Category Archive: Tips and Techniques

Oct 12

Upgrading the “portable-keg charger”

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I coughed up the $20 for the portable keg charger from Genuine Innovations but I’m not entirely happy with it for a slew of reasons.  First, the instructions say over and over again that you have to fully discharge the keg before attaching this, otherwise the back pressure can break the unit.  That’s stupid because …

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Sep 22

Designing Beer with Dr. Brad Smith (aka the BeerSmith guy!)

As part of Baltimore Beer Week, CSI has lined up an awesome opportunity for all homebrewers in the area.  On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, we will be hosting Dr. Brad Smith, author of the highly acclaimed BeerSmith brewing software, brewer with 23 years experience, host of the BeerSmith podcast, and founder of BrewWiki.com for a talk on …

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Jul 15

$15 carboy cooler

If you need to cool your beer about 10 degrees below ambient, here are two great ideas. The first is the age-old “pot-in-pot” method, where you put the carboy inside a large unglazed terra-cotta pot, and fill the pot either with water, or a mixture of water and sand. Then blow a fan on the …

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May 07

How To Build a Keezer or Freezer Kegerator

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This is a video link that I’ve been meaning to put up on the website for a while and just haven’t gotten around to it. It is a video from Northern Brewer on how to build a keezer or freezer kegerator. The video is approximately 14 minutes long, but having helped people build a keezer …

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Apr 04

A DC motorized grain mill

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I thought I’d toss up pics of the grain mill that I just motorized using a 90-VDC motor. Unlike AC motors, you have to use a power supply to control a DC motor, and on e-bay, gear motors that have enough torque at the slow RPM’s needed (i.e. more than 40 in-lb at 120 RPM …

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Jul 28

My “cheap” pressurized bottle filler

Once I got my kegerator set up (will post pics soon) I discovered the hard way that filling bottles from the tap is a mess.  I found BierMuncher’s “We don’t need no stinking beer gun” on homebrewtalk.com and this video from BobbyFromNH on youtube where you tap into the liquid-out post of your keg. However …

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May 31

Making a Homemade Mash Tun

I posted this on my personal website a year ago while making my mash tun.  I thought it was time that I added it to the CSI website. When I began homebrewing, the only batches I ever made were from malt extract.  This works fine, but as I quickly realized, you don’t really get the …

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Apr 11

Motorizing a grain mill

I picked up this motor recently at the suggestion of some fellow homebrewers online. I wanted to give a quick description of how I hooked it up to my monster mill for those who are interested. The motor runs at 177 RPM, which is a good speed for milling grain. This makes it ideal for …

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Mar 07

Help with Making a Berliner Weiss

For a while I’ve been toying with the idea of making a Berliner Weiss. I had one a few years back at New Glarus Brewing in Wisconsin and thought it was amazing. It just so happens there’s a great article on Sour Beers in the March/April 2011 issue of Zymurgy by Matt Lange. The article …

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Feb 14

Hey Marylanders…Hops Season is Almost Here!!

We all feel it, the sense of self pride that we get in hand crafting our own beer.  Our friends love to drink it.  It’s a great discussion topic when meeting new people.  And the best part, it’s a lot of fun.  Well this Spring, those of you looking to add another chapter to your …

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