Big announcement today. Midwest Supplies and The Homebrew Academy have created a homebrewing equipment kit for new brewers. I worked with Midwest to hand-pick every item in order to best suit new homebrewers. The kit is tailored to fit the way The Academy teaches brewing and is now the kit that we recommend every member [...]
This CO2 utility line lets you easily swap out homebrewing devices that need CO2. You can use it for:
For $5 you can trade that old wooden paddle for a motorized mash paddle. A paint mixer is the perfect tool for mixing your mash and destroying dough balls.
The more I study beer, the more I notice similarities between beer and food. The same goes for cooking and homebrewing. Recipes, technique, tools – they are all critical in both pursuits. In fact, many homebrewers enjoy cooking and many cooks enjoy homebrewing. That is why I wrote this post. There is a new cookbook [...]
Now that I have my water report for brewing, I am much more confident using salts to adjust my water chemistry. I thought it’d be a cool experiment to brew three beers of three different colors using neutral (reverse osmosis) water and the same salt additions to see how the mash pH varies. Why? To [...]
Adjusting your water chemistry is one of those things that can make a good beer great. Before you can adjust your water, however, you need to know what you’re starting with because everybody’s water is different. For that, you need a water report. The problem with obtaining a water report here in Denver is that [...]
One thing I always stress to Academy members it to control their fermentation temperatures. Most new homebrewers ferment way too warm.
One of the big changes in going from my old system to the Brutus 10 is the use of a plate chiller. Previously, I used an immersion chiller. Before that, I was an ice-bath guy doing extract brews. The immersion chiller and ice bath have something in common – they cool the entire batch of [...]
Here we are. The final post in the Brutus 10 build. I’ve covered the frame, gas, and electronics so far. Now it’s time for the liquid side of things. We’re talking water and wort. How it’s moved around the system and what equipment is used. Kettles I’m using three identical 15 gallon Blichmann Boilermakers that [...]