Summer Homebrew DIY Projects

Summer’s hot and not always the best time to brew for some people. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit idly by and just drink beer all summer long. Use this time to improve your brewing rig and do a few homebrew DIY projects.

I’m going to keep brewing away, but I’m also going to take some time to upgrade my gear. I’ll be posting step-by-step instructions for each. And if you’re lucky – video. Here’s what I have planned so far:

Kettle Improvements

I’m going to install a ball valve, thermometer, and sight glass to my kettle. Going with weld-less kits for all. I’ve ordered my parts and will hopefully hunker down and knock this out next weekend. All told, these improvements cost me $##.## – which is way less than the couple of hundred bucks you’d drop on a new kettle with this in it. My kettle is from college. So about 10 years old and still going strong. Hope this extends its life for another 10.

I’m also thinking of making my kettle work double duty as a mash tun. Want to siphon into my 5 gal bucket (has measurements so can easier measure volume) then put back in the kettle and boil. I’m really tight on space in my apartment, so losing my giant igloo cooler means more space for bottles of finished product.

Stir Plate

If you’ve been following, I’ve set up a frozen yeast bank, propagating yeast, and have been much more conscious about making yeast starters. I don’t want to have to keep buying oxygen to pump into the starter, so going to use the stir plate to aerate.

Lagering Fridge

I want to get a mini-fridge and turn it into a lagering fridge. I tried to do this in college and failed completely. But this time I’m going to add a temperature control module and get a fridge that can drop lower (into the 40’s). My one in college was pretty weak and didn’t get below the mid 50’s.

 

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