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A useful article on determining line length and pressure:

How do you determine your kegerator gas pressure?

You’ll need to use a carbonation chart and know the brewer recommended CO2 volumes if possible.

See our general recommendations.


Home Brewing Homebrewing Features


All About Beer Magazine – Volume 36Issue 1

March 1, 2015By 

Coolship 1

Coolships are open fermentation systems that collect ambient yeast and bacteria to ferment wort. This example was built by Jeremy Skorochid.

T.S. Eliot once said, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” Homebrewers are doing just that in their exploration of open fermentation.

Case in point is Johnnie Leroy Compton III, a homebrewer who goes the distance for his wild beers. After moving into a spacious 19th-century house in Liverpool, PA, he converted one of the rooms into a brewery and began using improvised coolships—open fermentation systems that collect ambient yeast and bacteria to ferment wort. Then, he experimented by adding dregs from his favorite sour ales alongside open fermentation.

Worth the Risk: Homebrewers Playing with Coolships

Next Saturday aspiring home brewers from all around New Zealand will compete against each other in the country’s largest home brew competition.

Organised by the consumer group the Society of Beer Advocates, this year’s SOBA National Homebrew Competition looks likely to attract around 600 entries, a competition record. As one of the judges, I’ll be spending the day in Auckland with 27 other hardy souls aiming to find the best beers and identify New Zealand’s champion home brewer.

If you’ve ever wondered how beers are assessed, here’s an insight into the process.

How to taste like a beer judge

In Michigan’s remote Keweenaw Peninsula, Emily Geiger observes a science lab table full of beer-fermenting starter yeast. But this is no ordinary beer yeast—the culture was gathered from the shores of Lake Superior, in the Upper Peninsula, over the course of a week, then returned to the lab, stripped of imperfections, and prepared to enter a brewing cycle. Geiger is now gathering yeast from three different areas in the Upper Peninsula, creating six native strands. She currently works as the microbiologist at Keweenaw Brewing Company in tiny South Range, Michigan, but her company, Craft Cultures, distributes the lake yeast to a number of breweries across the state.

Wild-Fermented Beer Is the Best Way to Drink Pond Water

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DUBLIN — Today, swanky offices offer employees high-end coffee machines as a job perk. Tomorrow, if a startup called BrewBot gets its way, a beer-making machine might stand next to it.

The company, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, plans to begin selling its brewing machines in early 2016, said Adam Robertson, vice president of product at BrewBot. The company was brewing a batch at the Web Summit tech conference here, but those who want to try it themselves can sign up for the $4,000 device on the Kickstarter crowdfunding site. The eventual price for post-Kickstarter sales hasn’t yet been set, Robertson said Tuesday, but the company hopes to find a market among hip startups and the home-brew crowd. You can currently preorder the device for around $3,400 or £2,200 including shipping.

BrewBot hopes its machine will make craft-beer brewing a breeze

Longevity is not the same thing as quality, especially in the beer industry. After all, Tui has been around for donkey’s years. I set out to learn which ‘craft’ brewery is the oldest because of a realisation that I could think of at least five breweries that were all trying to claim the title in one way or another. Frankly, I didn’t believe any of them. Heritage is perceived as a valuable marketing tool and it’s no surprise that several different outfits are vying for the position oldest ‘craft’ brewery.

But which one really is the oldest? Let’s take a look at the contenders. 

Who is New Zealand’s Oldest ‘Craft’ Brewery?

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Australia’s drawl began with boozy colonials

Australians’ distinctive accent has its origins in the “drunken slurring” of the heavy-drinking early settlers, according to a communication expert from the country.

In an impassioned call for Australian schools to teach verbal expression and delivery, Dean Frenkel, a public speaking and communication lecturer at Victoria University in Melbourne, said “drunken Aussie-speak” was first established generations ago but has continued to be passed on to children by sober parents. “The Australian alphabet cocktail was spiked by alcohol,” he wrote in The Age.

The idea was simple: we’d attach a Raspberry Pi to a kegerator. A flow meter would detect when a pour was occurring, post the data to Amazon API Gateway, and display the data on a web page. It was an easy task for a group of motivated Solutions Architects, and we had a working unit in just a few days.

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