The Growler Bro review, a tasty way to tweak your beers. So way back in July, I met up with the guys from Bouncer, and they told me about the new product coming out…. the GROWLER BRO. They gave me a prototype to play around with. Well, the real version is out now! I played around with a pack of three of the Growler Bro. If you want, you can see it in action with a video form here. So, initial thoughts on the Growler Bro. This is another awesome product that I didn’t know I needed. Tim and Doug do an amazing job at showing us things that we need in our homebrewing box of tricks.Continue reading
One sponsor of this website is the Bouncer Beer Filter. I have done some reviews for Doug and Tim for a little while now. I can say that I truly enjoy their products. They are open to feedback. I have always corresponded via instant messages or by email. I now know… it’s official, Tim and Doug are real, and they are not like Milli Vanilli! They are who they say they are; beer guys with some awesome homebrewing products. Meeting them in person was a blast!
So, in the daytime job, I am a teacher. It is not often that we get to travel for “work” . So, when the Beer God smiles, it is time to drink! I had a unique opportunity that sent me to a conference in Wilmington NC. Can you guess who is there? Yep, Tim and Doug from Bouncer, and they call this their hometown area. So I scheduled a meetup with the guys at their go to drinking hole, the Wilmington Brewing Company. A Sunday afternoon meeting for shenanigans and business discussions sounded perfect! We talked about current product offerings and a few things in the works.
So the guys at Bouncer Beer Filters have come up with a new idea, the Boil Bro. They sent one off to me to review in a real world brewing situation. I have used on three batches now, and I am quite happy with it. It it even helped me save a batch! So here’s my Boil Bro review, what I think of it, and will it be good for you.
The Boil Bro Setup
The Boil Bro is a good sized mat. The rubber backing allows it to stay in place on a table or counter, with no slipping. Continue reading
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.
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!
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.
Parts Needed For The Build Continue reading
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.
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
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
Dimensions: 18″ x 18″ x 13″. Weight: 13.8lbs.
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.
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.
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.