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All grain beer brewing is easier than you may think

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10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 7


10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 7

I was working to share knowledge I’ve learned over the years and to inform on things every home brewer should be aware of from Beginners to Advanced and some you may have never heard of.

I will work to share 10 different home brewing tips every week for the next 10+ weeks.

1. Soda Steam
2. Scrub Brushes – Right size for the right job.
3. Long handled SS perforated spoon.
4. Pyrex.
5. Funnel with filter.
6. Beer Kits – Take your time.
7. Beer Kits – Read, Read, and Read.
8. Modifying Beer Kits.
9. Avoid dumping sugar into your brews.
10. Bulk Priming

These tips will range from cleaning to equipment recommendations to procedures/tricks/hacks/tips using during home brewing.

Links to hardware recommended in this video:
Soda Stream bundle kit with gas and bottles

Soda Stream basic kit
 
Soda Stream bottles

Brush Set

Bottle Brush

Carboy Brushes

36″ hose brush

Carboy Cleaner

Perforated spoons type 1

Perforated spoons type 1
Funnels for brewing with strainers/filters 1
Funnels for brewing with strainers/filters 2
Funnels for brewing with strainers/filters 3

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10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 6


10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 6 – Tips 51-60

I was working to share knowledge I’ve learned over the years and to inform on things every home brewer should be aware of from Beginners to Advanced and some you may have never heard of.

I will work to share 10 different home brewing tips every week for the next 10+ weeks.

1. Don’t use abrasives on Stainless Steel.
2. Water choices for new home brewers.
3. Water is your friend.
4. Brown Bottles.
5. Allow fermentation to complete 100%.
6. Consider Cask & Bottle Conditioning yeast when bottling heavily filtered / clarified beer.
7. Avoid UV light direct and indirect.
8. A secondary isn’t needed for most home brews.
9.Avoid adding water in any large quantity to your beer after or even during fermentation.
10. Aging your beer.

These tips will range from cleaning to equipment recommendations to procedures/tricks/hacks/tips using during home brewing.

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DIY Stir Plates with Heat for Kveik and Farmhouse yeasts!


DIY Heated Stir Plates for Kveik and Farmhouse yeasts!
Yes, I’ve done this before back in July but from the feedback I got I needed to do it again and decided to show how easy it is to add heat to it too.

These Stir Plates work incredibly well and are very cheap to make and will take you all of about 10 to 20 minutes max to setup. (5 minutes if you are a speed demon with a razor blade and super glue.)

You can do Kveik yeast without heat but personally I’ve found 95 F to be optimal for me compared to my normal 74 F starters. I see faster and significantly better production at the higher temps with my Kveik and Farmhouse yeast starters.

You will need razor blade or good scissors, regular Phillips screw driver, super glue (gel version preferred), left over cardboard from a box.

Dual USB 120 mm fans
The Magnets 12mm x 3mm (Remember thicker is better)
Best deal of stir bars currently Cheap stir bars that work 
A little expensive stir bars but my favorite so far as the extra size seems to help
Razor blades (if needed)
Gel Super glue (cheap)
USB Charger if needed (newer version)
Heating Pad for Heated stir plates

This is hands down the easiest stir plates to make without question. I’ve been using these things for over 3 years now and they work amazingly well and without issues. Inexpensive and very easy to make with just a few items. Yeast stir plates for getting your yeast starters ready for brew day.

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15 Norwegian Kveik and Farmhouse yeasts head to head comparisons – Part 1 of 4

15 Norwegian Kveik and Farmhouse yeasts head to head comparisons – Part 1 of 4

I’ve been dying to try all the Kveik yeasts that I’ve purchased most over the past few months but as I am like most people and impatient I’ve come up with doing all 15 that I purchased all at the same time.

I brewed a nice clean straight forward Pale Ale.
15 lbs of 2 Row Pale Malt
4 oz of 60 L Crystal / Caramel malt
1.25 Magnum at 90 minutes – 10.8 Alpha

OG of 1.060
FG – this will be based on the yeast
5.9% abv is estimated based on one of the yeasts.

Here is a list of the yeasts used:
Imperial A44 Kveik (blend of 3 Kveik yeasts)
Omega 061 Voss Kveik yeast
Omega 091 Horninal Kveik yeast
All the other yeasts were purchased from Too Far North Brewing Ebbegarden Kveik yeast
Juggernaut Kveik yeast
Lida Kveik yeast
Wollsaeter Kveik yeast
Framgarden Kveik yeast
Laerdal Kveik yeast
Gausemel Kveik yeast
Torhmodgarden Kveik yeast
Midtbust Kveik yeast
Rivenese Kveik yeast
Raftevold – was substituted with Stranda Farmhouse yeast
Arset – was substituted with Simonaitis Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast

Once this is completed there will be a part 2 for taste and aroma comparisons.

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