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Kettle Upgrade for all grain BIAB [R]

1 year, 7 months agohoky315 posted submission on Homebrewing.
July 9, 2018

Hi all! First, thank you so much for this wonderful subreddit. I've learned so much just lurking and reading what everyone is working on. It's my first time posting here, but I just need someone to give me the nod on this.

I've been brewing all grain with a buddy of mine and extract on my own on the stove top. Also been doing some kegging and built a keezer (on my own thanks to lovely posts here - obligatory album ). At this point, I'm trying to make the plunge into brewing all grain outdoors. When I brew with my friend, we do the traditional 3 container method, but after a lot of research, I want to try BIAB. I use a limited monthly budget to flesh out my brewing equipment, and I want to get this thing rolling ASAP so I can switch to all grain while it's still warm out. That means keeping it affordable.

So here lies the question, will this kettle be serviceable? I THINK it will work, but I'm not confident enough to pull the trigger on my own. It's aluminum and obviously, it doesn't have a port, thermometer, or graduations. I can upgrade to stainless later if I really need to. My goal right now is to get a functioning all grain system going.

It appears I will also need a pulley system, propane burner, and wort chiller. Any other suggestions or things I am over looking? Cheers!

1 year, 7 months agohoky315 posted comment on Homebrewing.
July 10, 2018

If you make 5 gallon batches that's plenty big enough, however I am a big fan of the 'buy once, cry once' train of thought so I'd suggest scraping together a bit more money and going with something like this kettle. It's 16 gallons so you can make double batches down the road, and it has two ports plus gallon markings.

You'll definitely need a propane burner and a wort chiller (I'd recommend the Jaded Hyrdra chiller, no other chiller comes close). I don't use a pulley, even for my 10 gallon batches. I just pull the bag out. Also, you'll need a bag. Wilser brewer makes great bags.

I'd also suggest grabbing a comically large whisk. Makes dough balls a thing of the past!

Switching to BIAB - Some Questions on Process [R]

1 year, 12 months agoaustin713 posted submission on Homebrewing.
Feb. 21, 2018

Hi folks!

TL;DR Switching to BIAB from standard all-grain. Please weigh in on my process and equipment plan if you have time. Thanks :)

I have been doing "standard, but not optimized" all-grain brewing for a while now. 10 gallon cooler mash/lauter tun, single burner, immersion chiller, 15 gallon kettle for full boils, and 5 gallon kettle for sparge water. It involved lots of carrying things around and usually an extra set of hands, and was pretty frustrating. This was effectively the cheap all-grain solution for college student brewing, that I had grown out of but hadn't made the change.

I now am not a broke college student, and have "more money than time", and not-too-much-space. So optimizing for "let's put some money into my brewing process to make it much easier, and also more compact" pretty obviously pushed me towards BIAB. I know I may take a slight efficiency hit, but it's worth the slight cost increase in grain to save a few hours / not have to store a giant 3-tier system.

But, I have some questions on how exactly to go forward with this. I'd really appreciate your thoughts:

Basic Process

I bought The Brew Bag and pulleys. Edit1 I also have high-temp silicon gloves for squeezing the grains.

I figure I'll just put a 2x4 on top of a ladder in the short-term and hang the grain from that. I figure I'll roll the bag up slightly and clamp it while mashing (so it doesn't scorch on the bottom of the kettle), and then after mash lift the grain and let it drain / squeeze the grains1, then go about my boil / immersion chill / rack to fermenter as normal.

In the future I'd probably build a standalone collapsible pulley rig, but the ladder will likely work short-run.

  1. Is there anything obvious I'm missing? This seems pretty straightforward to me, but worth a double check :)

My main question refers to new equipment I'm looking into:

New Equipment / Going Forward

I'm likely going to get a new kettle. I have a Bayou Classic 62 Quart SS Kettle. It's very bare-bones, and tough to work with, especially for pouring wort.

I'm thinking of upgrading to the 15 Gallon SS Brewtech, and also including the built-in thermometer. Some questions here:

  1. Will the thermometer / valve on the bottom interfere with the BIAB bag? Do I have to worry about those things breaking the bag?

