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Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler Residual Volume

Just a quick update on the Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler

I racked my Bavarian Helles wort from the Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler to a secondary (keg) fermentor using my auto siphon. Everything worked great and the beer ran clear in the lines the whole time. When it was done, I measured the residual volume. With the auto siphon resting on the punted bottom, there was a 2.3qt (2.15L) residual left in the fermenter.

BeerAlchemy Mac and iOS Review

BeerAlchemy was the first complete homebrewing software package that I tried. I first started using it in 2006 and was most impressed by the responsiveness of the developer, Kent Place Software. I have had a few conversations over the years with Steve Flack who appears to run Kent Place Software.

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Update: Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler on Brew Day!

If you haven’t read my initial review on the Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler, head over and check it out first. My initial impression out of the box was a well-designed plastic carboy with a gorgeous wide-open mouth and a handy (optional) dual port lid. Let’s see how it did on Brew Day!

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Review: Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler

The sad remains of a broken carboy, and the story of the lucky garage floor that got to taste the beer...
The sad remains of a broken carboy, and the story of the lucky garage floor that got to taste the beer… (Note: this is not a picture of MY actual broken carboy. I was too dumbfounded to grab my camera.)

I’ve always fermented using standard glass carboys. I have two 6.5 gallon glass carboys and two 5 gallon glass carboys. At least, I did… until I dropped one on the floor of my buddy’s garage. This was my first experience with a catastrophic failure at the end of a brew day, and cleaning up the pieces afterwards was not fun. That got me thinking about fermenters. I had been dreaming of a nice heated and cooled conical fermenter, but at around $2,000+ for a prefabricated one, it would take quite a bit of convincing to add that to the home brewery. On the other hand I could go cheap and try simple plastic buckets with lots of head space. But as much as a stainless conical fermenter sounds awesome, or a plastic bucket seems like an inexpensive option, I like the convenience of being able to watch my fermentation in a glass carboy. Continue reading Review: Plastic Big Mouth Bubbler