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Jester King Brewery Shares Homebrew Recipes for Six of Their Beers!

The fine brewers at Jester King based in Austin Texas have released homebrew recipes for 6 of their beers.  Kudos to Jester King for sharing with the homebrewing community!

Recipes includes

  • Biere De Miel, an ale brewed with Texas wildflower honey
  • Das Wunderkind!, a blend of young, fresh ale with mature, barrel-aged ale
  • Gotlandsdricka, an ale brewed with smoked malt, juniper, and sweet gale
  • Kvass, an ale brewed with miche bread
  • Noble King, a hoppy ale
  • Snörkel, an ale brewed with oyster mushrooms and smoked sea salt

Homebrew Recipes for Jester King

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Reader Tip: Ready Made Hot Rod Heat Stick from Brew Hardware – 1,500 Watts (or more) – back in stock! – Limited Availability

Thanks to HBF Reader Matt for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

Ready to use Hot Rod Heat Stick via Brew Hardware.

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

You can buy this as a bare-bones kit elsewhere on the site and add whatever wire length and element you want. This particular item is a ready to plug in heat source that is fully prewired for you with the features most commonly requested.

It includes the bare bones hotrod hardware, an element (choice in dropdown), 12 feet of 12/3 SJEOOW cable, and a plug (choice in dropdown).

*Please note that if you plan to use a temperature controller of any kind that will interrupt power to the hot rod, you MUST wire in your controller between the GFCI plug and the hot rod itself. You may not interrupt power BEFORE the GFCI plug because it is designed to trip upon power failure. If you want to plug this hot rod into a controller, you should order the one with the plain 5-15P plug on it and just make sure that you have GFCI protection upstream of the controller.

If you would like to add additional footage of the 12/3 cable, add it as a separate line item and note in comments to add that additional length to the hotrod.

Options:

  1. Vertical conduit bend options: Left straight, you get about 28″ of overall height. This option only needs to used if you have a very deep pot. The most common option is the 90 degree bend. This allows for less strain on the cord but the max pot depth (if you want it to nearly sit on the bottom) is 23″. Finally, if your pot is only about 19″ tall, you can opt for the 170 degree bend which will loop you over the pot wall like a Sheppard’s hook and make the wire drop straight down. If you are using this in addition to a flame under your pot, the 90 degree bend gives you the best clearance to keep the wire away.
  2. Plug type: Standard plug is just a 15 amp 3-prong plug that will fit any standard outlet. If you choose this option, we HIGHLY recommend that you confirm that the outlet you will use regularly is GFCI protected (the ones with the test/reset buttons). The other option is to have us equip the hotrod with a GFCI protected plug. This will protect you from potential shock regardless of the outlet type you plug into.
  3. Element wattage. You have a choice between a LWD 1500 watt or an ULWD 1650 watt element. The 1650 has a slightly less chance of scorching wort while putting out 10% more power. Both will run on 120v 15 amps.

The minimum pot width for this unit is 11.5″. It WILL fit the Grainfather, Mash N Boil, etc

GRAINFATHER, Mash N Boil, Robobrew USER FAQ:

1. Have you heard of anyone using this on a grainfather?
Grainfather users are my top customer base for the hot rod. The 90 degree bend works great.
2. How do I add additional length to the cable when ordering?
If you get the Ready to Use unit with the 1500 watt element, the way to add more length to the cord is to add item Cable12 to the cart with the number of feet to add on.
https://www.brewhardware.com/product_p/cable12.htm… It’s $1.35 a foot.

3. How much faster will the water heat?
The stock 1600watt heater in the GF takes 60 minutes to take 7 gallons of water from 70f to 158F. With the addition of the 1500 watt HR, it will reduce it to 30 minutes.
Similarly, when you pull the grain and start ramping to a boil, the ramp will take 18 minutes instead of 35.
4. How do I control the boil?
Once you hit boil, instead of running on 1600, it’s best to let the hotrod run at 1500 watts and then switch the GF into mash mode which only adds 500 watts but the combined 2000 is about right for a decent rolling boil.

 

Availability of this can be touch and go. It’s been out of stock for a while.  It kind of came back in stock recently, but the heat sticks were a mis-order and the wrong size.  Although they are back in stock at $144, I’m not seeing a ton available according to their website.  So, I’m going to say these are limited availability.  If you’ve been waiting for these, here’s your chance.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

HOTROD HEAT STICK, READY TO USE, 1500 WATTS WITH GFCI (HOT ROD)

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15% + 10% Off All Homebrew Gear at ProFlow Dynamics!

Thanks to HBF Reader Nathan for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

PFD has a great variety of homebrew related gear including stainless steel Camlock disconnects, threaded fittings (t’s, elbows and connectors of every sort), Stainless QDs, ball valves, tri-clamp fittings, burners, wort chillers, thermowells, site glasses, silicone tubing, pumps, stainless pickup tubes, stainless false bottoms and more.

PFD already has generally great prices.  As of this posting, promo code BREW15% takes an additional 15% off their entire lineup of homebrewing gear.

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Mastering Homebrew [Kindle Edition] by Randy Mosher

Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer

Mastering Homebrewing by Randy Mosher for the Kindle Platform.  Also available in paperback.

