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Topo Chico Seltzer Water Clone Recipe

topo chico mineral water clone

via Homebrew Happy Hour/Keg Connection:

Topo Chico is a delicious sparkling mineral water known for it’s taste and BITE. My favorite thing about Topo Chico is the carbonic bite it provides, so I recommend carbing and serving this at 35psi or even higher! Below is a list of the ingredients needed to mimic the exact water profile of Topo Chico:

All ingredients below can be purchased at MoreBeer!’s website

Topo Chico Clone (5 Gallon)

Ingredients
5.15 grams of gypsum
0.85 grams of calcium chloride
1.10 grams of of Epsom salt
0.85 grams of magnesium chloride – search Amazon
0.85 grams of canning salt – search Amazon
0.90 grams of slaked lime – search Amazon
0.95 grams of baking soda – search Amazon
0.90 grams of chalk

Weigh out your minerals and then mix it into your cold RO or distilled water. For best results, we recommend that you mix your water BEFORE carbonating. We force carbonate and serve our water at 35psi.

This recipe is intended to be used with reverse osmosis or distilled water. Adding these minerals to your city or well water WILL NOT RESULT in an accurate Topo Chico clone due to the existing minerals in your water supply.

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18+ Liter Ball Lock Keg | Fully Remanufactured (AEB/SAFER/Cornelius) | SEE DESCRIPTION

18+ Liter Ball Lock Keg | Fully Remanufactured (AEB/SAFER/Cornelius) | SEE DESCRIPTION

More Info

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18+ Liter Ball Lock Keg | Fully Remanufactured (AEB/SAFER/Cornelius)
These are top-tier, refurbished Corny kegs made of stainless steel. With stainless steel costs climbing and high-quality used kegs becoming increasingly scarce, this is an offer you won’t want to overlook.

Every keg in our collection undergoes a comprehensive refurbishment process. This includes deep cleaning, machine polishing, and the replacement of o-rings on the lid, PRV, as well as liquid and gas dip tubes, in addition to two o-rings on each post. These kegs are all sourced from elite brands, including AEB, SAFER, and CORNELIUS.

Additional Information on Our Refurbished Kegs:
Though these kegs are pre-owned, they may exhibit minor cosmetic imperfections such as small dings and scratches that couldn’t be completely polished away. None of these issues impact their functionality.

After the cleaning and polishing operations, some residue might be present on either the keg’s exterior or its rubber components. While it may transfer onto your hands, this is merely a reminder that all kegs—whether new or used—need to be meticulously cleaned before usage. Proper sanitization is also crucial before filling them with any beverage.

A subset of these kegs has experienced sun damage to the rubber areas, affecting the seal. This could lead to the formation of black marks, particularly when the rubber is wet, although this is less likely when it’s dry.

Lastly, you might find some kegs with double o-rings on their posts. While this may appear out of the ordinary, rest assured they function as effectively as those with single o-rings.

Diameter: 8-7/8″ (225mm)
Height: 22-1/4″ (565mm)
Weight: 9 lbs 9oz (4.34kg)
Volume: 4.75 gallons (18 liters) but some are also slightly more in full volume
Post Thread Size: 9/16-18 UNF Thread on both the IN and Out.


 

The fact is… the era of cheap and readily available used homebrew kegs is… done. I could give you a bunch of reasoning behind that opinion including one of the best sources for used kegs… de-listing used kegs, but I’ve got a regularly updated article on the topic you can check out.

Keg Connection Says…

“People have been receiving these new PREMIUM REMANUFACTURED KEGS and already love them! That’s because there hasn’t been a used keg on the market in this good of condition, EVER. They’re ‘used’ in a literal sense but each of these kegs has undergone an extensive refurbishing process. They have been meticulously cleaned, machine-polished, and fitted with new o-rings including the lid, pressure relief valve, and both liquid and gas dip tubes. Plus, we’ve added two new o-rings on each post.”


