Thursday, July 8, 2010

How to Make a Yeast Starter for Homebrewing.

In this video I walk you through how easy it is to make a yeast starter, how large your yeast starter needs to be and why it's important to make a yeast starter for home brewing.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Controlling Fermentation Temps in the Summer: Part 3

There is another way you can really keep a tight control on your fermentation temps during the summer. It involves some more money but it's a great way to do it. And that way is to take a chest freezer and convert it over to a kegerator or a fermentation chamber. It's really easy to do. First you want to purchase the right size freezer. Once that's done then you're going to have to get a Johnson Controller; you plug the freezer into this and put the thermometer in to the freezer and it overrides the internal thermostat on the freezer. You can then dial down the temp to what you want. It's a great way to ferment lagers, too. If you're looking to convert the freezer over to a kegerator then you're going to have to take the lid off, build a simple wooden collar (I built mine out of 2x4's) and then mount that on top of the lip of the freezer and then reattach the freezer lid. You can then drill in to the collar to mount faucets for your kegerator. I'll snap a couple quick photos of mine to show everyone what I'm talking about.

And there you have it. That's all you really need to know about maintaining fermentation temps in the summer. So you don't have any more excuses not to brew beer in the summer time! So have fun brewing and I hope the tips helped.