In the pursuit of perfect homebrew, failure still makes beer.

Posts tagged “DIY

New Equipment and Plum Hazelnut Brown

Wow, when I finally get back to homebrewing it’s apparently in a big effing way.



The Birth of Big Blue – How to Build a DIY Cooler Mash Tun

Creating something from scratch is always an adventure. I’ve seen as much from my DIY immersion coil, at least. But this is big – I’m going all-grain. The dream has been realized. I feel comfortable enough with my progress as a homebrewer to justify the investment of time, money, and effort into my future beers. I know there will probably be some failures – in the construction of both beers and equipment – but getting to this point is worth a celebration in itself. So huzzah to me!

Now that I’ve sufficiently patted myself on the back, and I’ve already bought my next all-grain barley and hop bills, it’s time to get down to bidness: the bidness of building your own mash-tun. First off, if you’re reading this in hopes to get your own equipment project off the ground, congrats on making the jump. All-grain brewing is definitely the purest and most brewer-controlled method of making homebrewed beers, and you’ve likely run through your share of extract or partial mash brew days. This is a whole new ballgame, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the big leagues.



Who’s got birthday money to burn, a need for a wort chiller, and two thumbs?

After successfully turning 23, I found this immersion chiller DIY. It seems to be the simplest of all those out there, and I’ll be building it shortly (like, this week). I want to brew another few batches this month to take advantage of summer brew time. Especially since I’ll be in my apartment sans roommate for the next month – moving out to Newport, RI – my only true roommate will be a bubbling fermentor.