About Homebrew Happy Hour: Homebrew Happy Hour started as a podcast in 2015, but has evolved into a complete resource for homebrewers with thorough articles, how to videos, and much more. Originally hosted by Joshua Steubing and the founder/President of Kegconnection.com, Todd Burns. In 2016 we added James Carlson, Director of Operations at CMBecker, as a main cohost in our lineup, and we frequently feature guest hosts from time to time.

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Flying Dog Airwaves India Pale Lager Recipe – Straight From The Brewery!

The fine brewers at Flying Dog have released their recipe for India Pale Lager.

From Flying Dog:

Matt Brophy was first introduced to brewing while listening to the smooth sounds of CHARLIE PAPAZIAN, renowned godfather of homebrewing and nuclear physicist, discussing the trials and tribulations of brewing on NPR. A then 17-year-old Matt was so inspired, he ran out to buy Charlie’s penultimate The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The rest, as they say, is history.

continues below…



Now some years later, a perfect storm of brewing conditions would cause Matt and Charlie’s paths to cross again. The American Homebrewers Association, whose membership refers to Charlie as Mr. President, held their annual conference in Baltimore earlier this summer, just east of our fair brewery. Matt and Charlie connected and put together the aptly-named Airwaves, an India Pale Lager that showcases Matt and Charlie’s collective love of hops.

To no one’s surprise the commemorative beer was a hit, and while we only brewed enough for the conference we knew we would have homebrewers looking for more. We tucked a little bit away and got the go ahead to share the recipe with you so that is exactly what we plan to do.

On WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 stop by the brewery and enjoy a sample of Airwaves and PICK UP THE RECIPE TO BREW AT HOME OR SHARE WITH FRIENDS. It’s like the old saying goes, give a man a beer and his immediate thirst will be satisfied, teach a man to brew and he will lead a life of passion and purpose.


Flying Dog Airwaves India Pale Lager RecipeBlog

Important Note: There is a typo in the recipe. It refers to Wyeast 2778 which does not exist. It should be Wyeast 2278 Czech Pils.

Grab the rest of the ingredients – 10 lbs Maris Otter, Centennial, Galaxy and Mosaic Hops

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Overnight Mashing Experiment

From Keg Connection:

We’ve been accused of old dogs who reject new tricks but we’ve been trying to change things up lately. For example, we started implementing pressure fermentation and LOVED the results. So, when a podcast listener asked about overnight mashing, we decided to try it out ourselves.

Our results might surprise you!

Watch as James Carlson from CMBecker shows the way we try out overnight mashing. Please let us know in the comments how YOU do it; do you keep your heat source on and recirculation on too? Do you find that an Igloo style cooler maintains heat the best if you aren’t doing electric brewing?

Any hints or tips are greatly appreciated!

Equipment used in this video: Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing System

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing System from Keg Connection

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

To redeem your FREE 15 gallon recipe kit, decide which kit you’d like from our complete selection (CLICK HERE) and simply write it in the “ORDER NOTES” section when you’re checking out with your Brautag in your cart. You’ll also need to write in the “ORDER NOTES” section which strain of Imperial Yeast you’d like us to send with your 15 gallon recipe kit (CLICK HERE TO SEE IMPERIAL YEAST). Your 1-year membership to Brewer’s Friend PREMIUM will be registered by us using the email address you’ve given us as your Kegconnection account. Registration confirmation from BrewersFriend will be emailed to you as soon as registration is complete.

Brautag is German for “Brew Day” and this is the perfect system for you to brew your best beer yet! HERMS stands for Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System. This is our favorite style of brewing system because it uses indirect heat to warm up your mash. This eliminates issues with scorched grain and gives its user very consistent brewing temperatures. The Brautag has three 20 gallon kettles and is the perfect size for 15 gallon batches.

The Brautag is a collaboration between the team behind the Homebrew Happy Hour podcast – and it has been a labor of love! This system was developed from the ground up and is the result of several years of building HERMS systems and brewing on them. The goal with this system is to allow someone to get it set up and brewing quickly and easily. The Brautag has been designed to be easy to brew on and this has been achieved by using very intuitive controllers coupled with videos and written documentation. For detailed information on this system please visit www.brautag.com or watch the video below!

