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All grain beer brewing is easier than you may think

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Brewferm – Beastly Belge – Belgian Ale – Extract to Glass – Part 1 of 2


Brewferm – Beastly Belge – Belgian Ale – Extract to Glass – Part 1 of 2

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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Cowboy Candy with Red Ale – Jalapenos and Hungarian hot peppers


Cowboy Candy with Red Ale – Jalapenos and Hungarian hot peppers

Recipe which will make two quart Mason Jars worth:
2 lbs sliced peppers
12 ounces Red Ale (any sweet ale or Heff)
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
4 cup of Sugar
2 tbsp of pickling spice
1 tbsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp of ginger powder
2 tsp crushed garlic
2 mason jars with lids

Add the 12 oz beer to a nice simmer for a few minutes to help get rid of the carbonation and then add the 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar.
Once things are starting to bubble a little turn down the heat to a simmer and add the sugar and all other ingredients.

As for the jars they should be as sterile as possible like I added them to the boiling water for a few minutes each. Wash your peppers as much as possible and make sure your hands are clean. Trim the tops off and slice to the size desired although using a mandoline slicer is recommended for ease. Add the peppers to the simmering liquid and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes making sure everything has been cooked just enough to ensure it is sterile. Begin scopping out the peppers and add them to the jars and once all peppers have been added you can begin adding the left over liquid. Once the liquid is still very warm but not to the point it will burn you add it to both jars until filled to the top. Close and shake to get any trapped air to the top and top off both jars with the remaining liquid or apple cider vinegar and put in fridge for 2 weeks and shake periodically to move things around a bit. After two weeks…enjoy!

If you need help sourcing anything let me know but this is the mandoline I used and love to use all the time compared to many poor quality ones I’ve dealt with.
Amazing Mandoline with useful accessories
Pickling Spice 4 lbs – cheap

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Sweet and Spicy IPA Pickles


Sweet and Spicy IPA Pickles by Bitter Reality Brewing.

Recipe which will make two quart Mason Jars worth:
2 lbs pickling cucumbers
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 cup of Sugar (recommend 1/2 cup)
1.5 tbsp pickling salt
1 tsp celery seeds
2.25 tsp black peppercorns
2.25 tsp mustard seeds
12 ounces IPA or Pale Ale (Should be really hoppy!)
1/2 cup crushed ice
4 spring of fresh dill per Mason Jar
3 cloves of garlic diced and added to the Jars
1 sliced Jalepeno per jar (I used to Thai hot peppers but the Jalepenos are better in my opinion)
I also added .15 ounces of dry Citra hops for about 15 minutes but next time I would do .30 to.50 ounces of Citra dry hops for 30 minutes before adding the other ingredients.

Add the 12 oz hoppy beer to a nice simmer for a few minutes to help get rid of the carbonation and then add the 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar.
Once things are starting to bubble a little turn down the heat to a simmer and add the sugar, pickling salt, celery seeds, mustard seeds, peppercorns and allow to simmer for 10 more minutes (should be around 15 minutes total).

Remove the hops if you added them like I did and take off the burner. Add the 1/2 cup of ice to chill it down a bit.

As for the jars they should be as sterile as possible like I added them to the boiling water for a few minutes each. Wash your pickling cucumbers as much as possible and make sure your hands are clean. Trim the tips off and slice to the size desired although using a mandoline slicer is recommended for ease. Add your garlic, peppers, and sprigs of dill to the jars. Once the liquid is still very warm but not to the point it will burn you add it to both jars. Close and shake to get any trapped air to the top and top off both jars with apple cider vinegar and put in fridge for 2 weeks and shake periodically to move things around a bit. After two weeks…enjoy!

If you need help sourcing anything let me know but this is the mandoline I used and love to use all the time compared to many poor quality ones I’ve dealt with.
Amazing Mandoline with useful accessories 

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Red Velvet Stout – Brewed on Anvil Foundry & Chilled with Jaded Brewing Scylla – Part 1 of 2


Red Velvet Stout – Brewed on Anvil Foundry & Chilled with Jaded Brewing Scylla – Part 1 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 3


10 Home Brewing Tips, Recommendations, and Hacks – Week 3

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. Size Matters
2. Spare Kettle or Pot
3. Buy equipment for the long term
4. A great worth chiller is worth every dime and your time
5. Chill fast – Reduce haze and reduce infection
6. Silica Packets in DME
7. Marbles in hop sock for dry hopping
8. Avoid FAT (from food additions in beer)
9. Avoid Toxins (from food additions in beer)
10. Freeze – Thaw – Freeze

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:
Jaded Brewing Scylla
Anvil Foundry 10.5 Gallon All-in-One brewing system with recirculation pump kit
Anvil – 10 Gallon Brew Kettle

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