Adventures in Homebrewing is offering 15.5-gallon “Keggles” for an incredible price of just $99!! These keggles normally sell for $169, but they are on sale at the moment. They include a welded stainless steel coupling for adding a ball valve, with no worry of leaks. The top has been removed, and you can add an optional ball valve and/or lid if you choose. These will make excellent HLT’s, mash tuns, or brew kettles. Continue reading
Adventures in Homebrewing is running a site-wide 13% off sale, ending today! This is a great opportunity to load up on their very inexpensive kegs. You could also grab the necessary supplies to build your very own automatic beer line cleaner. Or, if you are planning to brew soon, you may as well grab your grains, hops, and yeast at a 13% savings. Continue reading
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Most beer enthusiasts will agree, there is something distinctly sexy about a wax-dipped bomber bottle. The waxed top gives the impression of quality and somehow has the ability to separate a bottle from others on the shelf. Some people laud the “preservative quality” of waxing bottles and even suggest using wax to seal rare beers before cellaring. I cannot confirm or deny these claims, but I can definitely confirm that the look is really cool! Waxing your bottles is particularly useful if you want to give them as gifts… great for all occasions: bachelor parties, weddings, Christmas, President’s Day, Tuesday, etc… Continue reading
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No gray area here… I think bottling via the traditional methods is one of the most irritating, time consuming, patience-testing processes in the entire brewing world. Not only that, but if you just want to give your friend/brother/cousin/cat a small sample of your beer, you’re obligated to open a whole bottle. Cross your fingers, pop the cap, and pray the bottle isn’t a gusher. NO.THANKS!!
So, why would I advocate bottling at all? Maybe you want to enter a competition which requires bottles, or you would like to take a home brew six-pack for your next tailgate. You could also bottle some of your famous imperial stout to do a vertical tasting with future years’ versions. Bottles can even make unique gifts. Bottling does have its merits, but if all of your beer is in kegs, how can you get it into bottles without causing oxidation, losing the proper carbonation level, or using an expensive beer gun? I’m glad you asked! Follow along… Continue reading
As we all know, brewing requires a lot of heat. Unless you’ve build or purchased an all-electric setup or have a dedicated natural gas line, you likely have to generate this heat using propane burners. One of the most frustrating things that can happen on a brew day is to see these burners sputter and go out mid-boil! On no, the propane tank is empty!! Let me give you a simple tip to avoid this dilemma and save you time and money in the process. Continue reading
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The old saying holds true, “Brewers make wort, and yeast makes beer.” Yeast gives our brews their alcohol content (hooray!), and many yeast strains add distinctive flavors. It’s no secret that growing, harvesting, and saving yeast is one of the biggest cost savers in home brewing. With White Labs vials going for $7-$11 and Wyeast Smack Packs going for $8-$14, yeast can easily become one of the biggest ingredient costs. Higher gravity beers (1.060+ Original Gravity) will even require multiple vials/smack packs to achieve the correct pitch rate, taking your yeast cost to $14-$28 per 5 gallons! Fortunately, you can virtually eliminate this cost by taking a few simple steps… Continue reading
If you have a kegerator or keezer, you likely started out with boring black plastic handles. These standard plastic handles are inexpensive and easy to find, which is why most brewers buy them initially. What if I told you that for even less money, you could build a custom wooden tap handle AND contribute to a good cause?? Interested? Continue reading