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FastFerment Conical Fermenter Setup and Overview

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For Christmas, I got the FastFerment Conical Fermenter as well as a few of the accessories.  So I decided to do a quick setup and overview of it as my first video done for the website.  I will do a full review of it after I use it on an upcoming brew.

A few things to note:

  1.  I needed another quarter turn of the main valve assembly, and I found this out during my water test.
  2.  I forgot the carrying strap that I got as well.
  3. I need to boost my audio next time  (sorry)
  4. I should put away the kids’ games before videoing…..I got excited and blasted ahead without cleaning.

 

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Interview Series – Homebrewer Style!

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One of the best ways to learn about something is get information from people who have been doing it longer, have had more mentors, and have more information available to them.  So, I figured why not check in with some homebrewers on the internet, as well as homebrewers from my local area who have made the jump to commercial brewing.  Thus, the birth of the Homebrewer Interview Series!

As a starting point, I contacted Chris from HOMEBREWFINDS.COM.  You will notice that I mentioned Chris’s site in a past post and I find myself checking it often.  I reached out to Chris to see if he would be willing to chat with me, or type some answers to a few probing questions.  He agreed, so here we go!  The interview will be posted soon!

 

I am working on getting some more interviews set up….so stay tuned!

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Brewing Homebrewing

Brew Day – Making Dad Show Brewing Challenge

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Back in the Fall, I was on the Making Dad With Chip and Zach.  After they tasted my Too Hot Mama, Zach quickly fired out a challenge for my next beer, a cookies and cream beer.  Challenge accepted.  For my first attempt at this challenge, I chose to whip up a “quick” 3 gallon batch.  I did this while NOT watching the State of the Union Address, but rather made my own State of the BREWnion address.  While steeping the grains, I watched a little Moonshiners on DVR and drank some tasty suds. Continue reading

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Why Use A Conical Fermenter?

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In the realm of brewing, there are just a few equipment upgrades that really make a big difference in your brewing process.  The big thing?  A conical fermenter.  When you visit a brewery of any commercial scale, they are not using a bucket brewing system like most home brewers.  They don’t have carboys lined up.  They have large shiny conical fermenters.  These pieces of equipment for homebrewers are like vision of sugar plums dancing in children’s heads.

So on my wishlist for the holidays this year was a conical fermenter.  I knew that a bright shiny stainless steel one was not an option, so instead I asked for a more affordable and movable one.  I went for the FastFerment Concical Fermenter.  I chose this one for a few reasons.  The price point was right on, there were a bunch of add-on accessories,  and it was movable.  I will post a full setup and review of it in the future. Continue reading

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Bottling

Bottling Day – Lt. Topper Reports For Duty

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Today I bottled the Lt. Topper.  It is a Heady Topper clone.  OG 1.080 and FG 1.020 for a abv of 8.1%.  The true Heady Topper rings in at 8%…o not too far off!  The 6.5 gallon pre-boil ended up as 4.75 gallons going into the bottling bucket.  This left about half a gallon or so of trub between the bottom of the carboy and the bottom of the bottling bucket.  It is unfiltered, so there was lots of tasty greens left behind from all those hops additions.  Now to wait a few weeks and see how it carbonates!

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Finished Homebrew Beer Brined Turkey

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Well, Tommy The Turkey tasted pretty darn good!  As you can see, he turned a nice golden roasted color.  My homebrew beer brined turkey experiment was a success!

 

As far as taste, the saltiness of the brine was definitely present.  The turkey was juicy.  The flavor of the two beers I used, a pilsner and SMASH made with nugget hops, was very present, but not overpowering.  My boys loved it.  The in-laws definitely liked it.  Even my wife, who doesn’t love turkey or beer, said it was good.  Leftovers stayed very juicy and moist.  When reheated, there was a smell of brew in the air.

 

Would I do it again?  SURE WOULD!  Next time, I would definitely get the bigger ziplock bags (5 gallon size).  I may soak it for longer.  I would definitely go bigger than the 14 pound bird I used this year.

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Beer Brine Your Turkey With Homebrew

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Tis the season to be FOWL…..Ok, maybe you just want to try something different with your fowl.  Thanksgiving is the perfect time to showcase your home brewed beer.  This year, my 14 pound Tommy the Turkey is making a 2 day swim in a homebrew beer brine before I give him a little roasting.

I read an article in BYO magazine about using homebrew to beer brine your turkey.  After a quick discussion with the powers that be, I put the plan into motion.   Continue reading

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