Without further ado, lets brew thru!
I have a lengthy commute, sure I have mentioned that before, and I utilize my time on the commuter train to to read other homebrewing blogs. I cam across a few recently which I am really enjoying and want to highlight them. As usual, you can view all my blogs over in the right sidebar:
- Sui Generis Brewing - Homebrew blog with a focus on yeast. The author has developed a great series of youtube videos for the beginner in yeast culturing and working in an aseptic environment. If you are interested in start a small homebrew yeast lab, definitely check out this site.
- Eric Brews - This is somewhat of a new blog created back in November to document the brewing of a ton of beer for the authors coming nuptials which are this weekend, I think? I stumpled upon Eric's blog doing my semi-weekly google searching for "induction" or basement brewing setups. Eric is using the avantco burner, too. I am hoping his blog stays frequently updated once his marital status changes.
- Shegogue Brew on HomebrewTalk - I have written a few articles and plan to write some more for the popular online homebrew community. I have also provide a link to the right specifically for my posts. I will try to plug them through future brew thrus.
Cool New Ideas - Small Batch Bottling Tips
Has your significant other every told you that you brew to often? If not, you may not be brewing enough! If so, I may have found some rationale for you to justify how infrequently you do brew, in comparison... thanks to Matthew Murray. Matthew is a homebrewer from NC who has probably been brewing more often than a lot of commercial breweries. He started a website to document his journey of brewing a beer everyday for an ENTIRE YEAR. Matthew is a little over a year into this and posted a new idea which I haven't seen before. If you are a small batch (1-2 gallon) brewer, his tips on bottling are must see will definitely speed up your process.
I have been using a new 9 gallon Bayou classic (1036) pot for my last 5 or so brews. I made this kettle change in my anticipation of going electric. The 15 gallon aluminum pot I used to use was not induction capable. The new pot came with a ball valve, and although the pain of cleaning and sanitizing my autosiphon is now relegated only to packaging day, I learned the hard way how messy it can be to try and get wort from the kettle to the fermenter with just a ball valve. I decided to solve this issue and future-proof my kettle by ordering a set of camlcok quick disconnects and silicone tubing from brewhardware.com. I used the setup to drain from my kettle to a Better Bottle on Monday when I brewed and it worked like a charm! Yet another small step in my constant goal of brewday time optimization.