Brewblog: Kickoff w/ Northern Brewer Nut Brown Ale

My wonderful wife got me a Northern Brewer Deluxe Brewing Starter Kit (Glass) a couple of Christmases ago, and I’ve been slowly expanding my “brewery” ever since. I’ve made maybe 6 batches of beer using the kit. One of which I royally messed up (NB Bavarian Hefeweizen) when I scorched the malt in my newly-keggle-fied boiling vessel (on high heat of course).

So far, here’s my inventory of equipment:

Northern Brewer Deluxe Starter Kit:
– 6 Gallon Primary Fermentor (Glass), Fermometer, Bung, Airlock, Blowoff Assembly
– 5 Gallon Secondary Fermentor (Glass), Fermometer, Bung, Airlock
– 6.5 Gallon Bottling Bucket, Bottling Spigot, Bottle Filler, Bottling Tubing
– Auto-Siphon, Siphon Tubing
– Beer Bottle Brush, Bottle Capper
– Carboy Brush

I also had a few pieces of equipment from my prior homebrewing adventures of years past:
– Another bottle-capper
– Another 5 gallon secondary glass fermentor
– Airlock (from a Mr. Beer kit)
– One of those common orange dual-vent carboy caps
– ~3 Gallon stainless steel kettle (w/glass lid that I interchange with the keggle below)

And a few new acquisitions and creations:
– 15 gallon boiling “keggle”, modified from an old stainless Miller keg (inherited)
– 10lb. CO2 canister w/ regulator
– 4 ball-lock corny kegs
– 1 set of ball lock inlet/outlet tubing, “foam-free” faucet, and connections (I can tap one keg at a time)
– 4 Perlick 545PC Flow Control Faucets (Xmas gift from Santa/Father-in-Law)
– ~7.x cu ft. Freezer (from grandmother-in-law)
– Johnson Controls A419 Temperature Controller (to convert freezer into kegerator)
– Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker
– ~20′ counter-flow chiller w/partial convolution (see:
– ~2′ stainless steel spoon
– 2 reusable hop bags
– Yet-to-be-finished ~56qt mash tun cooler (still have to cut slots in my manifold, otherwise done)

Anyhow, I expect to be posting updates on future brewing exploits, so to kick it off, here’s my 6th-ish brew: the Northern Brewer Nut Brown Ale (extract kit). This is video I took of the fermentation just a mere 24 hours after directly pitching dry yeast into the wort. Not bad I think, considering that Danstar recommends prepping the yeast before pitching it.


Brewed: 4/14
OG: 1.050
FG: 1.012
ABV: 4.9%
Kegged: 5/21