Equipment

grainfather

In my spare time I love to homebrew!  I am currently using the Grainfather Connect, an all-in-one electric all-grain brewing system.  I typically brew more malty beers – brown ales, red ales and Scottish ales.  I will occasionally brew other styles, most recently a Norsk Gardshus Farmhouse (Viking) Ale that I bought as a kit from Austin Homebrew Supply.

 

fermenter

 

My fermenter is a conical 7.9 Gallon plastic wall-mount unit from FastFerment.  It is a one-stage system which eliminates racking and transferring between buckets and carboys and minimizes exposure of the beer to oxygen.

 

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I use an Immersion Pro by Brew Jacket to control the temperature of the fermentation. The Immersion Pro uses a solid-state heat exchange system to achieve up to 35º above or below ambient and holds that temp to 0.3º F.  It works well, but sadly they are no longer made.

 

 

Tilt Wireless Hydrometer and Thermometer (Black)

I use a Tilt wireless hydrometer to continuously record the temperature and specific gravity of the beer while in the fermenter.  The tilt sends the data via Bluetooth to a raspberry pi, which then forwards the data to the cloud via wi-fi. The data is then displayed in the bar area on an old Microsoft Surface tablet.

On Tap

Tap #1 – Empty 😦

Tap #2 – Gertz Amber Ale clone (Yazoo Brewing Company) made with homegrown hops.

Conditioning – A Scottish Ale from a recipe provided by Temperance Row Brewing Company in Westerville, OH.