I write articles for a blog site called Sommbeer. I have written a few articles about beer in general and/or homebrewing. I decided that I wanted to start a series in which I reviewed items or “gadgets” that I have found useful in my brewing experience. Then I realized that our club website doesn’t really have anything like this either.
And so without further ado, I give to you the amazing Rubbermaid Bouncer….
Here is a little snippet of the article:
When my wife and I first started brewing, we rummaged through all our kitchen ware to see what we could use for our small (1 gallon) brewing setup. She had inherited one of these pitchers from someone in her family (grandmother, mother, or something like that). We used it to hold our hot sparge water. We also used it to hold wort while we switched pots on the stove top. And we used it to sanitize siphons, tubing, and our bottling wand. I mean we used it A LOT! We used it so much that I convinced my wife we needed to purchase another one. One of them could almost always be found in one of our brewing pics.
How It’s Used
So you may ask, “Why is a gallon pitcher so important and what would I use it for?”. The only way I know to explain it is to tell you how I use it during my brew day. I brew on a 20L Braumeister electric all-in-one brewing system (review for that will come later). With this system, I am typically putting around 30L (roughly 8 gallons) of water into it for brewing. My system is calibrated up to 25L, so I fill the vessel up to the 25L mark and then weigh out the remaining water. So for example, if I am brewing with 29L, I have to weigh out 4L of water (29L-25L = 4L remaining). Why does this matter? Because I use this pitcher to weigh the remaining water. After I have put all the water into my brewing rig, I dry out this pitcher and use it to scoop out my base grains…….