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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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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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