This equipment review for the Bouncer Pro is a little different than my other reviews. The Bouncer Pro is the newest toy from the guys at Bouncer. I was lucky enough to have an avenue to test it out and see how it works. The Bouncer Pro is a much larger Bouncer product that is made for professional breweries, rather than the homebrewer. So I brought it to Rising Storm Brewing Company in Livonia NY to test it out.
Rising Storm Brewing Company is a relatively new brewery in the expanding Rochester NY(and surrounding areas) craft beer. They are located on a nice piece of property that houses their 30 barrel brewhouse and gives some great opportunities for outdoor events. Billn Blake and Jeff Reidl are the owners and brewmasters. They graciously allowed me in to have some fun with the new Bouncer Pro.
Dehydrating kveik yeast in a food dehydrator. A “new” concept applied to an “old yeast”. I have come up with a “new” way to make dried kveik yeast. That is probably one of the coolest properties of kveik yeast. So let’s look at how I got here, and what I am doing. I am not an expert, just a guy who is dabbling in the world of kveik.
My Background With Kveik
So I fell into the rabbit hole of kveik yeast. I found myself constantly searching for any information that I could find. It was really great to run into the information from Lars on the Larsblog, who is like the godfather of kveik in the brewing culture around the world. He may not have been the one that found it, but he documented in research, and gave me and others so many things to learn about.
Every gameday needs a good dish to consume at it, and homebrew chili is a great choice. “Why homebrew beer in the chili?” may be your next question. The answer is a simple one…. why not?!?
I make most of my chili on the Camp Chef smoker now. I love that smokey taste infused into my meals. When it is reheated, the smoker smell comes out. With the smoker, you lose more moisture, in my experience, than making it in a crock pot. This beckons you to add more liquid!
I have made my chili with stouts, ales, and ciders that I have made. I used to always put a can of our local Genesee beer into my chilis in the crock pot. Once I started to brew, it became common place to put my beer in there. Once I started kegging, it got even easier!
Here is my base “healthy and fresh” chili recipe that helped me win a contest at work, I hope it helps!
1 lb 90% lean ground beef ($3.29/lb)
1 lb turkey sausage ($4.39/lb)
40 oz dark red kidney beans ($1.79.can)
29 oz diced tomatoes – chili style ($0.79/14.5 oz can)
4 oz diced mild green chilies ($0.99/4 oz can)
16 oz parmesan romano tomato sauce ($1.49/jar)
1 FRESH garlic clove – minced ($0.75/head)
1 FRESH green pepper ($1.99/pound)
1 FRESH poblano pepper ($3.99/pound)
1 FRESH small onion ($0.99/pound)
8 fl oz brewed espresso coffee ($9.99/pound)
1 oz unsweetened 100% cacao ($2.39/4oz)
1 package chili seasonings ($1.50/packet)
¼ cup parmesan bread crumbs (mix parmesan cheese and bread crumbs)
1 bay leaf
Smoke the ground beef and ground turkey, In a large skillet, add freshly pressed minced garlic and diced onion. Finely shave cacao into small shavings. Dice green peppers and poblano peppers into pieces about 1 inch by ¼ inch. Add undrained kidney beans, undrained diced tomatoes, as well as the diced chilies to skillet. Mix them up. Pour in the espresso and beer. Sprinkle the package of chili seasoning across the top. Add meat mixture and tomato sauce, stir to mix. Sprinkle bread crumbs and cacao shavings across the top and mix evenly. Drop in bay leaf. Cook on smoker for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally. Break up and add the meat after about 3 hours.
Another choice of a quick recipe from ready to use ingredients.
2 big cans of stewed tomatoes
3 cans of chili beans
1 large can of pinto beans
2+ pounds of ground beef
1 pound ground sausage
a few diced hot peppers of your choice
1 onion diced
boatload of your spices – chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt, paprika, cinnamon, ground coffee, dark chocolate (ground up or shaved), cayenne pepper, oregano, mustard powder, and anything else you want to throw in
Favorite Flavors For Homebrew Chili?
What is your favorite beer in chili? Drop an answer in the comments below. Have any ingredients to add? Am I missing something? Lemmie know!
Smoked Pumpkin Imperial Stout, a new creation from Brewmaster Jerry! It brings together two thing I love, brewing beer and smoking foods. So for another try at something different, I decided to smoke some pumpkins. It is really cool, I sourced the pumpkins from a former student. He grows them, and then gives a bunch of money to charity. So, this is a brew with a good cause being supported from it.
Time to get another piece of equipment, and time for the Cereal Killer Grain Mill review! This is a great piece of equipment that any all grain brewer should have in their arsenal. It took me a while to get one, as I often crushed my grain at the LHBS. Tired of paying a premium, and having access to some great uncrushed grain from Murmuration Malts, it showed me it was time to upgrade my equipment. If you are a video type person, fly over here to see it, and give me a follow!
A single hop experiment can be fun. When you are looking for a great brew to make over and over again, you have to have a good recipe. You also want to have a little variety in hops so you can have some fun too. So, this beckoned my Zombie Level 8 Series. I enjoyed Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust, so I formulated a recipe that is homage to it. The great thing about about this is that it allows the hops to shine. Why level 8 you ask? 8 ounces of hops in each batch.
So this year, I continued my smoked homebrew brined turkey tradition for 2018. You can find out what I have done in the past here, here, and here. I think one of the coolest things I have done, since I started homebrewing, is using that homebrew to brine the turkey. The addition of the smoker was just a great one. In the end, it gives some really tasty bird and a fun project that a group can enjoy. Let’s face it. Not everyone will drink your beer. Not everyone can eat your turkey. Yet those who do, can enjoy a tasty treat.
Dumping an infected batch. You don’t want to keep that around. So when do you cut ties and dump a batch? How about on day four after brewing? It was a rough choice, but I had to do it. I had to drain pour some bottles in the past, but a whole fermenter during the first stages is a new one for me.
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.
A new year starts, and New Beers Resolutions are made. So I am horrible. I can’t believe so much time has passed since my last post. I have some reviews to post, I have some beer related turkey posts, I have some recipe stuff, oh man oh man.
So I think since it has been 2 years since I made them, it is time for some New Beers Resolutions.
POST MORE! I shouldn’t have let so much time go by. Holy cow…..it got away from me.
BREW MORE!I should never have an empty kegerator. I should always have keg ready to tap.
Continue my one hop zombie series. I have had a few beers made with the same base recipe and changed up the hops. I have some feedback coming soon on this.
Hack away! Keep trying different equipment hacks to see what works and what doesn’t. I would love to help others through my mistakes and victories!
What’s on tap: Growler Bro review, Murmation Malt review, Brew In A Bag review, Cereal Crusher review, smoked homebrew brined turkey update, smoked pumpkin imperial stout experience, chatting with pro brewers, and much more! Stay tuned!
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