  2. I occasionally do 10 gallon batches, where a buddy and I split the wort. Could I do 10 gallons BIAB in a 15 gallon kettle? I'd ideally not have to get a 20 gallon kettle just for the occasional 10 gallon batch (since I mostly do 5 gallons and would like the heat efficiency).

I have considered using a hop spider as well, to simplify cleanup. As mentioned I use an immersion chiller and intend to keep doing so, so it isn't about keeping a plate chiller clean; rather, it's just easer to deal with less mess, even if it might cause a slight hit to IBUs.

  1. Is there any problem with using a hop spider + the SS Brewtech trub dam for racking my beer from kettle --> fermenter? i.e. could it lead to off flavors / not enough yeast food?

I'm fine with having "less hop nastiness to clean" / overkill, but ideally I wouldn't want to cause issues with my beer :)

Other Advice for "More Money Than Time"

Lastly, I was hoping to pick the community's brain on ideal process improvements for "I have more money than time, but also like the actual act of brewing outside in the nice weather"

I've looked at things like picobrew, electric systems, etc. But I enjoy the actual brewing more than the experimenting / drinking --> it's a social thing to do with friends / my wife (no kids yet), and I live in a place that's usually sunny enough to brew outside and make a morning / afternoon of it. Maybe this means I'm not really on the "too little time" constraint for homebrewers yet, in which case I won't break what's working for me. But surely there are folks in a similar boat, who are trying to optimize their brewing process while still fundamentally doing "old fashioned brewing" with a rolling boil on an outdoor flame?

Anyways, any general ideas on easy "low-hanging fruit" process improvements would be really appreciated :). My whole process, kettle --> glass, will look like:

  1. Buy ingredients per-brew, at LHBS
  2. Yeast starter + stir plate
  3. Edit1 Prepping my water with some basic salts (gypsum, chalk, baking soda, salt, etc.) + Beersmith's water calculator + my town's water chemistry report
  4. BIAB (Edit1 with pulley system silicon gloves), boil, rack to fermenter
  5. Ferment in fermentation chamber (temp-controlled freezer)
  6. Rack to kegs for serving (out of 3-tap keezer, and keezer =/= ferm chamber)
  7. Force carb & serve

Thanks in advance everyone!

1 I know squeezing grains is contentious, but the linked xBeeriment seems to suggest it's not a problem, and in any case this isn't really the main point in the post

EDIT1 Clarifying that I have gloves, adding water process to the

1 year, 12 months agoaustin713 posted comment on Homebrewing.
Feb. 21, 2018

your process looks pretty good, i have the 15gal ss brewtech and i would get it without the thermo. you are just going to cause problems with the bag. another thing i would get is a giant whisk for mashing and creating whirlpools/oxegenating

also i use this giant colander on top of my 15 gal brewtech kettle to rest the bag in and squeeze with some silicone gloves. the gloves are a must with BIAB.

i used to use a hop bag but ever since going away from it i have found my beers have gained some hop character they were lacking before.

also make sure you are treating your water for chlorine with campden tablets before brewing, and if you want to go one step further you can build your water up from scratch. i fill up 2 6 gallon containers at the windmill express for .25c a gal and add gypsum, cacl, epsom etc from there.

Looking to switch to all grain, question about equipment [R]

2 years agoMagnussens_Casserole posted submission on Homebrewing.
Feb. 14, 2018

Hey guys and gals,

So I've been brewing with extract and partial mash for a couple years and it's been fun, but I want to start crafting my own recipes, and doing SMaSH stuff. For this I want to switch to all grain, as well as I think the process is more fun when you do it from scratch. I don't really know what I would need though, would it be better to get a cooler and make it a mash tun, or try to do BIAB with a kettle? Also, I live in an apartment so while I currently brew on a stove top, I understand that in order to get the full volume boil I would likely need to move outside, so recommendations on a set up for that would be much appreciated!

Alternatively, I'm also interested if anyone has any success stories with all grain brewing on an electronic stove top. I'm considering doing a split boil and doing half a batch at a time in my 5 gallon kettle.

I think I'm mostly bouncing ideas off you guys who no doubt have been through this time and time again. Cheers!

EDIT: I just wanted to thank everyone for the help on this and assure you all that I've been reading every reply! I've been going through the links that a few of you have provided as well and I'm pretty optimistic! Thanks!

