The homebrewing community continues to evolve into the amazing arena it is today.
As homebrewers, we continue to look for ideas, techniques, and items that help feed our passion. We search for innovative news ways to make our brew days awesome and fuel our imaginations for the NEXT… BIG… BREW!
Allow me to throw some fuel onto that fire.
Here are a few items that we have come across that may help you in your beering journey.
Chapman Brewing Thermobarrel Mash Tun
When making the jump to all-grain brewing, there is a new complexity you need to account for: mashing temperature.
Todd Hamm had some great tips for if you miss your mash temp. The next step is to keep that temp steady. Chapman Brewing came to the rescue with this Thermobarrel Mash Tun. One of the unique ideas in this product is a layer of insulating foam that sits between two stainless steel walls. The built-in insulation will no doubt be a HUGE help in maintaining those mash temps! Especially for those brewers who don’t have a RIMS, HERMS, or other method for maintaining mash temps in their kettle.
Coming off of a successful Kickstarter campaign, these beauties are available now at chapmanequipment.com.
Recently, I helped a friend bottle his first batch of beer. We brewed it together and he felt more confident with me at his side so we went for a big 15 gallon batch. When we got to about seven gallons in, I suddenly remembered how much I dislike bottling.
However, even those that keg occasionally want to take homebrew to the lake, bonfire, or somewhere that just isn’t your place. The uKeg, a new take on a growler-meets-keg, is simply awesome for those situations.
To start, it’s double walled and vacuum insulated, so it’s going to keep that delicious homebrew cold. However, GrowlerWerks took it a step further and put a tap, a regulator and a site gauge on the keg, err growler. There’s a port on it to use food-grade CO2 cartridges to keep the pressure adequate for dispensing.
These units are an evolutionary jump for growlers. It’s everything they were missing. Great job GrowlerWerks! I can’t wait to try one.
One of my brewing buddy’s worst days in homebrewing involved a burner. (Doesn’t sound good, right?)
The day started out normal enough, with a group brew sponsored by our local homebrew shop. Then, well into the boil you hear ringing out across the parking lot: “KEG. KEG! KEEEGGG!!!”
The burner was in absolute meltdown/Literally. The legs had gotten red-hot and buckled, sending Kyle’s kettle and “beer-in-the-making” to the ground and all over the deck.
Since that day, I’m always looking at how standalone burners are built. We don’t want a repeat of that day.
The Brewbuilt Afterburner meets a lot of my requirements just at first glance, being made with 304 stainless steel. The frame is paired with an impressive 70,000 BTU burner (with afterburner capabilities taking the heat up to 100,000 BTU), so you will have plenty of heat for heating your kettle/mash tun/hot liquor tank.
But the best feature of this burner is an accessory. You can buy a connector kit specially built for this burner and build a two or three-burner setup. This means that you could be well on your way to building out a full stainless-steel frame for a single-tier brewing system. If you’re looking for a new burner, make sure you check these out.
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