Save $40 On A Home Brewing Counter Flow Wort Chiller With This MoreBeer.com Promo Code

More Beer Promo Code Home Brewing Counterflow Wort Chiller

More Beer Promo Code Home Brewing Counterflow Wort Chiller

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Coupon Code Date: 10-8-2017
Promo Code Details:  Save 20% On A Counter Flow Wort Chiller
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Coupon Code Description: Today Only at MoreBeer.com you will save $40 on a copper counter flow wort chiller with More Beer promo code BEERDEAL.  MoreBeer’s copper convoluted counter flow wort chiller called the Chillus Convolutus Wort Chiller, comes with threaded 1/2″ fittings built in! They are on both the in and the out making connecting with pipe fittings, quick disconnects or even tri clamp sanitary fittings a snap. This is the same home brewing wort chiller that I use on my home beer brewing system and it works like a charm.  I have used immersion wort chillers and plate chillers; this chiller is by far my favorite because of how fast it chills, how easy it is to clean and how compact it is! The inner tube in this counterflow wort chiller is made from 12 feet of 5/8″ convoluted copper pipe that is constantly chilling the wort against the 2nd outer channel tube as the wort flows through. The outer tube is made from 7/8″ copper, making for an incredibly efficient wort chilling solution!

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Trub Trapper Review

Trub Trapper

The Trub Trapper hop filter

Over the past 4 months or so I have been trying hard to find a good solution for keeping the solids and hop matter created during the boil, out of my homebrewing fermenter.  I started out using a Blichmann hop blocker, which worked fine, but I was a little disappointed with the quantity of wort that I had to leave behind in the kettle.  I then switched over to a hop spider / stainless steel hop filter which worked terrible as I was plagued with clogging issues. I then used 2 stainless steel hop filters with worked better but I still had major concerns regarding diminished hop utilization. Now I have found myself going down a new path and trying the Trub Trapper.

The reason I purchased the Trub Trapper was because on paper it looks like the perfect solution for my needs and works well with my all grain configuration.  What I like about the design of the trub trapper is that it has no top or bottom, so the hops can circulate in the kettle and I do not have to worry about reduced bitterness and aroma from stagnated hop circulation. It has a low profile so even if it gets clogged, there wont be too much of a wort loss and most importantly the trub is supposed to be caught in the trub trapper during the whirlpool so I do not transfer it to my conical fermenter.

So how does the trub trapper work in reality?

Per the description of the trub trapper, it is intended for a 10 – 15 gallon home brewing kettle and they do offer a smaller version for 5 gallon kettles.  I use a 20 gallon Blichmann home brewing kettle, but for the most part only brew 5 and 10 gallon batches, so I figured, what the hell, I will give it a shot with my setup.  My initial concern once I received the trub trapper was that it might be too small for my brewing setup but I figured I would give it a test run anyhow.

For my test brew, I went with a 5 gallon batch of MoreBeer’s M-80 All Grain IPA home brewing recipe.  I figured the 6 oz’s of hops would be a good test of the Trub Trappers capabilities.  Prior to brew day I started off by giving the TrubTrapper a good cleaning, like I do with any newly purchased home brewing equipment. The design of the Trub Trapper is relatively basic.  It looks like an old school air filter but instead of a paper membrane in the center, it has a ring of drilled stainless steel surrounded by a layer stainless steel mesh. On the top and bottom of the Trub Trapper there  is a silicon seal. Prior to starting my boil, I placed the trub tapper in the center of my boil kettle as shown in the following photo.

TrubTrapper

TrubTrapper

Something important to keep in mind, the TrubTrapper is only going to be effective if you have the capability of conducting a whirlpool at the end of your boil.  Whirlpooling is a brewing process where after your boil has completed, you recirculate your wort inside your kettle with the use of a pump and whirlpool arm. As the wort swirls around your boil kettle, the trub trapper catches and contains it.  If you do not have a whirlpool arm in your kettle, you can easily add one yourself as I did.  A whirlpool arm will run you about $38 and you can find a great home brewing whirlpool arm here if needed. This animated homebrewing gif shows the whirlpooling process being conducted.

Home Brewing Whirlpool Animated Gif

Home Brewing Whirlpool Animated Gif

For the trub trapper to be most effective, you need to allow the wort to whirlpool for about 10-15 minutes.  Depending on your homebrew recipe, this could be a great time for a hop addition or to begin your wort chilling process which is what I did.   All in my whirlpool process lasted about 20 minutes before my wort had chilled down to 70 F and I began transferring it to my conical fermenter. So did the Trub Trapper work?

The TrubTrapper

The TrubTrapper

You bet your sparge arm it did! The TrubTrapper exceeded my expectations.  As you can see from the photo above, it did a fantastic job of capturing the trub and keeping it away from my kettle transfer tube.  Initially it clogged a little bit, but I learned that if i burped the far side of it, the seal permitted the caught wort to escape while the Trub Trapper still contained the thick trub sludge. For $50 I feel that it was a great buy, especially when considering that alternative solutions cost far more and are not nearly as effective.

If you are considering buying a TrubTrapper, you can get it for a great deal here and it ships free if your order exceeds $59!

