Okay, so it's been a few months since I've posted anything so that means...you guessed it, we're lame!  There will come a time when I'll find more kickass homebrew projects to showcase but in the meantime, have a look around!
 
 
What do you get when you cross animated gifs with beer?  Awesomeness of course!

Trevor Carmick creates these beauties over at his site called Beer Labels in Motion.  Drop on by and check out his other favorite craft beers done up animation-style or follow him at Twitter @beerlabelmotion to see the latest.
 
 
Temperature controllers are becoming all the rage with brewers these days and who can blame them?? If you want great brew, then you need to control the temp of fermentation very carefully.

This isn't the first temperature control module that we've covered but it's one of the nicest! 

It checks the box for all the must-haves including:

  • Temperature Profiles - automatically adjust temperatures over time
  • Dual outputs - control multiple devices with a single Model-T
  • Dual temperature probes - control one or both outputs independently
  • Supports wall or panel mounting
  • Requires no wiring
  • Open Source hardware and software
  • Wireless connectivity over your WiFi network
  • Control from anywhere with Internet connection
  • Oh, and a Kickass user interface!

Check out all of the details on kickstarter or BrewBit.com.
 
 
Thomas Edison, one of the great inventors of our time, created a music player called the phonograph which played cylinders that were inscribed with music. Flat discs, better known as records, eventually took over and Edison was forced to give in and change his design.

Now, after all these years, a new form of etched media was created as a marketing collaboration by Beck's record label project. What does it play you ask? It's a song by the New Zealand indie rock band Ghost Wave called "Here She Comes."

Check out the full article courtesy of CNET here.
 
 
Hello there BrewGeeks. Temperature control is one of the last great frontiers to achieving the best homebrew possible, usually because it's not easy to dial in the perfect temperature. Cost and specialized knowledge can factor into how this is accomplished. A common method is to buy a freezer and hook up a johnson style controller to help maintain temperature. This device allows the brewer to set and maintain a temp by turning the freezer on and off.  It works well, but does have a few shortcomings.

First, a single-stage unit is focused only on cooling and does not connect to a heat source to raise the temperature when necessary. This means when it's set to, say 55 degrees, the actual temperature in the freezer can fluctuate within a range of as much as 5-7 degrees depending on its compressor and other factors. There is also no way to automate a fermentation schedule which is important when brewing certain styles and is also a great way make sure your beers finish where you want them to. 

You've seen our fermentation chambers that accomplish these goals but I'll be the first to admit that most homebrewers will not go through the trouble I did. Enter Caleb's Fermostat!  With its intuitive interface and design, it takes the old style johnson controller to a whole new level!

If he can get the support he needs through kickstarter, it could easily be the next great gadget for the serious homebrewer!  Check out his funny video below and if you like what you see, head over to his kickstarter page to read more.

Cheers!

-TK
 
 
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Brewing is a creative past-time where a good recipe is downright awe-inspiring.  New homebrewers quickly realize that, although we stick to the basic rules, brewing techniques can vary and the equipment used can be just as motivational.

kaeptnerdnuss demonstrates this here with the clever repurposing of a stainless BBQ grill that he calls the BrewBQ!

Click the link below to check out the rest of his pictures.

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Over ataul Kermizian, a child of the 80s (like pratically everyone in my circle of friends), chimes in on what classic 80's video games pair well with which beers.  Here are a few for you..  click the link at the bottom for the rest.

Tapper with Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager or Victory All Malt Lager
In 1983's Tapper you control a mustachioed bartender who must serve wave after wave of increasingly surly patrons; cowboys, jocks, punk rockers, and, eventually, aliens. The game was originally, and somewhat controversially, branded with the Budweiser logo, but, says Kermizian, "we've always had the fantasy of hiring someone to reprogram the ROMs on our Tapper machines to have a craft brewery logo." As for a pairing, "There are a few nice Helles beers--light golden lagers made by American breweries that would go well." From Phoenixville, PA, Kermizian likes Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager, which Kermizian says "is really easy drinking--you could just see the aliens in Tapper pounding them." 

Golden Axe with B. Nektar or Redstone Mead
Whether you decide to be Ax Battler, a Conan the Barbarian lookalike, axe-swinging dwarf Gilius Thunderhead, or Amazon Tyris Flare in this Medieval side-scrolling adventure game from 1989, Kermizian thinks you'd get into the spirit best by pairing gameplay with a mead. "We really love the meads from Redstone in Colorado and from B. Nektar Meadery in Michigan. You can drink it out of a glass, though originally it might have been from a goblet, or more likely from the bladder of a goat." 

Marble Madness with Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
Marble Madness was one of the more unusual successes of the arcade era. In this game from 1984, the player uses a trackball to guide a marble through and over Miami Vice-hued mazes set on a black background. The object is simple, but gameplay is surprisingly challenging. Kermizian paired it with a similarly deceptive brew. "There are beers like Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, where people come in on a Friday night, and they think, 'Ahh, Dogfish Head--I want one of those.' But this one is 14 percent ABV, and it's pretty challenging. You've got to know what you're doing if you're going to drink a few of those. [Like] Marble Madness, it seems like this harmless, easy game, you're just trying to maneuver these marbles around a playing field, but it's pretty easy to find yourself going over the edge."

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Are you sitting around wondering what your next DIY project will be?  Look no further!  Here's a relatively quick-n-dirty demonstration by TJPfeister on how to construct a mash rake.  

There's a link to his original article at the end of the full post and also be sure to stop by his club site Green Bay Rackers to see what else they have going on!

You will need:
  • Two 3/4" x 36" pieces of poplar square stock (retails for ~$2.50 at local hardware stores)
  • One 3/8" x 36" poplar dowel (retails for ~$1.00 at local hardware stores)
  • A drill and bits
  • Some sort of clamping device
  • A saw
  • A hammer
  • Some finishing nails
  • Diagonal cutters or something similar
  • A small punch
  • A means of measuring

Items that aren't required, but make life a little easier:
  • A drill press
  • A finishing nail gun
  • A mitre box
  • An assistant
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Hey BrewGeeks fans! Sorry for the delay in blog posts. Although I don't have much time these days to find interesting things to post, I hope our fellow brewers find the rest of the information around the site useful. If you haven't looked around yet, check the sections to the left to get started. We will continue to add content down the road.

If you are interested in being an editor for BrewGeeks and want to contribute by finding and posting articles, shoot us an email and we can talk about setting you up.

In the meantime, please enjoy this engineering feat of awesomeness.
 
 
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There are several ways to try ingredients before your brew day. Common techniques are tasting wort, chewing on grain SMASH beers or making a test batch. None of these approaches are ideal since making a batch that doesn't turn out as expected sucks and tasting wort isn't the same as a finished beer. In this tutorial, I will show you how to isolate different ingredients, in small batches, all at once. We will focus on five grains today, but there's no limit to the number of batches you can brew on a given day. But there's more! You can use this technique to test hops, different yeasts strains or to design a beer recipe! 

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-Scoundrel