Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Build A DIY Apple Cider Press Basket For Under $20

By: Orion
DIY apple cider press basket made from Home Depot bucket.

This post will give step by step instructions on how to make a durable DIY apple cider press basket without expensive materials such as oak or stainless steel. The best part of this project is that it can be used to press apples, grapes or any other fruit for homemade wine that you would like to extract juice from. Spring is here in Oregon and that means homemade apple cider! This project took me a little under one hour to complete including shopping for materials. I have had the joy of testing this basket out four times now and have had no problems with it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Clone Recipe (Partial Mash)

This post shows the recipe for a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone (partial mash). The recipe below is the product of five painstaking brew sessions just for this clone brew to get it right! A version of this came from the 2005 Brew Your Own magazine. In the original article it called for more malt. Each time I have attempted a perfect clone match it has gotten a little closer to the real thing, until this last time, it was spot on, enjoy!

Lagunitas IPA Clone Recipe (Extract Version)

Finally a tested clone recipe for Lagunitas IPA! Side by side I really can't tell the difference between the real thing and this recipe. This is my third tweak of this recipe and after a blind tasting could not tell the difference between the clone brew and the real thing, cheers!

DIY Homemade Fermentation Chamber From Picnic Cooler

By: Orion Chandler

Completed Fermentation Chamber.

This tutorial will show you how to make a homebrew fermentation chamber yourself out of a picnic cooler and other common parts. The great thing about this is that it lets people who live in small places like apartments ferment in places like closets and storage spaces without the use of an expensive refrigerator or chest freezer.

A fermentation chamber is essential in controlling the temperature that your homebrewed beer, cider, fruit wine of wine ferment at. For those of us fond of brewing German wheat ales, a steady and low temperature is desirable in avoiding off-flavors like banana and clove that the yeast produce when fermenting too hot. A chamber like this will give just enough heat o ferment perfectly within +/- 1 degree. The scope of this design is really meant for cool weather use, as it has no way to cool your homebrew down, it will only heat it up and keep it at a temperature that is equal to or warmer than ambient temperatures outside of the picnic cooler. This chamber is sized for a 5 gallon glass carboy. Here is a list of what you need to build it:

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