Review: Cheap Scale for Homebrewing (Epica)

Chris Jensen · December 19

I can't believe I waited as long as I did to pick up a grain scale for weighing grains and hops. For years, I'd weigh all my grains at the HBS (even for a short time after I started buying my base grains in bulk) and I'd just eyeball my hops. For what it's worth, I still don't think that latter part is a big offense as you can probably get pretty close when working with 1 oz portions of ...

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Brewing up a Holiday Beer

Chris Jensen · December 12

I love holiday beers. More specifically, I love giving holiday beers. Nothing says "I appreciate you" more than a hand-made gift into which you put your passion, expertise and time. Except perhaps a hand-made gift that is damn good to boot.

I have been making holiday beers since 2007, when I produced an Anchor holiday clone called "Matt Holiday" to commemorate the Rockies' spectacular World Series run. Sure, by the time I actually passed out the beers, everyone was heart-broken by the events that unfolded ...
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Review: Black Box Fermentation Controller

Chris Jensen · December 3

I recently used the Black Box Fermentation Controller and my experience could not have been better.

The device shipped directly from Black Box via USPS and was ready to go out of the box. For my initial test, I used a heat wrap (as described in our Small Investments for a Big Impact post) to apply heat to a Dusseldorf Altbier fermentation. I programmed a specific fermentation temp profile by following the instructional videos on the Black Box website and found it to be incredibly ...

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Encore Post: Beer for Thanksgiving

Pintwell · November 26

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and you should be thinking about what beers you are going to pair with the preparation and devouring of your Thanksgiving feast. Pintwell is here to help! Last year we prepared a  comprehensive list of the best brews for Thanksgiving, and, looking back, our opinions really haven't changed all that much. These are *still* great beers to bring to thanskgiving. So, without further ado, here is an encore of our post on the best beers for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is just around ...

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Homebrewer Gift Ideas

Pintwell · November 19

One thing we have done consistently here at Pintwell is coming up with gift ideas for homebrewers every year. Just check out this list and this list (in case the new one here isn't enough). Why are we so good about doing this list every year? Because we want all this stuff, too! We just need to get our famlies to read our blog so they know what to buy us every Christmas. 

It's interesting to see how our list changes each year ...

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How to Cap Your Beer Without a Capper

Chris Jensen · November 15

Sometimes you gotta improvise.

I don't bottle frequently as, like most, I much prefer the convenience of kegging. But I do like to bottle my special beers or beers that do well with aging, which means I find myself bottling at least 2-3 batches a year.

Last weekend, I finally got around to bottling my holiday beer (a Trappist-style Belgian strong dark ale). I had a number of 29mm mouth bombers on hand that I'd been saving for a special brew such as ...

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Why I Travel for Beer

Chris Jensen · October 29

This post is part of The Session 93, hosted over at the Roaming Pint.

 
I am fond of beer. I'm also quite fond of travel. So it's  the best of both worlds when I get to travel for beer.
 
Now, candidly, I've really only taken one big trip purely for beer. Two years ago I took my adventure loving wife on a trip to Belgium, beer's holy land, where we spent a couple of weeks touring different breweries and visiting some ...
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Small Investments for a Big Impact

Chris Jensen · October 19

A lot of brewing equipment is expensive. Some of it is a necessary evil, but much of the money we spend on equipment is "nice to have," increasing the joy or convenience of our brew day, or just looking rad.

However, I've made a few upgrades over the years that had a minimal cost investment and yet which had a major benefit to my brew process. Here are my the top three cheap-yet-effective items in my brew closet:

  1. Wallpaper tray: I picked up one ...
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Session 92 Roundup

Jeremy Short · October 6

 

Session 92 has come and gone. If you haven’t had a chance, you should read through some of the great contributions below! I have to say it’s quite interesting to play host for the Session and see how people approach the question you ask. In the collection below, you will see many people tackled, in one way or another, my question: does homebrewing turn you into a pretentious asshole? So does it? Well, you will just have to read all the posts below ...

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Session #92: Homebrewer's Appreciation

Chris Jensen · October 3

I love this topic. And frankly, I was as surprised as Jeremy to learn that there'd only been one Session topic on Homebrewing (out of 91!) before today.

Homebrewing has most certainly affected my view of beer. I first brewed about 15 years ago in the kitchen of my college apartment in Boulder. At that time, my friends and I drank craft beers, but I really had no idea what "craft" really meant in that phrase. As far as I knew, beer production was ...

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How homebrewing changed the way I see beer

Jeremy Short · October 2

This post is part of the Session, which Pintwell is hosting! How exciting, right? Anyway, I asked something about how does brewing beer change the way you think about beer?

First, I should confess, I picked a terrible time to host the session. The Great American Beer Festival is in full swing as I write, and there’s too much going on to give this post the kind of attention that it deserves. Well… here it goes anyway (if a wee bit short). Before homebrewing ...

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