Topic: Equipment

Expanding Your All-Grain Equipment for Bigger Batches

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The last ten years have been a period of intense rapid growth and change in the homebrewing community and industry. The average homebrewer now has more brewing knowledge, equipment, and high quality ingredients available than ever before. However we also have a dizzying array of decisions to make with respect to batch size, equipment, and

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Choosing & Using Growlers

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With the increasing amount of draft-only beers created by breweries and local brewpubs, growlers are becoming required gear for craft beer drinkers. For the homebrewer that faces the decision of whether to bottle or keg, a growler can make the choice to keg more desirable. Most homebrewers bottle their beer because it is easier to

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Brewing Day Priorities

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You aren’t running a craft brewery out of your basement (yet), so why brew like one? The schedules and finances of commercial breweries mean that they emphasize extraction efficiency, consistency, and speed. With different priorities and constraints, hobbyists are better served by shifting their emphasis in different directions than those of businesses. The most difficult

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Ventilation: Proper Airflow in your Homebrewery

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Having grown up in Northern Iowa I’ve always liked the cold winters, crisp air, and a blanket of snow covering the ground. Northern Indiana, where I live now, isn’t quite as cold but we still get the crisp winters and also the hot humid summers — neither of which are pleasant for brewing outdoors. Like

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Understanding & Using Refractometer

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Refractometers are widely used in the wine and beer industry to track the progress of fermentation, but they are less commonly used by homebrewers. However, if used properly a refractometer can be a great tool to track specific gravity in place of, or to supplement, your hydrometer. It is used primarily in brewing beer to

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Countertop Automated Homebrew Systems

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Anyone remember the Ronco Rotisserie Oven infomercials where they said to “Set it, and forget it”? Well, there are a lot of companies making homebrew machines that could use that catch phrase too. In recent years we’ve seen a huge influx of compact electric brewing machines and even a few all-in-one systems that can heat

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Choosing a Fermenter

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When it comes to your homebrew, most people will say the most crucial element is taking care of your fermentation, and reasonably so. Although everything involved in making your wort is important, the real stars in the process are the yeast, since they do the true heavy lifting in beer. Honestly, as brewers we’re just

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Choosing and Using Fittings

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When my friends at BYO asked if I’d be interested in writing an article on homebrew fittings I was a little reluctant, thinking, “How the heck am I going to write a reasonable length article on such a simple topic?” Fortunately I was homebrewing the following day and took mental note of the fittings I

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Expanding Equipment: Tips from the Pros

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When it comes to homebrew equipment, you can spend as much (or as little) as you’d like and still make quality beer. but there comes a point when every homebrewer decides it’s time to get bigger and better equipment. When that time comes, there are certain tools that the experts recommend, and certain tools they

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Build a Mash Temperature Controller

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I spent a lot of time controlling temperatures on the cold side of the brewing process in my early homebrew days, including temperature control during grain, hop and yeast storage, yeast propagation and maturation, fermentation, homebrew aging and serving. Adding controls to these areas definitely made a huge impact on the quality of my brew,

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Metallurgy

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Each metal has its advantages and disadvantages . . .a primer for the Do-It-Yourselfer

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Totally Tubular

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We break down the pros and cons of the vast variety of hoses and tubes available to homebrewers.


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