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[20 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

Well… as of this past weekend I’m one step closer to at least partially living a dream.  What’s that dream?  To be a DJ!  That’s right… 44 year old man tryin to be a DJ haha.
I may never be a full fledged DJ in a club, but you can bet I’ll be having a blast in the Man Cave and hey, maybe some day down the road.. Jake may be DJ’ing parties or wedding receptions… who knows what the future holds!  It’s in my hands right?
I’m going to try and …

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[25 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Just wanted to give a quick update here on the blog about my latest ventures in home brewing.  In my last post, The New All Grain Brewing Equipment for Home Brewing, I showed you the new mash tun and keg converted to keggle.  Since that video I’ve also purchased a new Bayou Classic SQ14 55,000 btu burner to use along with the keggle for all grain brewing.
In this first video I’m using the new burner with the converted keg to heat up my strike water so I can get a …

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[14 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

Just an update on my move to making beer using the All Grain method.  In my last post, Jake’s First BIAB (Brew in a Bag), I talked a little bit about my move from extract kits, to the BIAB method or “Brew in a Bag”.  Actually BIAB is an All Grain brewing method, but I still want to go all out and move to a burner, keggle, mash tun etc etc.  Is that equipment necessary or required to do All Grain?  Nope, but I really have an interest in this …

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[18 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

What up err body?  Since I never did a video of the kegerator in action, I thought I’d toss one up for ya!  I’ve got the drip tray installed and I’ve already went through a 5 gallon batch of Phat Tyre (Fat Tire).  I’ve got 2 beers on tap at the moment and 3 five gallon kits that I need to make soon!
I’ll have to say I’ve learned a lot in the past couple of months about home brew!  It’s crazy how much can go into making your own beer …

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[18 Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

Ok folks, here’s the latest video that shows the full size refrigerator converted to Jake’s Kegerator!  It was very easy to do and I’m glad I went with the full size fridge.  Maybe sometime down the road, I can convert a mini-fridge or freezer (keezer).
The Phat Tyre extract kit has been fermenting for 2 weeks now and I’m gonna leave it in the primary for another week, then keg it!  So that’ll be my first kegging experience and hopefully the Phat Tyre will taste great!
I’ll probably do a video on …

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[17 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

In my last post, you can watch a video that shows my new refrigerator conversion kit I purchased from Keg Connection.  You can see that video by CLICKING HERE.
Also be sure to check out part 2 that shows the completed project by CLICKING HERE.
In this post, I have a video that shows the actual refrigerator I’ll be converting.  As you will hear me say in the video, there’s many different options when it comes to building your own kegerator.  Mini fridges and chest freezers are two popular choices, but I …

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[14 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

CLICK HERE for the video showing the full size fridge I’ll be converting to a kegerator!
What’s up folks!  Hope err body is doing GREAT!  Here we are in the new year!  2010!!  It’s gonna be a GREAT year!  Why?  Well, for one, Misty and I will be getting married on May 1st!  WOW I can not believe it’s that close!  If I can keep my butt off the beer blogs long enough, I’ll do a blog post on the wedding plans and update everyone on what’s going on!
Jake is Taking …

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[5 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

What’s up folks… well it’s a cold and rainy Saturday here in the NC foothills.  Not much going on today… just chillin around the house and working on a few things here and there.  Things have been going pretty well…  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ve got quite a bit of my Christmas shopping done.  The day after Thanksgiving we have a tradition of going to the mountains and cutting down a fresh Christmas tree so that was a fun time.  We got it up and decorated and ready …

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[25 Nov 2009 | 12 Comments | ]

First off… HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everyone!  I am so thankful for everything and everyone in my life.  We all have so much to be thankful for and I hope each of you take time to reflect on what you have, and not what you do not have!  Remember to make every day count!
I wanted to do a quick post on my progress with the Mr Beer kit.  Be sure to check out the links below that will take you to the first 2 videos and also a link to make …

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[5 Nov 2009 | 19 Comments | ]

What’s up folks?  Hope everyone is having a GREAT week!  I know I am!  And nooooo, it’s not just because of beer hahah.. I usually have a great week every week!  Lovin life!
Soooo  Last Saturday, Halloween, was my birthday!  Yeah I’m a Halloween baby!  Spooky huh? ha!
Anyway, Misty had been keeping my birthday weekend a secret and I had no idea what was going on.  We love surprising each other and she totally outdid me this year haha..  Friday night, before my b’day, she had a nice evening planned.  We …