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$10 Off Aqua Range by Supermechanical iOS Thermometer

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:52

The Aqua Range from Supermechanical is an iOS driven Thermometer that works with your iPhone or iPad via a Free Companion App.  The app displays a graph of temperature and also allows you to create custom alerts and remote notifications.   The Aqua Range is Instant Read, has a 6″ Rounded Tip, safe up to 450 deg F and is submersible and hand-washable.  The 54″ moisture proof silicone cable resists high temperatures.  iBrewMaster 2 also has built in support for the Range Thermometer.

Promo code HOMEBREW10 takes $10 Off the Aqua Range.  That brings it down to $59.95.  Shipping is free.

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Reader Tip: Renegade Rye Pale Ale – from $20.99 + Blichmann G2 Kettles Available

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:59

Thanks to HBF Reader Brandt for this tip!

Renegade Rye Pale Ale.  From what I can gather this is a newer recipe kit for More Beer.  It’s available in both All Grain and Extract Versions and features 15% Rye along with Columbus, Citra and Centennial Hops.

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More Beer also just announced the availability of Blichmann’s new BoilerMaker G2 Kettles

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Pinned: 15 Gal Kettle Deal  $64.99 Ball Lock Keg *$10 Carb Cap *Soft Parade Clone 

Ends Today (8/19): 35% Off Recipe KitsFree Refractometer with Three All Grain Kits

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7.9 Gallon Speidel Fermenter – $52.99 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 09:03

The very popular 7.9 Gallon Speidel Fermenter is More Beer’s Deal of the Day.

I own both 5.3 and 7.9 gallon Speidels.  I’ve used the 5.3 gallon for small batches for quite a while now.  These are great fermenters.  Check out my First Looks Post for more information and quite a few pictures.  Check out the whole line including replacement parts.

Product Description - Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Speidel Plastic Fermenter – 30L (7.9 gal) FE715 - $52.99 + Free Shipping

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

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60 LB Stackable, Airtight Container for Grain Storage – $32.49

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:07

Vittles Vault’s 60 lb stackable container has recently sold for as much as $51.57.  It’s down to $32.49.  That’s just 6 cents off a record Amazon low price.  It ships free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.

The Vittles Vault line of stackable containers are very popular for bulk grain storage.  They are food grade, airtight and pest proof.  They also have a large easy access opening and the ability to stack makes them space efficient.  This 60 lb easily holds a 50-55 lb bag of grain.

Vittles Vault Stackable 60 lb - $32.49 + Free Shipping with $35 order - Filler Items

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The Craft Beer Kitchen for Kindle… Free

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:38

The Kindle version of this 200 page title on cooking with craft beer has dropped to… free.  It’s also available in paperback and hardcover.

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.

The Craft Beer Kitchen - $0

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A note about free Kindle book prices… These change.  As of this posting, this title is completely free.  If you see a different price or if it’s free to borrow for Kindle owners that are Prime members, the price has changed.

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Beer In Ads #1286: Best Part Of The Day

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:26
Monday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, also from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. I love the ad copy on all of these. “Beer has its own way of making this the...

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5,000 mL Erlenmeyer Flask – $31.95

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:17

Product Description - Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Erlenmeyer Flask (5000 ml) Y450 - $31.95 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

Pinned: $10 Carb Cap *SS False Bottom *Soft Parade Clone *15 Gal Kettle Deal

Also Consider: From Stovetop Extract to Outside All Grain for $137.97 Shipped

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Beer Birthday: Don Feinberg

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:10
Today is Don Feinberg’s 59th birthday. Don, along with his wife Wendy Littlefield, runs the Belgian export company Vanberg & DeWulf. Their portfolio includes such great beer lines as Dupont, Castelain and Dubuisson (Bush). They were also the original founders of Brewery Ommegang. Three...

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Guest Post: Oktoberfest Recipe, Featuring Avangard Malts

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:39

Special Thanks to Wes via Great Fermentations for this post!

Festival season is in full swing! The summer has brought bands playing concerts, neighborhood gatherings, and our beloved beer festivals around once again. And at each of these gatherings, beers are being consumed like water, heightening the sense of enjoyment and camaraderie experienced by all.

Of course, these are the results of the summer season, with good weather and sunshine beckoning us all outdoors. In Germany, the festival season will reach its zenith next month with the time-honored tradition of Oktoberfest. Originally a celebration of the marriage of crown prince Ludwig and his bride Princess Therese, Oktoberfest has developed to be one of the biggest celebrations in the world, complete with its own style of beer. This beer, the famed Oktoberfest, is part of a subset of beers referred to as “VMO” beers, which stands for Vienna/Marzen/Oktoberfest, two or three styles (depending on how you look at it) whose histories and brewing styles are inexorably linked. Ray Daniels gives a thorough discussion on these beers and their histories in his book, “Designing Great Beers,” to which I referred in writing this article.

Seeing as though Oktoberfest is on its way, I figured it’s time to brew a tasty Oktoberfest to have ready in time for the real event! But what are the characteristics of a really great Oktoberfest? First of all, it should be malt-forward, yet not too sweet, finishing moderately dry. The flavor should be smooth and clean, without fruity esters or buttery diacetyl. They should be clear and bright, with a deep gold to reddish-orange coloration, and have a medium, creamy body and head. A characteristic smoothness with malty flavor that is refreshing, yet has enough body to give it a good backbone that balances with medium hop bitterness and a low hop flavor (if any) is a hallmark of great Oktoberfests everywhere.

