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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

 

 

Best Deals on Home Brewing Quick Disconnects

Home Brewing Quick Disconnects

Home Brewing Quick Disconnects

 

 

 

Home Brewing stainless steel quick disconnects and quick connects can save you time and lower frustration levels on brew day. As the name suggests, quick disconnects allow a home brewer to quickly, safely and easily disconnect a home brewing pump or transfer tube and connect it to another item.  They are easy to install and can make clean up a snap as well. Here are the best deals that I have been able to track down on some of the most popular 1/2″ stainless steel home brewing quick connects and quick disconnects.

 

 

Stainless Homebrew Quick Disconnect Bundle

Stainless Homebrew Quick Disconnect Bundle

Stainless Steel Quick Disconnect Set for Homebrewers $14.99
Purchase Here

 

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Stainless Steel 1/2″ Barbed Male Quick Disconnect $5.99
Purchase Here

 

Home Brew Quick Disconnect

Home Brew Quick Disconnect

Stainless Steel Female Quick Disconnect with 1/2″ Barb for Homebrewing $9.99
Purchase Here

 

Stainless Quick Disconnect for Homebrewing

Stainless Quick Disconnect for Homebrewing

 

Stainless Steel Male Quick Disconnect 1/2″ MPT for Home brewing $7.99
Purchase Here

 

Homebrew Quick Disconnects

Homebrew Quick Disconnects

 

Stainless Steel Female Quick Disconnect 1/2″ MPT for Home Beer Brewing $9.99
Purchase Here

 

 

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

Homebrewing Yeast Starters

 

Yeast Starter Kit

Yeast Starter Kit

MoreBeer.com currently has a coupon code for a 2000 ml and you can pick it up for $15.99. I personally have about 4 of these.  There are a few reasons why you might want to consider getting one and I have conducted a little test, if you answer yes to any of these 3 question, you may want to buy one before this MoreBeer promo code expires.

 

  1.  Do you like to look like a scientist? (I think this is why I have 4)
  2.  Are you not currently creating yeast staters for your home brewed beer?
  3.  If you are creating yeast starters, are you using a pot to do so?

 

If you answered yes to any of the three questions above then you probably want to consider picking one up especially if you are not currently creating a yeast starter. Yeast is a critical and primary component of your beer and is as critical as the grains that you use when it comes to developing the flavor of your beer. Have you ever had a German Hefeweizen and an American Hefeweizen or American Wheat Beer?  The basic hop structure and grain bill is the same in both beers, yet they taste incredibly different and that is because of the yeast.  I mention this because many home brewers do not realize how big of a difference the yeast in a beer makes. It does not only ferment the sugars in your beer, it is creating flavors while it does so that impact your finished beer, that is why there are so many varieties available.

 

Also consider that it is not just the variety of yeast that you choose to brew your beer with that determines the impact on taste. It is also the quantity, health and state of activity at the start of your fermentation that is important. All of these factors are important when it comes to avoiding off flavors in your beer and achieving a complete fermentation. This is especially important when brewing lagers and higher ABV beers like strong single IPA’s, Double IPA’s and Imperial Stouts.  A flask and stir plate are the best ways of activating your yeast, replicating yeast cells and making sure your yeast is healthy prior to starting the actual fermentation process. If you are just using the same old SA-05 yeast packet (not that it is a bad all around yeast) I encourage you to try some liquid yeast strains and in either case to make a yeast starter or at least re-hydrate your yeast prior to staring your fermentation.

 

Here is the link to the More Beer Promo Code:

 

More Beer Coupon Code For A Homebrew Yeast Starter Flask

 

Here is a link to a Homebrewing YeastStir Plate:

 

More Beer Coupon Code For A Home Brewing Stir Plate

 

 

 

MoreBeer Promo Code for their Ultimate Sparge Arm!

