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The Jiggler Siphon from Kegland.com.au (Product Review)

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

I’ve been around the block enough to have known better about the promises of the Jiggler Siphon from Kegland.com.au. And I’m sure in the lizard brain at the back of my head there was a screaming question about the design. That being said, 20+ litres of perfectly good Dusseldorf Altbier had to be poured onto the garden as a direct result of the Jiggler Siphon. Not a good result for a homebrewer’s $50 purchase. In short, I’d suggest it’s not fit for the purposes advertised on their website. Don’t buy it.

The Jiggler Siphon in a Nutshell

The Jiggler Siphon is an extremely high quality 304 stainless steel tube used for racking booze from a fermenter into a bottling bucket or keg. It’s BPA free, robust and, stated on their web page, sold for the purpose of “siphoning out of a carboy, demijohn or bucket or FermZilla.”

The business end of the racking siphon is an efficient mechanism that can be broken into five small parts for easy cleaning – two pieces of tubular casing, an o-ring, a spring and a small glass marble. The idea is that putting the cane together with this assembly allows you to shake the wand a few times to start the siphon. The action of the marble against the spring begins the pumping action.

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Advice on being in the Business of Making Beer

Monday, October 7th, 2019

In a recent Facebook post on a local independent craft brewery website there was content about a certain beer style that I really love. A style they produce and sell in bottles. So I commented and asked for information about where to buy their bottles. Two weeks later you can still hear the crickets.

Yes, it made my expensive fancy MBA sigh. Businesses often disappoint me for getting the easy things completely wrong.

The sad truth, whatever the product or service, is that running a business is entirely unlike what the business does for a living. Being a great beer maker doesn’t mean you’re a great business person. It doesn’t make you a financial wizard, a marketing magician or a strategy guru. You make great beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

And in a fair and just universe that would be enough. Right? You make the greatest beer of anybody and the people come to pay you for the privilege of imbibing the nectar from your fermentation tanks.

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Altbier (Book Review)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Cover of Altbier: History, Brewing, Techniques, Recipes by Horst D. Dornbusch

Lagering in my basement is 25 litres of Dusseldorf Altbier – to be precise it’s an Enderlein’s Alt from pages 105-106 of Altbier: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes by Horst D. Dornbusch (1998). Herbert Enderlein was “technical editor of the book and also the brewmaster at Brauerei Ferdinand Schumacher, the oldest altbier brewery in Dusseldorf”. That brewery opened in 1838. Needless to say I’m looking forward to my second attempt at making one of these lovely German ales fermented at low temperature and lagered for two months. There is a reason another book on this subject has not appeared since 1998 and that is simply that this one covers everything you really need to know.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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