Category Archives: A few Useful Tips

Tips from our personal experiences of brewing in our home.

Blichmann Beer Gun

NO Sediment! Keg the beer for one full day under 40 lb of pressure, and chilled to 38 degrees. The beer is carbonated, no need to add corn sugar and bottle condition. At this point you can filter the beer … Continue reading

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Clear Beer

Beer Filter Beer Filter with Beer Pushing the beer from one Keg, through the filter and into another Keg. After filtering, Beer filter is off white, with no visible particles. We want clear Beer. Especially, these light summer beers, they  … Continue reading

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Stir Plate

Stir Plates have a metal plate that vibrates. There is a magnet capsule that goes into the yeast and sits on the bottom, being attracted to the metal plate, it spins in a circle, thereby causing a vortex. The goal … Continue reading

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Love New Toys

The Bazooka Screen screws into the drain on the inside of the brew Kettle. As the wort is racked off, the screen keeps a good amount of the trub from leaving the kettle The Hop Spider fits into the kettle … Continue reading

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Beano to the rescue

Have you ever had a beer that just wouldn’t hit your goal for Final Gravity? We have, and in the past, we actually dumped a beer that was in “stuck Fermentation”. We added yeast and sugar to no avail. Finally … Continue reading

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The Brew Belt

The belt was on this Carboy for 12 hours when this picture was taken. Home Brewing in cold weather Often requires an additional heat source to maintain minimum fermentation conditions. The Brew Belt is an adjustable, electric heating belt that … Continue reading

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A word about Cold Crashing`

24 hours before you bottle, try putting your bucket or carboy in a 36 degree refrigerator. The beer will be cleaner and clearer. We Cold Crash the day before. For instance on Friday morning we put our carboy in the … Continue reading

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There’s a use for those leftover milk cartons

We discovered that using a left over milk carton works really well. It fits in our fermentation chamber and because of the narrow opening, doesn’t let those big “Blurps!” splash up the sides of the fermentor! Also, if you do … Continue reading

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One step closer to clearer beer

This picture was taken after we brewed, chilled and racked off the wort. Be careful not to disturb the trub at the bottom of the brew kettle, only let the precious liquid go into the fermenter, leaving behind the solids. … Continue reading

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Study finds two drinks a day could save your life

A recent study published by the European Heart Journal claims that men who drink two alcoholic beverages per day may be more likely to survive a heart attack than non drinkers. There is an association between those who consumed two … Continue reading

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Do not disturb

When siphoning beer into the bottling bucket  aerate as little as possible. Do this by holding the tube as close to the top of the liquid as possible. The object is to get as little air as possible into the … Continue reading

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Comparing and selecting Hops

So how do I choose the right hops for my beer? With such a wide range of flavor and aroma characteristics, this chart can serve as a helpful guide to more than one hundred varieties. Whether you are trying to … Continue reading

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Draining the grain bag

  We drain our grain bag after steeping in this mesh strainer. Never squeeze the bag as that releases tannins. Tannins: good in wine. Bad in Beer!

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Measuring the gravity

  Reading the hydrometer from the bottom up is an easier way to get an accurate read. The foam on the top often gets in the way. On dark beers, the use of a flashlight helps.

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Capping on foam

Professional breweries pop a shot of CO2 into the bottle right before capping. The CO2 displaces the oxygen. In home brewing, we fill the bottle to the point of run over. The head comes to the top, and is allowed … Continue reading

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