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Interview With Doug Kline, Of The Bouncer Beer Inline Filter

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So a little ways back, I was able to test out and review the Bouncer inline beer filter.  I thought it would be a great time to pick the brains of the guys behind the product that is starting to take the homebrew community by storm!  There has been some great feedback about the Bouncer, and people are chomping at the bit to get the Mac Daddy, which is my favorite of the two!  Without further interruption, here is an insight with one of the Bouncer’s creators, Doug Kline.

 

Doug, thanks for agreeing to a quick interview about you and the Bouncer!

Thanks. Would I like to drone on about my favorite hobby? Sure!  I’m more of the brewer (of the two creators), so I’m going to respond.

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Homebrew Talk

New Beers Resolutions 2017 – Resolutions From a Homebrewer

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Happy 2017 Homebrewers!  Last year, I set out on my New Beers Resolutions.  I figured it was time to revisit them, a year later and see how I am doing.  I think it is also a good time to set some new resolutions!  It is always to set goals, even in our homebrewing, to help elevate ourselves to a higher level.

Let’s look at what I resolved to do last year, and examine how I did with it!

 

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Homebrew Beer Brined Turkey – The Bacon Brine Experiment 2016

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So for the second year in a row, I home brew beer brined a turkey.  I learned a few things from last year, and put them towards my quest of a GREAT turkey dinner.  This year I made some major improvements in the finished product, but I am still working on it.  The bacon homebrew brined turkey experiment of 2016 was off and running!

 

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Bouncer And Bouncer MD – Product Review Of Two Homebrew Beer Filters

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Have you ever paid attention to any of those” suggested posts” on Facebook?  More often than not, I just swing right by.  One did catch my attention though, it was for the Bouncer.  I am glad I took the time to really check it out, and contact Tim and Doug about what looked to be a really cool product.  Homebrewing is filled with gadgets, and guys find really cool ways to to fix problems we run into.  The Bouncer and the Bouncer MD solve all sorts of floating issues!  It is two different beer inline filters that accomplish great things!  So here is my product review of the Bouncer and Bouncer MD home brew beer inline filters.  If you want the cliff notes, the answer is yes….go buy it….you won’t be disappointed.  Oh wait, you want more details?  Read those below.

 

 

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Brewing Homebrew Talk

Speed Cider Update – Split Testing Into 4 Types

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So my next chapter of the speed cider has begun.  But not before I let the speed cider go for a little longer then I expected…though I am glad I did.  The cider kept perking away, so I let it.  The T-58 cleared up from the cloudy cider to almost the same color!  Amazing!  Now it was time to split the two batches in half, and have a little fun with it!

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Brew Day Update – PSA BAG YOUR HOPS

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We interupt this primary fermentation for the following Public Service Announcement….  BAG YOUR HOPS!

Well, I am at about 36 hours since pitching my yeast starter into my maple rye imperial stout.  I have had issues.  At 6 hours post pitching, I removed the airlock parts and attached a blow-off tube to a growler.  at 18 hours, my wife texted me and told me the growler had been put into a pot since it was bubbling over.  At 19 hours, she noted that some beer was dripping out of the top of the fermenter – it popped the screw top off the big mouth bubbler enough to let some through.  Not a ton of cleanup, but enough.

At 30 hours, I noticed the bubbling had stopped in the growler.  I found out that all those loose hops have been pushed above the krausen level and made basically a big, wet, sticky stopper between the CO2 and the blow-off tube….hence stopping lots of escaping gas from that outlet.  Poke a hole in said layer and the bubbling resumed.

Takeaways from this?  DON’T BE LAZY and not CONTAIN YOUR HOPS.  Use a muslin bag, a reusable bag, or a hop spider.  Don’t just put a few ounces of whole hops in….it may make for more work for you in the long run.

We now return to our regularly scheduled fermentation.


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Brotherhood Brew #2 – All Grain Style With Quiet Storm Brewing

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So, a few months back I got together with a few fraternity brothers for a night of brewing and tasting.  It is always great to get together with some great guys, taste some great beers, and see how others run their brew processes.  The first brotherhood brew was at my house, when I made Commandant Pliny.  This time, we went to Bill’s house.  Bill and Jeff were brewing that night, both are brewers for Quiet Storm Brewing Co.

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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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Bottling Homebrew Talk

Bottling Day: Commandant Pliny of the Clone Wars Homebrew Series

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Today was bottling day for my Pliny the Elder homebrew clone, Commandant Pliny.  This is the second brew in my Clone Wars series.  This homebrew was made back in February, during a beer tasting with buddies.  It was nice to bottle just 25 total bottles.  I used 20 bottles that were 20 oz or bigger, which made the process go much faster.  Once I get a kegerator up and running, I can see this getting even quicker!

 

During the bottling I also drank a New Belgium Ranger IPA.  Very tasty if you haven’t gotten a chance to try one!IMG_20160412_195458211 

 

Some things I pondered:

  • The new bottling wand with the spring is a HUGE help.  I had less than 3 drops of spillage the whole time.  This is a big thing considering there was so much hop material in the beer from all that hops.
  • I had just short of 4.5 gallons go into the bottling bucket. Of that, I actually bottled just short of 4 gallons due to sample testing, and massive amounts of hops sludge that made it in through the siphon.  I didn’t want to have bottles that were hop sludge depositories.  

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    Lots of hops residue

  • I left it in the secondary longer than needed.  I am not sure what this will do to the overall flavor, but the hopping schedule for the dry hopping for the bottling was almost spot on.
  • I did have some loss from the transfer and yeast collection, next time, I think I will push a little more volume at initial fermentation to get more bottles next time.
  • The idea of a beer tasting while brewing was a great one.  In fact, one of the tasters is hosting a group of us this weekend while he brews and we taste again!  Woohoo! I look forward for a little reporting back from that night.
  • I am looking forward to the reuse of the WLP001 yeast that I harvested.  I got hopefully a viable amount to use in the future.  I will also look into making over sized starters with fresh yeast, and splitting them in the future as well….this would alleviate the hop trub to decant with super hoppy brews like this one.
  • I probably won’t be able to taste this side by side with Pliny the Elder.  I have had it before, but it is tough to procure here in NY State.  Oh well…..it should be a tasty beer either way.

 

 

 

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Nice golden color to this one!


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