Starter Kit for BIAB Technique [R]

2 years, 3 months agochino_brews posted submission on Homebrewing.
Oct. 25, 2017

Hey /r/homebrewing!

After doing a bit of research I've come across the BIAB method. I'm interested in putting together a starter kit of my own, where I can pick and choose the specific items I want, instead of getting a prepackage one, because I've found that there are quite a few things that I don't want (i.e. capper [going to use lever caps, caps, lower quality items), and it ends up being about the same price, maybe a bit more.

Anyway, so I've found a good website and have put together the following: - Digital Thermometer - Hydrometer - Autosiphon w/ tubing - Bottle Filler w/spring tip - SS Brewtech 20L Brew Kettle - 19-23L Reusable brew bag - Speidel 30L Fermenter w/ spigot and airlock - Star San - 8.5 kW Gas burner and propane hose - Plastic Stirring Spoon 39cm (plan to make a more robust, visually pleasing beech spoon at a later date)

This all works out to be about 320 Euros, the prepacked kits are just over 3, but I'd be much happier to pay the extra 15 for this setup (the SS kettle for example is 100 times nicer than the kit kettle)

I'm planning to just buy preground grain as a start, pellet hops and I'm not too sure about yeast yet. In all honesty I haven't looked much into the yeast portion of things yet. I've seen yeast starters with magnetic agitators etc, but as far as I know there are simpler alternatives that require little or no extra equipment. Is that right?

In terms of cooling the wort I've considered two options: 1) the "leave out overnight" method 2) making my own rapid wort cooler with copper tubing and reducers to adapt a garden hose thread.

I'm probably leaning more towards the latter, but initially anyway as an attempt to keep costs down I'm leaving this off the order.

So my questions are: Is there anything else I'm missing? (Aside from ingredients)

Is there anything I've got on this order that I really don't need?

Thanks a lot in advance for any tips you're able to provide, I'm really looking forward to this.

Cheers, John

2 years, 3 months agochino_brews posted comment on Homebrewing.
Oct. 26, 2017

No, that's not going to get you the effect of a whisk. Don't feel like you have to buy everything from one retailer. None of the homebrew retailers sell the comically large whisk, so most people get it from Amazon (US). You could get free shipping from amazon.fr if you live in Belgium.

What’s the cheapest item that’s enhanced your brewing experience? Bonus points for also sharing your most expensive regret. [R]

2 years, 4 months agoelreeso55 posted submission on Homebrewing.
Oct. 2, 2017

Sometimes cheaper is better. I want to know what inexpensive brew items you all love.

2 years, 4 months agoelreeso55 posted comment on Homebrewing.
Oct. 2, 2017

Honestly, I find that my comically oversized whisk is cheaper, more effective, and easier to clean than a mash paddle.

Efficiency frustrations - undershooting every brew [R]

2 years, 8 months agochino_brews posted submission on Homebrewing.
June 3, 2017

I'm getting very sick of 4-4.5% beers. I enjoy the beer I make, but I feel like no matter what I do I end up with gravity in the mid 1.040s.

I use full volume BIAB, although I sometimes experiment with sparges of some sort. I made a volume measuring stick (hopefully it's accurate) but this is only my second batch using it, so I don't have a ton of information on volumes. All I know is that I seem to consistently end up under volume and under gravity. I double crush my grains at the shop. Hell, I even tried using a friend's cooler system to brew a batch, but I still ended up a bit low.

What's going on? How can I get a decent efficiency and predictable gravity numbers?

2 years, 8 months agochino_brews posted on Homebrewing.
June 4, 2017

Assuming you are able to achieve mash temps within the gelatinization range of your grain and saccharification range of your enzymes, then the six things you need to control to get consistently predictable efficiency are:

  1. Grain weight and crush
  2. Water volumes
  3. Dough-in consistency and mash intensity
  4. Lauter technique
  5. Preboil volume and gravity
  6. Mash pH

Grain weight: this is basic; if you can't weigh your grain properly then hope is lost for predicting your post-lauter gravity.

