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How to Dry Hop Beer and Homebrew

 

How to Dry Hop Beer

How to Dry Hop Beer

 

Dry hopping your beer is one of the easiest ways to make a good beer great and is supper simple to do!  At this point I dry hop any Pale Ale or IPA that I brew. It does not make the beer more bitter but instead gives the impression of hoppyness and freshness with fragrant hop aroma. To dry hop your beer, wait until fermenation has completed and CO2 is no longer being generated.  The reason for this is so that the escaping CO2 does not carry away the hop aroma with it because you want those odors to stay in contact with the recently fermented beer.  I use either whole hops or pellet hops for dry hopping but prefer to use whole hops if available.  Depending on the beer I will add between 2oz to 6oz per 5 gallon batch ( I typically go with 2oz, but my Pliny the Elder recipe calls for 5oz). I leave the hops in contact with the fermented beer for approximately 5-7 days and then either transfer to keg or cold crash for another 2 days.  The process is that simple and I encourage you to try it on your next hoppy beer batch.  When you pour your first pint focus on the aroma and if possible compare it to a batch of homebrew that you did not dry hop to see the difference!

 

 

Homebrewing Brewrig Sale at MoreBeer!

 

Save $500 on a More Beer Stainless Steel Brewing Rig

Save $500 on a More Beer Stainless Steel Brewing Rig

Coupon Code Date: 9/2/2016 to Unknown
Promotion Details: Save $500 on a More Beer Stainless Steel Home Brewing Rig
Promo Code: BREWRIG SALE
Product User Rating: 5/5
Availability: In Stock

Coupon Code Description: MoreBeer currently has a sale going on that will save you $500 on one of their famous stainless steel homebrewing sculptures. More Beer makes the very best home brewing systems available and they rarely go on sale.  So if you have been looking to purchase one, this might be the time. This is truly the easiest to use all-grain system out there. With nothing electrical to go wrong, simple valves to control flow, easy to view mashtun, and no pumps its just plain easy. The frame of this homebrew rig is made from 304 stainless steel and welded in the MoreBeer metal shop in California. The low profile  heavy duty stainless steel homebrew kettles are formed in a mold via the use a punch. This means they are made from a single piece of stainless with no welded seams. These beefy kettles then get an added aluminum layer that is capped with another layer of stainless. The added aluminum helps keep the kettle bottom from scorching and allows for easier cleaning.

  • 304-Stainless Steel Frame made in USA
  • 15 Gallon Heavy Duty Kettles
  • High-Quality Analog Thermometers on All Kettles
  • Piped Propane Gas System with single regulator to run off one propane tank
  • Perforated stainless steel screen in Mashtun
  • More Beer Stainless Steel Quick Disconnects

To take advantage of this home  beer brewing promotion, use coupon code listed above if applicable and click on the following home beer brewing promotion link:

Click Here For This More Beer Brewing System Promo Code

 

 

A brilliant new home brewing device!

Paintball CO2 Tank to Home Brewing Keg Converter Kit $9.99

Paintball CO2 Tank to Home Brewing Keg Converter Kit $9.99

From Adventures in Home Brewing

I came across this awesome new home brewing device and thought I would share it in case anyone could use it! Adventures in Homebrewing has release a paintball CO2 tank to home brewing keg converter kit. The paint ball co2 tank to keg adapter is made of anodized aluminum and allows you to attach a paintball CO2 tank to your existing keg system CO2 regulator. This brilliant device makes the portability of your home brewed beer a snap. Best of all, it is currently on sale for just $9.99.

 

To take advantage of this home brewing promotion, use the coupon code listed above if applicable and click on the following link:

 

Click Here for this Paintball to Homebrewing CO2 Tank Adapter Kit

Homebrewing Grain Mills

Home Brewing Grain Mills

Home Brewing Grain Mills

Sale Date: 4-3-2016 to 4-30-2016
Promotion Details: Grain Mill For Just $99
Availability: In Stock

 

Sale Description:  Right now, Adventures in Homebrewing – Homebrewing.org has a sale going on where you can get one of their Homebrewing Grain Mill For Just $99.This is their cereal killer home brew grain mill with adjustable solid steel 2 roller system, 7 lb grain hopper and solid wood base.

