I started to homebrew in 2001 with a couple of friends. Since then my hobby has exploded into a obsession. Running out of outside opinions on where my beer was headed I entered my first competition in 2012. The National Homebrew Competition. Since then I try to enter only 2 competitions a year. Quaff's Americas Finest and NHC.
|Brand New. Look, no scratches!!|
I started brewing in 2003 working on a Mr Beer kit my sister bought from a Skymall catalog. In late 2005 I ordered a MoreBeer B-500 three tier brewing tower. Setting it up in the garage was a big moment for me, having never brewed an "All Grain" batch before. With the help of Danny (DeeperRoots Brewing) we completed my 1st batch on the tower 2 days later.
|Blichmann HopRocket being tested out.|
Since purchasing the three tier brewing tower, I've adapted the set-up to fit my brewing style:
- Adding longer 6" temperature probes on each of the three pots.
- Swaping to all Stainless steel ball valves.
- Installing Proflow Dynamics Stainless fitting for all the connections.
- Added a March pump on a custom rolling cart for recirculating the mash and cooling
- Installed a Counter flow chiller on the cart (above) with custom Proflow fittings.
- Installed a Blichmann HopRocket (when needed) for Hop Bursting.
- Revamped the Sparge Arm for better efficiency.
- Added copper water piping to each of the 3 tiers for better filling and water usage.
Cold Side (Fermentation):
I have two refrigeration areas for my beers. One is for Lagers and the other is for Ales fermentations. The Lagering fridge is a simple Holiday chest freezer from Home Depot with a temp control device installed on the side.
For Ale Fermentations I wanted something better than a converted chest freezer. I also wanted to hold 5 of my carboys at anytime. What I settled on is a building out dorm freezer. (Here is the build out post)
|This has since been retired for a upright freezer|
It can maintain a solid 60 degree liquid ale temp in the warm San Diego summer (inside my garage)
Back when I started brewing I came across a bunch of free corny kegs, when that happened I had to build a Keggor for serving. (Bottling Sucks, Right?)
|Nitro is badass, but I don't use it as much as I should|
I bought a new 8 cf chest freezer from Lowes and started the conversion. It was sanded down and painted gloss black, I added the shotgun stainless towers and I installed the tank inside the fridge.
That is my Brewing Equipment in a nutshell. If you want to know more feel free to ask.