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All Electric Brewing - Boiling Wort

December 12, 2017
The biggest consideration with all electric brewing systems is the impact of the available power. Any system that can be plugged into a standard 120v, 15 amp outlet (your typical power outlet in the U.S.) is that the maximum available wattage will be 1650. See our article on brewing 5 gallon batches with 120 volts... Read more

How to Insulate a BIAB / Brewing / Boil Kettle

December 12, 2017
Achieving a vigorous boil with only 1650 watts can be tricky, but with kettle insulation as well as very precise lid placement, it isn't a problem. In this quick tutorial we add add insulation to Clawhammer Supply's 10.5 gallon BIAB Homebrew System. For the full (and very nerdy) article on boil mechanics, brew chemistry, etc.... Read more

Brewing 5 Gallon Batches with 120 volts

December 7, 2017
We've received a lot of questions about the actual mechanics of brewing 5 gallon (finished) batches of beer using a 120 volt power supply. This biggest challenge associated with electric brewing on a 120v, 15 amp circuit is that a maximum of 1650 watts of heating power is available to heat a relatively large volume of... Read more

Brewing Beer: Christmas Ale Homebrew Recipe

December 1, 2017
This is a Christmas beer from the olde world. Sweet, fruity, spicy, but also tart and tangy with a hint of funk. We created this homebrew recipe by shamelessly ripping off Great Lakes Brewing Company's Christmas Ale ingredients. They were nice enough to print them online and we love this beer, so why not! However,... Read more

Juicy IPA Homebrew Recipe

November 20, 2017
Some like it hot. Some like it spicy. We like it juicy. And that's what we're shooting for with this all grain, Juicy IPA recipe. Why is it called "juicy?" It's simple: the beer has a mildly fruity profile, low bitterness, and a ton of hop aroma. This makes the beer taste like it was flavored... Read more

Brewing Beer: Sour Pumpkin Recipe

November 15, 2017
Our mission for this pumpkin spice homebrew recipe was simple: Make a pumpkin beer that doesn't suck. Let's be honest, many of them do. Too often they're overly spiced, too sweet, or just off balance. And in general, pumpkin flavoring just doesn't lend itself to beer anyway. So, to achieve our goal of making a... Read more

Brewing Beer: Cucumber Kölsch Style Homebrew Recipe

November 10, 2017
One of our favorite summertime beers is the German Kölsch style. We like the style so much that we decided to brew one up for the kegerator. Of course, technically it would only be a Kölsch if we brewed it in Cologne, Germany (watch the video for more on that), so we have to call it a... Read more

Brewing Beer: Session IPA Homebrew Recipe

November 7, 2017
Homebrewing has been increasing in popularity since it was "legalized" in 1978 and commercial craft brewing has become hugely popular over the last decade. These two phenomenon have greatly increased the diversity of beer that is brewed and consumed in the United States. These days there seems to be a beer to suit every taste.... Read more

Brewing Beer: Oktoberfest / Mirzen / Festbier

October 12, 2017
While not everyone has traveled all the way from the United States to Germany for Oktoberfest, most of us have at least heard of the country's annual fall beer festival. If a beer vacation to Germany isn't in the cards for you, why not do the second best thing and buy or make some Oktoberfest... Read more

Electric Brew in a Bag (BIAB) Beer and Mash Equipment

September 26, 2017
  There are many different homebrew systems on the market today and there is quite a bit of variety when it comes to what the systems are comprised of and how they work. For example, some systems utilize three huge kettles and even require a dedicated workspace and a special stand, while other systems only consist... Read more