DIY Homebrew Projects

We love DIY homebrew projects at Pintwell. Here you will find a bunch of ideas for your own homebrewery. 

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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Insulate Your Mash Tun with Reflectix

Chris Jensen · July 25

Hitting and maintaining your mash temps is one of the most critical steps to producing a good beer. Unfortunately, metal mash tuns (including keggles) are not particularly good at maintaining temperatures with out an external heat source. So, many brewers choose to insulate their mash tuns to help maintain a consistent temperature throughout your mash schedule.

For the first few years of my current mash tun's life, I used a long sheet of foam rubber with bungee cords. It was cheap, easy, and maintained ...

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How to Use a Step Bit to Drill Stainless Steel

Chris Jensen · June 25

Drilling stainless steel with a hand drill is a hefty job, especially so with the robust stainless found in a keg. After drilling my first couple holes I dreaded having to drill more, until I figured out some tricks which made it 10 times easier. 

The two most important parts of drilling stainless are speed and pressure:

Speed:

You should, almost always, drill at a very low speed. Patience is extremely important to this process. Run your drill at low speed and high torque. If ...

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How to Wire a Pump to Your Brew Stand (and other simple applications)

Chris Jensen · March 21

Upon building the Bad Larry wood brew stand, I knew I wanted to include simple electrical to run a pump and my heatstick. I debated about the simplest (and safest) way to do this, looking for a solution that was functional but which also looked clean. I eventually landed on a solution that allowed me quick and easy access to control the pump and heatstick, while incorporating the primary safety elements I was concerned with.

Please note that I am not an electrician, so be ...

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Tubeless RIMS: How to Recirculate Your Mash with no Additional Equipment

Chris Jensen · February 19

As my homebrewery has expanded, one key component I've considered adding to my system is a RIMS tube or a HERMS. As with most things in my brewery, I like the elegance of the HERMS concept: specifically the fact that you leverage one process (heating your liquor) to benefit another (heating your mash). I'm also comfortable working with a heating element, having built a heatstick, and I like the efficiency of the RIMS. 

However, HERMS would be inneficient in my system and I ...

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Wood Brew Stand Plans

Chris Jensen · January 17

I debated for years about what would make my ideal brew stand. There are a million variables including substrate, size, automation, etc. Ultimately, I decided to go with a fairly simple wood stand as I think they are sexy and, more importantly, I could build it myself (I find that those things I can do myself in the home brewery are more rewarding than those I outsource). I do not have strong woodworking skills, but patience and care will go a long ways.

I also ...

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How to Wax Your Homebrew Bottles

Chris Jensen · December 15

You've slaved for hours over this year's holiday brew.  You really went all out to show off your monster brewing skills and to tell your friends how special they are. So you did a triple decocted, 8 month lagered eisbock that is going to blow their minds. After all that effort, you want to give it that special touch to make sure it stands out. Handing them out in those old, crusty bombers with the labels still on is not going to do ...

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Keep your carboy cool with stuff around the house

Jeremy Short · March 28

Last weekend I decided to brew up a lager. Not realizing that I didn't have space for the carboy in my fridge, I had to come up with a quick and easy solution to keep my fermentation temperature near 48 degrees. In one of my brewing books I remembered reading about submerging your carboy in a tub of water to keep the temperature lower than the ambient temperature and then running a fan to help give it that extra oomph. My coolest (as in ...

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