Grain crush: a good crush vs. a poor crush makes a big difference in efficiency. Many LHBSs crush very coarsely (0.041" mill gap or wider) because they don't want to be blamed for people getting stuck lauters, but probably don't mind if they buy an extra lb of grain due to poor efficiency. This is a good reason to get a double crush if you must mill at the LHBS -- or buy your own mill. BIABers using a high quality bag can crush at 0.025" or narrower without any problems. Too coarse of a crush can negatively affect conversion efficiency. Of course, too fine of a crush can lead to lautering problems with some non-BIAB lautering systems.

Water volumes: affect conversion efficiency, lauter efficiency, and dilution. People fail to account for the fact that if they collect less wort per lb of grist on one beer compared to their other beers, they will likely have lower lauter efficiency.

Dough-in consistency: if you can't mix the grain and water well enough to avoid dough balls and hydrate all grain particles sufficiently to allow the enzymes to work to maximum efficiency, then your extraction will suffer. Many brewers try to jam too much grist into too small of a mash tun and end up with problems with dough-in (and water volumes). A high water:grist ratio helps in mixing the mash, but alone is insufficient to ensure good mixing. Dough balls are an all-too-common problem for home brewers. Many home brewers on this sub have found a Comically Large Whisk ^(TM) -- aka a stainless steel 24" wire whisk -- to be a superior mash stirrer at the home brew scale.

Mash intensity: the more intense your mash (longer, more steps, more mixing), the more likely you will get higher conversion efficiency compared to a less intense mash.

Lautering: a poor fly sparge can lead to channeling of wort, and poor efficiency. This could be a matter of lautering too fast or poor fluid dynamics in the lauter tun due to poor manifold/filter design. With batch sparging and no-sparge BIAB, this is less of a concern.

Preboil volume and gravity: while the wort you collect is more of what you get after you control the other factors, rather than something you can directly control, you can and should adjust the recipe before the boil if you miss your efficiency by a lot. The six levers you can control are: boil longer before first hops, dump out wort and dilute to planned SG, dilute wort and adjust hops to make larger batch size, adjust hops and make smaller batch size, or add extract to achieve planned SG.

Mash pH: can have a significant effect on conversion efficiency.

Edit: added clarification from /u/pricelessbrew to mash intensity section, and comments from others.

Whats the coolest thing you have re-purposed for your brewery? [R]

2 years, 10 months agohoky315 posted submission on Homebrewing.
April 19, 2017

While perusing For Sale sites I often see cool old stuff/antiques and think "how can I use this for my brewery?" Avoiding the obvious fridge/freezer as a kegerator/fermentation chamber; whats the coolest thing you have done?

2 years, 10 months agohoky315 posted on Homebrewing.
April 20, 2017

Converted an old wine fridge from craigslist into a brewpi controlled fermentation chamber

I use this as a mash paddle

This hobby is the one hobby to rule them all [R]

2 years, 11 months agoMarch 3, 2017

Today the Nintendo Switch releases in stores, and I was really close to pulling the trigger and dropping ~$500 on the system, games and accessories. Instead, I thought how much that purchase would eat into my brewing budget, so I stocked up on hops for the year at YVH, and am upgrading/adding equipment (stainless mash paddle, stainless drill whirlpool, TILT hydrometer etc).

This year I won't be gaming as much.

2 years, 11 months agokennymfg posted on Homebrewing.
March 3, 2017

Last time I was into gaming was the Sega Genesis in 1990 or so. Prior to that the all time best Atari. hahahah I'm sure I would love these new systems tho.

btw I was considering dropping serious coin on a mash paddle and instead (thanks to some folks' advice) bought this kickass giant whisk! for cheap!

What is your best home brewing purchase? [R]

3 years, 2 months agoFast_Homebrew posted submission on Homebrewing.
Dec. 11, 2016

What is the best purchase you folks have made for homebrewing? Not necessarily the best deal, but just something you got that has been a game changer. Doesn't have to be your Blichmann G2 or any high end equipment.

Mine has been a good instant read thermometer. Best $50 I've ever spent.

3 years, 2 months agoFast_Homebrew posted on Homebrewing.
Dec. 12, 2016

Is it like this? That's probably exactly the right size for my BIAB urn. So do you just dumb everything straight in and whisk away?

