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Maximize Plate Chiller

Carboy filler with tubing attached.Posted on January 15th, 2015 by in "Projects"

I’ve been using a 30 plate Duda Diesel plate chiller for about 2 years now and wanted to share a couple of tips I recently came across that have really helped me maximize my plate chiller. Make sure the wort chiller is “on its back” and has the fittings facing upwards. This allows for the…

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The “Low Sparge Brewing” Concept

low sparge brewingPosted on March 21st, 2014 by in "Projects"

I’m going to try a new process that I’m calling “low sparge brewing“. The concept isn’t new (I don’t think), but I haven’t read anything else about my intended process anywhere. The basic concept of low sparge brewing is to extract as much sugar from the grain using the least amount of sparge water as…

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Water Bath with Pond Pump and Aquarium Heater to Control Fermentation Temps

IMG_2602Posted on January 26th, 2014 by in "Projects"

Looking for a quick and cheap way to control fermentation temps? Here’s a solution that works very well for me. My fermentation room is an old coal cellar with a door in my basement. It’s currently sitting at an ambient temperature of about 49F. It fluctuates this time of year between 45F and 53F, which…

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Lambic Solera in Sanke Keg

Orange carboy cap that fits the top of a sanke keg perfectly.Posted on January 8th, 2014 by in "Projects"

I just racked a 1 ½ year old Lambic from my aging keg to a clean keg, and had about 2 liters of dregs left over and didn’t want them to go to waste. I initially brewed a 6 gallon batch with the intention of just trying to keep the culture going, but when I…

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Home Roasted Munich Malt for Munich Malt SMaSH

From top left to bottom center - 6L, 35L and 100LPosted on November 4th, 2013 by in "Projects"

Munich is probably my most favorite base malt. I love the toasty, melanoidin rich character that it has. I’ve brewed a variety of different beers with it as the base malt, mainly Munich Dunkel, but have also done a couple different SMaSH beers with it (single malt and single hop) with varying degrees of success….

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Booze Barrel Project

whiskey-barrelPosted on October 23rd, 2013 by in "Projects"

This plan never actually got off the ground yet. The distillery where the barrels were coming from ended up using much smaller barrels than we needed and were trying to sell them for insane prices. Here is the write up I did outlining my thoughts on what we should brew and the order the beers…

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