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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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Homebrew Review – Brewin’ Box Black IPA 1 Gallon Recipe Kit

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I was fortunate enough to get a Brewin’ Box Black IPA one gallon kit to give a whirl.  I have brewed two gallon kits before from Mr. Beer, but this was my first one gallon kit.  I was thinking a one gallon kit would give me a good idea of how it would be for apartment brewing, meaning brewing for those without a lot of space to ferment and store homebrew beer.  The Brewin’ Box Black IPA is listed as their flagship black IPA recipe. Let’s take a look at the kit and the brewing process.  At the end of review, I will share my thoughts and overall review!

 

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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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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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Carbonation Keg Lid – Brewing Hardware Review

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I was fortunate enough to score a Carbonation Keg Lid from the Weekend Brewer.  I decided that using it on a small 2.5 gallon keg was a good choice.  This is one of those tools that should be in every homebrewer’s inventory. I got this to work alongside of my new kegerator setup. To test it out, I used it on a small batch of SMaSHing Nuggets 2. I figured I would be able to truly compare my bottled beer to the kegged beer.


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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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Product Review – The BeerBox

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Product Review – The BeerBox   

 

This BeerBox review should be labeled WHY I GOT IT AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T.  I know, that is a harsh statement to start off a product review.    The concept – GREAT.  The actual product – great at first, but then downhill from there.

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I fell in love with the BeerBox the first time I saw the ad.  It was perfect.  A great way to get into the idea of larger scale “bottling” of my homebrew, without the need for a kegerator.  The Beer Box was a perfect size.  Small enough to fit into the bottom of my beer and wine fridge, large enough to bring to small gatherings, such as tailgating at a Buffalo Bills games or holiday parties.  The detachable CO2 injector was set up so it fit neatly into the design.  These guys thought of everything….or so I thought.  You can check out the whole product here: http://www.brewingtools.com/ Continue reading

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