What’s Included:
3 premium stianless steel Brautag 20 gallon kettles with durable ball valves and easy to use stainless steel quick connects – It makes swapping hoses around a breeze!

Hot Liquor Tank (HLT) is fitted with a 50′ half inch stainless steel recirculating HERMS coil for the most effective form of heat exchange.

Mash Tun comes with two premium quick connect attachments for sparging and a durable false bottom to ensure clear recirculation for your mash and sparge.

Boil kettle is fitted with premium components such as the tri-clamp fitted immersive heating element (which makes it easy to remove for cleaning or replacement) and stainless steel valves with quick connects.

The Brautag controller is an innovative no-nonsense controller developed to make your brew day better. It’s easy to understand which makes it easier for you to fully control the brewing process. Dial in your temperatures with ease and control the entire process at the flick of a switch or push of a button.

Comes with two high quality centrifugal pumps!

Brew table is optional

Wort chiller is optional


 

 

Brautag | 3 Vessel HERMS 20 Gallon Brewing System

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Brew in a Bag Homebrew Bag MaterialSpecial Thanks to Rex Slagel for this Guest Post!  Read more about Rex below


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Flying Dog Airwaves India Pale Lager Recipe – Straight From The Brewery!

The fine brewers at Flying Dog have released their recipe for India Pale Lager.

From Flying Dog:

Matt Brophy was first introduced to brewing while listening to the smooth sounds of CHARLIE PAPAZIAN, renowned godfather of homebrewing and nuclear physicist, discussing the trials and tribulations of brewing on NPR. A then 17-year-old Matt was so inspired, he ran out to buy Charlie’s penultimate The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The rest, as they say, is history.

continues below…



Now some years later, a perfect storm of brewing conditions would cause Matt and Charlie’s paths to cross again. The American Homebrewers Association, whose membership refers to Charlie as Mr. President, held their annual conference in Baltimore earlier this summer, just east of our fair brewery. Matt and Charlie connected and put together the aptly-named Airwaves, an India Pale Lager that showcases Matt and Charlie’s collective love of hops.

To no one’s surprise the commemorative beer was a hit, and while we only brewed enough for the conference we knew we would have homebrewers looking for more. We tucked a little bit away and got the go ahead to share the recipe with you so that is exactly what we plan to do.

On WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 stop by the brewery and enjoy a sample of Airwaves and PICK UP THE RECIPE TO BREW AT HOME OR SHARE WITH FRIENDS. It’s like the old saying goes, give a man a beer and his immediate thirst will be satisfied, teach a man to brew and he will lead a life of passion and purpose.


Flying Dog Airwaves India Pale Lager RecipeBlog

Important Note: There is a typo in the recipe. It refers to Wyeast 2778 which does not exist. It should be Wyeast 2278 Czech Pils.

Grab the rest of the ingredients – 10 lbs Maris Otter, Centennial, Galaxy and Mosaic Hops

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Installing Triclover Ferrules – No Welding

Bobby from Brew Hardware has put together a video explaining different types of connections available for homebrewers.

Brew Hardware offers an extensive selection of fittings and lots more.  A lot of unique offerings and some very well thought out custom items of Bobby’s design.

About, from Brew Hardware: “This tool creates a flared opening in kettle walls, bottoms, lids, etc for install of 1.5″ TC weld ferrules. Once the ferrule is installed, it is well prepped to receive a bead of silver solder for strong permanent (or not) install.”

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All Grain Recipe: Burnt Syrup Stout – from William’s Brewing

1 LB 400° LOVIBOND BURNT BELGIAN CANDI SYRUP

Burnt Belgian Candi Syrup.  Description via William’s Brewing: “This imported Belgian candi syrup has a lovibond rating of 400, and is made from pure Belgian beet sugar. Provides a burnt sugar flavor, which is surprisingly agreeable when used in Stouts and Belgian Dark Strongs. Also used to flavor Whisky Sour cocktails. Use 1/2 to 1 lb. per 5 gallon batch of beer. One pound dissolved in 1 gallon of water yields a starting gravity of 1.032.”

