While I have been brewing with the Grainfather (all electric) for the past year, I’ve seen both a need and desire to go back to brewing on a burner occasionally. One of the biggest frustrations with regular burner brewing is making sure you have enough propane on hand to finish the job. We recently moved to Texas, and the home we bought has a natural gas bib under the covered patio = perfect time to convert from propane to natural gas.
Category: Equipment Review
I received the Siphonless Big Mouth Bubbler (SBMB) as a birthday gift. I’ve used brew buckets and glass carboys for all past brews. Brew buckets are easy to use and clean, but require a siphon to rack your beer to secondary or keg, and carboys are great for conditioning beers but also require you to […]
I received an e-mail from Midwest Supplies, asking me to come back. I have used them in the past but had since defaulted to my LHBS and Northern Brewer due to speed of shipping and overall customer service. Since Midwest wanted to give me 20% off, I thought why not, I’ll order supplies for a stout […]
I just picked up my second Ranco Electronic Temperature Controller (ETC-111000). I bought the first soon after I started brewing, to brew my first lager. Last year it was installed in my keezer, which means fermentation temperatures have been mostly uncontrolled (which has an impact on final taste). So, we have a small freezer we […]
One of the best decisions I made (about a year after starting my brewing hobby) was to move from traditional bottling to kegging my brews. Kegging is so much easier than bottling, because you clean and sanitize a 5 gallon keg instead of lots of 12oz/16oz bottles. You can also fine tune your carbonation levels, whereas with bottle conditioning whatever level you prime at, you are stuck with. But, this isn’t a post on kegging (maybe I’ll do one of those in the future), this is my review of the Blichmann Beer Gun, a stainless steel device used to bottle beer off a keg.
I decided it was time to stop pouring my draft beer out of picnic taps in my chest freezer, and to finally build a keezer. I timed the build (quite conveniently) when my dad came to visit me for the week. It was a good decision, because he had great ideas from building the collar, to putting it on wheels.