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  1. G

    Is fermenting in shipping containers okay?

    I am curious about space and would like to know if I can do my fermenting in 20ft shipping containers or even just barrel aging within those shipping containers. They do not have air conditioning and are just straight unmodified containers. I could make accommodations on the shipping containers...
  2. Doc-Da-Mic

    Preserving home-brew in crowler cans

    I'm planning to take about 9 gallons of home-brew on vacation in a couple weeks, and I've arranged for a local brewery to let me use their walk-in cooler and crowler seemer to can up all my brew, so I don't have to take kegs and gas and all that stuff. My question is this: what's the best way...
  3. C

    Bottle Conditioning - Advice please!

    Maybe this has been asked before but I haven’t found a thread on it yet. About 12 days ago I bottled my Continental Saison (my second ever home-brew) and stored them in my cupboard at about room temp or just below. Today I moved them into the conservatory to keep cooler for about 3 weeks as per...
  4. Steven Sinclair

    Vittles Vault

    On recommendation of a friend, I picked up a Vittles Vault yesterday for my grain storage. Looks like a really great way to store grain in an air-tight, pest-free way. When I returned home and opened it to pour in the grain, I noticed quite a powerful odor...assumably a by-product of the...
  5. A

    Can Your Beer Shelf Hold Up?

    Yeah, I know… Sound storage considerations for your bottles isn’t the most exciting topic. You probably would be much happier if I offered up the world’s finest red ale recipe and left it at that. Sorry… Truth be told, this is an extremely important matter, and it might behoove you to at least...
  6. C

    Science on Tap: Temperature

    Science on Tap: Effects of Temperature on Beer Aging Follow link to Part 1: Science on Tap: Into the the Science of Beer Aging Follow link to Part 2: Science of Tap: Styles meant for Aging Over the course of the last two installments of Science on Tap, we have discussed, in general, the practice...
  7. B

    Organization Tips For Homebrewers

    As we grow in the homebrewing hobby, so does our accumulation of stuff. I think I own enough spare keg parts to rebuild these things for another 10 years, but what good is that if I can't find where I put those silicone o-rings? Today I am going to highlight a few useful organization tips and...
  8. J

    How to Choose a Home Wine Fridge

    When people get serious about wine, they often purchase a refrigerator or cooler dedicated solely to wine. A wine fridge can keep multiple bottles of wine stored at the correct temperature (see my article on service temperatures) or provide a place to age the wines you want to keep for several...
  9. J

    The Best Way to Save an Open Wine Bottle

    The Best Way to Save an Open Wine Bottle You're drinking wine and you realize you aren't going to finish the bottle. You know wine doesn't stay fresh for long once the bottle is opened. So how do you keep it as fresh as possible until you want to finish it? How long can you realistically wait to...
  10. C

    Science on Tap - The Science of Beer Aging - Styles

    Link back to Science on Tap part 1: Introduction to the science of beer aging. We have all heard the rules for selecting a beer for aging: high ABV and low hops, dark-colored, imperial, etc. Really though, you can choose to age any beer. But why do some beers deteriorate deliciously while others...
  11. J

    It's Easy to Make a Killer IPA

    First I would like to give you a little background about myself. I have been brewing beer for only about a year now and it's been all extract and mainly kit beers. I recently bought a new kettle and some other equipment so I'm moving to all grain BIAB. I gave up bottling several months ago and...
  12. S

    Simple Yeast Storage Procedure

    Simple Yeast Storage Procedure Sanitize or sterilize jars. (Mason jars work nicely for this purpose. A quart size jar which will hold about 300 billion cells) Leave behind about an inch of beer when racking the beer off the yeast cake. Swirl the fermentor to suspend the yeast. (Avoid...
  13. davielovesgravy

    Can I add different fruit/flavours in various demijohns to red wine brew kit please?

    Howdy folks, hope everyone is supping well and staying safe. I made a red wine kit a while back and am happy with the 30 bottles I have stored. I actually have a second one of the same kit to make ASAP as it is almost at its Best Before date. I don’t have another 30 empty bottles so I am...
  14. V

    Storing BLC / Storing it cold

    In an effort to be more on top of cleaning my lines I am thinking about storing two smaller kegs I have, one filled with BLC and one filled with Starsans (Distilled Water solution) in my keezer. If I did this I was wondering if: 1. Does BLC hold up for long term storage in a keg? Probably...
  15. C

    Organize brewery / garage - ClosetMaid or other

    My wife and I recently bought our first house! I'm so excited to have garage space to store/brew in. First step: organize and store equipment. Has anyone used the ClosetMaid Track system or similar? The double-track shelf brackets claim to hold a couple hundred pounds. Curious if anyone has...
  16. R

    Cinnamon stick in the bottle...?

    This year the harvest from the orchard was the best in recent memory. Heck, I'm pretty sure it was the best year my family ever had. Especially the Cortlands. I had enough bushels, I could have made just under a hecto of xxx batch. But with the cold weather, I bet that batch would have frozen a...
  17. vikslen

    Bottle boxes

    I'm pretty sure we all deal with the fact that the cardboard boxes our bottles come in fall apart sooner than the bottles that come in them. Is there a stackable, durable, presumably plastic or wooden, product for holding bottles while keeping them from hitting each other? Or what is your hack...
  18. T

    Storing & Using Wild Hops

    Hi again everyone! At my summer job I found a hops plant that nobody seems to need, so I figured I'd give harvesting and using the hops a go! The cones feel papery and have yellow lupulin visible just under the topmost leaf, so I figure they're ready to take. What's the best way to dry and...
  19. Iowa Brewer

    Bottling For Storage Before Refrigeration

    Hey all, Brewing an imperial IPA to be auctioned off as a case of bottles for a charity event. It's occurred to me that my normal routine of cold-crashing, kegging/bottling, and serving won't work this time around. I'm going to need to have this beer at room temp until the auction, and there's...
  20. Wreck99

    Grain Dispensers

    Anyone know where to find something like this for a "reasonable price"? I am toying with the idea of getting a few of these for grain storage.