BIAB Oktoberfest recipe? [R]

3 years, 6 months agoHelloSluggo posted submission on Homebrewing.
Aug. 16, 2016

Hello, friends!

My buddy and I have been extract brewing for about a year now (5 gal batches) and have been wanting to graduate to all-grain in time to do a good Oktoberfest. We don't think we can afford all new equipment at the minute, but would like to try BIAB.

Our question is: Are there any sources for specifically BIAB recipes, or is it pretty much just any all-grain recipe can be made that way? And would anyone care to share an Oktoberfest recipe (on mobile, so can't easily check sub rules to see if that's a no-no) that they like?

3 years, 6 months agoHelloSluggo posted on Homebrewing.
Aug. 17, 2016

Yes, but double-milling grain goes a long way toward correcting this. If you're milling on your own, just set the mill for a much finer crush. The probability of doughballs goes up with a finer crush, but one of these works very well for stirtheshitoutofit factor.

Go ahead and buy that long-ass stainless steel spoon [R]

4 years, 1 month agoholybarfly posted submission on Homebrewing.
Dec. 31, 2015

Running the immersion chiller yesterday in my Irish ale, almost at yeast-pitch temperature, I asked my daughter to take a turn stirring while I got the carboy ready. Just then I heard a splashy "clunk;" she had dropped the whole spoon into the wort.

Not her fault, of course; it could have happened to anyone. If I had sanitized the spoon handle and asked her to wash her hands, I might would have just fished it out and pressed on. But I had done neither, so the pot went back on the burner, got heated back up to 165, and cooled back down again.

Lesson learned: if your process requires stirring cooled wort, go ahead and spend $8 on the stupid long spoon.

4 years, 1 month agoholybarfly posted on Homebrewing.
Dec. 31, 2015

Get this. I don't even use my long spoon anymore.

BIAB Mashout Question [R]

4 years, 3 months agoaliendogfishman posted submission on Homebrewing.
Nov. 17, 2015

OK, so I am interested in what I have read re: lower mash temp (lower 150s) can result in cleaner, crisper beer (which I love).

If i were to mash in the low 150s and then slam the temp up to 172 to mash out wouldn't that negate the whole mash at a lower temp for crisper beer?


4 years, 3 months agoaliendogfishman posted on Homebrewing.
Nov. 17, 2015

I see you already got a quality answer from /u/pricelessbrew but I biab and have been getting 75-80% efficiency so here are my tips!
Have a fine crush. Buying a barely crusher was a game changer for me.
Make sure your volumes are correct!.
Use this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002AGX3BK/ref=pdlposbsdpss1?pfrdp=1944687742&pfrds=lpo-top-stripe-1&pfrdt=201&pfrdi=B002ZJ8X8U&pfrdm=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pfrd_r=0YPHY65D2Q2GHTQKTDPN
And squeeze the crap out of your bag, I use something similar to these http://www.superiorglove.com/chemstop-terry-lined-heavy-duty-neoprene-chemical-resistant-gloves

Daily Q & A! - August 31, 2015 [R]

4 years, 5 months agotestingapril posted submission on Homebrewing.
Aug. 31, 2015

Welcome to the daily Q & A!

  • Have we been using some weird terms?
  • Is there a technique you want to discuss?
  • Just have a general question?
  • Read the side bar and still confused?
  • Pretty sure you've infected your first batch?
  • Did you boil the hops for 17.923 minutes too long and are sure you've ruined your batch?
  • Did you try to chill your wort in a snow bank?
  • Are you making the next pumpkin gin?

Well ask away! No question is too "noob" for this thread. No picture is too tomato to be evaluated for infection! Seriously though, take a good picture or two if you want someone to give a good visual check of your beer.

Also be sure to use upbeers to vote on answers in this thread. Upvote a reply that you know works from experience and don't feel the need to throw out "thanks for answering!" upvotes. That will help distinguish community trusted advice from hearsay... at least somewhat!

4 years, 5 months agotestingapril posted on Homebrewing.
Aug. 31, 2015

Make sure to turn off the burner, or better yet, remove the pot from the burner when adding the extract and use one of those comically large whisks to get it mixed.


