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Friday, April 24, 2009

Brewing Beer at Home: Basic Equipment

In order to get started brewing your own beer at home you'll
only need some real basic equipment that is inexpensive
and is easy to find. If you're just getting started it is suggested
that you start basic and go from there.

You'll need a brewing pot will hold at least three gallons.
Another essential item you'll need is a fermenter.
For the average five gallon batch, the fermenter
needs to accommodate at least six gallons, allowing space
for a foam that will form during the energetic
process of fermentation.

For this stage, a glass carboy or food grade
plastic bucket is often used. You will also need
an airlock for your fermenter to allow the C02
to escape while also holding back air. A
siphon hose is also needed to transfer beer from
the fermenter when it's ready, without having
to mix air into it.

A bottling pail will also help to make the bottling
process much easier. Bottling buckets are
similar to fermenters, except the fact that they
have a spigot at the bottom that allows you to
fill the bottles directly, which makes the
entire process less messy and gets the bottling
process done much quicker. You'll also need a capper to
cap your beer bottle or you can use a keg
to store and serve your beer.

You don't have to search far to find a beer
brewing kit that includes everything needed to get
started with brewing beer at home. You
can find kits on the Internet, many of
which offer the top quality equipment you'll
need to brew your first batch. There are several
choice available to choose from.

If you're not interested in going the kit route, you can
search the internet and brewing shops for the needed
hardware and parts. This will take more time and
can add up to more money than buying a complete kit,
but if you're lucky and know exactly what you need,
you may find someone who wants out of their beer
brewing hobby they may give you a great deal on
their used equipment.

When you get all of the essential equipment
together, you should know how to use it prior to
you getting started. This way, you won't encounter
any troubles once you start brewing. The
equipment required for brewing is simple to use, so
you probably won't have any difficulties.

The hobby of brewing your own beer at home is
fun and rewarding. You can enjoy your own beer
which is affordable and fun to share it with your friends and family.
You'll even have fun sharing and showings others who
will no doubt take interest in you newly acquired brewing skill.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Beer Tasting Party; How to Host One.

Beer Tasting Parties can be a fun and interesting party theme for your next get together. With the growing popularity of micro and craft beers you'll be sure to have a lot of interesting beer choices available for your guests. If you happen to be a home beer brewer, this can also be an opportunity for you to let your guests taste your own home brewed beer. Here are a few tips to ensure your beer tasting party is fun for everyone including you.

  • Make sure you get a good selection of beers. Be sure to include beers of all styles including. Dark, Hoppy, Ales, lambic, non-lambic, etc.
  • Give all your beer tasting guests a score card for taking notes, scoring the beers, and to see if they can match up the beer sample with its bottle.
  • Provide your guests with some palate cleansing food choices such as crackers, pretzels, mild cheeses, and cold cut meats.
  • Provide your beer tasting party guests with spotless 3 -4 ounce glasses for their samples.
  • Encourage your guests to compare their beer tasting notes.
  • Add a little party gift for the beer taster that can match the most beer samples to the correct beer names.
  • Encourage everyone to take their time and to have fun.

I thought this would be a great post because today in the mail I received my free George Killian's Irish Red beer tasting guide kit. This is free as part of a promotion that Killian's is doing (as of this post date). This neat little kit shows you how to taste and judge beer like a beer tasting pro. Here are the highlights:
  1. Look - Study the Beer. What do you notice?
  2. Swirl - Swirling your beer in its glass helps release the flavor.
  3. Aroma - 90% of what we taste is actually smell.
  4. Taste - Think about how the beer sits on your tongue. Different parts of your tongue pick up different tastes.
  5. Cleanse - Between tastings, eat a cracker to cleanse the palate.
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Like I said I just got my tasting kit and it's not bad for a Freebie!

Hope you enjoy your beer tasting kit and have fun if you decide to have a Beer Tasting Party.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mr Beer Kit Review

If you’re wondering if the Mr Beer Kit is for you, or if it’s going to make a good gift, this review should give you enough information to help in your decision.
Mr Beer offers several kits. Depending on which kit you choose the prices range from $49.95 to $149.95. The base level kit includes everything you need to make 2 gallons of beer.
The Base Beer Kit (Premium) Includes:
• 1 Plastic 2 gallon fermenter
• 1 Standard Brew Pack
• 8 Re-usable plastic Bottles and Caps
• 8 Labels
• Brewers Guide
• Kit Instructions

The next 3 kits available after the “Premium” Kit. They are:

• Premium Gold - $59.95
• Brewmasters - $99.95
• The Ultimate - $149.95

These more expensive kits include everything in the Premium Kit and additional brewing packs, some additional measurement tools, beer glasses, etc. Check the link below for details.

What I like about the Mr Beer Kit is this homebrewing beer kit includes everything you need to brew your first batch of beer. The Premium kits are relatively inexpensive and can be a good way to see if you’d enjoy making your own beer at home. This kit is easy to use, clean, and handle. This kit makes decent beer considering the simplicity of the system.

Mr Beer, in my opinion, would make a great gift for a husband, boyfriend, or anyone that may be interested brewing their own beer at home. Many home brewers got started with the Mr Beer system and have since gone on to bigger and more complex brewing systems.

The drawbacks to this kit can all depend on what you’re looking for. If you know you’re going to want to brew beer and grow you’re hobby, I’d suggest going with a larger 5 gallon kit. But for a gift or if you’re only experimenting with this as a new hobby this might be the perfect fit.

Overall, the Mr Beer Kit is a decent value.. On a scale of 1 to 5, taking all this into consideration, I would give it a 3.5 to a 4. This, of course, depends on what you’re looking for in a beer brewing kit.

For additional details and to get more info, check out this link:
MR.BEER Premium Beer Kit Brewing System


Jason Bolte

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