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  • Home Brewing Promo Codes and Coupons

    Best Recent Homebrewing Coupon Codes and Homebrew Promo Codes for 07/23/2016! Featured Homebrew Coupon Codes and Homebrewing Promo Codes


    Home Brewer Coupon Code Date: 7/22/2016 to 7/24/2016
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    Coupon Code Date: 7/22/2016 to 7/31/2016
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    Coupon Code Link: Sale Price $195.99 Regular Price $225.99 Stainless Steel Homebrewing Fermenter
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    Sale Date: 7/22/2016 to 7/31/2016
    Adventures In Homebrewing Deal: 8 Gallon Stainless Steel Kettle for Just $49
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    An amazing price and great for 5 gallon homebrew batches!
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    Sale Date: 7/22/2016 to 7/31/2016
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    Coupon Code Date: 7/22/2016 to 7/31/2016
    More Beer Promo Codes: Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter $395
     Promo Code For 7 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter Coupon Code
    MoreBeer Promo Code: SALE ON CONICAL FERMENTERS
    MoreBeer.com Coupon Type: MoreBeer Coupon Codes for July, 2016; Limited Time and Quantity
    Coupon Code Link: Just $395.00 For A Deluxe Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter
    Homebrew and Homebrewing Promo Codes for MoreBeer






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  • The TrubTrapper Brew Kettle Screen!


    Trub Trapper Homebrewing Screen

    Trub Trapper Homebrewing Screen

     

    Every now and then a new homebrewing product comes out that catches my eye and I say, I can not believe nobody had thought of that. The Trub Trapper is one of those home brewing equipment idea.

     

    So what is the Trub Trapper and why is it so great? Well, lets start by talking a little about trub first. Trub is that thick sludge left at the bottom of your boil kettle after you have transferred your wort to the fermenter.  It is a combination of hops, compounds, proteins and solids left over after the boil. The problem is that it is very difficult to stop the trub from passing in to your fermenter. Trub formed during the boil can adversely affect fermentation and produce undesirable flavors and haze in your finished beer. It is something that you want to avoid if at all possible and I will explain further in a couple of paragraphs. You worked to remove these unwanted compounds and byproducts during the boil so you do not want to allow them in your homebrewing fermenter.

     

    How does the trub trapper work? Well, it is pretty simple really, you place the TrubTrapper in the bottom of your home brewing kettle so that your brew kettle dip tube is outside the tub trapper ring before you fill your boil kettle. You conduct your boil as you normally would and then whirlpool post boil.  Let the wort settle for approximately 10 minutes and you are ready to go. It is that simple.  The high temperature soft silicone gasket and overall weight of the TrubTrapper will keep it in place during the boil and whirlpool so there is no need to re-position, or try and unclog anything.  A small amount of the overall trub will settle outside the trub trapper filter ring during the whirlpool process, and a portion of that will flow in to the fermenter but the grand majority of the trub will be trapped inside the trub trapper which is where you want it.

     

    The TrubTrapper

    The TrubTrapper

     

    Why is trub transferring in to your fermenter such a bad thing? Well, excessive trub can coat yeast membranes impeding transport in and out of the cells which encourages metabolic by-products.  Not to mention fine particulates in trub can lead to haze formation in your finished beer. Trub can also be responsible for head retention issues, impact aroma, flavor stability and off flavors such as sulfur, harsh bitterness and soapy notes.  If you have been experiencing any of this in your home brew then the trub trapper may be exactly what you are looking for.

     

    If you like to reuse your homebrewing yeast, the trub trapper can help with that too. Excessive trub affects your ability to harvest and re-use yeast effectively and efficiently.  High trub levels make it more difficult to collect and clean the yeast and poor yeast health caused by excessive trub eliminates the ability for you to maintain the quality of your yeast which impacts the quality of your beer!

     

    So how much is the trub trapper and where can I get it? It runs for about $50 and you can find the TrubTrapper here!








  • New Digital Touch Screen Homebrewing System and Brew Rigs from MoreBeer!


    Digital Homebrewing System and Brew Rig

    Digital Homebrewing System and Brew Rig

     

    Great news homebrewers, MoreBeer just released a follow up to their popular line of Homebrewing Brew Sculptures and HomeBrew Rigs! They are bringing homebrewing into the future and to a whole new level with a digital touch screen interface for they Low Rider homebrewing stand that lets you control almost every aspect of your brew session.