The product page also has a recipe for Burnt Syrup Stout.  The recipe includes:

W63 Crushed British Maris Otter Malt
M47 Crushed Roast Barley Malt
M54 Crushed Chocolate Malt
M43 Crushed 40 Lovibond Crystal Malt
W44 Burnt Belgian Candi Syrup 
H33 Athanam Hop Pellets
Wyeast  1037 Irish Ale Yeast

Check out the product page for amounts and complete directions include mash and hop schedule.

1 LB 400° LOVIBOND BURNT BELGIAN CANDI SYRUP

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Free Brewing Calculators from MoreBeer!

Looking to do some quick homebrew calculations?  MoreBeer has you covered and has you covered for… free!

Their calculators include

  • DME starter
  • IBUs
  • Hydrometer Correction
  • Boil Off Rate
  • Alcohol by Volume ABV
  • Priming Sugar
  • Keg Carbonation
  • Sparge Water
  • Yeast Pitch Rate
  • Yeast Viability
  • And if you’re wondering how many calories are in your homebrew… a beer calorie calculator

Brewing Calculators

Also: FREE Homebrewing Spreadsheets – Brewing Spreadsheet, Brew in a Bag and Small Batch

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Understanding Brewery Connections

Bobby from Brew Hardware has put together a video explaining different types of connections available for homebrewers.

Brew Hardware offers an extensive selection of fittings and lots more.  A lot of unique offerings and some very well thought out custom items of Bobby’s design.

Bobby spends over a half hour going into detail on most of the plumbing and accessory connection options you have to choose from. If this video doesn’t help you figure out the best parts for your brewery, nothing will. The pros and cons are discussed including utility, scalability, cost and value of each choice.

  1. NPT and NPS Threaded connections
  2. Flare
  3. Compression
  4. Camlock (Cam and Groove)
  5. NPT swivel barbs
  6. Ball Lock Quick Disconnects (BLQD)
  7. TC, Triclover, Triclamp, Tri-Clamp, Sanitary Fittings

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Brew Your Own: Using Induction Heat Sources for Home Brewing

To learn more about Induction Brewing, check out BYO’s article, linked below.  As of this update it is available for free.  If that changes you can sign up for a free trial account to take a look at it.

Induction Heat via BYO Magazine

Also: Brew Your Own Magazine – byo.com – Deals, Discounts and Coupons!

Also: Amazon’s Best Sellers in Countertop Burners | Portable Induction Cooktops at eBay

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Growler Laws By State

Pictured: Stanley Vacuum Insulated Growler via Amazon – Review

Beyond specific brewery rules – Example: We only fill our branded growlers OR we’ll put our sticker on your growler if you bring a growler from another brewery, growler laws vary.  They vary state by state and sometimes municipality by municipality.  For example, some states allow unlabeled growlers to be filled while others do not.  There are also questions on what different types of establishments (breweries, retail outlets, etc) can legally fill growlers.

The Brewers Association has created a database of U.S. state laws relating to “growlers,” i.e., draft beer packaged for off premises consumption by the manufacturing brewery.

Note that there are a lot of factors and things change.  It’s probably best to confirm specific requirements with the establishment you plan to visit.

More Growler Reviews!

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Funwerks’ 5 Tips for Kettle Sours

Funkwerks’ 5 Tips for Kettle Sours
By Dave Carpenter

“Funkwerks, a saison-focused craft brewery in Fort Collins, Colo., has racked up more than its fair share of awards since opening in December 2010. Co-founders Brad Lincoln and Gordon Schuck took home gold and silver medals at the 2011 and 2012 Great American Beer Festivals (GABFs), respectively, for their flagship Saison, and the brewery won gold for Deceit (a Belgian-style golden strong ale) and was named Small Brewing Company of the Year at the 2012 GABF.

