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”
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”
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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Throughout the upgrade process, the one thing I took for granted was the HLT. I figured we would just use the pot from our 5 Gallon extract brews, no worries. Then we checked the capacity of the pot. Somehow, 22 quarts was a surprise. Yes, we boiled 3 Gallons of wort and added water in the fermentor to reach our targeted volume. but this was never really thought about until about 10 days prior to out first 10 Gallon All Grain brew day.
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