 

If you are not currently milling your own grains there are a couple of good reasons to conder doing so. One of the big reasons is that you could be saving a lot of money by doing so. Purchasing your 2-row in bulk and milling it your self can save you a bundle by allowing you to create and re-create recipes. A homebrewing grain mill is super easy to use and at this price your can get a top quality mill for less then half the cost of some of the other beer brewing grain mills out there.

 

Another reason to purchase your own home brewing grain mill is that you can be assured that you are milling your grains with the best crush setting to get the highest level of mash efficiency possible. If you home brewing recipe supplier is not crushing your grains right, you will not be able to extract as much of the sugars from your grains and your beer may have to pay the price!

 

Features of this Adventures in Home Brewing Grain Mill:

 

  • Easy to adjust – simply loosen two screws, adjust gap, tighten two screws.
  • Attach a drill easily for effortless milling
  • Hardened steel rollers
  • Body is built from sturdy anodized aluminum for a lifetime worth of use
  • Rollers will adjust up to .100″
  • Rollers Now Have Ball Bearing
  • Marked Adjustable Roller for Easy Adjustments
  • New improved handle included with every mill

To take advantage of this home brewing promotion, use the sale code listed above if applicable and click on the following link:

 

Click Here for this Homebrewing.org Home Brewing Grain Mill

Diet Beer!

Diet IPA Beer Kit for Homebrewing

Diet IPA Beer Kit for Homebrewing

$19.99 Diet IPA Homebrewing Beer Kit Sale

 

Promotion Date: 1-5-2015 to unknown
Promotion Details: $19.99 Diet IPA Home Brewing Beer Kit Sale
Coupon Item Description: Adventures in Homebrewing and Homebrewing.org are currently having a promotion that saves you over 50% on their Diet IPA Homebrewing Diet Beer Recipe Kit! Late additions of Mosaic hops give this India Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and resinous flavor. This diet beer homebrew recipe is only available while supplies last, so pick up this great home brewing deal while you can!

Click Here for this Diet IPA Beer Recipe Kit Promotion

 

Hoppy Brew Year!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Hoppy Brew Year and a Happy New Year. 2015 ended up being a great brewing year for me and I was able to add some new home brewing equipment to my setup and brew some great beer batches with my friends and family.

 

I have a couple of beers in the works for 2016 right now and if they come out well, I hope to post the recipe for anyone who is interested. I hope you had a great 2015 and have an even better 2016.

 

Here are a couple of home brewing photos from November and December 2015

Hoppy Brew Year

Hoppy Brew Year

Blichmann Fermenator Conical Fermenter Sale at MoreBeer

Blichmann Fermentator Conical Fermenter Sale

I just purchased a couple of conical fermenters and now it seems like all that I do is blog about conicals.  Well, this will be my last for a while, well at least until next week because I am just finishing up my temperature control unit and plan on posting some photos about that. I had to write this one because right now MoreBeer has a huge sale on Blichmann 7 gallon, 14 gallon and 27 gallon Fermentator conical fermenters currently going on.

 

Blichmann 7 Gallon Fermenator Conical Fermenter

Blichmann 7 Gallon Fermenator Conical Fermenter

 

Right now, you can get this 7 gallon Blichmann stainless steel conical fermenter for only $499

Click Here for the 7 Gallon Conical Fermenter Sale

 

 

Blichmann 14 Gallon Fermenator Conical Fermenter

Blichmann 14 Gallon Fermenator Conical Fermenter

 

Right now, you can get this 14 gallon Blichmann stainless steel conical fermenter for only $533

Click Here for the 14 Gallon Conical Fermenter Sale

 

 