 

Stainless Steel Sparge Arm

Stainless Steel Sparge Arm

 

MoreBeer.com and MoreBeer Home Brewing Coupons
Limited time and quantity promo code from MoreBeer.com – MoreBeer
Promo Codes for the Month of  March, 2016
Coupon Code Date: 3-1-2016
Promotion Details: The Ultimate Stainless Steel Sparge Arm for $119
Promo Code: BEERDEAL

 

Coupon Description:  Today only and while supplies last, MoreBeer.com has a coupon code for The Ultimate Stainless Steel Sparge Arm for $119. This MoreBeer stainless steel home brewing sparge arm design is the perfect addition to almost any all grain home brewing system. The sparge arm assembly is made completely of stainless steel and silicone, and has two adjustment points. I use this stainless steel homebrew sparge arm in my all grain homebrewing system and I love it.  It allows me to circulate my mash with out any fears of a stuck sparge.

 

MoreBeer Couon Code Stainless Steel Sparge Arm

New Ruby Street Digital Brewing Rig

digital home brewing system

digital home brewing system

 
Sale On Ruby Street Home Brewing Rigs and Home Beer Brewing Setups Ruby Street Homebrewing Rigs and Homebrew Systems

Description: Adventures in Homebrewing currently has a sale on many of their Ruby Street homebrew rigs, Home brewing Racks, Brew rigs and Home brewing stands. In addition to that, RubyStreet recently released a new digital home brewing system that you can check out. These home brewing rigs run from about $1200 to over $5000 for a fully loaded digital system.

 

ruby street homebrewing rig

ruby street homebrewing rig

Here are some of the details on these Ruby Street Home Brewing Stands:

 

The RubySteet Fusion home brewing system is designed as their most compact and portable model ever. This homebrewing rig is loaded with professional features, the Fusion 15™ is the newest addition to our lineup of professional grade brewing rigs. This brew rig is called the Fusion because it is a culmination of profession beer brewery design features, conveniences, and fabrication technology that they have drawn from our other designs as well as countless custom builds. 15.5 Gallon Kettles will brew a 10 gallon batch. The small frame allows this system to easily transport in most SUV’s. Simple natural gas conversion option makes this system the perfect for commercial pilot use and home-brewers that simply want the best.

 

 

This All Grain Homebrewing Stand System Includes:

 

All welded steel tube frame construction with industrial powder coated finish on frame
Burner grates finished in black with a 2000 degree industrial coating
(3) 15 Gallon 304 Stainless Steel Kettles w/ Lids
Propane regulator including 4′ stainless braided hose included
Magnetic drive pumps included with stainless steel drip shields and stainless outflow control valves
Remote control key fob on / off switches for both pumps included
All sanitary tri-clamp fittings on HLT, mash tun, boil kettle, and pumps
Silicone hoses with fittings included
Mash Tun and boil kettle include perforated stainless wall to wall false bottoms
Ruby Street now has designed their own Digital controller for the RIMS and HERMS System. Made from the highest quality components available right here in the USA!

 

 

Digital Controller Package Option will include:

 

Digital Control Panel and Bracket (1)
Sensor Cables (2)
Ignition Coil Box (1)
Solenoid Valves (3)
Temperature Sensors (3)
Burner Electrodes (3)
With the digital control package we recommend adding the HERMS option to fully utilize the mash temperature control feature.

Click Here for this Homebrewing.org Homebrewing Rig Setup Promotion Details

All Grain Grapefruit IPA Recipe

All Grain Grapefruit IPA Recipe

All Grain Grapefruit IPA Recipe

A couple of folks had asked for my Grapefruit Sculpin IPA beer recipe, so I figured I would post it! If you brew it, please let me know how it turns out and if you have any suggestions, I would enjoy hearing from you.

 

This is a 5.5 Gallon All Grain batch with an estimated Post Boil Gravity (OG) of 1.068, so you will want to modify the ingredients to match your efficiency rate.

