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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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