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10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 1


10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 1

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 I quickly went from a top 10 to over 100 tips, recommendations, tricks, hacks, suggestions and realized that many home brewers know some of these but not all of these.

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

1. Keep It Clean – PBW and Star san
2. PBW Safety
3. Star San Safety
4. Star San Dangerous for Pets
5. Cleaning Bottles
6. Never use Bleach
7. Star San spray bottles
8. Keg Cleaning
9. Keg Cleaning – Check your keg
10. Clean Disconnects (special brushes)

These tips will range from cleaning as this one was focused on to equipment recommendations to procedures/tricks/hacks/tips using during home brewing.

Items or Equipment used/suggested in this video:
The Multi-brush set I use for too many things to list 
24 oz professional grade spray bottles
Dip tube brushes
Oxyclean (The link below for Amazon is usually cheaper than local stores.) Starsan / Star San (Its actually two works so it helps sometimes in searches)  PBW
Bottle Brush
SOS Pads
Bottling Tree

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How to Clean and Sanitize Beer Bottles for Home Brewing and Remove the Labels Easily.


How to Clean and Sanitize Beer Bottles for Home Brewing and Remove the Labels Easily.

What do you need?
Step 1. Used beer bottles of course.
Step 2. A bucket or large pot
Step 3. Very hot water
Step 4. A heaping table spoon of PBW or Oxyclean (Dye/Perfume Free)
Step 5. Patience
Step 6. A scrubbing sponge just for glue residue and possibly an SOS pad Step 7. More hot water
Step 8. Star San
Step 9. A bottling brush
Step 10. A bottle tree or like (optional but very useful).

Items used in this video that you might need:
Oxyclean (The link below for Amazon is usually cheaper than local stores.) 
Starsan / Star San (Its actually two works so it helps sometimes in searches.)
PBW
Bottle Brush
SOS Pads
Scrubbing Sponges (non-scratch)
Bottling Tree
Fast Rack Rinser (Not used but many people recommend for faster cleaning) 

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2x American IPA – Anvil Foundry Small Batch Adapter – Brew House Efficiency – Back to Back Review

OMG! Yes it is that time…time to test the Anvil Foundry Small Batch Adapter to see if it has a positive impact on brew house efficiencies!

This is Part 2 of 2. I did 2 – American IPAs back to back – The same grains, the same amount of pellet hops, the same grain crush, the same PH, the same amount of starting and finishing liquid! Did it make a BHE – Brew House Efficiency difference? Might need to watch part 1 – https://youtu.be/XhNqrKnYGB0

Hell Yes it did…but YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary.

Recipe for a 5.25 gallon batch for the American IPA:
8 lbs – Pale Malt – 2 Row Belgian
1 lb 11 oz – Vienna Malt
1 lb – Carared Malt
8 oz – Acid Malt
3.5 oz Caramel / Crystal Malt 80L
1 oz – Columbus (16.2% A) – 45 minute addition
Last 5 minute additions:
2 oz – Idaho Gem (14.1% A) – 5 minute addition (1st brew)
2 oz – Eukanot (13.1% A) – 5 minute addition (2nd brew)
Added 1 heaping tsp of Wyeast Yeast Nutrient Added 4 oz cooled wort with 1/4 tsp of Super Moss HB
Imperial Labs – #44 Kveik Blend Yeast (1st Brew)
Framgarden – (2nd Brew) (Failed – so we repitched Ebbegarden)

Dry hopped for 7 days after fermentation:
2.5 oz – Idaho Gem (14.1% A) (1st brew)
2.5 oz – Eukanot (13.1% A) (2nd brew)

Equipment I used to brew this batch of beer:
Anvil Foundry 10.5 Gallon All-in-One brewing system with recirculation pump kit
Jaded Brewing Scylla
Awesome propane burner – Great quality.
Anvil 10 gallon Brew Kettle
Five Star Super Moss HB
Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
Gelatin – cheap bulk for clarifying
Hop filter for brewing
Glass Carboy
Plastic Carboy for measuring
Tilt Hydrometer during fermentation
Best Hydrometer I’ve ever used and a great company
Hop filter for dry hopping

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Transfer beer without introducing oxygen – Simple and Easy – Transfer Pump System


Transfer beer without introducing oxygen – Simple and Easy – Transfer Pump System.

The system is really easy and if you need it, get it. If you can wait I would expect lots of deals during the upcoming holidays.

Transfer Pump system I use is listed here. https://www.northernbrewer.com/products/anti-gravity-transfer-pump-kit https://www.midwestsupplies.com/products/anti-gravity-transfer-pump-kit

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Raspberry Blonde Ale – Kveik Arset Yeast – Anvil Foundry – Part 2 of 2


Raspberry Blonde Ale – Kveik Arset Yeast – Anvil Foundry – Part 2 of 2

I always do grain to glass but sadly this one went grain to drain. 🙁

This was about several things:
Testing the Cascade Raspberry Candi Syrup addition
Testing the new Anvil small batch adapter for increased Brew House Efficiencies
Testing PH management between 5.6 to 5.2 for increased Brew House Efficiencies

WOW!!! 85% BHE from this brew
Which means we will need to run some additional tests to see what gives us the best bang for the buck on BHE down the road.

I will update the recipe and details late tomorrow (08-17-20)
DR PH Meter – DR-100 (Amazing PH Meter)

Equipment I used to brew this batch of beer:
Anvil Foundry 10.5 Gallon All-in-One brewing system with recirculation pump kit
Jaded Brewing Scylla
Anvil Small Batch Adapter
Awesome propane burner – Great quality.
Five Star Super Moss HB
Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
Gelatin – cheap bulk for clarifying
Hop filter for brewing
Glass Carboy
Plastic Carboy for measuring
Tilt Hydrometer during fermentation
Best Hydrometer I’ve ever used and a great company
Hop filter for dry hopping
Air pumping to help add oxygen to your wort

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