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Go Pro Starter Kit – Small Batch Beer Making Kit

Absolutely everything you need to make craft beer at home. Easy-to-follow, thorough instructions, plus a DVD you can brew along with. A complete equipment set built by real brewmasters, plus a recipe made from the same high-quality ingredients used by pro brewers. Features our revolutionary Little Big Mouth Bubbler® for easy cleaning, transferring and plenty of head space to hold big beers and vigorous fermentations. For the craft beer enthusiast who wants to start brewing, don’t just brew—go pro.

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BTV Beer Review – Cherry Stout (New Glarus Brewing Co.)

Chip and Dawson deliver their tasting notes on Cherry Stout from New Glarus Brewing Company's Thumbprint Series.

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BTV Beer Review – Raspberry Russian Imperial Sout (Widmer Bros. Brewing Co.)

Northern Brewer's Michael Dawson and Chip Walton deliver their tasting notes on Widmer Brothers Brewing Company's Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout.

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Brewing TV: Surly Brewing Company (Part 2 of 2)

**** Part Two of Two ****

Part One is here:

Full Episode can be watched here:
http://www.brewingtv.com/episodes/2010/11/17/brewing-tv-episode-25-surly-brewing-company.html

Original Postdate: December 3, 2010

Features:
– Surly Brewing Company
– Darkness Day
– Lots of METAL!

Brewing TV has taken you inside a lot of breweries, but this one really grabs the beast by the horns. Dive headfirst into the insanity that is Surly Brewing Company with Jake, his personal photographer and his co-host, The Cobra. Join BTV as we crash the brewery on several occasions including Darkness Day 2010 and a Friday Night Tour. Hope you're ready to get Surly!

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Brewing TV – Episode 15: Widmer Brothers

[Original postdate: August 20, 2010]
Of all the professional brewers that Brewing TV has visited with, Kurt and Rob Widmer may be our favorites. They are cool, funny, extremely interesting, great storytellers…. and above all else, they hold homebrewing in the high esteem that we feel it deserves. We talk with the Widmer Brothers about their roots in and ongoing connection to homebrewing. View all the great products and community at Northern Brewer America's #1 Homebrew Supplier.

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NORTHERN BREWER PRESENTS: Debate on Legalizing Homebrewing in Alabama (2011)

Audio excerpts edited from hour-plus of debate on House Bill 266, which would have legalized homebrewing in the state of Alabama. It is apparent from the comments made by some legislators that (as good as some of us may have it) homebrewing has a long way to go as a community and culture in all 50 states.

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Brew In A Bag – Beer Home Brewing Kit Video Instructions

The first BIAB brewing system built with exactly what you need to achieve all-grain results with extract simplicity, the Brew-In-A-Bag Starter Kit is the ultimate gateway into exploring advanced brewing methods. Whether you’re looking for a shorter, simpler all-grain brew day or an extract brewer seeking marked improvement in the quality of your beer without complicating your process, BIAB is the epitome of a happy medium.

The Brew-In-A-Bag method is an all-grain brewing method that combines all the steps of all-grain brewing into one vessel, allowing you to fine tune the flavor profile of each batch for maximum quality while simplifying the all-grain process to minimize time, space and effort. Hit the ground running in the world of all-grain brewing and step up your game without stepping up your equipment.

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Lagniappe for Brewing TV Anniversary

Brewing TV is celebrating our one-year anniversary strolling down memory lane and hooking our fans up with some bloopers & outtakes. That's just how we roll! Thanks for all the love and support. All for brew, brew for all! View all the great products and community at Northern Brewer America's #1 Homebrew Supplier.

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Brewing TV: Surly Brewing Company (1 of 2)

**** Part One of Two ****

Part Two is here:

Full Episode can be watched here:
http://www.brewingtv.com/episodes/2010/11/17/brewing-tv-episode-25-surly-brewing-company.html

Original Postdate: December 3, 2010

Features:
– Surly Brewing Company
– Darkness Day
– Lots of METAL!

Brewing TV has taken you inside a lot of breweries, but this one really grabs the beast by the horns. Dive headfirst into the insanity that is Surly Brewing Company with Jake, his personal photographer and his co-host, The Cobra. Join BTV as we crash the brewery on several occasions including Darkness Day 2010 and a Friday Night Tour. Hope you're ready to get Surly!

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Wyeast Direct Pitch Activator – The Home Brewing Smack Pack

Wyeast Activator packs are one of the most popular liquid yeast options. Learn about the Smack-Pack from brewmaster Brad. When your Wyeast smackpack is inflated, what do you do? We show you that it's almost always good to use and how you can use a sanitized pin to release the C02 from the bag and still smack that pack!

Video Transcript –
We often get questions about the Wyeast Activator Smack Packs, and since it is our best selling yeast brand, we thought this would be a good time for a tutorial and to address some of those questions.

The Wyeast Activator package is unique in it’s design in that it contains both the actual yeast culture and also an internal nutrient packet.

This internal nutrient package is what makes a Smack Pack a Smack Pack. Before using the yeast, the brewer is instructed to isolate this internal nutrient packet and rupture it to release the nutrients into the yeast slurry. This serves the purpose of kick-starting the yeast causing it to begin metabolism so it is ready to ferment your freshly prepared wort. Besides starting the yeast working, the Activator Smack Pack packaging also serves as a viability check so you know your yeast is active; when the Smack Pack swells, you can be 100% certain that the yeast is alive and healthy.

Although the Activator packs have this handy system in place for activating the yeast and visually checking the viability, they do certainly have some quirks.

The #1 question and concern we hear is that often times customers will receive their Wyeast pack and it is already partially swollen. Although it may seem as if the nutrient pack is already ruptured, this is rarely the case, and an expanded Wyeast Smack Pack is not indicative of mishandling or yeast viability issues.

This inflation really only affects a handful of yeast strains, notably American Ale 1056 and Belgian Strong Ale 1388. The expansion is due to trace levels of fermentables and residual CO2 present in the yeast slurry at the time of packaging. With temperature fluctuations and agitation, this residual CO2 can come out of solution and artificially inflate the Wyeast Activator pack.

You might wonder how to handle an already expanded pack? When a pack is expanded, it can be very difficult to locate and rupture the internal nutrient pack. There’s a trick for that. Simply take a well sanitized pin and make a small hole in the corner of the pack, and gently squeeze the air out until you can locate and burst the nutrient pack.

Now, with the nutrient pack ruptured, gently shake the Activator pack, open it, and add it to your wort.

Although it can be concerning to receive an inflated Smack Pack, just remember that expansion is quite normal for some strains and it is nothing to worry about. It is exceedingly rare that a Wyeast Smack Pack arrives dead.

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