Since we are graduating to 10 Gallon All Grain batches, we need to create yeast starters. Otherwise the cost of yeast is crazy. By creating a starter, we only need to purchase one package of yeast for most brews, instead of 2 or more. To create a starter most efficiently, you need a stir plate. This will stir the yeast, oxygenating it and propagating yeast growth. A constant stir also knocks the carbon dioxide out of suspension. Carbon dioxide is a by-product of yeast growth and also inhibits yeast growth.
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So, I was researching hose labels. When I take the hoses off the brew equipment to wash, I wanted a way to identify which hoses go where quickly. The cost of laminated hose labels are ridiculous!
What should I do? Create my own, of course! Here is what I used:
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Time to detail the Pump Controller box. We decided to go with the 12v High Temp Solar Pumps for our system. We knew that we wanted to grow to three pumps and the price for a Chugger or a March pump is prohibitive.
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Just a quick note to announce that Apocalypse Ales (now Ales of the Dead) is a proud member of the American Homebrewers Association!
Today, I will be detailing the temperature controller for the planned fermentation chamber. I had read a lot about the STC-1000 controller and see it on eBay for around $20. I started to research the module and found that is came from China and reported the temperature in Celsius. Living in America, this was an inconvenience, but not insurmountable. Then I happened across Continue reading “Temperature Controller for Fermentation”
Now for what is possibly the easiest mod for the homebrewer: the 10 Gallon Cooler Mash Tun. This was such an easy mod that I’ll include the manifold in this post.
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In honor of the first brew day since starting the blog, I’ll post the pictures of the labels that we have created for our recent brews. First off, the brewery logo:
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Here we go again. Today, I’ll detail the Keg to Kettle conversion for our Keggle. The great things about full-size beer kegs are:
1. Capacity. 15.5 Gallons
2. Material. These are Stainless Steel! Perfect for any brewery.
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So, let’s get started with the first piece of equipment to be detailed here: the Immersion Chiller. I had seen plenty of YouTube videos showing how to make one of these and had no doubts about the process. The thing that got me, though, is the prices that were quoted for the copper tubing. 25 feet for $20 or so? Yeah, right. I knew that I was going to convert a keg in which I would be Continue reading “Making an Immersion Chiller more efficient”