     

    They are calling this new digital, stainless steel homebrewing system the Low Rider! The Low Rider is their new top of the line Single Tier Brew Sculpture. Since this brew system is low to the ground with all of the brew kettles at the same height, it allows you to access each kettle without the need for a step stool.  That is one of the reasons why these stainless steel homebrewing systems are popular pilot systems for  breweries like Russian River and Sierra Nevada.

     

    So what makes this new homebrewing rig better than the other brew rigs out there? Quite simply, they are loaded with features and are super reliable!  Also, these home brew systems are built in the USA by MoreBeer and include free shipping.  Free shipping is a big deal when it comes to a homebrewing setup like this because it can cost several hundred dollars in freight charges to ship a setup like this! Following is a list of features included with this new MoreBeer.com homebrewing rig:

     

    • 304 Food Grade Stainless Steel Stand
    • 304 stainless steel brew kettles with welded fittings, notched lids included
    • High temp march pumps, heat resistant food grade silicone tubing and specially designed stainless steel quick disconnects all come standard
    • Includes a More Beer Ultimate Sparge Arm, which is one of the best sparge systems available in home brewing.  The mash tun has a perforated stainless mash screen that is reinforced for use with pump recirculation. Internally etched volume markers on the kettles makes for simple mash water additions.
    • Top of the line homebrew burners that are fast, efficient, reliable and have precision flame control.
    • The included boil kettle features an innovative whirlpool maker! This allows the home brewer to leave the hops and trub behind when transferring your wort to your fermentor!  The bottom of the boil kettle is tri-clad with a 4mm aluminum core sandwiched between two layers of 304 stainless which helps to eliminate scorching!
    • Free Shipping!

     

    Digital Brew Rig

    Digital Brew Rig

     

    This new digital homebrewing system comes in two different versions.  The “low rider” format featured at the top of the article and this tippy dump version that is shown above. The two formats are priced similarly, so depending on which design works best for you, that can drive your choice.

     

    What makes this new MoreBeer homebrewing system so incredible is the innovative new digital touch screen brewing control system.  This new digital brew rig control system is built around a 7 inch touch screen that lets you control everything from times and temperature to setting reminders for additions throughout the entire home brewing process. They have really brought home brewing into the future with this new digital brewing system.  The touch screen control panel allows the home brewer to  choose from 3 preset mash schedules and even design their own schedule with up to 5 steps.  Best of all, the digital control module maintains the hot liquor tank temperature for you by automatically turning the burner off and on and monitoring the temp with a digital probe.  If you are old school or afraid of Sky Net taking over, there is also a manual mode that allows you to over ride the system.

     

    Click Here for all of the details and pricing on these new MoreBeer Digital Homebrewing Systems!

     

    Morebeer also sells a variety of other homebrewing rigs, brew stands, brew rigs, homebrew rack, brew sculptures and homebrewing stands from other vendors such as Blichmann and Pico Brew.






  • Stainless Steel Conical Home Brewing Fermenters for Pirates and Home Brewers Alike!


    Home brewing stainless steel conical fermenters!

    Homebrewing Fermenters

    Stainless Steel Conical Homebrewing Fermenters

     

    Back in my day, if you were a home brewer and wanted to ferment your beer, you only had a few options. You could ferment in a bathtub, plastic bucket, glass carboy or perhaps if you liked to hang out at the Renaissance Faire a bit too much you might ferment your beer in a wooden barrel.

     

    Renaissance Faire Beer

    Image courtesy of Angelfire

     

    But now a days with home brewing growing so rapidly in popularity we have it easy and there are a variety of fermenter options we can choose from! So wipe that mascara and tears from your eyes pirate man, because home brewers can now brew with small scale versions of what pro brewers use and for relatively low prices. As a matter of fact, right now you can pick up a 14 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter for $495. Click here for more details. These are not some piece of junk fermenter either, they are the real deal, constructed from Food Grade 304 Stainless Steel.  Here are some specs on the stainless conicals:

     

    • Rotating Stainless Steel Racking Arm
    • 60° cone for yeast harvesting and cleaning
    • Weldless thermowell included
    • 1.5” Tri-Clamp Fittings on the lid, side and bottom
    • Molded Silicone Gasket for airtight Lid seal.
    • Pressure relief valve included
    • Spring-Loaded Lid Clamps hold Lid in place
    • The fermenter is pressurizeable to 5 PSI for beer transfers
    • Electrically etched (not painted) gallon markings

     

    Stainless Steel Homebrewing Fermenters

    Stainless Steel Homebrewing Fermenters

     

    You can pick up a 7 gallon version of this stainless steel conical fermenter for just $395, but I would recommend the 14 gallon version which is currently $495 and is perfect for 10 gallon beer batches. Even if you are not brewing 10 gallon batches now, you may be down the road, so it is something to consider.

