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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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GrainFather and Anvil Foundry Compared – Watch before buying.


Warning this is a 30 minute video but it will be worth your time if you are considering buying an Anvil Foundry or a GrainFather system.

I’ve owned two GrainFathers and I currently use an Anvil Foundry so I will give my honest opinion and try to be as non-bias as humanly possible as I feel both systems are great in their own but each one does have either advantages or features the other one may not have at this time.

If you find this video help please consider using one of my links below to make your purchase as it helps with my costs for producing this channel. Thank You.

David Heath Homebrew Channel

GrainFather G30 (new series)
Anvil Foundry 10.5 Gallon All-in-One brewing system with recirculation pump kit
RoboBrew – Brewzilla v3.1.1

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The Perfect All in One Brewing System for All Grain Brewing


The Perfect All in One Brewing System for All Grain Brewing by Bitter Reality Brewing.

Nothing is perfect but if you had to design the perfect all in one brewing system for all grain brewing based on what you currently know, how would you design it? Please let me know in the comments.

Please let me know what features you would add or take away from your perfect system. I used 4 systems as comparisons to help people understand the features I am discussing by giving them examples of these features and how they exist today.

I truly believe all of these systems have a lot of great features but would love to see the majority of them in one system. If there are patents blocking one company from using a certain feature then maybe that feature needs to be reworked and either done differently or improved upon. There is always more than one way to do just about anything to some degree of course.

Equipment discussed in this video:
Anvil Foundry 10.5 Gallon All-in-One brewing system with recirculation pump kit
BrewZilla All Grain Brewing System with Pump 220v
The GrainFather Connect
Green Mountain Grills

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Flying Dog – Raging Bitch Clone on Rye – Belgian IPA Imperial – Grain to Glass – Part 2 of 2


This is a tribute to Fly Dog’s Raging Bitch beer. Essentially I found as many clone versions of it as possible to come up with my version of it. I intentionally substituted the first bittering hop addition of Warrior for Columbus as I was out of Warrior. I also added 1 lb of Rye to play on the spiciness of the already spicy brew.

Raging Bitch on Rye – Clone on Rye
5.25 gallon recipe with 90 minute boil – OG 1.0175 FG (estimated) 1.014
Currently this beer is dry hoping but is actually at 1.008 FG which would make this 8.8% by volume.
8 lbs Pale Malt, Marris Otter
6 lbs Pale Malt Belgian 2-Row
1 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt 60L
1 lb Rye Malt 1 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 60 mins
0.50 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 15 mins
0.50 oz Amarillo (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 15 mins
0.50 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 5 mins
0.50 oz Amarillo (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 5 mins
5 minute additions:
Added 1 heaping tsp of Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
Added 4 oz cooled wort with 1/4 tsp of Super Moss HB
1 oz Amarillo (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) Whirlpool for 10 mins at 150F
1 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) Whirlpool for 10 mins at 150F Belgian Ardennes – Wyeast 3522
Dry Hop Schedule:
1 oz Columbus Cryo (28.3 grams) 7 Days
1 oz Amarillo Cryo (28.3 grams) 7 Days

Equipment I used to brew this batch of beer:
Jaded Brewing Scylla
Anvil Foundry 10.5 Gallon All-in-One brewing system with recirculation pump kit
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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Flying Dog – Raging Bitch Clone on Rye – Belgian IPA Imperial – Grain to Glass – Part 1 of 2


Flying Dog – Raging Bitch Clone on Rye – Belgian IPA Imperial – Grain to Glass Brewed on Anvil Foundry and chilled with Jaded Brewing Scylla – Part 1 of 2

This is a tribute to Fly Dog’s Raging Bitch beer. Essentially I found as many clone versions of it as possible to come up with my version of it. I intentionally substituted the first bittering hop addition of Warrior for Columbus as I was out of Warrior. I also added 1 lb of Rye to play on the spiciness of the already spicy brew.

Raging Bitch on Rye – Clone on Rye
5.25 gallon recipe with 90 minute boil – OG 1.0175 FG (estimated) 1.014
Currently this beer is dry hoping but is actually at 1.008 FG which would make this 8.8% by volume.
8 lbs Pale Malt, Marris Otter
6 lbs Pale Malt Belgian 2-Row
1 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt 60L
1 lb Rye Malt 1 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 60 mins
0.50 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 15 mins
0.50 oz Amarillo (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 15 mins
0.50 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 5 mins
0.50 oz Amarillo (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) at 5 mins
5 minute additions:
Added 1 heaping tsp of Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
Added 4 oz cooled wort with 1/4 tsp of Super Moss HB
1 oz Amarillo (8.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) Whirlpool for 10 mins at 150F
1 oz Columbus (16.2% Alpha) (28.3 grams) Whirlpool for 10 mins at 150F Belgian Ardennes – Wyeast 3522
Dry Hop Schedule:
1 oz Columbus Cryo (28.3 grams) 7 Days
1 oz Amarillo Cryo (28.3 grams) 7 Days

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