Homebrewing

Carboy Carrier Review

by Billy Broas

In this video I review the carboy carrier from MoreBeer.com. It is a strap that buckles around a carboy, providing easy lifting and carrying.

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Yeast Washing

by Billy Broas

In homebrewing, you can wash your yeast in order to reuse it from batch to batch.

Washing your yeast will save you money. At $6-$10 per vial of liquid yeast, the savings add up significantly over time.

It is also a great way to reuse a yeast that performs well for you. If you like the qualities you are getting out of a certain stock of yeast, you can save it for more batches of beer.

The process is simple and can be performed on your bottling day or when you’re transferring your beer to a secondary fermenter.

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Used Hops in Kettle

Fresh hops are a beautiful sight, but after a 60 minute boil they’re a big green pile of gunk. Most homebrewers filter them out for a variety of reasons.

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Cleaning your homebrewing equipment isn’t glamorous, but it’s a crucial step in making great beer. Don’t confuse cleaning with sanitizing. Cleaning is done before sanitizing and its purpose is to remove dirt and grime. Sanitizing is performed to eliminate most of the bacteria that can infect your beer and potentially ruin it.

They are separate steps, and I’ve already done a video on the best sanitizers for homebrewing.

Here are the products most commonly used for cleaning homebrew equipment, and my picks for the best cleaners.

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Last month, the National Homebrew Competition (NHC) announced its winners at the National Homebrewers Conference in Minneapolis. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend, but I still had a burning question – what are homebrewers up to these days?
Trends

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So you are looking to build a kegerator or fermentation chamber, but are wondering how to set the temperature? There’s a nifty homebrewing gadget that takes care of this problem.

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Glass or plastic carboys? It’s a decision every homebrewer has to make. Your beer is going to sit in them for weeks at a time, so you want to make sure you choose wisely.

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Removing your beer bottle labels is a must if you want to add your own labels. The problem is that they can be a real pain to get off.

Not to sound like a Billy Mays commercial, but OxiClean makes removing labels a cinch. Watch the video and see how the easily they come off when soaked in OxiClean.

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Making a yeast starter is one of the best homebrewing techniques for improving your beer. While not absolutely necessary, starters can really take your beer to the next level.

If you already brew, making a yeast starter is a piece of cake. Here is why you do it, and how it is done:

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When it comes to yeast starters, size does matter. Find out how big your starter should be by watching my tutorial on a great pitching rate calculator.

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