Brewery build pt 2: control panel internals

So you want to build a brewery control panel? Perhaps nobody has told you how long the wiring takes. It’s not difficult, but it is time consuming. Let’s pick up from part 1 of my build log. Recall we had installed all receptacles, and left a bunch of excess wire in the control panel for future me to take care of. 

Hazy brother: a Trappist single

I’ve never brewed or even drank a Trappist single before. From what I understand about this beer style, it is not typically available for sale, and certainly not export. Rather, the Trappist single is a beer that is produced for the sole purpose of quenching the thirst of monks during their studies of life, the universe, and everything. The definition…

Estimate Dimethyl Sulfide content!

Edit: It has come to my attention that much more recent research is available on the dynamics of DMS production, expect a new post/new calculator in the near future! I made this calculator nearly a year ago to estimate the DMS content of beer based on information I could find in the brewing literature. I’m very interested in how accurate…

Monster Mill MM-2 review

I’ve been meaning to write a short product review/endorsement for Monster Mill’s MM-2 since I’ve first used it. These are fantastic mills, and make lessor mills (i.e. mills with smaller diameter rollers) feel like toys in comparison! Grain mills are simple tools, and this one does its job quicker and more consistently than any other I’ve tried.

Orval: God’s homebrew

The first time I tried Orval, I was shocked. I distinctively remember thinking that it was like drinking a liquified leather boot. A lot has changed since then. For one, Orval has earned a place as one of my top 5 favourite beers. In my experience as a homebrewer, I’ve generally found pursuing clones unrewarding. However, with Ontario’s limited availability of Orval…

A shiny new triangle test calculator

The triangle test is a popular method in sensory evaluation. It is used to determine whether there is perceivable difference between two samples. Based on the total number of triangle test participants, and the amount of those participants which were correct, we are able to assign a level of statistical significance to the result. In a previous post I provided a triangle…

Brewing schedule 2016

I’ve had a busy couple months. Specifically I’ve been occupied with preparations for my PhD qualifying exam. Last week I passed! Now that it is out of the way, and I’ve gotten some rest, I’m glad to report that I’m back in a place where I can envision the odd weekend brewing rather than working. As my local homebrew club prepares for our annual…