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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Review of the Barley Crusher Malt Mill

Chris Jensen · September 10

For years I held out on picking up a malt mill. My LHBS has a mill, I insisted, so even if I stock up on bulk grain at home I can mill at the HBS when picking up my other ingredients (I typically buy my specialty malts from the HBS since I don't stock up on those at home).

However, I recently had a couple of brew sessions in which my efficiency inexplicably fell like a rock, and after careful evaluation I realized that ...

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The Session #92: I Made This

Jeremy Short · September 5

We're hossting The Session a monthly beer blogging topic! And here's the topic to write about for October 3, 2014.

As I scanned through the list of the past 91 sessions I found only one about homebrewing. Only one? Well, we are here to rectify that with Session #92. I know that many beer bloggers don’t homebrew, so don’t worry I am going to keep this simple and straightforward.

The idea of this session is how making something changes your relationship ...

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My First Belgian

Jeremy Short · September 5

This post is part of the Session which is being hosted this month by Belgian Smaak. The theme of this month’s session is Belgian Beer and the rules are wide open. We’ll be hosting the Session next month, which you can check out here.

There are a few beers that when you drink them for the first time they burn into your memory. You never forget them. Just like the first time I had Blue Moon. Ha! Sorry, I just had to say ...

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How to Shave Time Off Your Brew Day

Chris Jensen · August 28

One of the challenges with brewing is the time commitment. For many, it's an all day adventure for which we must plan ahead and allocate time away from family, chores and other hobbies. My Pintwell partner, Jeremy, actually finds that the only way he can brew these days is to take a day off of work!

It is one of of the compelling reasons to go BIAB or back to extract brewing. Back when I did the latter I used to knock out a ...

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