  Perfect! It uses beer, chocolate chips, bacon (everybody loves bacon, right?!?), and cayenne pepper.  As with most things, I had to do some modifications to make it my own and work with what I had at home, so here is what I came up with.

 

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Homebrew Beer Brined Turkey – The Bacon Brine Experiment 2016

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So for the second year in a row, I home brew beer brined a turkey.  I learned a few things from last year, and put them towards my quest of a GREAT turkey dinner.  This year I made some major improvements in the finished product, but I am still working on it.  The bacon homebrew brined turkey experiment of 2016 was off and running!

 

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