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Bottling

Bottling Day – Carpe Citravesa Homebrew

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June 28th, vacation has started for this teacher.  PHEW!  So how do I move forward?  How do I relax?  Well, I make it a bottling day for Carpe Citravesa.  I bust out about 40 bottles.  I know my batch will fit in it because I have some bombers in there….and I love bottling in bomber bottles!  One, it goes so much quicker.  Two, it makes it easier to share when out and about.  Three, they are just “cool”.

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Brewing

Brewing Carpe Citravesa

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Well, the school year is done.  This teacher, brewer, father gets to get caught up.  Two weeks ago, I threw together a new beer.  I didn’t realize that time had gotten that far away from me.  Carpe Citravesa was born.  Let’s look a bit at the beer and the name!IMG_20160611_160244511

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Father’s Day Wishlist – Gifts For the Homebrewer

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So Father’s Day is coming up.  A homebrewer should be a simple father to shop for!  My wife often asks me for a wishlist for major holiday shopping.  Often times I give a list of a few upgrades or needs.  Why not compile a list of things that can be a gift for any homebrewer!  I will split them up for price levels, so you can find things in any budget range.  This is just a starting list!  If you have any suggestions, add them in the comments below!

$9.99 and Under

This is a great category for little gift.  These are items that most brewers need on a usual basis.  They are a great gift from the kids to dad too!

Muslin Bags – These are great little bags for adding hops into your brew.  As a homebrewer, it seems like I am always picking these up….one can never have enough of them!

Long Stainless Steel Spoon – This is a great upgrade for most brewers.  The length makes it easier to not dip your hands into that boiling wort.

 

$10-$30 Range

10″ Anti Splash Funnel – nothing makes a wife happier than a brew transfer that doesn’t splash on the floor.

Every brewer, or beer drinker for that matter, has a need to transport some cold beer from point a to point b.  Enter the Insulated Six Pack Bottle Carrier With Opener.  Now, a buddy of mine has a similar thing, and he uses it weekly coming to our poker game.  Keeps your brewer’s beers cold and easy to carry.  A bottle opener included is a bonus!

 

$30-$50

The Kettle Spider™ makes it easier to add your hops mid boil, and remove them before it hits the fermenter.  This allows for a clearer beer setup.  In order to be used, you do need to add on a bag.

 

$50-$100

Torpedo Kegs – Kegging will make any dad’s day.  Stackable kegs….even better!  These stainless steel beauts are a brewer’s best friend.

 

$100 and more

Ss Brewtech Brew Bucket Stainless Steel Fermenter – Who doesn’t want a cool looking fermenter?  The conical design helps the trub stay out for clearer beer.

 

 

What’s on your list?

 

 

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