“How To” Directory

“How To” Directory

How to…: Bottle from a Keg

One problem that I ran into when I started kegging was sharing my beer.  Sure, anyone who visits me at home can help themselves but other than that, I was limited to growler fills.  A growler is great to take

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Jim McCall’s “Reverse Immersion Chiller”

If you would like to improve your chill rate but don’t want to invest in a plate chiller or don’t really trust that you can get a plate chiller 100% clean after you use it, take a look at my

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Initial oak barrel experience

Awhile ago someone shared a link on Home Brew Talk with freshly emptied 15 gallon oak barrels at a reasonable price.  I called the shop to see if any were still available and they said there was only one and

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Electric Brewery Build, Part 5 -or- IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 of the saga if you haven’t already! The morning of the last update, I had finished wiring the heating element and had it installed in the kettle.  I had just a few minutes left

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Electric Brewery Build, Part 4 -or- WE HAVE POWER

Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the saga if you haven’t already! Things seem like they are *GASP* on schedule with everything.  My next goal with the build is to hook up power and test some stuff with the control

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Electric Brewery Build, Part 3 -or- “Control Panel Comple-ish”

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the saga if you haven’t already! The control panel continues to be the main focus of my attention.  In fact, to get dedicated time to work on it, I have been getting

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Electric Brewery Build, Part 2 -or- “Just Getting Started”

Check out the first post in this series if you haven’t already. I’ve decided that I should jump in head first.  The control panel seems like the most intimidating aspect of all of this, so that is where I am

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Electric Brewery Build, Part 1 -or- “What have I got myself into?!”

It seems like a lot of people are getting into the whole electric brewing thing.  After a few low temperature brews last winter, the idea really hit me hard.  How wonderful would it be to be able to brew INSIDE

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How To…: Build a Hop Spider

A Hop Spider is a cheap DIY method for straining hops from your wort during your boil.  I recently made a second one, since my first melted.  I’ll explain why my first didn’t work and why this one will hold

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How To…: Build a Single Tap Jockey Box

A big thanks to Greg Wigham for documenting this build and putting together a post for the site!  It’s a really great in depth tutorial.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Parts list: 5 Gallon Igloo

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How To…: Sour Mash

I never had a real interest in sour beers.  There were a few I had tried but decided they weren’t really my thing.  And then one day I read about a style of beer called Berlinner Weisse.  It can be

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How To…: Brewing Beer Simplified

Beer has been a staple of civilization for thousands of years.  Without it, it’s questionable whether people would have given up their nomadic lifestyle and embraced agriculture.  Here is the simplified version of how a few pieces of grain become

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How To…: Four Tap Keezer Build

I bottled beer for years.  I never minded it, it was almost a zen like procedure.  I would listen to music, zone out and within an hour I would have 50+ bottles of delicious beer to stow away.  When getting

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