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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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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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Mangove Jack’s #1 IPA – Part 2 of 2

Mangrove Jack’s #1 IPA – 100% extract beer came out amazing. I really was crossing my fingers and Mangrove Jack’s delivered on a great tasting, dry hopped extract IPA! If you just want to try brewing this would be a great starter or if you are a seasoned brewer and just want to step back and see what this is all about, I would highly recommend it. Plus you can always modify it a bit to fit your tastes.

Mangrove Jack’s #1 IPA

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