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Brewing a Kitchen Sink beer

BIAB mash

It is commonly expressed by homebrewers, bloggers, and makers of beer-related podcasts that throwing a lot of different grains and hops at a beer, or Kitchen Sink beer as it is frequently referred, is a bad idea... so I thought I would give it a go!

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Building a Dual Stage Temperature Controller

Dual Stage Temperature Controller

For the last few years I have carried out my homebrewed beer fermentations in a freezer and managed the temperature using a Johnson Controls Digital Thermostat Control Unit (model A419) which is a single stage controller i.e. it can be used in cool mode or heat mode. For the last year or so I have seen the price of STC-1000 All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controllers drop in price and having seen a fellow homebrewer build a Dual Stage Temperature Controller I decided to take the plunge.

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Sampling different types of Grains

Tray of different grains

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Vienna and Munich malt, American 2-row Pale and Maris Otter malt, perhaps even Chocolate and Roasted malt? Like with many homebrewers so have I and as all the books I have read, podcasts I have listened to, and seminars I have attended suggest we should taste our ingredients and learn more about them to help better understand how they impact the beers that we brew I decided it was time to get to work on this.

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