Topic: Build It Yourself

Build a Custom Beer Fridge

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After years of homebrewing, we had dialed in a few recipes that we really liked. However, with each batch we brewed, there was always some variation in the final product. After doing a bit of research and speaking with other homebrewers, it became glaringly obvious that fermentation temperature played a much larger role in the

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Toolbox Pump

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Cooling your wort in a timely matter could make the difference between a crisp, hoppy ale or a sour, infected mess. I’m sure a lot of brewers can remember a time when they had to lug a near-boiling pot of almost beer into their sink or bath tub and add what seemed like endless bags

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Build a Recessed Mash Tun Thermometer

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Most homebrewers who are all-grain brewing start out like I did by making their own equipment. Sometimes this is out of necessity, but if you are anything like me you do it for the satisfaction of making things yourself. Like most people who transition into all-grain brewing, I immediately needed a new piece of equipment

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Build an Apple Scratter

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Fall in New England conjures up images of brilliant orange and red foliage, arts and crafts fairs, and anticipation of the first frost. While most homebrewers are starting to think about pumpkin


Build a Keg & Carboy Cleaner

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Cleaning kegs and carboys can be a real chore. In search of a way to make it easier, The core assembly components of my cleaner are made of PVC — resulting in them being far less expensive and easier to put together. This design uses a rotating spray head to clean the body of the

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Wooden Two-Tier Brew Stand

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I have been brewing beer at home for about seven years, using equipment that has gotten progressively larger or more sophisticated. Last year, I wanted to make my brewing process more time


Build an Indoor Vent Hood

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When you decide that you’re ready to brew inside the comforts of your home, you will need to find a way to exhaust the condensation from your boil. You could go out and buy a commercial kitchen vent hood, but most of them are usually a far reach from a homebrewer’s budget. When I was

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Build A Counterflow Chiller with Thermometer

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Wort chillers provide several advantages, including reducing haze by precipitating cold break proteins, saving time, pitching yeast into proper wort temperature for better fermentation, and reducing the chances of infection. There are two common types of wort chillers among homebrewers — immersion and counterflow. I chose tubular counterflow design for the speed at which it

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Keep Your Mash Tun Insulated

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I entered all-grain homebrewing the way many of us do: I found the simplest and most affordable method that worked. For me, this was a combination of a large pot on the stove and a grain bag for easy infusion mashing and batch sparging. Using a single pot for the mash and the boil reduces

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Build A Bier Wagen

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My wife and I throw our annual Strausstoberfest party every year on the last Saturday in September. This occurs during the traditional Oktoberfest celebration. Oktoberfest is synonymous with beer, awesome food and a certain


Build a Flight Serving Tray

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A variety of homebrewed beers on tap is a great way to impress your family and friends. But, when your guests have to drive home afterwards, they likely aren’t going to be up for a pint of each selection. Enter the flight serving tray (or paddle). Conveniently holding sample size glasses, flight trays should be a part of every homebrewery that has a selection of brews to offer. Here, four homebrewers offer their own designs that you can use to build a flight tray of your own.


Build a Portable Glass Rinser

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Nobody wants to drink a fresh beer out of a dirty glass. Whether you’re switching beers from an IPA to a stout and want a clean glass or maybe you just like the way a beer pours in a clean wet glass, this build is for you. I could have bought a glass rinsing assembly

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