In 2014, Deceit won a World Beer Cup silver and Raspberry Provincial took home GABF gold. Raspberry Provincial is a kettle sour, which is a beer that relies on bacterial souring pre-boil to achieve its tart, refreshing character. Unlike, say, traditional lambic, which requires months or years of aging with a mix of microbes to achieve a complex, funky sourness, a kettle-soured beer needs only a day or two to gain a pleasant lactic acid tang. The method isn’t ideal for Flemish red, oud bruin, and lambic-style ales, but it’s perfect for gose, Berliner weisse, and other “clean sour” styles that primarily exhibit a lactic character.”  – Read the complete article on the Homebrewer’s Association’s website

MoreAmerican Sour Beers via Amazon

If you’re not a member of the American Homebrewer’s Association, I think you should consider joining – Here’s Why

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How To Make Kombucha from the AHA

How To Make Kombucha
By Millie Shamburger

“Simply put, kombucha is fermented tea. A culture of bacteria called SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), sometimes called “the mother,” consumes the sugar in a fermentation process just like yeast does in beer. The result is a tangy, semi-sweet fermented tea with a very low level of alcohol–typically below 1% ABV. It can be carbonated, making for a bubbly elixir, and combined with other ingredients like fruit or spices to open up even more flavor possibilities.”  – Read the complete article with step by step directions and pictures

MoreThe Big Book of Kombucha via Amazon

If you’re not a member of the American Homebrewer’s Association, I think you should consider joining – Here’s Why

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Making a Fermentation Heater w/Heat Tape

Thanks to HBF Reader Charles for this guest post!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF]

You often have posts about deals on Fermwrap style heaters. I’d like to alert your readers about an option that is lower cost and I believe superior to any deals I have ever seen posted. Most Fermwraps are made with Flexwatt heater tape. Another brand of heat tape is THG Heat Tape, which I have seen people post on both reptile and brewing forums as being superior to Flexwatt; I have both and find it to be more durable. Regardless, Pangea Reptile sells the 12″ tape for $3/foot. They also sell the cord and connecting clips and will install it for only $4.99 more. They offer flat-rate shipping of only $4.99, so even if you order only one 12×24 wrap, it’s only $15.98 shipped. If you order more, or make one from smaller width tape, available in 3, 4, 6, or 12″, then the savings are even more. For instance, I ordered 5′ of tape and had them make two 30″ wraps, which gives more uniform coverage around a typical fermenter. Of course, you can DIY the cord if absolute lowest cost is important.

Note: This is a DIY project.  Make sure you choose appropriate materials for your application.  Contact manufacturer with questions.  Prices are deemed accurate as of this posting, check Pangea Reptile for up to the minute price, availability and description.

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The Importance of Draught Beer Line Cleaning – from the Brewers Association + Draft Line Cleaning Build

From the Brewer’s Association:

“Clean beer lines are integral to maintaining the quality of craft beer.

Small and independent craft brewers devote a lot of time, effort and resources to make the best possible beer for consumers. Ingredients are handpicked, the latest technological advances in brewing are used and batches of beer are tested throughout the process to ensure superior quality. That hard work can be ruined in the time it takes the beer to travel from the keg to the glass if the draught system/lines have not been properly cleaned and maintained.”

  • At a minimum, you should clean your draught line every two weeks with an alkaline detergent cleaner to remove protein and films that build up quickly.
  • The cleaning chemical should be recirculated through the product line for a minimum of 15 minutes at a velocity up to two gallons/minute. Soaking product lines is not recommended, but the cleaning solution should be left in-line for at least 20 minutes if recirculation is not an option.
  • All faucets should be completely disassembled and cleaned every two weeks. Make sure to replace any damaged seals or gaskets.
  • Acid cleaning should be performed quarterly to remove inorganic compounds such as “beer stone,” which are mineral deposits.
  • All vinyl jumpers and vinyl direct draw lines should be replaced annually.
  • Couplers should be replaced based on condition. Inspect the coupler bottom seal and O-rings, to make sure they are properly lubricated with a food-grade lubricant.
  • Good quality, well-maintained couplers, faucets and shanks can last a lifetime. Parts that are 100 percent stainless steel are the most reliable and will provide the best quality experience for your staff and customers.
  • Always make sure to rinse lines with clean water after cleaning!
  • Draught lines may need to be replaced after pouring root beer, fruit or pepper-flavored beers, sour beers, margaritas or ciders in order to avoid permanent flavor influence.