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SS BrewTech Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter Review

Homebrewing Stainless Steel Conical Review

Homebrewing Stainless Steel Conical Review

 

I own 4 different stainless steel homebrewing conical fermenters at this time. 2 Stainless steeel brew buckets, a 7 gallon SS BrewTech stainless steel conical fermenter and a 14 gallon stainless steel conical fermenter.  Previous to purchasing these homebrew fermenters I tended to use glass carboys but would also use a plastic carboy on occasion. Often times I get asked if they are worth the money?  For me I can quickly and honestly answer yes! The main reason is they are more durable and I do not have to worry about dropping one of my glass carboys anymore and having it send me to the hospital.  I also got them for a great deal, or at least what I consider a great deal.  I picked the stainless steel brew buckets up for $195 each, the 7 gallon for $395 and the 14 gallon for $495. There are a few more reasons why I like them so much.

They are stainless steel, so if I care for them they will last a life time. It also means that I do not need to worry about light oxidization while the wort or beer is in it. They are incredible easy to clean. If I want to I can transfer via CO2 pressure.  My 14 gallon unit has a temperature control unit which makes fermenting an ale or a lager a breeze regardless of the time of year. My stainless brew buckets and 7 gallon conical fermenter all fit in my fermentation fridge and allow me to ferment about 18 gallons of beer as opposed to 10 gallons if I was still using my glass carboys! Dry hopping these are a snap since their lids come off, which make they a snap to clean as well.  The conicals come with a thermowell built in and the stainless brewbuckets have a add-on kit for them as well.

 

Filling mt 7 gallon stainless steel homebrew conical fermenter

Filling mt 7 gallon stainless steel homebrew conical fermenter

As you can see, filling the conical is as easy as it gets.  It even has easy to read gallon markers etched into the inside wall of the fermenter.  As you can see there are two ports on it.  One for dumping large volumes from the base of the conical or harvesting yeast (which is simple and can save you some money) and a second transfer and tracking arm port for siphoning beer above the sediment and or yeast bed.

 

Transferring beer from the stainless steel home brewing brew bucket fermenter.

Transferring beer from the stainless steel home brewing brew bucket fermenter.

 

As you can see in the above photo, transferring beer from the stainless steel brew bucket is about as easy as it gets. It has a single port and rotating internal racking arm that makes transferring clear beer to the keg as easy as turning a valve.  No more sanitizing siphons with these fermenters.

Home Brewing Conical Fermenters

Home Brewing Conical Fermenters

 

As I had mentioned earlier, cleaning these fermenters in very easy.  I simply use some PBW, warm water and a nylon scrub sponge.  The lid comes off so it is easy to reach everything and the conical fermenters come with sanitary clamps so they break down and reassemble effortlessly. I have used these fermenters for over 3 years now and still do not have one complaint about them!

If you are interested in picking one up, here are the links and best of all, they are shipped free!

7 Gallon Stainless Steel Brew Bucket $195

7 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter $395

14 Gallon Stainless Steel Conical Fermenter $495

 

Video of the stainless steel 7 gallon homebrewing conical fermenter in action. Transferring a batch of Pliny the Elder to the keg.

Eel River Brewing, Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer Review

Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer Review

Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA Craft Beer

Craft Beer Reviews

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Emerald Triangle Session IPA
Brewery: Eel River Brewing
Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.5%
My Score: 8/10

Review:
So, the other night I  got home from work, put some People’s Court on the TV, as I often do, and then grabbed myself a beer. I sat down and poured this Eel River Emerald Triangle Session IPA. I am not sure if this is the People’s Court talking, but I really enjoyed it.  Let me get the not so great stuff out of the way first. The color is not ideal, kinda a piss yellow, but the beer had pretty good clarity and a nice head. The body and mouth feel were a bit thin but that is where my complaints end, and it is a session ale after all, so I can not really complain about a thin body.  The hop profile of this beer is fantastic, bursting with tropical and citrus notes; it tasted fresh and the flavor did not dissipate after a few sips.  I am at this moment looking forward to having another one, and watching another episode of People’s Court. I know that Eel River makes a full on (non session) IPA version if this beer and I would like to check it out because if this beer was a touch fuller on body, I would imagine it would be fantastic.

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Bells Brewing Amber Ale Craft Beer Review

Bell’s Amber Ale Beer Review

Bells Amber Ale Beer Review

Bells Amber Ale Beer Review

Disclaimer: Before reading this review please keep in mind, I am not a self proclaimed beer expert, I am just a home beer brewer who enjoys beer. My posts do not typically go into great detail and may be unconventional in their format; they are simply intended to help people with similar tastes avoid bad beers and find great beers.

Beer: Amber Ale
Brewery: Bell’s
Style: American Amber
ABV: 5.7%
My Score: 4/10

Review:
I live on the West Coast and for the most part I drink beers that are brewed on the West Coast.  For my birthday my brother got me a pack of these Bell’s Amber Ales and I was very excited to try them as I had heard such wonderful things about Bell’s.  So I poured my glass and was immediately disappointed by the cloudiness / chill haze.  You guys are supposed to be one of America’s best craft breweries why TF do you ship your beer in that condition, I would not pour my homebrew if it looked that cloudy.  So I drank the beer.  It had a mediocre head but a nice mouth feel.  I did not care for the hop profile to be honest.  I felt the beer was boring and not the type of boring that it makes for a good beer to enjoy with your meal; just the type of boring that makes me wish I chose a different beer.  I look forward to trying other beers brewed by Bell’s but will be passing on this one in the future.  You may want to take my review with a grain of salt as Bell’s Amber Ale currently scores an 87 of Beer Advocate.

In a nutshell:

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