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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I know it’s been a while, but we’re still here!
The time has come to address cooling the wort to pitching temperature in a respectable time. This also will ensure less use of water on brew day. In researching what I needed to accomplish this, I decided to go with a Continue reading “Counterflow Wort Chiller”
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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As you probably know by now, we bottle all our brews. You also probably know that I like to make process easier while maintaining quality. It is because of this that I have collected different types of bottle cappers. In this post, I will detail the pros and cons on each and let you know which capper is king of my bottles.
Continue reading “Bottle Capper Showdown!”
One of the things I have started doing is overbuilding my starters. In doing this, I can harvest 100 billion yest cells from the starter itself. This process will be detailed in another blog post. The purpose of this post is to address the sheer size of the flask I have been using to accomplish this. Instead of using step starters, I use a 5L Erlenmeyer Flask.
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Now that we finally have a batch fermenting, I wanted to show what you can expect from the fermentation process. Nothing too exciting, so just grab a homebrew and enjoy the fermentation pics.
You can see the krausen line in the fermenter. It looks to span from the 10 to 10.5 gallon marks. Continue reading “15 Gallon Conical Trub Dump”
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”
This is (for now, but who can really tell) the last of the big builds for our brewery. We started looking at the FastFerment conical fermenters, but at less than 8 gallons, it was pointless. This sent me on a search for something we could use for our 10 gallon batches. After looking in to many choices, we decided that stainless was just too damn expensive. Plastic seemed to be out of reach, too, until I found Continue reading “15 Gallon Conical Fermenter and Chamber”
Saturday (May 2) was National Homebrew Day and a local brewery hosted an in-house brew day for homebrewers. It was co-sponsored by our LHBS. For anyone local to me, the name of the Brewery is Draft Line and they have the best Scotch Ale I have ever tasted. Their head brewer, Jamie, was with us all day and really has a passion for brewing and sharing his knowledge about brewing. We had a great time talking with him all day, asking questions, and just having normal conversations.
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We found out pretty quickly that our 10 Gallon Mash Tun would not work for High Gravity or Large Grain Bill brews. I told my brew partners that we would probably need a Coleman Xtreme 70 Quart rectangular cooler for our next Russian Imperial Stout. Immediately, my brother-in-law pulled up a picture on his phone and with amazement declared, “I have that cooler in my garage! I’m not even using it”.
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