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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.

 

 


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For my build, I followed the basic plans that were outlined for the Denny Con Cooler Mash Tun.  I got the following items from Amazon to complete my project: Continue reading

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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.

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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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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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Brew Day Update: Steamin’ Kalifornia, My New 5 Gallon Keg, and a Carbonation Cap

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So I had to do some brewing.  The bug to brew a new batch was there after a trip out to Boston MA where I tasted QUITE a few great beers at four different breweries!  So I decided that I needed to fill my new 5 gallon keg with a batch of a style I had not tried before.  I figured something that was not crazy, but a good session like beer would be the best choice.  A California Common or Steam beer would be a great hang out and drink style.  Thus, Steamin’ Kalifornia was born.  I also had a few new toys, a 5 gallon keg and a carbonation cap.

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Drinking a great beer from Trillium while brewing this batch!

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StirStarter Review – A Great Upgrade For Your Homebrewing

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An important step in homebrewing is learning how to make a yeast starter.  The easiest way to get it going the right way, is to use a stir plate.  Enter the StirStarter.   Before I get into the review of the StirStarter, I think it is good to look at my history with starters.

 

This is a step that I really didn’t get into at the beginning of my brewing.  More often than not, I just used dry yeast….sprinkle and go.  Occassionaly, I used liquid yeast, but just did a smack pack…smack it and go.  

 

Well, then tried my first yeast starter.  I started with a 2 liter flask, and used an airlock.  DON’T USE AN AIRLOCK! ( The airlock does just that….it stops oxygen from getting in there, which is needed to promote good yeast growth).   I would walk by and give a little shake.  I got some propagation, but not nearly enough.  After finding out not to use an airlock, the next time, I used sanitized foil on the top of the flask.  That is the better choice.  Now I was moving forward and learning some stuff along the way….and that is what we should do, right?

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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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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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