In this first of a series of articles about fermenting using Cornelius (NC, or Pepsi) kegs, we will look at the basic process and give an overview of how it works.
In this post we’ll have a look at what it’s like to brew with the HERMS Trio (Standard Version). I’ll be brewing a lighter batch of my Tropicana IPA, just in time for the warm weather.
It is difficult to setup a reliably functioning recirculating BIAB without a specifically designed grain bag.
In this article I’ll show you how to build a simple and inexpensive inline filter system that you can use when transferring beer in a closed system, using C02 pressure to move the beer from one vessel to another. If you have a conical fermenter with the ability to cold crash, you probably don’t need …
Today I am brewing a version of my Tropicana IPA on my go-to brewery setup: the 2 vessel HERMS Duo. This system uses the unique semi-sparge method and is designed to minimize the cost and complexity of having a HERMS system: it uses 2 kettles, one heating element, one pump, and one temperature sensor. The system can be operated side by side or stacked vertically using the kettle rack if you don’t have the space.
Who hasn’t been there: too cold to brew outside, chased out of the kitchen. No garage? OK, down to the cellar we go. Halfway through the boil you notice water dripping from the ceiling. It’s normal to boil off 3-6 Liters of water during a 60-90 minute batch. What should one do with all that steam?
While testing the various configurations of brewing equipment and different styles of brewing, I came across an area of concern for a specific equipment configuration: the direct fired mash tun. This is where the heat source is directly applied to (or within) the mash vessel. Can direct heating cause detrimental overheating of your wort? I put it to the test.
Insulating a brewing kettle conserves heat and saves energy. I personally find it difficult to take such a beautiful, shiny piece of stainless steel equipment and wrap it in a dull mantle, but then again I am mostly a proponent of “function over form”.