Homebrewing

Two tap kegerator for beerThe following is a guest post from Caitlin who works for Micro Matic. My keezer plans have become pretty popular on this site so I thought it would be appropriate to have a post on the history of the kegerator and some of the new technologies available, like the Freedom Kegerator she talks about. Considering a good percentage of my keezer parts came from Micro Matic, Caitlin is the right person for the job.

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Perlick faucets on keezer
It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my keezer build, so I thought I’d give everyone an update.

I had a feeling that the video would help people out, but I didn’t expect it to get over 11k views and inspire so many people to do similar builds. Cool!

Where I last left off, I made the collar and had two out of the four taps hooked up, with caps in the other two holes.

I invite you to check out my keezer photo album on facebook where I just added new pictures.

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Kegerator Collar

She’s done. Sorta.

There are still some finishing touches to be made on my new kegerator but the collar build was a success and beer is flowing.

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The Beer Clinic Interview with Marty Nachel


Ever wish you had a coach to help improve your homebrew? Better yet, someone you could call on at any time and who would provide truly useful feedback?

Enter Marty Nachel and The Beer Clinic.

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Build a Hop Filter Video

In 7 ways to filter your hops when homebrewing I wrote about the paint strainer bag hop filter. This gadget is useful for keeping hop gunk out of your beer, but still getting high hop utilization.

Here’s how you make it…

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Brewing on the 3-Tier

Without a doubt, the 100%, undisputed, #1 question I get about homebrewing is:

“Is it good?”

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Stepping up a yeast starter is useful in homebrewing if you need to make a big starter with a limited container size. Instead of making one huge starter in a large volume of wort, you can go in steps with smaller volumes to reach the right amount of cells.

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Igloo

Just how important is your fermentation temperature in homebrewing? I came across a startling result from an experiment reported in the new homebrewing book Yeast, by Jamil Zainascheff and Chris White.

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Siphoning beer, racking it, or transferring it. Whatever you want to call it, we’re talking about moving beer from one container to another after it’s been cooled and put into the fermentor. At this point we don’t want to add bugs or oxygen, so pouring is not an option. So how do we do it? This video shows three different methods.

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First wort hopping (FWH) is a German brewing technique that gives the beer great depth of hop character, reduces harshness, and even produces a more intense hop aroma.

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