Blichmann 27 Gallon Fermenator Conical Fermenter

Blichmann 27 Gallon Fermenator Conical Fermenter

 

Right now, you can get this 27 gallon Blichmann stainless steel conical fermenter for only $707

Click Here for the 27 Gallon Conical Fermenter Sale at MoreBeer

 

 

Blichmann is known for their high quality homebrewing products and they have not compromised their standards on their conical fermenters.  They are some of the best stainless steel conicals available to home brewers. These Blichmann stainless steel conical fermentors features a weld-free interior, a dump valve for removing yeast and sediment, and a rotating racking arm for clearn beer transferring. Prior to bottling or kegging your home brew, you can dump your yeast and trub out of the bottom valve, making for a very clean transfer and giving you the ability to harvest your yeast. The lid has a removable hatch that is pressure capable, allowing you to easily transfer using CO2 to minimize air exposure and oxidation.

Click Here To See All Of The Deals

 

Retrofitting a 7 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter to fit in a Chest Freezer

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter ANIMATION

Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter ANIMATION

 

Recently I had purchase a 7 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter and was in heaven until I realized that it did not fit in my converted chest freezer / fermentation chamber! So you know what that means; time to grab the cut saw and go all A-Team on the conical fermenter.

 

Stainless Steel Conical Homebrewing Fermenters

Stainless Steel Conical Homebrewing Fermenters

 

In the above photo, the stainless steel conical fermenter on the right is the 7 gallon unit that I am converting to fit into the chest freezer.  I am adding a temperature control unit to the stainless steel conical fermenter on the left and will cover that project in a future blog.  So to start, I had to replace the lid on fermenter with the lid from one of my stainless steel brew buckets.  Because the stainless steel brew bucket lid is flat, it saved me a few inches and let me connect a stainless steel elbow pipe fitting so that I can use a blow-off tube as opposed to an airlock which save me another couple of inches.  With those simple modifications, I was just about there.  Next I measured the clearance space from the lower valve to the floor and I had approximately 4 inches of clearance.  So I trimmed each leg down approximately 3 inches as you can see in the photo at the top of the page.

 

The modifications to my stainless conical fermenter worked perfectly and now it easily fits in my chest freezer and I am once again a happy man. You can see the photo below. If all goes well, I will brew my first batch with this fermenter this weekend and will let you guys know how it goes, but so far I have been very happy with the quality. I gave it a good cleaning and there were no leaks, all of the welds are perfect and the valves and fittings are all very high quality.

 

If you are looking to purchase one, they are currently available for just $395!

Click Here For the 7 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter

 

If you need on of the stainless steel brew bucket lids, they can be purchased here for $23

Stainless Steel Brew Bucket Conical Fermenter Lid

 

 

Conical Fermenter

Conical Fermenter

 

 

 

Russian River Consecration Homebrewing Beer Recipe Kit

Russian River Consecration Homebrewing Beer Recipe Kit from MoreBeer – MoreBeer.com

 

Homebrewing Russian River Consecration Beer Recipe Kit

Homebrewing Russian River Consecration Beer Recipe Kit

 

About a year ago now, I brewed this MoreBeer.com clone of Russian Rivers Consecration sour ale. It is a fantastic beer, one of my favorites and this homebrewing beer recipe kit really does it justice. After allowing my Consecration to age for about 12 months and then tasting the two next to one another, they are a very close match.

 

This Russian River Consecration Beer Recipe Kit is released by More Beer with Vinnie from Russian River Brewing’s blessing and he actually released his Consecration recipe to them. If you have not had the pleasure of tasting this incredible sour beer, Consecration is a sour dark ale aged in a Cabernet Sauvignon barrel. The beer ages for almost 8 months with currants and brettanomyces. What makes this MoreBeer homebrewing ingredient kit so special is that they provide actual oak chunks from real Russian River Consecration barrels! Where else are you going to find a home brewing ingredient kit with that. They also include two pounds of currants to replicate the original recipe as much as possible.  I have had great success with this Consecration Homebrew ingredient kit and I highly recommend it to any sour beer lover.

