Both the propane burner and electric kettle have their advantages, but for reliability and speed, the burner is our preference
There are almost as many different homebrew set-ups as there are homebrewers. And like all good hobbies, it can be started with very little investment, but as you become more experienced, you can begin to improve your gear and get better and better results. Throughout this book, we have used our favourite set up, but much of it can be substituted. Think of it as a modular system where you can upgrade elements when you want to work on bigger batches, go all-grain or make the brew day a little shorter.
The first aspect to consider is the size of the brew. In homebrewing terms, the two most common brew sizes are 3.8 litres (one gallon) and 23 litres (five gallons). All the recipes in this book are for 23 litres but can be easily scaled down. One gallon brews (usually extract) can be made on the stove top with a large stock pot and a plastic fermenting bucket. As you jump up to five gallons, it’s unlikely your stove will have enough energy to bring it all to a rolling boil (and your kitchen ceiling will thank you). You’d need to invest in an electric kettle (a converted tea urn basically) or a burner and a large pot.
We’re fans of propane burners. They are reliable; they heat water very quickly, you can use the pot with an ice bath. They are, however, pretty fierce and need to be used with the utmost care. In my experience, the two electric kettles I've had have both failed pretty early on and the way they were contructed meant that I couldn't replace the element leaving them completely useless. Admittedly, it was my own fault leaving it to boil dry. The Edelmetall Brü Burner pictured, for example, churns out a whopping 72,000 BTUs. You’ll need to invest in a propane cylinder and the gas, and it needs to be used outside. It is fierce!
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If you’re not already into craft beer then hopefully you’re thinking about it but may not know where to start, so if that’s the case then I’ve got a suggestion: start with Belgian beer as that’s exactly where my adventure began.
Father’s Day, 16th June 2019, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer -loving Dad, then check out our top 10 Father’s Day craft beer gifts.
If you find yourself reading this, it’s probably for one of two reasons. Either you’ve made the sound decision and invested in a Phillips PerfectDraft Machine and want to learn more about it; or it could be that you’re still on the fence and are asking yourself “Should I buy a PerfectDraft?”. Hopefully this nifty little guide will put your mind at ease and quell any doubts or concerns you have.
In case you missed the explosion of teddy bears and chocolate roses love is apparently in the air. And while you’ve been trying to decide on the perfect Valentine gift for other half this year, we've been busy scouring the shelves for the most tenuous Valentine’s Day-related beers we could find. Enjoy.
Mashing in is the process that extracts all the fermentable sugars from the malt. It's one of the most important steps for all-grain brewing and here's how to do it.