     

    Click here for a full list of available fermenters

    West Coast Brewer featured stainless steel home brewing fermenters

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  • Finally an affordable, high quality stainless steel fermenter for home brewers!


    Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

    Stainless Steel Fermentor

     

    I have good news for my fellow home brewers.  If you have always wanted a stainless steel fermentor for your home brewing setup but have been scared away from making the purchase by either the cost or the size than this might be the fermentor for you.

     

    Last month MoreBeer.com released these new 7 gallon stainless steel conical fermentors and I picked up 2 of them.  They currently retail for $225.  There are several things that I like about these stainless steel fermentation buckets.  First off is that they are small enough where the still fit in the chest freezer that I use as a fermentation chamber.  Secondly, they have strong handles on the side that permit you to carry and move them around when they are full.  Something that would be far more tricky with a larger 14 gallon conical stainless steel fermentor.  Another thing that is great is that they have volume markers engraved into the side of the fermentor which is awesome!

     

    Stainless Steel Fermenter

    Stainless Steel Fermenter

    Perhaps the best thing about this stainless steel fermentor is that it wont crack, chip, break or possibly shatter if you drop it and embed large shards of glass into your leg!  In most cases this will also make the need for a racking cane obsolete.  It is also larger than standard carboys! With its plus sized 6.95 gallon capacity you wont have to worry much about head space during high krausen on a 5 gallon batch. Lastly what I like about it is that it is far easier to scrub than a carboy since the large lid comes off so that you have full access to the inside of the fermentor.  Honestly about the only thing about a carboy that I miss is being able to watch the fermentation take place.  It would also have been nice to have another valve on the very bottom so that you could remove trub or harvest yeast from the fermentor.  Those two points aside, if you are looking to purchase a reasonably priced, high quality stainless steel fermentor or stainless steel brew bucket as they call this, than this is a great choice.

     

    You can purchase this stainless steel fermentor here:

    Stainless Steel Fermenter

     

     

     



  • The Best Pliny the Elder Recipe for Home Brewers!


    Pliny the Elder Home Brewing Recipe

    Pliny the Elder

     

    Are you like most of the county or I should say world and can’t get your hands on a bottle or pint of Pliny the Elder, one of the worlds best Double IPA’s?  Well don’t look so glum, you now have the ability to brew your own!

     

    Thanks to MoreBeer, you can now purchase an authentic Russian River Pliny the Elder All Grain Brewing Recipe Kit or Pliny the Elder Extract Home Brewing Recipe Kit.  Rest assured, this is not just some Pliny the Elder clone that they whipped up in the back of their warehouse.  This is one of their exclusive BrewMaster Series Recipe Kit that comes directly from Vinnie Cilurzo, the owner \ brewer of the Russian River Brewing Company.

     

    The recipe comes with all the ingredients that you need to brew a batch of Pliny the Elder, minus the yeast and they have a few options for you to choose from as far as that goes.  I personally would recommend going with the Wyeast 1056 liquid yeast.  Good luck and happy brewing!

     

    The Pliny the Elder Recipe Kits are currently available here:

    Pliny the Elder All Grain Home Brewing Recipe Kit

    Pliny The Elder Extract Home Brewing Recipe Kit



  • 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Home Brewed Beer


    10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Home Brewed Beer

    West Coast Brewer Top 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Home Brewed Beer

     

    Top 10 Tips For Improving Home Brewed Beer

    Home brewing is an fun but complex hobby, and home brewers are always on the lookout for ways to make their next batch of beer better than the last. The following is a list of the 10 easiest tips and methods for improving your home brewed beer.