Best homebrew finds on Amazon? [R]

5 years, 1 month agoskeletonmage posted submission on Homebrewing.
Jan. 7, 2015

I've recently seen that there's a lot of homebrew supplies on Amazon. What are your favorites? Most essential? Least known? Nifty contraptions?

5 years, 1 month agoskeletonmage posted on Homebrewing.
Jan. 7, 2015

Daily Q & A! [R]

5 years, 1 month agoanykine posted submission on Homebrewing.
Dec. 31, 2014

Have we been using some weird terms? Is there a technique you want to discuss? Just have a general question? Welcome to the daily Q & A! Read the side bar and still confused? Pretty sure you've infected your first batch? Did you boil the hops for 17 minutes too long and are sure you've ruined your batch? Well ask away! No question is too "noob" for this thread. And no picture is too potato to be evaluated for infection! Seriously though take a good picture or two if you want someone to give a good visual check of your beer/mead/pumpkin gin.

Also be sure to use upvotes to vote on answers in this thread. Upvote a reply that you know works from experience and don't feel the need to throw out "thanks for answering!" upvotes. That will help distinguish community trusted advice from hearsay...at least somewhat!

5 years, 1 month agoanykine posted on Homebrewing.
Dec. 31, 2014

Please help me decide how to spend $250.

I have a $100 gift certificate for my local homebrew store and $150 cash. US Dollars.

Below I explain how I brew and what equipment I have. I'm thinking of upgrading to a better immersion chiller. Or, I'm thinking of buying a stirplate and Erlenmeyer flask. I do step up starters using a jug. I have an general concern a big Erlenmeyer flask will break. I don't have a gas stove so I think I'd boil in a pot and transfer. I mostly do 2 to 3 liter starters.

QUESTION: before I buy a stirplate and flask, or a better chiller, do you think I should buy something else? Critiques are appreciated.

Please take a look at what I have already and help me decide:

How I Brew

All grain. Buy grain at store, they grind for free. Buy hops and yeast from them too. 5.5 gallon (20.8 liter) batches (volume before into fermentor). Ales. Brew in a Northern Californian garage with doors open. Igloo cooler. 60 minute mash. 2x Batch sparge. Single burner. Heat strike water, dough-in, mash. Heat sparge water 20 min before end of mash. Vorlauf. Drain wort into bucket. After first running drained, batch sparge in two phases. Vorlauf into same bucket as first runnings. When last sparge water is mixed in, start heating first two runnings. Add third runnings to boil kettle when done. Boil etc. Immersion chiller on until down to 100F (37.7C), then circulate ice water through chiller with pond pump to pitching temp. Oxygenate with diffusion stone. Pitch yeast. Seal. Rock fermentor. Pour a beer. Clean. Sanitize. Worry.


  • 15 gallon aluminum pot with sight glass and three piece ball lock valve.

  • Camp Chef burner - 60,000 BTU

  • 10 gallon (37.8 liter) igloo cooler with 3/8 inch output: Bazooka screen attached to bulkhead to nylon barbed fitting to nylon turncock.

  • Homemade brew rake.

  • 24" Big ass stainless wire whisk.

  • 25 foot, 3/8 inch copper immersion chiller.

  • 25 foot, 3/8 inch copper pre-chiller. Sucky homemade.

  • Pond pump set up for recirculating ice water through chiller.

  • Refractometer.

  • Thermopen.

  • Oxygen / diffuser to oxygenate wort.

  • 5 pound CO2 tank and Regulator.

  • Three 5 gallon ball lock kegs

  • Two 5 gallon pin lock kegs converted to ball lock fittings.

  • 7 cubic foot Holliday brand chest freezer I've converted to a keezer (2x4 collar) with two Perlick 630SS faucets, using a Johnson Controls analog temp controller (cold only).

  • Growler filler that fits into faucets.

  • 7 cubic foot Idylis brand chest freezer; no with collar. STC-1000+ from Brewsbysmith; I feel bad I was too impatient to wait for The Black Box. Read what /u/Brulosopher has to say about it.

  • Fermwrap connected to that STC-1000+.

  • Three 6.5 plastic fermenter buckets (but I ferment in kegs 90% of the time).

  • Thermowell that fits in bung; hole in a bucket lid. I use a ThermoWorks probe thermometer - bent the probe to fit down the thermowell.

