April Meeting at Hutton & Smith

Join us for our March meeting at Hutton & Smith (431 East Martin Luther King Blvd #120) on Tuesday, April 17. We will have a short business session at 6:30 pm followed by fun and fellowship thereafter. Bring some homebrew to share. If you have entries for the Hutton and Smith Pro-Am competition, bring two bottles of your entry for judging. Visitors welcome!

2017 Barley Mob Big Brew Day at Sigler’s

The 2017 Big Brew Day for the Barley Mob will be held at Sigler’s from 10AM till 3PM EST this Saturday the 6th.

There will be 5 to 6 brews going at one time, homebrew, food, beer, learning, and beer geekdom.  Come one, come all, just come thirsty and be ready to learn!

Click on the banner below to navigate to the Facebook event.

Learn to Homebrew Day

Come learn to brew with the Barley Mob, the Chattanooga area homebrew club. The Chattanooga Market will be hosting the Learn to Homebrew Day on November 6th. We hope to see you there! ** THE MARKET IS CLOSED ON THE 5th, WE WILL BE THERE ON THE 6th **

AHA Info: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/learn-to-homebrew-day/aha-lthd-events/?site_id=3798

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1811867599102479/

Deal on Kegs

Hey Mobsters and Friends!

Ran across this deal and wanted to share with everyone since I know that several of you are looking to get into kegging. Adventures in Homebrewing (love those guys) have “low profile” kegs for sale for $39 a keg. Four kegs will be $156 and shipping to Hixson was $17.74. That means you can get four kegs delivered for around $44 per keg. Not to shabby.

It looks like these are converted pin locks that have had the lid replaced to include a manual release valve. Site says they have been pressure tested and might have some residue in them.



15 Gift Ideas for the Homebrewing Dad This Father’s Day

15 Gift Ideas for the Homebrewing Dad This Father’s Day

So my wife and kids were asking me what I wanted for Father’s Day. I decided to come up with a list for them. While making the list it dawned on me that there might be other mom’s and kids who are perplexed about what to get their homebrewing husband/father.  I put together this list of items I have asked for in the past or am asking for now.  This is not a comprehensive list and some of the items might not be relevant to your homebrewer, but it’s a start.

Images below are hyperlinks to applicable sites for the items.

  1. Brewer’s Whisk   Whisk
  2. Water Chemistry Kit   waterkit_gf
  3. Hop Scale   smallscale
  4. Kegs   img_0693_1 or  12510
  5. Keg Washer   Keg Washer3
  6. Programmable Temp Controller (for Fermentation Chamber)   itc-310t_-_main (1)
  7. Grain Mill   cereal_killer_grain_mill_full
  8. Fermenter   speidel
  9. Yeast Starter Kit   8869
  10. Beer Recipe Kits   free-shipping-recipes-may16   or   featured-cat-recipe
  11. Beer Filtration System   inline-beer-filtration-system-aih
  12. Beer Aeration System   aeration_system
  13. Kegging System   2013-03-10_06.45.23   or   1___ball_lock_keg_system_with_picnic_above_aih
  14. Refractometer   refractometer_with_gray_case
  15. Star San   img_0561


Keg Level Indicator

Wanted to share this with everyone as I was kind of blown away by it.  I was shopping on the Great Fermentations website the other day and came across this gem.  It uses a magnetized ball (that should be sanitized before putting into keg) to show how much beer you have left in your keg.  What a novel idea!!

The $20 price tag made me cringe a little, but then I saw the video.  Pretty cool concept.  Don’t know that I will be rushing to purchase, but maybe if I win a Great Fermentations gift card at Fugetaboutit again this year….I might just pick one up.

Ball and Keg Level Indicator


Homebrewing Gadgets: Gadget #3 Brewers Whisk

It’s been a few weeks since the last article but for the third rendition of homebrewing gadgets I wanted to cover a stirring utensil that I absolutely love. That being said, this review might invoke some discussion because I don’t stir with a spoon or mash paddle. Whisk PicI stir with a whisk. I know, I know. I am sure lots of you are asking “How could you?” or thinking “Brewers use paddles, not whisks!”, but hear me out. If at the end of this you are still convinced I am crazy, then we can agree to disagree over a brew sometime. Just know that if you are drinking a brew I made, it was made using a whisk to stir instead of a paddle.

When we first started brewing it was in 1 gallon batches. We grabbed ordinary kitchen utensils to aid us during our brew days. This consisted of wooden spoons, stainless steel spoons, slotted spoons, spatulas, and regular table spoons. When we converted to 5 gallons, I knew that the mash (mixture of grain and water that extracts sugar from grain that is boiled to make beer) was going to be much larger and would require stirring to prevent dough balls in the mash. Dough balls are pockets of grain in the mash that do not mix with the water and remain dry. These balls are bad because sugar doesn’t get extracted from dry grain and will lead to you missing your targeted final alcohol content in your finished beer. And that is VERY bad! Being the OCD person that I am, I began my quest to find that one perfect stirring utensil for brewing. After much time, research, and suffering (not really, just felt like being dramatic), I decided on a 24 inch stainless steel French whip whisk that some people have coined the “Brewer’s Whisk”.

To read more, go to http://sommbeer.com/homebrewing-gadgets-gadget-3-brewers-whisk/

The described whisk was purchased via Amazon (Prime shipping is awesome), but I noticed this evening that MoreBeer had the same whisk for about half the cost.  Here’s the link if interested:  http://bit.ly/1YHTrPa