I’m a bit behind the times on this one but I just saw this video that someone had posted to Homebrew Talk.
While I don’t bottle much at all, and when I do it’s almost always from the keg, I thought this was an ingenious idea. Here is the link to the company’s website.
Just a brilliant idea (wish I had thought of that. 😉 )
It was as busy a day as they come in my “brewery”.
I have two competitions coming up in January: Ontario Beer Kegs and a friendly competition between my homebrew group, GRAB (Grand River Area Brewers) and the HOZERS (Hamilton Ontario Zymurgy Enthusiasts Ring). It’s all fun and I’ve been brewing a fair bit over the last month or so so I have a few things to enter.
I spent a fair chunk of time today in my brew space moving beer from carboy to carboy. I acquired my new filtration unit a few weeks ago and one of the bonus features of it is that you can bypass the filter pads/plates and just use it as a small pump. It’s perfect for transfers and I don’t have to worry about siphons, gravity or lifting heavy carboys.
I was able to transfer and dry hop an IPA I did a while ago and move it from the bottom shelf to the top shelf of my fermentation cupboard with the pump. Pretty painless!
There was a question asked of me about the filtration process and that is whether the pump introduced oxygen/air through cavitation. I’m happy to say that, no, there is no cavitation in this pump since I have used it. There was a bit of air introduced via filtration but it very quickly subsided and the lines were free of any air.
It may not be totally clear in the above photo but the lines are free of any air. The little pump was a work horse today. I not only used for the bigger transfers but also for taking out a gallon of a particular beer to add to priming sugar in a gallon jug and the using it for bottling. No siphon needed!
My to-do list for today:
- transfer/dry hop IPA
- transfer/dry hop competition APA
- transfer/gel Christmas Ale
- bottle RIS for comp
- bottle LISP for comp
Done and done!
Peter’s Happy Pils and May the Schwarz be with you… It’s what’s on tap.
A fellow beer geek, blogger, and brewer, Alan, dropped by my place yesterday. Alan is at Niagara College in the Brewmaster’s program and is on reading week. He had a bit of time in the midst of taxiing his sons around Southern Ontario and wanted to share a special drink with me that he had been saving.
Sam Adams’ Utopias is one of the specialty beers coming out of the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston. It’s less like beer and more like a liqueur. It sort of changes one’s perception of what beer can be.
In Ontario the beer was released by the LCBO in a lottery format. With so few bottles being produced by the brewery and such demand for the product the LCBO decided to buy a very limited number of bottles and offer them to customers in a lottery format. Put your name in to request a bottle and if they draw your name you can buy one. They aren’t cheap either!
The packaging of the beer is stunning. It’s a miniature replica of a copper boil kettle used in breweries with little sliding doors to reveal a smiling portrait of Samuel Adams himself.
The bottle with the box in the background
The smiling image of Samuel Adams
I don’t do beer reviews per se but I will say that this was a thoroughly enjoyable beer. It pours flat with no carbonation. Our pours were a little hazy but they were the bottom of the bottle and I have no idea what the initial pours were like, whether they were clear or also hazy from the get go. Lots of interesting smells in the aroma of the beer and that all carried through to the taste. Such a complex beer which, as I said earlier, challenges and changes ones perception of what beer is or can be.
Many thanks to Alan for dropping by with this special treat! It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and a pleasant way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon.
For God’s sake, if there’s anyone reading this blog in Bavaria, please return your empties!
Beer Shortage at Oktoberfest
I replied to a Kijiji ad last week for a bunch of wine making equipment that a woman was selling for $25. She had posted a few pics of what was being sold and it looked like a very good bargain for that amount of money.
I went to pick up the goods on Thursday and I was shocked at what I was getting. Here is everything unloaded in my driveway:
Obviously a ton of bottles for wine and beer. Things of much larger value? Floor corker, 10 carboys, bottle tree, filter, dual nozzle bottle/carboy washer, spray unit for sanitizing bottles. The two buckets hold a variety of miscellaneous smaller items like hydrometers, cappers, corkers, lines, tubes, etc.
I’m in the process of sorting through things and washing carboys as I go and figuring out what will be staying and what will be going. Some will be given away and some will be sold. Decisions, decisions…