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32 Count Knox Unflavored Gelatin (for clarifying Beer and Wine)

Knox Gelatin, Unflavored, 32 Count, Net Wt 8-Ounce

32 Count Knox Unflavored Gelatin.  Use for clarifying your homebrew.  Gelatin helps to clear beer and wine by causing larger particles to coagulate and settle.

General instructions – add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of hot/warm water (per 5 gallons) mix into your fermenter or keg.

Knox Gelatin Unflavored 32 Envelopes

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‘Ove Glove – for Minding Yeast Starters

The Oven Glove - Hot Surface Handler

The Ove Glove Hot Surface Handler from Ove Glove

  • 540 F – Flame Resistant
  • Made with Kevlar® & Nomex® by DuPont
  • For Left or Right Hand
  • 5-Finger Flexi Grip

I use an Ove Glove when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over.

These are also handy on brew day for handling hot (but not wet) ball valves and such.

These are not waterproof. Along those lines, I wouldn’t suggest that you stick your hand in hot wort with one of these on. Or, without one of these on for that matter. I guess the take away here is… don’t stick your hand in hot wort. :)

The Oven Glove – Hot Surface Handler

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841256 StirStarter Stir Plate

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Step by Step: Rehydrating Dried Yeast Using Rubbermaid TakeAlong Containers

I have used Bel-Art Lab Quality Autoclave Safe Bottles to rehydrate yeast for years.  I bought a dozen of these back in February of 2011 and still have 9 or 10 unused containers.  These are great bottles and have worked really well for me.

Although the per container cost of these is generally reasonable, buying a dozen of these lab containers can be a bit pricey.  I stumbled across the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs line of containers while looking for a less costly alternative.  They are food safe, leak proof and microwave safe.

First a look at the container…

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Twist and Seal Food Storage Containers, 2-Cup, Clear, Set of 3Stock Image

In the package.

Side of Box: Twist&Seal – Twist-tight, leak-proof seal.  Handles stay cool when food is hot.

On the lid: Remove lid before microwaving

Recycling code is PP 6, 2 cup/473 mL capacity, Top Rack Dishwasher Safe, Microwave Safe (symbol), Freezer Safe (symbol), Made in USA

Rehydrating Yeast Using this Container…

Disclaimer:  This process involves hot liquids and steam.  Use caution as this is a dangerous process and you could get hurt.  Always read and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

I used Fermentis Safale S-04 dried yeast for this process.  Here are rehydration instructions for this yeast.  Fermentis Safale US-05 directions are identical.  Check with your yeast manufacturer for specific rehydration instructions.

The instructions say to use 10 times the weight of yeast being rehydrated.  11.5 gram packet equates to 115 grams.  I used the my – Fast Weight MS-500 Digital Scale to do the heavy lifting here.

Since I use US-05 quite a bit, this is a pretty common weight for me, so I marked the side of the container with an Industrial Sharpie so I don’t have to weigh this out every time.

Next I placed the container in my microwave, with.  Remember… Remove the lid before microwaving.  I chose to set the lid loosely on top to allow the steam to sanitize the inside of the lid.

Next I carefully attached the lid.  Again: If you decide to do this, be careful and do it at your own risk.

As the container cools, the sides will collapse a bit (as pictured).  After this was all said and done, the sides bounced back pretty well but not perfectly.  I cooled the container and water under running tap water until it reached my desired temperature.  In this case 85 deg F.  The instructions say 80 deg F + or – 6 degrees.  I took the temperature with a touch free IR thermometer.  You could also use a sanitized digital thermometer.

The next step is to sprinkle yeast in the rehydration water.  I re-attached the lid and, per the directions, let it stand for 15 minutes or so.

Picture of the sprinkled yeast from the front

The directions say to gently stir for 30 minutes.  One of the beautiful things about using a container like this, with a lid, is that you can swirl instead of stir.  That keeps airborne bacteria and wild yeast to a minimum and you’re also not digging around in your yeast, with who knows what, for 30 minutes.  I swirled this occasionally and came out with this result.

End product.  Hey this looks like yeast!

These are food safe and microwave safe.  The leak proof lid allows you to minimize contact with the outside air.  This worked well for me.

With a pack of three you can use one for yeast and the other two for general storage around the brewery.

Rubbermaid TakeAlongs 2-Cup Twist and Seal Containers, Pack of 3

Bel-Art 106320007 Scienceware Polypropylene Precisionware Wide-Mouth Autoclavable Bottle with 53mm Closure, 500ml Capacity, Pack of 12

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Plug in AC Switch

GE 17954 Grounding Indoor Handy Switch, White

On Off Plug in AC Switch (model 17954) from GE.  Accepts both 2 wire polarized and 3 wire grounding plugs.  UL Listed.

By zooming into the packaging, I see… 15A, 120VAC, 1,800W Max

I picked up one of these, thinking it would be extremely handy for use with my Recirculating Draft Line Cleaner and my Keg and Carboy CleanerReview.  There may be some other spots where it would work well too.  Maybe your brewing pump?  Although I use this pedal foot switch for my pump.  Any who… I think this switch will be handy and save a lot of plugging and unplugging with I clean draft lines, kegs, carboys and the like,

GE 17954 Grounding Indoor Handy Switch, White

Also Consider: GE 52149 Handy Switch Grounded White

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Reditainer – (36) 16 Oz Containers

Reditainer Deli Food Storage Containers with Lid, 16-Ounce, 36-Pack

(36) 16 Ounce Containers and Lids from Reditainer.  Tight sealing lids, clear heavy gauge polypropylene plastic, pint size.  Microwavable, reusable and dishwasher safe.  Commercial restaurant quality.

These have clear sides, so… you could use these for general storage around your home brewery.  They stack for easy storage and the clear sides let you see what’s inside.

They have tight sealing lids (not airtight lids), so long term storage of brewery essentials like starter DME would probably be okay, but not ideal.  Better to have an airtight seal in my opinion.  However, the tight sealing lids should work well for storing yeast slurry.  This would allow the yeast to offgas as necessary.

Beyond that, these are polypropylene and microwave safe.  That means you could make sanitized yeast washing and rehydration water in the microwave with these puppies.  Of course, if you do that, do so carefully.

Reditainer Deli Food Storage Containers with Lid, 16-Ounce, 36-Pack

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Video: Mitch Steele – Stone Delicious IPA – Reduced Gluten using Clarity Ferm

 

Stone Brewing’s Mitch Steele (Brewmaster and author of the book… IPA)  talking about Stone Delicious IPA and their use of White Labs Clarity Ferm to reduce gluten.

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Clarity Ferm reduces chill haze and reduces the amount of gluten in your finished beer.

Description via White Labs “CLARITY FERM is a product containing a highly specific endo-protease which only cleaves polypeptides at the carboxyl end of the amino acid proline. Protease is derived from Aspergillus niger.”

Read more about Stone Delicious IPA (and it’s gluten content) over on Stone’s Blog

White Labs Clarity Ferm

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