 

 To Purchase the Consecration Homebrewing Clone Recipe Kit, Click Here

 

Here is a quick video review of the Russian River Consecration Beer Recipe Kit!

 

If you have any question on this Russian River Consecration clone beer kit, feel free to reach out to me. Happy home brewing!

Guide on how to make beer at home. A beginners how to on brewing beer with an extract home brewing kit.

Instructions for brewing beer at home.

How to guide on how to brew beer at home.

 

Over the last several years, both craft beer and homebrewing have become very popular.  Every day new home brewers are born as they attempt to brew their first batch of beer at home.  This guide on how to brew beer at home covers the basic instructions on how to brew beer with a extract home beer brewing kit and goes over the basics beer brewing rule of thumbs so that you can create a great batch of beer your first time out!

 

Lets start with the what you will need to brew your first batch of beer.  I would recommend staring with an extract home beer brewing ingredient kit and one of these homebrewing equipment starter kits.   Click on the image below to pick out a home beer brewing equipment kit if you have not already purchase one:

 

Homebrewing Equipement Starter Kit Includes most of the basic equipment you need to brew beer at home

Homebrewing Equipement Starter Kit

 

Next you will want to pick out the extract home brewing ingredient kit that you will want to brew. These beer brewing ingredient kits include all the ingredients that you will need (except the water) to brew your first batch of beer, including the hops and grain extract.  Make sure that you select an appropriate yeast and priming sugar if your will be bottling your beer.  I choose to brew an American Wheat beer for my first batch and had allot of success with it, but I recommend you choose one of your favorite beer styles for your first batch.  MoreBeer offers a great selection of home brewing beer recipe kits, click the beer image to view their starter kit selection.

 

Home Beer Brewing Ingredient Starter Kits

Home Beer Brewing Ingredient Starter Kits

 

Optional equipment that you will want to consider to help your first home beer brewing session go as well as possible are as follows.  I would recommend if you are brewing a 5 gallon batch of beer that you purchase a stainless steel 8 gallon home brewing kettle.  This will provide you with some additional head space in the kettle and help you avoid a boil over during the boiling process.  A great economical brew kettle would be this 8.5 gallon stainless brewing pot. Click the image for additional details and to order one.

 

8.5 gallon stainless home brewing kettle

8 gallon stainless home brewing kettle

 

Another item that I would recommend is a stainless steel home brewing wort chiller.  A home brewing wort chiller is important because after your beer has boiled it is concentrated with sugar and very susceptible to infection by bacteria or wild yeast strains.  A wort chiller helps cool your beer down rapidly after the boiling process has completed so that you can move it over to a sterilized fermenter to begin to fermentation process as quickly as possible and diminish to probability of an infection occurring.  Here is a great wort chiller for 5 gallon home beer brewing batches.

 

Stainless Steel Wort Chiller

Stainless Steel Wort Chiller

 

The last set of equipment that I would recommend if you can fit it in your budget is a home brew beer kegging system.  Cleaning, sanitizing, priming, filling and capping your beer bottles is a serious pain in the butt and a kegging system helps you avoid just about all of that.  Not to mention it allows you to control your carbonation level and is much safer since an over carbonated bottle can explode! Here is a great home beer brewing keg system that I would recommend. Please click the keg system image for more details and pricing options.

 

Home Beer Brewing Keg System

Home Beer Brewing Keg System

 

Alright, now that we have all of that out of the way, we can get down to business!  Here is a basic guide on how to brew beer at home.  If you have any questions on one of the steps you can always feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to give you good advice.

 

Step #1:
Review your beer brewing recipe and make sure that you have everything that you will need to brew your batch of beer.  Set your yeast out so that it will acclimate to room temperature. Begin heating the water in your brewing kettle or large pot. Once the water is heated to the desired temperature add your flavoring or steeping grains if included with your home brewing ingredient kit. Place the grains in a mesh bag and allow them to steep for approximately 30 minutes at 160F or the temperature your beer recipe states. Once the grain steeping is completed, press against the grain bag with a spoon to release as much as the flavor as possible and then remove the grain bag and bring the mixture to a boil.

