The Happy Gnome is hosting a Cask Beer Festival on March 20th 2010. Watch the Happy Gnome website for details.
Author: Mike Clever
Don’t forget Mash Out
Entries for UMMO are due by Feb 18th. Don’t leave it too late. Go to Mash Out to enter your winning beer or mead, volunteer to judge or steward. Be a part of the nearly biggest home brew competition in the country.
Upper Mississippi Mash Out 2010
Entries are now being accepted for the 2010 Mash Out
Randy Clay’s Brewing System
This is my 7.5G stainless brewpot in action. Good size for 5 gallon batches. It came as part of a turkey fry kit, along with the burner stand on the left. The small kettle is a 4G that I use for steeping.The 2-burner cart was built by a friend who does a lot of cooking/catering. It turned out to be perfect for brewing.He built it to fit 10G pots for frying. When I helped him cater once and told him how much I would like to brew with it he gave it to me! I keep him supplied with beer. I will certainly call on him if I ever get around to designing/building a big rig. The wheels are a convenient add-on.This is a close up view of the cart.I’ve used a homemade immersion chiller for years. I think it cost about $15 to build. I recently added the hose attachments. I had used 3′ sections of tubing clamped to the chiller with barbed hose attachments at the other end, but I got tired of clamps that would need to be retightened/ redone every few uses. These attachments were about $6 at Menards.I got a new washing machine recently. As soon as I saw the new hoses that came with it I knew I had the perfect upgrade from the old tubing/clamps I used to have! Using this sink I can get the wort to pitching temp in about 15 minutes. Another use for chiller water- thawing a turkey….