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”

15 Gallon Conical Fermenter and Chamber

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”

National Homebrew Day 2015

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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70 Quart High Gravity Mash Tun

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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