Digital Thermometer Options for Beer Brewing

Digital Thermometer Options for Beer Brewing

Types of Brewing Thermometers Most brewers are familiar with the ubiquitous floating glass thermometer which comes with the vast majority of homebrew starter kits. These glass thermometers typically have a temperature range of 0-100 C (32-212 F) and can simply be dropped in the pot or mash tun and left to float. They are fairly reliable though some have questionable … Read more
My Love-Hate Relationship with Home Brew Beer Siphoning

My Love-Hate Relationship with Home Brew Beer Siphoning

Siphoning is one of the necessary evils for homebrewers. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a large RIMS/HERMS brewing system with wort pumps and conical fermenters, and pumps for transferring between fermenters, you have probably had to siphon your beer at some point. We siphon to move wort to the fermenter, we siphon to transfer beer to a secondary, … Read more
Build A DIY RIMS System

Build A DIY RIMS System

I recently had a chance to brew with the professionals at a local brewery. They were brewing on a SABCO Brew-Magic (15 gallon) system that they use for their weekly small batch releases. The brewer explained the components and how they all worked together. The wort would circulate throughout the mash process and that the temperature would be kept constant … Read more
Aging of Craft Beers

Aging of Craft Beers

Er is veel te doen over het conditioneren van craft beer. Elke brouwer heeft wel zijn geheime methode van opslaan om het bier optimaal van geur en smaak uit de fles te krijgen. Er wordt veel onzin verteld en geschreven over hoe bier rijpt en steeds beter wordt naarmate je het langer bewaart. Wat is waar en wat is niet … Read more
Beer Adjuncts

Beer Adjuncts

Malts
Unmalted grains such as corn, rice, rye, oats, barley, and wheat are called adjuncts. They are used in brewing beer and produce beers with added body and a greater brilliancy. Adjuncts also contribute to the flavor of the beer, for example, rice has a very neutral aroma and taste, while corn results in a full flavored beer and wheat adds … Read more
How Long To Ferment When Learning How To Make Beer?

How Long To Ferment When Learning How To Make Beer?

Yeast
When you are first learning how to make beer, you will see information about primary fermentation and secondary fermentation. It is common for new brewers to wonder just how long it takes to ferment beer. The answer can vary, and there really isn’t one right answer. Many factors influence this, and it comes down to whether you will secondary ferment … Read more
Blichmann BrewEasy RIMS Brewing System Review Part 2 – Brewing Beer

Blichmann BrewEasy RIMS Brewing System Review Part 2 – Brewing Beer

BrewEasy during Mash Recirculation In Part 2 of my Blichmann BrewEasy detailed review I brew some beer, and record my experience and lessons learned with the new system. Last week in Part 1, I gave an overview of the system specs, setup and my first impressions. [Note – this is a very long post – and full disclosure: Blichmann Engineering … Read more
Converting a Refrigerator Into a Kegerator

Converting a Refrigerator Into a Kegerator

Most of us beer enthusiasts have an extra refrigerator in the garage or somewhere around the house. It’s the phenomenon that takes place when our spouse has the dire need to get a new refrigerator. We might not think we need one at the time. But, now we know what to do with it. Make a kegerator out of it … Read more
Between Brews: Mounting and Motorizing Your Grain Mill

Between Brews: Mounting and Motorizing Your Grain Mill

I really, really like my Monster Mill 3+. It is a little heavy to carry around, though, and it feels unstable when sitting on a bucket with a heavy drill motor hanging off the side. I knew that I wanted to make a permanent mounting with a fixed drive for it. That meant that I had to select a suitable … Read more
10 Tips for Beginning Homebrewers

10 Tips for Beginning Homebrewers

My first homebrewing purchase was a book. Before I ever made a drop of beer, I read Charlie Papazian’s book, The Joy of Homebrewing cover to cover. Looking back, I realize that only an infinitesimal amount of that valuable tome actually stuck in my brain that first time through. I’ve read it many times since and something new “clicks” every … Read more
Between Brews: Controlling Gas Fired Burners Pt 2

Between Brews: Controlling Gas Fired Burners Pt 2

In the first segment I described the necessary plumbing and valves to make low pressure gas (either LP or natural gas) burners electrically controllable. To achieve control, we need to be able to apply 24VAC when we want flame, and to remove the voltage source when we don’t want flame. In this segment I will show various means by which … Read more
Build A DIY RIMS System

Build A DIY RIMS System

I recently had a chance to brew with the professionals at a local brewery. They were brewing on a SABCO Brew-Magic (15 gallon) system that they use for their weekly small batch releases. The brewer explained the components and how they all worked together. The wort would circulate throughout the mash process and that the temperature would be kept constant … Read more
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