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Show Your Stuff: Brian Salapek

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I’ve decided to start a series of blog posts here on the website that will showcase the setup and equipment of specific brewers from the club.  I always enjoy looking at beer equipment and I hope you do too!

For the first installment, I am going to be showing my equipment and talking about it.  I hope you all enjoy it!

I converted over to All Grain brewing in April of 2012 and put together most of my equipment myself.  I use a 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler as my mash tun with a stainless steel braid.  This was an easy build and all the equipment came from Lowes.  The ball valve on the front is 3/8″ but 1/2″ would maybe have been a better idea.

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A converted keg (keggle) is used as both the HLT and BK on my system.  All equipment added to the keg came from bargainfittings.com  I cannot recommend them enough.  They are such a fantastic company.  The keg has a 1/2″ ball valve on the front which connects to a straight diptube.  I also added a sight glass and thermometer.  The thermometer needs calibrated often so it isn’t used for more than an idea of the temperature.

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With no pumps, the entire system is gravity fed.  To accomplish this, I have to prop my burner and keggle up on cement blocks.  You can also see I use a steel grate to better balance the keg and a small piece of steel as a heat shield so the fittings don’t melt.  My sight glass is a little warped from brewing once without it.

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What’s more fun than brewing beer?  Drinking it, of course!  And if you’re going to drink, you should drink in style from a four tap keezer (kegerator freezer).  Yep, there are two IPA’s on tap.  That’s how I roll, yo!

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What started out as a small corner full of equipment has slowly started to take over.  I’m sure you all can relate.

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Ten Gallons of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale Fermenting
A collection of random beer stuff.  Notice the can of Rock and Roll Beer

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Equipment Storage
Burner, Extra CO2 and some Kegs being cleaned

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My “scaled down” collection of bottles
I need a lot of grain, apparently

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My wife made my mash paddle for me
A close up of her work working skills

 

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4 comments on “Show Your Stuff: Brian Salapek
  1. John OBrien says:

    Looks great Brian!

  2. thegreenlees says:

    Very nice – I like your idea of this blog.

  3. JustBrewIt says:

    Very Nice! Wish I was that organized. Love that Keezer! Wish I could dispense from 4 kegs at once. If I am going to get in on this blog series I am going to have to get organized first. Guess I will get started on that. lol

  4. Don Maier says:

    Great looking blog, Brian. I’m jealous of how neat you keep your equipment. LOL

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