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 decided that I wanted some barrels to age beer. Of course, I wanted to go with 10 Gallon Barrels, given the size of my brewhouse. In searching, I found oakwoodbarrels.com and checked them out. The prices are amazing! Then I looked for reviews. Ewww….
Continue reading “OakWoodBarrels.com Debacle – THEY’RE A SCAM!”
Those that keg are always looking for an easy way to clean beer lines in between kegs. I know brewers that go two or three kegs between cleaning lines. With this little gem, you’ll have no issue with cleaning the lines between each keg swap.
Continue reading “Beer Line Cleaner for Kegerator”
Here’s another simple one. The heat source for the fermentation chamber. Surprisingly enough, there are NO Amazon purchases here. All from The Home Depot.
Continue reading “Fermentation Heat Source”
Now that I’ve finally taken the giant leap into kegging, I’ll need a way to clean the kegs. For this, I will document the Keg Washer here. I do not have carboys, so I will be building this to be a keg washer only. If you will also use this to clean carboys, read the note at the bottom of this post PRIOR to cementing any pieces together.
Continue reading “Keg and Carboy Washer”
I currently have a “Beer Fridge” and would like to convert it to a Kegerator. The thing is….it’s a side-by-side refrigerator. In this conversion, I will have to keep the temperature controls intact so the freezer can still be used as a freezer. Otherwise, it will be more than the conversion plans that get cut…OUCH!
Continue reading “Side by Side Fridge to Kegerator”
Ah, yes! The day had finally come. I’m building a Brew Shed! I’m very excited to be able to do this. As this will be the single biggest project for the ‘brewery’, it will also be the one that takes the most time.
After researching the sizes I was able to build without permits and EPA studies, the 12′ x 12′ was the largest. Once that was determined, I had to choose the shed. Would I have it built and delivered? Built on site? Build myself? After checking in to all of these options, I determined that I could save about $3000 by building it myself – and I could build it myself.
Continue reading “Brew Shed”