Thank you family members who gave this beer loving home brewer brewing related gifts. 2011 will bring many changes to my equipment and techniques used for brewing.
I would like to post about what I got in no particular order.
Homebrew Store / Brewery Gift Cards = Noice! = I will talk about these as I spend em later
Beer Related T-Shirts
New Belgium had an awesome xmas gift deal on a glass they call the globe. I bought myself 2 very nice glasses delivered for $6. They still sell em but you will have to pay to ship them yourself. Well worth the price, is my new fav glass to use.
whats cooler than having a beard or mustache? Drinking out of a pint glass with one. I got four different facial hair pint glass looks to suit my fancy while doing 16 oz curls from my 3 tap keezer.
Blichmann Hop Rocket: This thing can be summarized as a flavor / aroma infuser. The hop rocket can be used on the hot side of things used as a hop back or randell. Basically… fill the hop rocket with up to 4 oz of leaf hops and post boil I will pump the hot wort thru the hop rocket filled with leaf hops prior to chilling. The hops inside will act as a filter and more importantly the hot wort will extract/rinse essential oils and hop aroma from the leafs. The second use for the hop rocket is referred to by some folks as a Randell or Randellizer. Basically you fill the randell with hops and pump cold carbinated beer thru it on the way to the faucet and into your glass. I dont know who did it first, (prob DFH dogfishhead) . I know the first time I saw and tasted beer served from a randell was at a Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival when New Holland was “randellizing” mad hatter and calling it hatterized hatter. I plan on getting creative, the home brewer way, and running some porter or stout thru some whole coffee beans, or anything else I can find that fits in the rocket. Possibilities are huge, if you have any ideas let me know.