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Posts from the ‘Man Cave’ Category

  • 27.10.11Adding a False Bottom To the Brew Kettle

    We have brewed our FINAL batch of Wedding Ale! We should end up with about 300 bottles in total. That means enough for all of our out-of-town hotel guests, for our wedding party after the rehearsal dinner, and hopefully enough to have as wedding favors for those who want one when they leave the wedding!

    With that, I thought I would share with you the last upgrade to our system that we made, prior to these last few batches. We’re going to take a look inside the kettle, literally.

  • 16.21.11More Water = More Wedding Ale

    Continuing my series on the upgrades to my all-grain system, I thought I would show you what I decided to do with my hot liquor tank. I have been brewing all-grain wedding ale for a while now, but I am unable to produce a true 10-gallon batch because the turkey fryer pot that I am using to heat the water in will not hold the amount of water needed to sparge/rinse my grain to result in 10-gallons of beer. Thus, I decided I just needed something bigger.

  • 46.16.11Making Beer Cold…Quick!

    The advantage of a counter-flow chiller is that the beer itself flows through the copper coil and cold water is pushed around it in a hose. This means that a LOT more of the beer actually comes into contact with the cold copper, resulting in a much quicker cooling time. I can basically let the wort start flowing from the kettle, through the chiller, and by the time it gets to the fermenting bucket, it will be room temperature – perfect for pitching yeast!

  • 05.26.11Building An In-Line Thermometer

    I am in the process of building a counter-flow chiller to help cool the beer down after boiling. This will reduce the time the beer is at a temperature where bacteria can be introduced. However, I need a way to know the temperature of the beer after it leaves the chiller. I have a thermometer on my kettle, so I know the starting temperature, but I don’t have a way to test it as it leaves the chiller.

  • 15.23.11Sam Adams Longshot Competition

    If you head over to your local grocery store, you’ll see something pretty neat in the bear aisle. Same Adams is selling a 6-pack of beer that they have never sold before. That’s because they didn’t come up with the recipes either. It is a 6-pack containing two bottles from each of the three winners of the Annual Longshot Home Brew Competition.

    A friend of mine brought some over for us to try last week…

  • 55.10.11Build a Work Bench (And a Brew Stand)

    One thing that I believe every man should have is a good solid work bench. Whether you keep it in a garage, a shed or a storage closet, it is nice to have a sturdy wood shelf that you can pull out and use to craft all of your DIY projects, whether it be building a porch or painting a vase.

    Since we will be living in an apartment (moving in two weeks!), I wasn’t sure that I would really have room for a good work bench…until I realized that I could get double use out of it if I also used it as a brewing stand to use for brewing my homemade beer!

  • 24.21.11Wedding Planning From the Groom’s Perspective

    My article about the wedding planning process from the perspective of the groom-to-be was featured on today. We recently wrote a review about Wedding Bliss Lane and they, in turn, asked if we could write a post for their blog. Obviously, we were honored.

  • 04.8.11First Taste of Our Wedding Beer

    Many of you have followed along as I have chronicled the process of creating my first all-grain batch of home brew for our August wedding, from building a wort chiller, mash tun and kettle, to the first brewing day and when we moved it to secondary and then bottled it.  HOWEVER, I have not given […]

  • 14.3.11NC Craft Beer Tour

    This Christmas, Katy bought us tickets to go on the Asheville Brews Cruise. I’ve been home brewing beer for a couple of years now, but have never gone on an actual brewery tour. If you are at all interested in the world of craft beer and the brewing process, then I highly recommend going on the “cruise.”

  • 53.29.11Hops in a Pot Update

    The first hop vine sprouted last week, and it is already a few inches tall. The second one to sprout broke, and it’s growth was stunted, however, now a third vine has perked it’s head up. All three vines are from a single rhizome (root of a hop plant). I planted two rhizomes, but the other one has not produced any sprouts. I’m not worried quite yet, as it is still early in the season, and since it is in a pot, I can only let a limited number of vines grow anyway.