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

$2.50 Custom Wooden Tap Handles + Give Back

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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

Recirculating Beer Line Cleaner – Never Waste CO2 Again

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If you have a kegerator, you have likely gotten to the point where your beer lines MUST be cleaned.  Cleaning the lines is a necessary evil to ensure your beer is not contaminated by off flavors or bacteria as it sits in the lines.  Most people recommend cleaning your lines once ever 2-6 weeks to have proper sanitation.  Others simply try to clean the line when they switch out the keg.  Either way, you should be doing it… but can be quite an annoying process.

The usual cleaning method involves setting aside an extra keg, filling it with cleaner (Beer Line Cleaner or PBW), hooking it up to CO2, and running the solution through the line.  While this can be an effective method, it severely lacks efficiency.  It requires you to have an extra keg available, and to use enough CO2 to empty the keg.  Last time I checked, CO2 isn’t free!  Then if you want to clean additional lines, you have to repeat the whole process… NO THANKS!  “There’s gotta be a better way!!” Continue reading