Kindle Edition books can be viewed on your Kindle Device or on free reader applications available for your iPhone, Android or Windows smart phone – and  for your web browser via Amazon’s Cloud Reader.  This dynamic link will take you to the appropriate reader for your current platform.

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Reader Tip: 2 Pack Eva Dry Dehumidifiers $15.99! at Costco – YMMW + Our Resource Post on Fixing Kegerator Condensation

Thanks to HBF Reader Jamesdon for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]eva dry 500 review kegerator condensationPhoto from Damp Kegerator? Fix Kegerator Condensation

Jamesdon says that his local Costco has two packs of Eva-Dry dehumidifiers for just $15.99.  Not sure if this is the 500 model or the 333 model.  Either way, it would be a smoking deal.  This is going to be a YMMW sort of deal – your mileage may vary.  Costco clubs have different offerings and different prices.  Check your local club for current availability and pricing.

What would you use one of these for? Great Question!  See: Damp Kegerator? Fix Kegerator Condensation


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Digital Finger Counters to Estimate Remaining Draft Beer!

Finger counters are pretty self explanatory.  They are digital counters that strap to your finger.  Tap the button to add one to the count.

Thanks to HBF Reader Jeff for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

These are small enough to put near or on the tap, color coded for easy identification, re-settable, and will save the last recorded number when it goes into power save.

These may even fit on your tap handle or faucet, depending on it’s size.  5 gallons of beer = around 40 x 16 ounce glasses of beer.  Tweak for your quantity of beer and normal glass size and click every time you serve a pint and you’ll have an estimate of how many beers you have left.

Jeff Says: “As you can see from the picture, they fit well on standard tap handles. The band is made of that sorta “sticky” plastic kiddie watchband type material, so they stay in place and have a bit of stretch. They go to sleep to save the battery life, so you need to press once to wake up, then again to increment. So I press to guesstimate, pour and press again to record the pour. Again, it is just a rough estimate, but pretty effective.”

Cosmos® 8 Pcs Case Resettable 5 Digit LCD Electronic Finger Counter Hand Tally (Black, Hot Pink, Green, Blue)


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Mash & Boil Electric All Grain Brewing System – $239.19! + Hands on Review

Thanks to HBF Reader Dave for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

About, from the offering description: “The Brewer’s Edge® Mash & Boil makes All Grain Brewing easy and affordable. No need for an outdoor burner, complicated brewing stand, or a 220 volt special circuit – it plugs into any 110 volt GFI household outlet. The Mash and Boil’s exclusive double wall stainless construction conserves heat to achieve a rolling boil with only 110 volts and 1600 watts, and its precise thermostat and internal sparging basket lets you mash and boil in the same vessel.

The Mash & Boil features an adjustable thermostat (switchable from Fahrenheit to Centigrade) with an adjustable run time preset at 3½ hours for safety. It also features a delayed start timer, so you can program the Mash and Boil to turn on up to 24 hours after setting. For example, load it with strike water, and have it set to be hot when you come home from work to save time..”

Mash & Boil Features:

  • 110V / 1600 Watts
  • Digital Thermostat
  • External Stainless Steel ½” Valve
  • Double Wall, Stainless Steel Construction
  • Internal Sparging Basket
  • Mash up to 16 LBs of Malt
  • Maximum Capacity of 7.5 Gallons
  • 14″ W x 28″ H Footprint (40″ H w/Basket)

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Mastering Homebrew [Kindle Edition] by Randy Mosher

Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer

Mastering Homebrewing by Randy Mosher for the Kindle Platform.  Also available in paperback.

Kindle Edition books can be viewed on your Kindle Device or on free reader applications available for your iPhone, Android or Windows smart phone – and  for your web browser via Amazon’s Cloud Reader.  This dynamic link will take you to the appropriate reader for your current platform.

Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer


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Reader Tip: Clip on Kettle Tool Holder

Thanks to Facebook Friend [connect with us on Facebook] Rik for this tip!Trudeau Flex Pot Clip, Red

Trudeau Flex Pot Clip, Red


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Will hold all size tools
  • Will keep your countertop clean
  • High heat resistant to 482°F-250°C
  • Material: Silicone and stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe

Note from HBF: Possible use for this – holding your compatible spoon, mash paddle or other stirring device on brew day.

Trudeau Flex Pot Clip, Red



Reader Tip: Converted 10 Gallon Mash Tun with Thermometer – $165.99 + Free Shipping via Wal-Mart

Thanks to Facebook Friend John for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

Quick Fit 10 Gallon Igloo Mash Tun with Stainless Steel False Bottom, Stainless Steel Valve and 3" Dial Probe Thermometer

10 Gallon Converted Mash Tun with stainless false bottom and built in thermometer via Wal-Mart.

  • 10 Gallon Mash Tun
  • All Metal is 304 or 316 Stainless Steel

Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain MIll

As of this posting, Wal-Mart has this for just $165.99.  For some pricing clarity, check out this Mash Tun from MoreBeer – for comparison purposes, these aren’t identical.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses. This is a great deal.  Check the product page for current price and availability.

Quick Fit 10 Gallon Igloo Mash Tun with Stainless Steel False Bottom, Stainless Steel Valve and 3″ Dial Probe Thermometer

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