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Video: How to Build a Mash Tun from the AHA

A how-to video from the AHA – Join.  Director Gary Glass walks through putting together a Cooler Mash Tun Build based on this 48 Quart Coleman Cooler.

This setup is based on Denny Conn’s great design.  Denny is the co-author of Experimental Homebrewing and the keeper of Wyeast 1450 Denny’s Favorite 50.  Check out some of Denny’s recipes now available from Brewcraft.

See the AHA’s Article on this: Building a Mash Tun has Never Been So Easy

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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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Ohmbrew Automations Fermostat – Dual Stage Programmable Temp Controller

Fermostat Ohmbrew Automations

The Fermostat from Ohmbrew Automations is a dual stage temperature controller.  That means it can control both a heating and a cooling source to really dial in temperature.  The Fermostat allows you to program set fermentation profiles and also has the ability to log temperature data.

Features:

  • A dual-stage programmable thermostat to control your fermentation chamber.
  • Create and share the perfect automated temperature profile for fermenting your beer.
  • Automate slow temperature shifts between ferment, diacetyl rest, cold crash or lager temps without shocking the yeast.
  • Micro SD Card allows for external program creation and data logging (card not included).
  • Includes Temperature Probe, 1 input power cord, 2 output power cords.
  • Available in 120V or 240V variants.
  • Capable of up to 10 Amps nominal current per output.

Video overview of the Fermostat…

The Fermostat sells for $159.99.  A number of accessories are also available including temperature cables and thermowell probes.

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Check it out – Here

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Hands on Review: Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer

Review Marks Keg and Carboy Washer

Here’s a Hands on Look at Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer, including a couple of videos with it in action.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherThe front of the box.  “Clean and Sanitize Carboys, Corny Kegs, Brew Pails and Hoses” and “1 Year Guarantee”

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherSide of the box.  It says: •Clean and Sanitize Carboys. No need for a bottle brush. Clean every square inch of the inside of a carboy in minutes. •Clean and sanitize Corny Kegs. No need to disassemble the keg. Clean the inside of the keg and the dip tube. •Clean and Sanitize Brew Pails and Hoses. •Spend your time brewing beer, not cleaning your equipment.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherOther side of the box.  It recaps features and then let’s you know what’s in the box: 1.25 gallon high density polyethylene basin, center holding rack with powerful jet nozzle, 520 gallon-per-hour pump with three adapters, instruction manual and warranty.

cln_img_4168The Keg and Carboy Washer unboxed.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherA look at the individual components.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer1.25 gallon basin.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer NozzlesA look at the four included nozzles/adapters.  From left to right: 1. T for use with cleaning Corny kegs.  The barb goes to tubing that feeds you keg’s dip tube, 2.  Barb for cleaning 3/8″ ID tubing, 3.  Jet nozzle for both carboys and kegs.  For carboys it goes directly on the vertical pipe, for kegs the T goes on first followed by the jet nozzle, 4.  Barb for cleaning 1/4″ ID tubing.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer PumpTop of the Pump

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer PumpThis is the back side of the pump.  It has an adjustable louvre for regulating intake.  You’re probably going to want to just always have this wide open.  If you’re having flow issues, double check this to make sure it’s open.

Mark's Keg and Carboy WasherFully assembled and rigged to clean a carboy.  The bottom part of the basin holds about 1 gallon of water, cleaning solution or sanitizer.

Keg and Carboy Cleaner TubingFully assembled and rigged up to clean a ball lock keg.  You provide the Ball Lock or Pin Lock QD along with tubing.

cln_img_4246The Keg and Carboy Cleaner, cleaning a… Carboy

Keg and Carboy Cleaner BucketIt also works with buckets

Keg and Carboy Cleaner Ball Lock Kegand of course… kegs

cln_img_4401and can clean and sanitize tubing

cln_img_4255Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer Speidel Fermenterand… it works with Speidel Fermenters.  This is the 5.3 Gallon SizeReview.  The 7.9 Gallon Size has the same size opening and also works.  I will say that with a bucket, carboy or keg I feel pretty comfortable walking away for a bit while it’s working.  Not so with the 5.3 and 7.9 Gallon Speidels.  The opening is about the same size as the top of the carboy washer.  That means it sits on top instead of inside (like a carboy) or outside (like a bucket).  If you use this for your 5.3 and 7.9 gallon Speidels, you’re going to want to keep your hand on it to keep the fermenter in place.  I’m guessing, but do not know first hand, that larger Speidels, with their larger openings, work well with the Keg and Carboy Washer without such support, much like a bucket.

B2CAGkiIYAA1PBAUpdate: and… some kettles and keggles!  Thanks to Twitter Follower Christian for this tip and photo!

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer Keg LidOne of the great things about this washer is that you do not need to disassemble your kegs to clean and sanitize them.  I ran through 5 kegs the first night I used it.  All were clean and sanitized when all was said and done.  Of course, you do have to take the lid off.  That, along with other small parts, can be tossed in the basin for cleaning and sanitizing.


This video shows the kind of flow rate you’re getting to the keg QD.   Looks good to me.

Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer Ball Lock KegFor keg cleaning, the instructions say to run with the QD connected for about 15 minutes and then disconnect the QD.  “This will maximize the pressure for cleaning the keg’s interior”.

One issue that I had with it when I first started using the washer for kegs was… the QD was a bit difficult to get on.  There isn’t a lot of spare tubing (and you don’t want a lot for pressure purposes) and requirement to exert pressure up on the QD while trying to hold the keg down is an awkward set of motions.  There isn’t a lot of leverage.  This problem ended up being a poppet issue.  I use universal poppets on nearly every keg.  Those work great, but can be on the tight side with some kegs.  I know that can be an issue.  The fix for that is and has been… simply trim a bit of the spring with a wire cutter.  I just hadn’t noticed it as a problem when trying to use the kegs in question in the typical orientation.  Using a wire cutter to trim a bit off the poppet spring fixed the issue making it a lot easier to hook up to the carboy washer.


Here’s a video of the Keg and Carboy Cleaner cleaning a 6 Gallon PET Carboy from MoreBeer – Review

I’ve owned this keg and carboy washer for quite a while now.  I had been using a DIY cleaning pump setup and that worked pretty well.  The purpose built Mark’s Keg and Carboy Washer works markedly (did you see what I did there :), better.  It uses less cleaning and sanitizing solution, it’s more versatile, takes up less space and… I don’t have to take apart my kegs to clean and sanitize them.

I’ve heard great things about this unit for some time now.  I’m happy to confirm that it works really well.

I purchased my unit at More Beer.  As of this writing, it’s selling for $99.99 Shipped – Here

Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer can be found at…

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Mark's Keg and Carboy Washer Speidel Fermenter

New Hop Variety: HBC 366 Equinox

Equinox is a new hop variety from the breeders of Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe.  

Description: Also known as HBC 366, Equinox was developed by the Hop Breeding Company, and is now available to you the homebrewer. A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics, this hop is sure to be great for your next hoppy masterpiece.


Check it out – Here


A video about Equinox from Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver

From Hop Union: “A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.” and “The diversified and pronounced aroma characteristics combined with extremely high oil content and a tight cone structure make this hop variety very unique”

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How To Brew with Malt Extract DVD – John Palmer and Brad Smith


John Palmer, author of How to Brew and all around legendary homebrewer, and Brad Smith, the guy behind BeerSmith, have teamed up to put together an instructional DVD on brewing with malt extract, aptly named How to Brew with Malt Extract.  This DVD is set to ship the first week of July.

Check it out – Here

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