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Equipment Review – Gile House Brew Supply Pump & Transfer Kit

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Gile House Brew Supply Pump

The Gile House Brew Supply Pump is a great option for a pump available on Amazon.  In comparison to other pumps, it is a cheaper option that gives some great features at the price point.  The inline switch and stainless steel head are great upgrades for pumps at this price point.

Unboxing of the Gile House Brew Supply Pump

The pump came in a no frills packaging.  It is sturdy, and seemingly heavy weight.  There are mounting brackets on it to help you integrate it into a brew house sculpture.  I wish the balancing of the pump was a little better as it doesn’t easily stand on its own.

Setup

I purchased the optional connection kit from Amazon here.  It includes hoses and connections that just make your life easier.  It took a little time to wrap all the threads with the supplied teflon tape, then connect in all the fittings, but was worth the time.  This is not something you need to do each time.  There is enough tubing and connectors that you can do multiple size hoses as you need.

First use

After prepping the pump with the connection kit, it was time to give it a  test run.  I hooked up the pump to my Mash & Boil and then was going to pump it to the keg.  I sent it through a Bouncer MD filter to get some of the dregs of my fermentation out.  After verifying the connections were all set, it was time.  The pump primed via gravity.  Don’t forget to prime the pump!  Once it was primed, I turned on the inline switch and it was alive!  The pump operated quickly and quietly.  It moved my wort through the Bouncer quickly, and did exactly what I wanted it to do, moved my beer from point A to B.  

Cleanup was rather easy with the quick connection kit.  Everything disassembled quickly and i was able to drop the hoses into a PBW wash very easily.  I then ran some through the pump head, and then some water as well.  Future deep cleaning will be easy, as the pump head comes off with just a few screws.

Sparge Recirculation

For the next test, I ran the pump for almost an hour on a mash recirculation. I hooked up the Gile House Brew Supply Pump to my Mash & Boil. I then used a clamp to hold the tube at the other end in the correct placement. I then turned on the pump. I did have an air bubble, but once I figured it out it was smooth sailing.

The pump ran for almost a full hour with the mash getting sent from the bottom of my pot to the top. This is where silicon tubing is important. Regular tubing wouldn’t be able to handle the higher mash temps. The pump body was warm to the touch. It makes sense, since it ran for so long.

The recirculation was very uniform in the amount going through the pump. This is where the ball valve is very helpful….you can control how fast the wort recirculates. Too much and the pot would have overflowed at the top, so I was happy.

Future Test

I plan to hook this up to to a Hop Rocket so I can circulate my wort through some nice whole leaf hops for some added depth to a future beer.  I have confidence that it will work well.  I can also use the Hop Rocket to randall in different things as well.

Pros and Cons

This Gile House Brew Supply Pump is really a great pump. It runs super quiet and moves a boatload of liquid at a speedy pace. I loved the optional transfer kit to help get things set up. Cleaning is super easy, with the head being able to be removed.

I wish the Gile House Brew Supply Pump was a little more balanced. I don’t have it hooked onto anything, so it can tip, although this doesn’t change it’s abilities. After an hour of running, it did get warm….but what do you expect?

Full video of the setup and tests

Final Thoughts

I had a great time with the equipment review for the Gile House Brew Supply Pump and the optional transfer kit. Thank you to Gile House Brew Supply for providing the pump as a test unit. It will be part of many brews to come! This brewer gives it two thumbs up!

Homebrew Talk

Happy New Beers, Homebrew 2020!

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Brewmaster Jerry

Hey there homebrew hounds! Happy New Beers, and Homebrew 2020! Welcome to the new decade, and time for lots of new beers and reviews. I have a lot lined up for the year already for reviews! I have beers on the way to help with that process. Lots of new toys to play with.

Things to look forward to here for homebrew 2020:

I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings in the homebrew world. What are you looking forward to? Leave a comment to let me know!

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Gameday Cooking – Homebrew Chili

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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!

Recipes

Here is my base “healthy and fresh” chili recipe that helped me win a contest at work, I hope it helps!

Ingredients:

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?

Darker brews darken your 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!

Brewing Homebrewing

Smoked Pumpkin Imperial Stout

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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.

 

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