The Kegerator has been filled to capacity once again thanks to lots of holiday home brewing. I am carbonating a hazy New England IPA and MoreBeer’s Hop Gatherer IPA. I plan on reviewing them in a week or two once they are fully carbonated and have some time to condition.
I dry hopped both of these batches, but what was unique about the Hop Gatherer IPA beer kit is that it came with something I had not previously used, Chinook distilled Hop oil. It comes in a tiny vial but smells incredibly potent! It is used as an alternative to dry hopping but I decided to use it in conjunction to help really develope the aroma in this West Coast IPA!
As you can see from the photo above, the vial is tiny and only holds about 10 drops or so of the distilled Hop oil. I dumped it right in to the keg immediately prior to putting the hatch on the keg to carbonate. The oil smelled strong to say the least. I put the empty vial on a shelf and my garage still smells like hops, which makes me happy; talk about aromatherapy!
A beer brewing kit is one of those gifts that any beer fan is thrilled to receive! Not only does it provide the recipient with a batch of their very own home brewed beer to enjoy, it also educates them on the beer brewing process! With one of these home beer making kits, you actually produce beer similarly to how current craft breweries make beer; only on a smaller scale. You doing everything from boil wort and add hops additions to pitch yeast and ferment your beer!
Over the last several years, home beer brewing has really surged in popularity and there are several options out there for home brewing kits. There are a few things to consider when picking the perfect beer making kit.
1 Batch Size: Most beginner home beer making kits will come in either a 1 gallon or 5 gallon size. The 1 gallon kits are typically less expensive, but if you can afford the 5 gallon kits, I highly recommend them. I know 1 gallon of beer sounds like a lot, but it is only about 8 glasses of beer and will go very quickly if shared with friends! A 5 gallon kit is only about twice the cost of the 1 gallon kits, so it is a much better value.
2 What Does The Kit Include: There are few things more frustraiting than brewing your batch of beer and then at the very end realizing that you are missing a critical item and your beer is ruined! So make sure that you purchase a complete kit, so home beer brewing kits do not even include the beer ingredients or yeast!
3 Cost: It is easy to spend way to much for a home beer brewing kit, especially when brewing kettles and shipping charges come in to play. I have listed 3 kits that are a great price, include everything needed to start brewing a batch of beer and ship free when the order is $59 or higher!
This is the home beer brewing kit that I would recommend if you are on a tight budget or only want to brew 1 gallon beer batches. With this kit, you will need to supply the brew kettle, but just about any large kitchen pot will do the trick! Click Here to purchase this home made beer brewing kit.
This is the best deal out there for a 5 gallon home beer brewing kit, especially when you consider that it ships for free, comes with a 5 gallon stainless steel brewing kettle and a beer ingredient kit! Click Here to purchase this 5 gallon beer brewing kit.
Lastly is a premium home beer brewing kit that comes with some advanced home brewing items including a copper wort chiller and upgraded 8.5 gallon stainless steel brewing kettle with a valve. This is a fantastic home brewing kit to get started with! Click here to purchase this home brewing kit.
If you have any questions on home brewing or need any advice, please feel free to reach out to me, I am always happy yo help when I can.
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Promotion Details: Just $20 For Palmer Beer Kits
Home Brewing Link: Beer Kit Sale
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All-American Pale Ale by Palmer Brewing
Hoppiness is an IPA by Palmer Brewing
Biere De L’inde English IPA by Palmer Brewing
Programmer’s Elbow Extra Special Bitter by Palmer Brewing
Glorious Abyss Black IPA by Palmer Brewing
Black Widow Robust Porter by Palmer Brewing
McQuaker’s Oatmeal Stout by Palmer Brewing
Cerveza de Malta Seca Dry Irish Stout by Palmer Brewing
Nutcastle Northern English Brown Ale by Palmer Brewing
Triple A American Amber Ale by Palmer Brewing
Ruabeoir Irish Red Ale by Palmer Brewing
Raison D’Saison Ale by Palmer Brewing
Kent’s Hollow Leg American Wheat by Palmer Brewing
Harold – is – Weizen Hefeweizen by Palmer Brewing
North of the Border Vienna Lager by Palmer Brewing
To George! Bohemian Pilsner by Palmer Brewing
Munchen Grobes Bier Munich Helles Lager by Palmer Brewing
JZ Fruh Kolsch by Palmer Brewing
Snatch the Pebble American Pilsner by Palmer Brewing
Weed, Feed and Mow Cream Ale by Palmer Brewing
Hop Hammer Double IPA by Palmer Brewing
Strict Observance Belgian Tripel by Palmer Brewing
Munich Madness Oktoberfest/Marzen by Palmer Brewing
So I started doing some research and decided that I was going to start with the “HAZE CRAZE IPA” all grain hazy IPA beer kit from More Beer. The name did not sell me on the kit, but the recipe and hop additions certainly did. I made a couple of small tweaks to the recipe, but they were pretty insignificant. Here is what I ended up with:
1 tsp Calcium Chloride (Mash 60 min)
1/2 tsp Gypsum (Mash 60 min)
Grain Bill: (Mash at 150F)
12 lb Pale Ale Malt
1 lb Flaked Oats
1 lb Flaked White Wheat
8 oz Flaked Barley
4 oz Honey Malt
60 min .5 oz Warrior
5 min 1oz Citra
0 min 2oz Mosaic
0 min 1oz Citra Bavaria (I love this hop)
Whirlpool 15 min
Whirlpool 15 min
Dry Hop Additions:
I know this is not typical, but add the dry hops about 3 days after the start of fermentation. Begin fermenting at 65F and then boost the temp to 70F when adding the dry hops.
1oz Citra (Did I mention I love this hop?)
7 days after the start of fermentation
London Ale III (This is important for fruity ester and haze production)
The beer came out fantastic! If you are considering brewing up a Hazy IPA, I highly recommend this recipe. Homebrew Supply also has a extract version of the recipe available for extract brewers. The beer kits can be found here:
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For anyone who is interested in brewing an all grain homebrew batch of Pliny the Elder, I have posted the recipe that I brew. It is a great recipe and tribute to one of the most famous and hard to get Double IPA’s out there. In fact it is so hop packed that this home brewing recipe even calls for a hop addition to the mash!
Beer drinkers and home brewers rejoice! I am happy to announce that I have updated my homebrewing beer recipe archive and will be adding additional recipes shortly including my Pliny the Elder All Grain Beer Recipe and my Squanto Pilsner Homebrew Recipe. So please check back often and let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Promo Codes for the Month of July 2016
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There is a fantastic promotion currently going on at More Beer where you can save $15 on their Pliny the Elder Home Brewing recipe kit. I just brewed this kit and it is fantastic! This is an unbeatable deal and I just ordered another one for myself. This promo code is for today only so act fast and stock up while you can!
If you have not had a chance to drink or brew this beer I highly recommend it. This kit is great and tastes very similar to the real thing. This is one of the most sought after beers in America for a reason. It is a double IPA packed to the rim with hops! it has a perfect malt and hop balance that will make you crave another pint!
Coupon Code Date: 12-6-2015
Promotion Details: Pliny the Elder Beer Kit
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Here is a photo of the mash, where you add hops from this kit!