Bottle From Your Kegerator

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I.HATE.BOTTLING!!

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

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Double Down on Propane

Propane TanksAs 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

Build an Army of Yeast-ies

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IMG_5581The 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