Brewed up a small batch (3 gallons) of mead using local Western NC honey the other night. Split it into five jugs and pitched different yeasts for experimentation purposes. All are happily fermenting away…the “yeastie beasties” are busy!

My new brew kettle for electric “brew-in-a-bag” all-grain brewing just came in – Bayou Classic has a 16-gallon stock pot with most of the conversion work already done (they have smaller units converted as well).
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If you search around, you can find an even better price – just sayin’. I have to drill holes for my immersion heaters. I know one will work fine for mashing, but it’ll take two to handle a 12-gallon boil. My first few batches with the new rig will only be 6 gallon boils. I also got my new custom size brew bag to fit my kettle, recipe ingredients on hand for two batches and I’ll crank up a couple of yeast starters tomorrow night. It’s going to be a fun weekend!

I’m also going to experiment with the Australian No Chill Method using these…in the 6 gallon size. I just got them in this week,too. They have a similar unit that’s 15 gallons – if the little guys work out well, I’ll have some larger brews on the horizon.

 

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