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

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

$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

Save 40 PERCENT on Hops

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A great way to save money while brewing is to reduce costs on the actual ingredients.  It’s no secret that buying supplies in bulk can result in HUGE cost savings.  However, some people don’t realize that they can save 40 percent this way.  Let me give you an example using my favorite hop, Mosaic. Continue reading