The ‘Fermchamberator’: a Kegerator Turned Refrigerator Turned Fermentation Chamber (and Back Again)

I repurposed and converted an old kegerator turned fridge in my garage into a fermentation chamber capable of heating and cooling batches of fermenting wort (beer) up to 10 or more gallons to maintain a desired fermentation temperature even in extremely cold winters and hot summers without having to transport difficult to carry fermenters into […]

DIY Mash Tun Cooler Upgrade

I recently upgraded my ten gallon brew system’s mash tun to a Coleman 70 quart Xtreme cooler to accommodate larger grain bills and also designed a new CPVC manifold that is 89% better at wort collection than my previous design. See the new mash tun in use: https://youtu.be/2CxpfC4WY_Q Original DIY Mash Tun Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWq3e… Interested […]

A Mobile Draft Beer System

I needed to take some kegged homebrew to a party and came up with this; an easy to assemble self-contained transportable draft system on wheels. A wheeled cooler, small keg, CO2 tank, picnic tap, and some ice are all that is required to make you the life of the party. Parts List: Igloo Ice Cube […]

My 10 Gallon Brewery: Overview & First Brew Day

In this culmination of my 5 to 10 gallon brewery upgrade project, I walk through the new brew system layout showing how the individual components (DIY mash lauter tun, DIY hot liquor tank, custom 20 gallon Spike Brewing kettle, pumps, valves, and hoses) work together to brew my first beer (an American Amber Ale) on […]

How to Make an Immersion Chiller: A DIY Project

A tutorial on how to build an immersion wort chiller suitable to chill ten gallons of hot wort down to yeast pitching temperature. This is the third component in my 5 to 10 gallon brewery upgrade project. Watch the entire ‘Brewery Upgrade: 5 to 10 Gallon Capacity Expansion Project’ Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJGQZwp3xofsQgICY3FvrJSJdbeDTa_RC Immersion Chiller Calculator (Excel […]

Building a Hot Liquor Tank: A DIY Project

An easy step-by-step tutorial on converting a 10 gallon beverage cooler into a Hot Liquor Tank (HLT) for all grain brewing. This is another component in my 5 to 10 gallon brewery upgrade project. Companion Mash Lauter Tun Video: https://youtu.be/iWq3e03ycQQ Full DIY Project Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJGQZwp3xofv5vzfq3xD-_RUEemsZi1yU Parts List: 10 gallon Beverage Cooler (Igloo) 1/2″ Brass Ball […]

Building a Mash Tun: A DIY Project

As part of my 5 to 10 gallon brewery upgrade project, this step-by-step tutorial on making your own mashtun/lautertun from a picnic cooler will allow you to mash enough grain for ten gallon batches of beer. Featured is a homemade CPVC manifold for separating the wort from the grain and how to add a ball […]

How to Make a Spunding Valve: A DIY Project

Learn how to make your own home brew spunding valve to assist with closed system pressure transfers from vessel to vessel (e.g. fermenter to keg) and setting a maximum pressure value for a vessel. This is a very simply build and is a companion video to my Fermentasaurus review video made by fan request. Fermentasaurus […]

Magnetic Stir Plate: A DIY Project

Save some money by making your own simple magnetic stir plate from parts you may already have around your home.  This piece of home brewing equipment is a nice addition to home brewers of all skill levels. I should have done this sooner!