  • One 6 gallon glass carboy.

  • One 3 gallon glass carboy.

  • Six 1 gallon glass jugs.

  • Bottling bucket.

  • Red Baron Capper.

  • I make starters in one of the glass jugs. (I use 'intermittent shaking' as I do not have a stir plate.)

  • Vacuum bagger.

  • RV water filter and beverage hose.

  • Digital scales.

  • Hop spider

  • Books: Water. Hops. Yeast. Malt. Designing Great Beers. Brewing Classic Styles. Experimental Brewing. Brew Like A Monk.

  • Beersmith.

  • pH meter (edit: forgot to list this earlier)

Comments / Concerns

  • I don't have an interest in fly sparging.

  • Spouse won't tolerate elevating a burner above waist level.

  • Not sure if pump cleaning is worth it.

  • Spouse won't tolerate a noisy stir plate in the house. I guess if I got one I could put in the fermentation freezer.

  • No room on freezer to buy bulk hops.

  • Don't bank yeast in fridge because no room and I fear infection.

  • Don't grind at home as no room for grain storage and past problem with mice.

tl;dr I have $250 to spend, given what I already have, how should I spend it?

A Few of My Favorite Things | Gift Ideas for a Homebrewer [R]

5 years, 2 months agobrulosopher posted submission on Homebrewing.
Nov. 24, 2014
5 years, 2 months agobrulosopher posted on Homebrewing.
Nov. 24, 2014

Solo extract kit brewing life hack request [R]

5 years, 2 months agoanykine posted submission on Homebrewing.
Nov. 23, 2014

This is probably the saddest thing I've ever posted on this subreddit or anyone but I need some help.

I solo brewed for the first time without my ex to kinda prove I can do this and I do all the work anyway so there is no reason I can't keep this hobby going.

I had no problems until I had to start pouring powder extract and stirring at the same time. The whole time I was trying to pour it slowly and stir but it's...tough, used to having someone pour while I stir or whatever.

Is there a technique I'm missing out on or what? I have a kit for tomorrow but I really don't know how I should be doing this one step. Pouring in hops or whatever and stirring is no problem but the big bag of powder and stirring at same time is tough, how do you single miserable fucks do it? :(

5 years, 2 months agoanykine posted on Homebrewing.
Nov. 23, 2014

I use a big ass whisk and whisk like hell. (Heat off). I also use big metal bowl and shake the DME in. I shake the bowl side to side to sprinkle in the powder. You can submerge the bowl in the wort to wash off the stuck on DME.

Here is an example of the whisk: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002AGX3BK/ref=asliss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002AGX3BK&linkCode=as2&tag=hombrefin-20

Edit: stick --> stuck

Advice requested: switching from all-grain to BIAB [R]

5 years, 4 months agoMudTownBrewer posted submission on Homebrewing.
Oct. 17, 2014

Perhaps it's a strange thing to ask, but are there any gotchas for a 4-year veteran of all-grain brewing who's going to try BIAB for the first time?

What am I likely to get wrong? What am I likely to over-worry about?

I'm hoping to cut some serious time off my brew day by going BIAB.


5 years, 4 months agoMudTownBrewer posted on Homebrewing.
Oct. 17, 2014

You're efficiency will likely improve, especially if you double-crush your grains or set your mill to a finer setting, and squeeze your bag.

One trick I've started doing is when my mash is done I heat it up to 170 while stirring before taking the bag out. I seem to get a bit more of the sugars out this way. (I have a thick bottom pot so I don't have to worry about scorching the bag).

Also, buy one of these giant whisks. I used mine for the first time on my last brew and it made stirring the mash so much easier! Much better than a spoon or paddle.

BIAB? Instead of stirring with a large spoon or mash paddle, try one of these. [R]

6 years, 9 months agokds1398 posted submission on Homebrewing.
April 30, 2013
6 years, 9 months agokds1398 posted on Homebrewing.
May 1, 2013

I think this would be way better.

I used one of those before upgrading to a paint mixer hooked up to a cordless drill which absolutely destroys dough balls & mixes the mash very quickly with little effort. Not sure how a paint mixer would work with biab though.