All grain beer brewing is easier than you may think
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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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15 Norwegian Kveik and Farmhouse yeasts head to head comparisons – Part 1 of 4

15 Norwegian Kveik and Farmhouse yeasts head to head comparisons – Part 1 of 4

I’ve been dying to try all the Kveik yeasts that I’ve purchased most over the past few months but as I am like most people and impatient I’ve come up with doing all 15 that I purchased all at the same time.

I brewed a nice clean straight forward Pale Ale.
15 lbs of 2 Row Pale Malt
4 oz of 60 L Crystal / Caramel malt
1.25 Magnum at 90 minutes – 10.8 Alpha

OG of 1.060
FG – this will be based on the yeast
5.9% abv is estimated based on one of the yeasts.

Here is a list of the yeasts used:
Imperial A44 Kveik (blend of 3 Kveik yeasts)
Omega 061 Voss Kveik yeast
Omega 091 Horninal Kveik yeast
All the other yeasts were purchased from Too Far North Brewing Ebbegarden Kveik yeast
Juggernaut Kveik yeast
Lida Kveik yeast
Wollsaeter Kveik yeast
Framgarden Kveik yeast
Laerdal Kveik yeast
Gausemel Kveik yeast
Torhmodgarden Kveik yeast
Midtbust Kveik yeast
Rivenese Kveik yeast
Raftevold – was substituted with Stranda Farmhouse yeast
Arset – was substituted with Simonaitis Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast

Once this is completed there will be a part 2 for taste and aroma comparisons.

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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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