Brew Shed

Ah, yes!  The day had finally come.  I’m building a Brew Shed!  I’m very excited to be able to do this.  As this will be the single biggest project for the ‘brewery’, it will also be the one that takes the most time.
After researching the sizes I was able to build without permits and EPA studies, the 12′ x 12′ was the largest.  Once that was determined, I had to choose the shed.  Would I have it built and delivered?  Built on site?  Build myself?  After checking in to all of these options, I determined that I could save about $3000 by building it myself – and I could build it myself.

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Mash Tun Fly Sparge Float Switch

On our last brew day, our Mash Tun over-filled with water during the Fly Sparge.  I knew there was a way to rectify this, so I set out to do just that.  And then some.  Our 70 quart Coleman Xtreme Mash Tun Cooler didn’t have a sparge assembly, and I decided to fix that at the same time.  This is a very popular cooler to use as a Mash Tun, so I will provide the measurements for the sparge assembly.
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Building a Yeast Bank

We like to make a variety of brews and with the cost of yeast, we have made starters for our brews for a while now.  One of the added benefits of creating a starter for your yeast is that you save money since you do not have to purchase multiple packs of yeast for a brew.  We brew ten gallons at a time, the yeast packs that are sold at your local homebrew store or that come with ingredient kits generally contain enough yeast for a five gallon batch.
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Label List 3

In the last Label List, we announced our new logo and name change.  In this post, you will see the new design style for our labels.  We have striven to simplify the labels while elevating the look of them.  I think this will go a long way to the professional look we are trying to achieve.
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Whirpool Port added to Brew Kettle

In an effort to never let well enough alone, I decided to add a whirlpool port to our brew kettle.  I was actually unhappy with the side pickup tube that was installed.  The vacuum broke way too early due to the size of the tube.  The result was half an inch of wort left in the kettle when transferring to the fermenter.  This wasn’t much of an issue since I could place my strainer over Continue reading “Whirpool Port added to Brew Kettle”