     

    1) Proper Cleaning And Sanitization
    Probably the easiest way of improving the quality of your beer is to simply clean and sanitize your home brewing equipment properly. Cooled wort is extremely susceptible to contamination from bacteria and wild yeast strains. Anything that comes in contact with the wort once it has been cooled must be sanitized. Even small amounts of bacteria can quickly ruin the taste of your home brewed beer.

     

     

    2) Use a Yeast Starter (or at Least Rehydrate Dried Yeast)
    Many home brewers fall prey to under fermented home brewed beer, stalled fermentations, or off flavors caused by under pitching yeast or pitching nonviable yeast. A yeast starter is a great way of boosting your yeast cell count and of verifying the viability of a liquid yeast. If you are unable to create a yeast starter and are using dry yeast, at the very least you should rehydrate your dried yeast.

     

    3) Aerate/Oxygenate Your Wort
    Aerating and oxygenating your cooled wort is a fantastic method for improving the quality of your beer. Yeast requires oxygen to replicate quickly and once the airlock has been placed onto your fermenter, little to no new oxygen will be available for the yeast to consume.

     

    4) Temperature Controlled Fermentation
    Many home brewers who are first starting out take the importance of fermentation process for granted. During fermentation, billions of yeast cells are digesting malt sugars and converting them to nearly equal portions of carbon dioxide and alcohol. If the temperature of the fermentation is too high for your yeast strain, the fermentation may occur too rapidly and foul off flavors may be produced in your beer. If the temperature is too low, the yeast may not reproduce quickly enough and your beer may stall, be under fermented, or increase the possibility of a bacterial infection. So always pay attention to the temperature requirements of your yeast strain, and ferment your beer in a temperature controlled environment if possible.

     

     

    5) Dechlorinate and Filter Your Water
    Water is the primary ingredient in beer, and its importance should not be underestimated. Chlorine and contaminants can create significant off flavors in your finished beer. Carbon water filters are relatively inexpensive, and I highly advise that you pass your brewing water through one before using it during any part of the home brewing process.

     

     

    6) Use Fresh Ingredients, Especially Hops
    Home brewing ingredients, just like all other food ingredients, go bad and diminish in flavor and effectiveness over time. Whenever possible, always use the freshest available extracts, grains, yeasts, adjuncts, and hops when making your home brew. If you have spare ingredients, make sure that you store them properly for future use. Hops and yeasts should always be stored in the refrigerator.

     

     

    7) Dry Hop Your Beer
    Dry hopping is a simple and effective way of improving the aroma of a beer. Approximately 7 days prior to kegging or bottling your beer, simply add an appropriate amount of aroma hops to your fermenting beer to impart some fresh hopped aroma to it. Dry hopping is not acceptable for all beer styles, but can be a fantastic addition to IPAs and pale ales.

     

     

    8) Do Not Rush Your Beer
    It is easy to get excited about a beer and cut corners so that you can enjoy the beer more quickly. Unfortunately, cutting corners typically comes with a price. Beer takes time to brew, ferment, and condition. Do your best not to cut your boil short of 60 to 90 minutes, rush your fermentation by allowing the temperature to get too high, end fermentation early, or take shortcuts in bottle or keg conditioning.

     

     

    9) Use Finings When Appropriate
    A lot of things go into making a great home brewed beer. It is more then just taste. When appropriate, fining agents such as whirlfloc should be used to improve the clarity of your beer. Whirlfloc and other finings, such as Irish Moss, are very simple to use; you just drop a tablet in 15 minutes prior to the completion of your boil, and it will help precipitate excess proteins and tannins out of your wort, leaving you with a clearer and cleaner finished beer.

     

     

    10) Do Not Oxidize Your Beer
    Oxygen can quickly skunk the flavor of your home brew, and the only time when oxygen is a good thing is when you are aerating your wort prior to pitching your yeast. Even then you must be cautious not to aerate your wort if it has not been cooled to 80F or less, as you may risk causing hot side aeration. When racking or transferring your home brew, always be cautious not to splash or let the beer bubble up, introducing oxygen into it. If you keg your beer, it is a good idea to purge the head space of the keg with CO2 after filling the keg.

     

    Those are the West Coast Brewer 10 Easy Ways of Improving Your Home Brewed Beer.

     

    Many of the items mentioned above such as whirlfloc and Irish moss can be purchased here:

    Home Brewing Equipment and Ingredients

     

    You can also view home brewing deals here: HomeBrewingDeal.com