Read the complete article: THE IMPORTANCE OF DRAUGHT BEER LINE CLEANING

Note that those guidelines are written from the commercial perspective, although all concepts still hold true, with a little tweaking as it makes sense to your setup.

Check out myimg_cln_img_0593-225x300 Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Build.  That makes cleaning your homebrew kegerator draft lines.

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[Gluten Free Homebrewing] – Gluten Content of White Labs Liquid Yeast

A notable percentage of people have some motivation to reduce or completely eliminate gluten intake.  Reasons vary from dietary choice to gluten sensitivity to serious medical conditions including auto-immune diseases like Celiac Disease.  This may describe you or a friend or family member.

Recently Gluten Free Watchdog tested gluten content of a pitch of White Labs Liquid Yeast.  White Labs does not mark their yeast gluten free.  However they do say that yeast slurry in the package is below 20 ppm (their analysis is 12 ppm).  Under 20 ppm is considered gluten free, although some products (like yeast made with malted, could not legally be labeled gluten free in the US).

Gluten Free Watchdog, found “well above 20 parts per million”

SeeFermentation Growth Mediums for Yeast and Concerns about Residual Gluten – for more information including a Q and A with Ryan Bove, one of the co-founders of Aurochs Brewing Company

RelatedGluten Free and Gluten Reduced Homebrewing Resources | Gluten Free Home Brewing – dedicated GF homebrew shop

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Off Flavors in Beer: Their Causes & How to Avoid Them via MoreBeer

MoreBeer’s Off Flavors in Beer: Their Causes & How to Avoid Them goes through a number of off flavors, describing each, giving possible causes and tips for avoiding.

Discussed flavors include – Acetaldehyde, Alcoholic, Astringent, Chlorophenol, Cidery, Diacetyl, Dimethyl Sulfide (DMS). Estery/Fruity, Grassy, Husky/Grainy, Medicinal, Metallic, Moldy, Oxidation, Salty, Skunky, Soapy, Solvent-Like, Sulfur/Hydrogen Sulfide, Sout/Acidic, Sweet and Yeasty.

Off Flavors in Beer: Their Causes & How to Avoid Them

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Brewing with Millet via Scott Janish

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If you don’t follow Scott Janish… I think you should I really enjoy his homebrewing articles.  Many are analytical in nature.  Check out his website (link below) and also check him out on Twitter at @scottjanish.

Scott put up a new article… “Brewing With Millet”.  For that… He sources grains from Gluten Free Homebrewing, he also uses a Spunding Valve to dry hop under pressure.

Related:

  1. Gluten Free Home Brewing – dedicated GF Homebrew Shop
  2. Resource Post: Gluten Free and Gluten Reduced Homebrewing Resources
  3. Build a Spunding Valve – How and Why

Millet belongs to the same grass family as barley, maize, and sorghum. It’s said to be a versatile crop because of its ability to thrive in harsh conditions. One source mentioned that millet is one of the oldest crops known to humans, possibly dating back to 2800 B.C! There are numerous varieties of millet, with proso millet (Panicum miliaceum L.) “common millet” is likely what you will find at a place like Whole Foods or a local organic market in bulk (this is what I was able to find). There doesn’t appear to be a vast amount of research done on brewing with millet, but from what I could locate, it does appear to produce acceptable beers. Across the literature, millet was often compared very closely to sorghum, which has been used in many parts of the world mainly in European-type lagers.

One reason some might want to experiment brewing beers with millet is because it’s gluten-free. Other carb-rich grains that could be used in brewing that don’t contain gluten are buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa (I’ve experimented with quinoa with good results, although as a part of a barley grist). Oats can be tolerated by most, but not all people intolerant to gluten. The gluten content of beers is fairly low considering the high amounts present early in the brewing process (6,864 ppm present in wort going all the way down to around 200ppm in finished beer or around 1.9%).  [KEEP READING – on Scott Janish.com]

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Homebrewery Pumps: Why, What and How

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Top 10 Reasons to Brew Your Own Beer

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Many thanks to Bryan Great Fermentations for this special Guest Post!

