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$12 Walmart Test Batch Kettle

As my curiosity of beer styles rose and available empty bottles declined I found myself wanting and needing to brew smaller batches. Forking out $100+ for a homebrew branded kettle put this idea was on hold…until a visit to Walmart. I found this 4 gallon stainless kettle for a mere $12. One hole punched in the lid later and I’m brewing it’s maiden Dunkelweizen.

I thoroughly love the output, control and function of my 12 gallon electric BIAB system but the plain simplicity of brewing a batch on this size is difficult to beat. It’s easy, low cost, quick, cleanup is only a few minutes..what’s not too love?

Brewdown $12 walmart brew kettle

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The Carman – 12 gallon Pyrex Carboy

The craigslist gods have cast their light upon me! An original Pyrex 12 gallon glass borosilicate carboy. While more or less impossible to find used, they are available new – just get ready to give Amazon a month’s worth of rent.

 

 

One fermentation vessel down from two means less cleaning but what I’m most excited about is the increased exposed surface area for fermentation. The 6.5 gallon carboys I have been using have ~95 square inches of surface area at their widest while the carman has ~175. It’s maiden voyage will begin with some wheat, some barely, a bit of WLP300 and no stopper. Let’s see if we can get those esters cranking!

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