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All grain beer brewing is easier than you may think

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Red Velvet Stout – Brewed on Anvil Foundry & Chilled with Jaded Brewing Scylla – Part 2 of 2


Red Velvet Stout – Brewed on Anvil Foundry & Chilled with Jaded Brewing Scylla – Part 2 of 2

Essentially we’re brewing a Milk Stout or Oatmeal Stout based on how your looking at it but the goal is to build an amazingly velvet chocolate stout to help carry the Red Velvet flavoring which will be added as a back sweetening using Amoretti Red Velvet natural flavoring.

Recipe for a 5.25 gallon batch for the Red Velvet Stout:
6 lbs Maris Otter
2 lbs Munich I
1 lb Flaked Oats
1 lb Vienna Malt
12 oz Chocolate Wheat
12 oz Pale Chocolate
4 oz Caramel 80L
1 oz Columbus hops 16.2 A added at 65 minutes before flame out

Last 10 minutes:
1/2 Whirlfloc tablet
12 oz Lactose Sugar (last 10 minutes)
1 heaping tsp of Wyeast Yeast Nutrient

Omega 048 British XI Yeast

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
Hop filter for brewing
Glass Carboy
Plastic Carboy for measuring
Tilt Hydrometer during fermentation
Best Hydrometer I’ve ever used and a great company

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10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 5


10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 5 – Tips 41-50

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. Under Pitch vs Over Pitch.
2. Picking Yeasts and beer styles when you don’t have a temperature controls.
3. New Brewers should start with dry yeasts.
4. Consider a blow off tube for the first 24 hours of fermentation.
5. Always do a yeast starter for liquid and Kveik yeasts.
6. Always have a yeast backup plan.
7. Always aerate your wort.
8. Avoid aerating your wort after fermentation.
9. Yeast Matters!
10. Adding oxygen to wort within 24 hours of fermentation.

There have been many but this is the one I believe I remember from what I was trying to get across in #10
http://brulosophy.com/2020/02/03/wort-aeration-single-vs-double-dose-of-oxygen-in-a-high-og-ale-exbeeriment-results/

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

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10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 4


10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 4 – Tips 31-40

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. Buy supplies based on long-term needs.
2. Buy supplies / equipment during sales
3. Buy two of everything glass
4. Buy an accurate thermometer (don’t assume based on price)
5. Buy hose by the roll and always have spare on hand.
6. Spare parts – buy in quantities when possible – disconnects as an example 7. Buy the right sized carboys or even brewing systems.
8. Carboy handle
9. Wood mash paddle with flat edge on bottom and holes to allow flow
10. 2 Digital scales – 1 for grams and 1 for ounces and pounds

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

Items or Equipment used/suggested in this video:
Sites to check out for sales – Adventures in Homebrewing
Great Fermenations
MoreBeer

Equipment –
Glass Carboy
Best Hydrometer I’ve ever used and a great company
Inexpensive Mash Paddle
Fancier Mash Paddle
Other Mash Paddles
Hand made Mash Paddle
Great scale and inexpensive for grains and hops
Great gram scale that is also inexpensive

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Brewferm – Sacred Saison – Belgian Ale – Extract to Glass – Part 1 of 2


Brewferm – Sacred Saison – Belgian Ale – Extract to Glass – Part 1 of 2

Use coupon discount code BrewfermBRB10 to get 10% off your purchase!

I brewed this for two reasons:
One – I was curious and love Belgian beers so I wanted to try this.
Two – This is awesome for beginners and home brewers just looking to make a quick and easy brew for friends.

If you are looking for a great Christmas gift for someone looking to do their first beer brew without headaches or problems I would highly recommend this as a first or even a second brew as the quality is awesome and anyone would be proud to share this with friends.

https://brewferm.com/pages/the-perfect-gift-for-beer-enthusiasts
Use coupon discount code BrewfermBRB10 to get 10% off your purchase! The Mother of all starter kits bundle is hands down the best deal as you get 3 brews (4 gallons each x 3) and the bottle capper with the caps!

If you love Belgian beers and want to get your feet wet brewing this is a very cheap way to start and see if you enjoy the basics while enjoying some quality beer that was very easy to make.

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Brewferm – Sacred Saison – Belgian Ale – Extract to Glass – Part 2 of 2


Brewferm – Sacred Saison – Belgian Ale – Extract to Glass – Part 2 of 2

https://brewferm.com/pages/the-perfect-gift-for-beer-enthusiasts
Use coupon discount code BrewfermBRB10 to get 10% off your purchase!

I brewed this for two reasons:
One – I was curious and love Belgian beers so I wanted to try this.
Two – This is awesome for beginners and home brewers just looking to make a quick and easy brew for friends.

If you are looking for a great Christmas gift for someone looking to do their first beer brew without headaches or problems I would highly recommend this as a first or even a second brew as the quality is awesome and anyone would be proud to share this with friends.

https://brewferm.com/pages/the-perfect-gift-for-beer-enthusiasts
Use coupon discount code BrewfermBRB10 to get 10% off your purchase! The Mother of all starter kits bundle is hands down the best deal as you get 3 brews (4 gallons each x 3) and the bottle capper with the caps!

If you love Belgian beers and want to get your feet wet brewing this is a very cheap way to start and see if you enjoy the basics while enjoying some quality beer that was very easy to make.

For new brewing use the siphon that comes with the Brewferm kit but for advanced brewers with keg systems the transfer pump system is awesome. Transfer Pump system I use is listed here.
Duotight flow control

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