 

Mash Ingredients \ Grain Bill

15 lbs 2 Row US Grain 93.8 %
1 lbs Caramel – Munich 20L 6.3 %
152F Mash Temp

 

Hops and Other

0.50 oz Cascade – Boil 60.0 min
0.75 oz Simcoe – Boil 60.0 min
0.50 oz Cascade – Boil 20.0 min
0.50 oz Simcoe – Boil 20.0 min
0.50 oz Cascade –  Boil 0 min
1.00 oz Simcoe – Boil 0 min

 

After Fermentation Completes:

1.00 oz Cascade – Dry Hop 7.0  Days
1.00 oz Simcoe – Dry Hop 7.0 Days
4.00 oz Fresh Grapefruit Zest – 7.0 Days

 

Homebrewing Whirlpool Arm

$30.95 Home Brewing Whirlpooling Arm

$30.95 Home Brewing Whirlpooling Arm

MoreBeer.com & MoreBeer Home Brewing Coupons
$30.95 Homebrewing Whirlpooling Arm
Promo Codes for MoreBeer.com Homebrewing

Promo Code Date: 1-29-2016
Promotion Details: $30.95 Home Brewing Whirlpooling Arm
Promo Code: BEERDEAL

Coupon Description:  MoreBeer.com currently has a coupon code for a $30.95 Home Brewing Whirlpooling Arm.  This stainless steel homebrewing whirlpool arm is designed for installation underneath the handle of your homebrew kettle. this piece of stainless steel home brewing equipment will allow you to achieve a perfect whirlpool in your Boil Kettle. Simply pump your wort from your ball valve, into this piece, which will jet around the inside of the kettle, forming a strong whirlpool. The advantages to a whirlpool are many. It will settle Trub in the center of your kettle, making it easy to pull clear wort from your ball valve. The whirlpool will result in a much higher chilling efficiency if using an immersion chiller, due to the increased turbulation of wort. On top of this, the increased flow will result in higher extraction of hop oils and flavor during flameout additions! This homebrewing spigot is made of stainless steel, ensuring it will be used in your brewing for years to come. It features a 1/2″ Full Port ball valve and a 1/2″ barb. The inner barbed elbow is 3/8″. The bulkhead is a specifically engineered piece of stainless, made for brewing! It features a 1/2″ MPT outlet for hooking up your ball valve directly, along with FPT on the inside for connection of any brewing accessory you might want.

 

Click Here For MoreBeer.com Whirlpool Arm Promo Code

 

whirlpool arm

whirlpool arm

Stainless Steel Quick Disconnects

Home Brewing Quick Disconnect

Home Brewing Quick Disconnect

Stainless Steel Homebrewing Quick Disconnects

 

I have compiled a list of some of the best prices I could find on homebrewing quick connects and homebrewing quick disconnects. Many of these deals include free shipping offers. I like to use stainless steel quick disconnects because they shorten my homebrewing day by making my hose connects and disconnects (which I have many of) quicker. With conventional threaded fittings, moving around your tubing can be time consuming, troublesome and even dangerous when working with hot liquids.  Quick disconnects allow you to more quickly and easily move your home brewing tubing. They save time and decrease ware on fittings and hoses. I highly recommend them as an addition to your home brewery. Here are some of the best deals that I have been able to find on home brewing quick connects and homebrewing quick disconnects.

 

 

Home Brewing Quick Connects

Home Brewing Quick Connects

Best Deal on Home Brewing Quick Disconnects $8.99

1/2″ Female Quick Disconnect 304 Stainless Steel 1/2″ Barb

 

1/2" Stainless Steel Homebrew Quick Connects

Quick Disconnects $6.49

1/2″ Stainless Steel Male Quick Disconnect MPT

Home Brewing Quick Connects

Quick Disconnects $9.00

Stainless Steel Female Quick Disconnect 1/2″

stainless steel male quick disconnect

Quick Disconnects $5.99

1/2″ Barbed Stainless Steel Male Quick Disconnect

 

 

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

MoreBeer Holiday Sale – Save Up To 50% On Homebrewing Gear!

MoreBeer Holiday Sale

MoreBeer Holiday Sale

 

MoreBeer.com annual 12 Deals of Christmas Sale is currently going on and you do not want to miss out on this one.  Every day they release new sale items that can save you as much as 50% on items such as beer brewing kits, homebrewing equipment and some of their top selling home beer brewing items!  For instance, today you can save 50% on a dual scale home brewing refractometer.  So check back often so see what will be their next homebrew deal! They will list the More Beer promo code at the bottom of the page and I will also list the best MoreBeer.com Coupon Codes on my home page and my home brewing coupon pages.

 

Click Here for this More Beer Promo Code Deal and Details!

 

 

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