This morning I stopped by at Don’s house. He invited me over to checkout his home brewery and hang out for a bit while he brewed. He was brewing a half wheat recipe and was mashing-in when I arrived.
I saw something, I never expected to see before, a garage door opener used to make beer! Don was scooping his cracked barley/wheat blend into the mash tun and using a cannibalized garage door opener to stir his mash. Very ingenious! I am sure the guys at Genie garage doors never thought their door opener could make beer!
While the Genie Garage Door Opener stirred the mash tun, we sampled some of his home brew. Don gave me a sample of his Dunkel Wheat and Maibock. Both were fabulous! Don told me when making the Dunkel he didn’t have any dark roasted barley, so he roasted the malt for the Dunkel in his oven. I am going to have to try this for myself sometime!
Here is a picture of Don’s brew-house. The left keg is Don’s Brew Kettle, the center keg covered with insulation is the Mash Tun, and the right keg is the Holt Liquor Tank. Don has a March Pump for lautering his mash and transferring wort to the kettle.
Don uses conical fermenters at his home brewery. They are poly-propylene conical tanks that were designed for making bio-diesel. Don says they work perfectly but don’t hold any pressure. Also in the background, is Don’s grain mill. He converted an old file-cabinet into a grain cabinet that perfectly fits a 7 gallon bucket to catch the cracked grain.
Don and I will definitely be brewing together sometime soon! So stay tuned.