In this post, I am opening my toolbox and will list some of the items that I have come across or built that have been incorporated into my Brew Days. These will be smaller items that won’t take a lot of space or need their own post. Continue reading “The little things I use or have built for the Brewery”
Instead of performing the arduous task of placing the 1″ dowel rod into the Keggle that is used as the HLT, I decided that a Sight Glass was needed. Why, exactly? Why not. It seems the best answer I can give and a sight glass allows for a quick glance to determine the amount of strike/sparge water being transferred. Continue reading “Adding a Sight Glass to a Coors Keggle”
The next item on the agenda was aeration (oxygenation) of the wort. This is done after the wort has been transferred to the fermenter, but prior to pitching the yeast. The two most common methods of doing this are: Continue reading “Aeration with an Aquarium Pump”
Now that kegging is a thing at Ales of the Dead, I (of course) wanted to play with different flavors and fruits in beers. After looking at different options, I decided to build a Randall in introduce these flavors.
Continue reading “Inline Randall with Quick Disconnects”
I wanted to be able to use digital thermometers with my brew house and set off on a quest. This was a long time in the making and I have learned a lot in the process.
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.
Continue reading “Mash Tun Fly Sparge Float Switch”
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.
Continue reading “Building a Yeast Bank”