Now that I have beer in the barrels, I started to look at the different ways to transfer the beer from the barrels to the kegs. I was going to use a pump and a hose, but remembered that when I did this from my fermenter to kegs, the beer was oxidized. This seems to be a common issue with pump transfers at this stage on a homebrew scale. In my research, I came across a piece of equipment called a Bulldog. Continue reading “Transferring from Barrel to Keg – the Bulldog”
Adding Barrels to the Brewery
I was finally successful in acquiring a couple reasonably priced barrels for use in the brewery. I am lucky enough to have a friend who runs a great barrel-only fermentation brewery and he was kind enough to pass on some savings, so…no links for purchase. This is more for preparing the barrels for use, maintenance, and care of the barrels. I’ve also build a multi-use stand for the barrels that will be detailed here.
The little things I use or have built for the Brewery
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”
Aeration with an Aquarium Pump
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”
OakWoodBarrels.com Debacle – THEY’RE A SCAM!
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Fermentation Heat Source
15 Gallon Conical Trub Dump
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”
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”