So how will we accomplish this? Through a blend of continental grains and noble hops, with a good, malty lager strain. I use an even blend of Vienna, Munich and Pilsner malt for the base, with some melanoidin malt thrown in for good measure. Vienna and Munich will lend maltiness and a low toasted note that will complement the Pilsner malt. Melanoidin will add color and compounds usually formed in Malliard reactions that have a deep, rich malty flavor without having to resort to a decoction mash schedule to attain these characteristics. While I encourage experimentation with decoction mashing, Daniels’ analysis of NHC second round beers seems to confirm that a single-infusion mash is all that is needed to create a really great Oktoberfest. And for sake of ease, we’ll just do a single infusion mash at 153F. Because of the use of Pilsner malt in the all-grain version of this recipe, I recommend doing a 90 minute boil in order to eliminate DMS precursors that can contribute a cooked corn flavor. Adjust your beginning boil volume to accommodate the extra water lost in the longer boil. For the extract version, a 60 minute boil should suffice, and a typical water volume should be fine.

Two additions of Saaz hops, one at 60 minutes and the other at 30 minutes, should give enough hop character to be well-balanced, but not overly bitter. When choosing water, go with a water profile that is lower in sulfates and higher in calcium chloride to bring out maltiness.

As far as yeast goes, I prefer Wyeast’s 2206 Bavarian Lager strain. It is clean yet malty, and perfect for Oktoberfest beers! Wyeast’s 2308 Munich Lager and 2633 Oktoberfest Lager blend are both fine choices as well. Be sure to pitch plenty though! When fermenting lagers as opposed to ales, more lager yeast is needed to conduct the fermentation properly. The beer should be initially fermented at 50F for two weeks, then lagered at 34F for 4-6 weeks. A diacetyl rest of about 60F for two days is highly recommended near the end of primary fermentation to help eliminate buttery diacetyl. If you don’t have proper temperature control, using Wyeast’s 2112 California Lager strain at ale temperatures should still produce an excellent beer.

So there you have it, brew along with us! Have fun, and as always, let us know what you are doing with your concoction. Cheers!

Lederhosen Lover Oktoberfest Bier Recipe (for final volume of 5.5 gallons)

Specs
Estimated O.G. = 1.062
Estimated F.G. = 1.016
Estimated ABV = 6.1%
Estimated bitterness = 26 IBUs

Grain Bill
4.25 lbs. Avangard Vienna malt
4.25 lbs. Avangard Munich malt
4.25 lbs. Avangard Pilsner malt
1.00 lbs. Weyermann Melanoidin malt

Hops
1.5 oz. Saaz (3.0% AA), added with 60 minutes left in the 90 minute boil.
1.5 oz. Saaz, added with 30 minutes left in the boil.

Yeast
4 packs (or make an appropriate starter) Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager yeast, Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager yeast, or Wyeast 2633 Oktoberfest Lager blend yeast, or Wyeast 2112 California Lager yeast (if not cold fermenting).

Brewing Process

  • Mash at 153F for 60 minutes. After lautering and sparging, boil for 90 minutes, adding the first hop addition with 60 minutes left in the boil, and the second with 30 minutes left in the boil.
  • Chill and pitch yeast, fermenting at 50F for two weeks.
  • A diacetyl rest at 60F for two days near the end of primary fermentation is highly recommended.
  • Lager at 34F for 4-6 weeks before serving.

Extract Version: The extract version is a little different from the all grain, but should make a similar beer. For steeping grains, use 1 lb.each Munich malt, Vienna Malt and Melanoidin malt. Crush and place in a muslin grain bag. Steep these at 150-155F for 30 minutes. Remove the grain bag and drain. Turn off the flame, and add 3.3 lbs. Munich LME, 3.3 lbs. Pilsen Light LME, and 1 lb. Amber DME to the kettle and stir thoroughly. Turn flame back on and bring to a boil. Boil for 60 minutes, adding the first hop addition at the beginning of the boil and the second with 30 minutes left in the boil. Chill and follow fermentation schedule above.

About the Author Wes has had an intense interest in brewing craft beer for ages. His brother, a brewer at Hair of the Dog in Portland Oregon, as well as the head brewer at Alameda Brewhouse, a local brewpub, first introduced Wes to craft beer during summer trips to Oregon when he was younger. After graduating with a degree in Communication from Indiana University, Wes went to Korea to teach English. Unable to find a good beer in the country, Wes soon turned to home brewing to produce his much-loved ales. Upon returning to the states, his interest took off, and he continued brewing incessantly while taking biology and chemistry classes at IUPUI. As of 2014 he has been brewing for seven years. Known around Great Fermentations as a serial brewer, he produces a vast array of different beers, as well as wine, mead and cider.

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Beer In Ads #1285: Come And Get It

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:05
Sunday’s ad is another one from the United States Brewers Foundation, also from 1956. This was part of the “Beer Belongs” series, but after the numbered “Home Life in America” run. The ad copy on this is priceless, too. “Beer has its own friendly way of saying...

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Beer Birthday: Jen Garris

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 15:42
Originally a sculptor, Jen Garris, has been involved in San Francisco’s beer scene as long as anyone I know. She’s worked for Magnolia and New Belgium, as well as many others in the Bay Area. A few years ago she opened the Pi Bar in San Francisco, along with boyfriend Rich Rosen, who...

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Double Pressure CO2 Regulator… $31.47!

Homebrew Finds - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:42

Just noticed this among Midwest Supplies’ Clearance Sale.  Double Pressure Regulator for $31.47.  That’s great price for a two pressure regulator!  Not an apples to apples ccomparison – Here – but typically these cost a lot more.  A down side is that this doesn’t appear to have shut off valves.  An upside is that this appears to have a tool-less adjustment knob, so you should be able to easily turn off the pressure.  This also bundles with Midwest Supplies’ Great Free Shipping Promo.  Under that promo many items (including heavy glass fermenters and cases of bottles) ship for free with a $59 order.

Brew Logic Double Gauge Regulator – $31.47 + Free Shipping with $59 Order

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