In this episode, we have a discussion about the various techniques you might consider for chilling your wort after your boil and we also mention a few ways you can keep your fermenting beer temperature controlled. These are two areas that can and do make a large difference on your beer quality. We focus mostly on wort chilling and the ways you can accomplish the task. Ice bath chilling, immersion chillers, counterflow chillers, plate chillers, HERMS systems where the HLT is filled with ice water around the coil, we even hit no chill brewing and more! Hopefully everything you can think of as far as getting your boiled beer down to the proper pitching temps.
This episode covers several things, including why kettles are generally better than keggles for brewing, the good times we recently had in New Braunfels, TX at Guadalupe Brewing Co's third anniversary party, and a subject that many homebrewers are not aware of--keg and tap handle theft and the impact it has on the craft brewing industry.
This year's National Homebrewers Conference was in somewhat sunny San Diego and we were there! In this episode, we recap some of our experience and present a couple of interviews from the conference with Jim Ladd of the Cascade Beer Candi company and Denny Conn and Drew Beechum, authors of Experimental Homebrewing. Overall, we had a great time and met lots of great people in San Diego and wanted to share a few of the details.