Steven’s Homebrewing Adventure 3 – Brooklyn Brew Shop Kit Review

Mike and I have now completed and tasted a brew using the Brooklyn Brew Shop Homebrewing Kit.

The Kit includes a 1 gallon fermentation carboy, an airlock and cap, a length of tube and a tube crimper as well as the necessary ingredients for a 1 gallon batch of beer.  The instructions are a pdf on their website but not included in the actual box and they list some items that are necessary but not included.  These items are fairly common items in most households: 6 quart Stock Pot (a second pot is handy), Fine Mesh Strainer, Funnel, 2 Weeks After Your Brew Day: 10 Empty Non-Twistoff Bottles (Swingtops such as Grolsch work great if you do not have the capper).  It also asks for 3 tablespoons of honey for the carbonation stage.  In the RyePA instructions it only asks for a strainer, in others it specifies a 10″ strainer.  It would be nice if all of the instructions were updated to mention a minimum diameter for the strainer, Mike and I used a smaller one not realizing how much mash would be produced and it got pretty awkward.

That aside this is a solid kit.  Every specialty item necessary is included and the instructions are easy to follow.  Mike and I were clear on exactly what needed to happen at every step and with the instructions being brief it is easy to be prepared for the next step well ahead.

With everything pre-measured and packaged it is very easy to get through the brewing process and feel reasonably confident that everything is going to come out well.  It’s a really great way to get into the process of brewing without also having to worry about building a recipe on your first go as well.  Mike and I plan to try a few more of the packaged recipes before working on our own recipes.

Pacific Beer Chat Podcast #1

Today is the launch of my new joint project with Joe Wiebe (Craft Beer Revolution author), Terry (West Coast Beer Geek), Mike (TheBeerRater) and Steve (Mike’s Craft Beer). Pacific Beer Chat is our new Video Podcast. Episode one is now live and is called “Meet The Bloggers”. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Look forward to a monthly episode.

Pacific Beer Chat

Meet the Bloggers (Pacific Beer Chat #1)

This is the inaugural podcast from Pacific Beer Chat.

Bloggers involved include;
mike G of,
Terry of
Joe of,
Mike of and
Steve also of

Establishments and breweries mentioned in this podcast include, steamworks Brewing, Steel and Oak Brewing, Spinnakers Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Moody Ales, Dead Frog Brewery, Central City Brewers and Distillers, cCraft Beer Revolution, Victoria Beer Week, CBC Radio, Four Winds Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Dageraad Brewing, Powell Street Craft Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Townsite Brewing, Cannery Brewing , Driftwood Brewing, Garickshead pub, Granville Island Brewing, Big Ridge Brewing, Brassneck Brewing, 33 Acres Brewing, Drake Eatery, St Augustines, Alibi Room, Tap and Barrel.

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