While the art of brewing beer has been around for centuries, homebrewing is a relatively new phenomenon. For us in the USA, it all began in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill that made homebrewing legal for the first time ever. (Side note: we’re really glad that happened).

Today, with the craft beer industry growing at an exponential rate and thousands of new folks jumping onto the homebrewing wagon every year, getting started in brewing your own beer hasNEVER been easier.

Whether you’ve long been dreaming of whipping up your own IPA, or you’re a seasoned homebrew vet, here are 10 reasons you should brew your own beer.

1. You’ll Have fun.

Plain and simple, brewing your own beer at home is fun. It’s easy to get started, simple to do, and is one of the best ways to spend a relaxing, agenda-free afternoon. Brewing by yourself is a great way to chill out and get some quality “me” time, but brewing with a partner in crime is just as enjoyable, too.

2. You’ll have a greater appreciation for good beer.

Learning to brew beer on your own will help you understand how the beer you’ve been drinking for years is truly made. Homebrewing will help you have a greater appreciation for high-quality beer. Next time you find yourself hanging out at a bar, sipping on a pint, you’ll likely find yourself thinking about the intricate process the beer went through to finally make it into your glass.

Once you start homebrewing, you’ll never look at beer the same way again. And that’s a good thing.

3. You’ll always have your favorite beer on hand.

Don’t you hate it when the liquor store is out of your favorite beer? Talk about a buzzkill!

When you’re your own brew master, your favorite beer is always on hand. Sound too good to be true? We assure you, brewing the style of beer you love the most isn’t as hard as you might think. It all comes down to having the right ingredients and taking your time with the process.

4. You’ll make new friends.

Once you start homebrewing, you’ll find that there’s a large, welcoming community out there, full of people who will love to talk to you about your new hobby. Beer people are good people, and now that you’re brewing your own, you’ll have something in common with other DIY brewers who have gone before you.

5. You’ll save money.

Brewing your own beer is a cost effective way to drink it. Once you purchase the equipment needed to get started (which can start as low as $84.99), the cost per batch is relatively cheap — as inexpensive as $0.66 per beer!

Not to mention, the beer you’re brewing is high-quality and FRESH craft beer. Compare that to the cheapest beer you can find at the local liquor store and let’s just say, you’re giving yourself a good deal.

6. You’ll get to pretend you’re a mad scientist.

Surrounded by buckets, tubes, thermometers, and brew pots, you’ll feel like a bit of a mad scientist when you’re elbows deep in your latest homebrew. Even if chemistry was never your thing, this is an experiment you’ll be able to pull off. Brewing is actually the easy part, perfecting your maniacal laugh … that’s another story.

7. You’ll feel creative.

It might take some practice to really hit your creative stride with homebrewing, but once you realize that the sky’s the limit when it comes to creating your own recipes, you’ll feel like an artist at work.

8. You’ll be prepared for a global crisis.

No matter what may come your way, you’ll always have bottles on bottles of beer stockpiled away in your cellar. Just don’t be surprised when all the neighbors come knocking on your door next time the power’s out.

Oh and don’t forget, when the zombies take over, those of us still around will need someone to brew beer!

9. You’ll feel proud of your new creation.

Finishing a big project like a batch of homebrew is an incredibly satisfying feeling. You’ll feel proud of yourself that you picked up a new hobby, learned a new skill, and came out on the other side with something you and your friends and family can all enjoy together.

10. You’ll have an excuse to throw a party.

Speaking of enjoying things together, your homebrew will be the perfect excuse to invite over all your favorite people to try your new beer together. Everyone will be impressed that you were able to craft a beer that tastes this good and best of all; you’ll get to drink beer in good company. And isn’t that the reason we homebrew in the first place?

So what are you waiting for?

The fact that you read this is proof that you have SOME interest in brewing your own beer, and as they say: there’s no time like the present! We have plenty of homebrew starter kits for you to kick off your hobby!

Cheers!
Bryan

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