Miscellaneous

To insulate or not? That is the question when building a keezer.

(Note: The link above goes to the home base for all keezer posts. If you’re new to this series, start there.)

For the longest time my wooden keezer collar remained uninsulated. I’m often asked why. Maybe some expect an intelligent answer, but I don’t have one. The real reason I haven’t insulated it?

I’m lazy.

Not just that, but it hasn’t been a high priority for me. Certain projects I get to the “good enough” stage and move on. This has been one of those. The estimated electricity use on my chest freezer is $27 per year. Obviously that changes when you add a wooden collar. On the flip side, the normal operating temperature is less than 0°F and I’m running it at 35-45°F.

The point being, at a few bucks per month I don’t have a large incentive to improve the electricity use. The bigger motivator is to save the chest freezer’s compressor by reducing how often it turns on/off. On that front, I’ve been very happy with how infrequently the compressor turns on.

That’s my case for not insulating. HOWEVER…..

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Alcohol FreeI did the unthinkable – I went 30 days without drinking beer.

Not only that, I went 30 days without drinking any alcohol at all.

You may pick your jaw back up off the floor now.

So why did I do it? It’s something I’ve been planning for a while.

I was trying to think of the last time I went 30 days booze-free. I honestly can’t remember (bad sign). Let’s just called it a decade and cut it off there.

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LetsPour Review

by Billy Broas

Let's Pour LogoWhat do you do when you want a beer that isn’t sold in your area?

Simple question, not such an easy answer.

A few options are beer of the month clubs, beer trades, online retailers, and beer travel.

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GABF came and went. Man it goes fast.

I gave you some of my favorites from the first session. The Saturday afternoon session was my second and final one. Many, many beers were consumed, but here are the standouts:

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Wynkoop Oyster Stout at GABF
Quick post here. I went to last night’s Great American Beer Festival session, and as you might have guessed, I drank some phenomenal beers. Here’s a rundown.

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It’s hard to believe, but today is the two year anniversary of this blog.birthday beer

Man a lot has happened. I’ve met a ton of cool people, drank copious amounts of delicious beer, and even launched a business over at The Homebrew Academy.

To celebrate, I’m going to highlight the top posts from the blog. I didn’t celebrate the 1 year anniversary, which in a way is nice because it gives me 2 whole years of posts to choose from.

These are based on site stats, buzz in social media, and some of my favorites.

I hope you enjoy. Thanks to all my readers for making this thing fun and here’s to many more years of writing about the good stuff.

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My Untappd Code of Ethics

by Billy Broas

Untappd beer drinking smartphone app
Well, I’ve finally moved out of the Stone Age. I got a smartphone.

For being a pretty tech-savvy guy, it’s surprising that it took me this long to ditch the mini-fridge. I wish I did it sooner because this Galaxy Nexus is sweeeet.

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Beer Canvas BillyBrew Video


You drink good beer, now it’s time to decorate your house with it. So take down that blinking neon Busch Light sign and put up something classy.

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Every now and then I do a contest for my newsletter readers where I ask them a question and the randomly selected winner gets a box of my homebrew mailed to them.

About a month ago we did a contest where I asked – “What are you drinking for Thanksgiving?”

It was still October so I wasn’t sure what the response would be. Would people have put any thought into what they’re drinking a month from now?

Rule #1 – Never doubt the resolve of craft beer drinkers.

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Beer Vending Machine at Arnold AgencyHave you heard about the tweeting, beer dispensing vending machine named Arnie?

In short, it’s for the employees of the Arnold advertising agency in Boston. Talk about a pleasant work environment.

As a beer geek, I wanted to find out more about the brews this thing is popping out. Below is a Q&A with Greg Murphy, the self described Social Media Manager and Resident Brew Master at Arnold Worldwide.

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