Topic: Equipment

Ferment in a Cornelius Keg

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For those of you that keg your homebrew, chances are you’ve got at least one Cornelius keg sitting empty at any given time. Why not put them to good use as primary and/or secondary fermenters? And for those that don’t keg but are considering it in the future, picking up a keg or two for fermenting is a great way to start building up the equipment you’ll need for a kegerator. Used Cornelius kegs cost about $30 to $40, and with about $10 more in fittings and tubing you can have a 5-gallon (19-L) stainless steel fermenting vessel. The advantages of using a keg are that it’s light-tight, has built-in handles for easy transport and if you have a kegerator you can use your CO2 system to rack the beer in a completely closed environment with no siphoning.

 


Rolling Kegerator

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The next time you go to a party, roll out the barrel . . . or at least the Corny kegs. Build this rolling kegerator with a small, on-board CO2 system.

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Home Kegerator

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Every homebrewer could use his or her own kegerator. A classic project shows you how to convert a regular refrigerator to a beer draft system.

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Cylindroconical Fermenters

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Learn how to get the most out of a stainless steel cylindroconical fermenter

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Make Your Plastic Bucket Fantastic

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Leaky lids or shards from shattered glass? That’s not how we roll. Check out how we pimp a bucket to be a fizzabulous fermanizzle . . . uh, or something.

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Yearly Brewery Checkup

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Once a year it pays to give your brewery the once-over. Clean everything that needs to be cleaned, check your inventory, map out your brewing calendar and the only surprise you’ll have all year is how smoothly your brew days proceed.

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What are the keys to an efficient wort chiller?

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So you want a techno-geek essay on heat exchangers? I’ll do my best here admitting up-front that mass and heat transfer are not subjects that I claim much expertise. But wort cooling

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10 Everyday Items You Can Use For Brewing

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Inside of every hardware, home improvement and pet store are homebrew tools waiting to come out.

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Welding terms

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I have answered some stainless steel questions in the past and at the time Mr. Wizard was still cloaked by the wispy clouds of anonymity. Now that I have been unveiled I

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Calibrate Your Hydrometer and Fermenter

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How accurate is your hydrometer? And how much wort is in that carboy, anyway? How to use the weight of water to calibrate your hydrometer and brewing vessels.


Calibrating Thermometers

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How hot was it? Without calibrating your thermometer, you have no idea. Learn how to use the physical propertes of water to get your thermometers properly adjusted.

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RIMS systems

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I must confess that I am one of those particular brewers who likes nailing my target temperature and appreciate the gadgets of modern brewing. I have a mash mixer where I work

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