Someone on Reddit was wondering how many kegs a cylinder of CO2 would carbonate. Using some constants from Wikipedia and absolutely no gas expansion temperature correction I made a quick spreadsheet to estimate the number. Feel free to play with the input numbers to fit your situation. Here it is! The gas density constant… Continue reading CO2 Consumption Calculator
Because I very rarely brew the same thing twice I wind up with a lot of leftover specialty grains. I had been storing them in a motley crew of plastic canisters, jelly jars, and plastic bags. After losing track of what I had on hand and buying a few redundant grains I decided that I… Continue reading Grain Storage
Every brewery needs a way to clean things, but people’s methodologies don’t get much press because they’re usually the least-sexy parts of the brewery. I’ve dual-purposed my laundry tub into a small brewery cleaning area. When I bought my house this corner of the basement was almost ready for a washer / dryer as it… Continue reading Brewery Cleaning Area
Since December ’09 I’ve been using Auber Instrument’s SYL-2352P controller on my coffee roaster. This type of controller lets you program in your desired temperature at any point in time. I’ve settled on a roast profile that seems to work well enough for the varieties that I roast. I’m sure that I ought to have… Continue reading Roasting with Ramp/Soak PID Controller
Recently splurged on a jug of Sprecher’s Cream Soda mix and made a keg of it. Lo and behold it tastes just like the real thing. But for the money I think I’ll stick to Gnome or Rainbow concentrates for future batches.
I’ve had a can of Oregon’s Cherry Puree kicking around for about a year so I decided to put in a stout. I brewed a batch of Jamil’s Sweet Stout (from Brewing Classic Styles) and added the can after the fermentation died down. I had not racked this beer to secondary. In the can the… Continue reading Oregon Cherry Puree in a Stout
Update: Full writeup available Picked up a counter-high refrigerator today for a kegerator project. I would have preferred one of the all-refrigerator units such as the Sanyo 4912 or Danby 4.4, but I absolutely could not find one of them in Milwaukee. Wal-mart has the Danby available for free drop-ship but it’s $240. The Sears… Continue reading GE Clean Steel 4.3 Kegerator Conversion
Made and kegged a two-gallon batch of Rainbow’s Cream Soda and it’s pretty good. Heavy vanilla and honey up front but there’s a small woody/anise thing around the edges mixing it up a bit. Also at the end is an unexpected ginger bite. Not bad for $6.
Today in preparation for a Halloween party I brewed a 1.050 pumpkin beer. I followed the recipe and pumpkin cooking instructions in Brewing Classic Styles and it turned out very well. The pumpkin I bought was about twelve pounds, as each quarter weighed about three pounds. Jamil’s recipe calls for five pounds of pumpkin pulp… Continue reading Pumpkin Beer
To accommodate my new HLT I turned my collapsible brew stand into a true three-tier stand. As you can see it’s not very complex. The back legs are pinioned by lag bolts allowing them to swing freely and be folded up for storage. I’ve used it twice now and it’s very stable even with 10+… Continue reading HLT Piggyback