 

Home Beer Brewing Ingredients

Home Beer Brewing Ingredients

 

Step #2:
Once your water has reached a boil, reduce the temperature just slightly and add in your liquid malt extract and or dry malt extract. The malt extract is composed of sugars that have been extracted for you from beer brewing malts and grains. Stir the mixture which at this point in the home beer brewing process is known as wort. Stir you wort vigorously, making sure that it does not clump or burn on the bottom of the kettle or home brewing pot. Slowly increase the temperature until the kettle until it reaches a boil. At this time you will want to closely monitor your home brewing kettle closely to avoid a boil over.  A kettle boil over is most likely at the start of your boil than at any other time.  If you notice a large head of foam begging to form, reduce the temperature of the kettle and rapidly stir the wort until it subsides. Once your wort has been boiling for 5 minutes, begin your boil timer for hop additions.

 

Home Beer Brewing Hops

Home Beer Brewing Hops

 

Step #3:
Once your wort has achieved a strong rolling boil you will want to add in your first timed hop addition. Hops are what adds the bitterness to your beer and much of the aroma. Typically your bittering hops are added early in the boiling process and much remain in contact with the boiling beer for an extended period of time (usually 60 minutes) to transfer all of their bittering potential to the beer; so keep in mind that the longer that your hops are exposed to the boiling wort, the more bitter the finished beer will be. Once you have added in your first hop addition, you will want to set a timer for your next hop addition.

 

Step #4:
Once you have finished boiling your wort and making all of your hop additions including any final 0 minute aroma hop additions; turn the heat off and cool the wort as quickly as possible.  This is the time when you would want to utilize your wort chiller if you decided to purchase one.  The wort chiller will allow you to cool your wort rapidly. If you do not have a home beer brewing wort chiller available then I would recommend soaking your beer brewing kettle or pot in an ice bath while stirring the wort to help it cool down more quickly. Make sure that the spoon that you stir your wort with is sanitized, because from this point forward your wort will need to remain as sterile as possible to help avoid a contamination in your beer from bacteria or foreign yeast sources.

 

Step #5:
Once you have cooled your wort to approximately 70 F (for an ale or 50 F for a lager), you will transfer your home brewing beer wort to a sanitized carboy, stainless steel ferenter or fermentation bucket. It is important to make sure that the fermentation vessel and any tubing the wort comes in contact with has been cleaned and sanitized! Try to splash the wort around while transferring it as that will help to oxygenate the wort. The yeast utilizes the oxygen for its initial reproduction phase of the fermentation process. Once the wort has been transferred to the carboy, add your home brewing yeast into the fermenter and seal the fermenter with an airlock. The home brewing airlock will permit CO2 to escape while not allowing in any outside contaminants or oxygen. Allow the beer to ferment at approximately 68 F for an Ale or 52 F for a lager, until the fermentation process has completed. The fermentation process typically takes between 2 to 3 weeks to complete depending on the potential alcohol level of the beer, the yeast and the fermentation temperature.

 

Step #6:
Once the yeast has completed fermenting your beer, which typically takes 7-21 days; then either transfer the beer to a keg or add an appropriate amount of priming sugar to the beer and then bottle it. The beer should carbonate condition for about 2 weeks for best results. If you are using a keg and CO2 tank to carbonate your beer, the process can go much quicker. Keep in mind that if you are bottling your beer you will want to let the beer carbonate and condition at approximately 70 F so that the sugars can be fermented into CO2 to properly carbonate the beer.  Once completed, your beer is ready to enjoy!

 

For home beer brewing equipment and supplies I highly recommend MoreBeer.com.

 

West Coast Brewer Session Pale Ale

West Coast Brewer Session Pale Ale

 

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