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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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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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World’s Easiest Stir Plate Build for Beer Yeast Starters


World’s Easiest Stir Plate Build for Beer Yeast Starters

Crazy Easy Stir Plates that work incredibly well.

I’ve been recently using these for Kveik yeast by laying a heating pad across a 2 pairs of these stir plates to give me 4 heated stir plates running between 89F to 95F (heating pad set to med (YMMV)) in a room temp of 74F. Works great.

The video ran a little long so if you have built a stir plate before and just want to jump to how to build these go to 05:45 in the video.

You will need razor blade or good scissors, regular Phillips screw driver, super glue (gel version preferred), left over cardboard.
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This is hands down the easiest stir plates to make without question. I’ve been using these things for almost 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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Simple Beer Yeast Starters and how to maintain them long term cheaply


Simple Beer Yeast Starters and how to maintain them long term. Keeping it simple with yeast, DME (Dry Malt Extract), Spring Water, and a little yeast nutrient.

Other items used:
Whisk, scale to weight DME, measuring cups, pot, mason jars, tin foil, and stir bar. Also home made stir plates using cigar boxes, 120 mm computer fan, earth magnets, and old 12v power adapters.

In this video I simply show you how to make wort for a yeast starter and I use about 0.67 ounces by weight of DME per 6 ounces of water. Heat, stir, cool, and pitch with a stir bar of course. After 24 to 36 hours I simply put the jars in a fridge to cold crash before pouring off excess malt and pouring the yeast with some malt back into a smaller mason jar for long term storage in the bottom drawers of my beer fridge. I repeat this process about every 4 months for all of the yeasts I maintain.

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