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An IPA book for drinkers and brewers alike

 IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale AleWhat should “the authoritative guide to the brewing techniques and history behind” India pale ale include?

– A complete and accurate history of the style, one that addresses the various myths. Check.

– Plenty of historic recipes. Check.

– Lots of recipes for modern day versions, including many variations, and details about ingredients and process. Check.

– All the data beer and brewing geeks could ask for, packed into handy appendices. Check.

– An author who knows a little about brewing IPAs. Check.

The book is IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale and the author is Mitch Steele, head brewer at Stone Brewing Company.

Barrels of bourbon fun

Bourbon barrel

Used bourbon barrels are all the rage these days, but filling a 53-gallon barrel (the standard size) can be a challenge for a homebrewer.

These five-gallon barrels from Woodinville Whiskey Co. are more suited to smaller batches. In addition, the smaller barrel sizes provide a greater surface area to volume ratio (more wood in contact with liquid) which results in increased extraction.

Woodinville currently is sold out of these barrels, but is taking orders now for deliveries in February.

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Six Pack Holder

Deadlines probably loom for handmade items, but Etsy is bursting with beer-related choices. Just type “beer” in the search box.

The six-pack holder pictured here is made of birch plywood and laser engraved. The chambers are 2.75″ across and hold standard 12oz beer bottles (with a little wiggle room). All personalized engraving – which can include photos – is included for $39.50.

HopRocket: Hopback meets Randal

Blickmann HopRocketThe new HopRocket from Blichmann Engineering is finding its way on to many homebrewers’ wish lists. It can be used as a hopback or a hop infuser. This is a cutaway view, showing the interior.

The skinny from Blickmann:

* Pressure tight – up to 40 PSI operation!
* Holds up to 4oz of whole hops – 2X the competition!
* 100% stainless construction & silicone seals
* No need to monitor wort level – will never overflow and spill like competitive units!
* Fully enclosed system from brew pot to fermentor means no volitile hop aromas are lost!
* Inlet at the bottom allows air to automatically purge to reduce hot-side aeration
* Fine filter with wiper seal sends very clear wort to your fermentor.
* Coarse filter and cone bottom inlet prevents wort channeling and backup for even hop utilization
* Works on gravity systems and with pumps (about 4ft (1M) of static head is recommended for best gravity performance)
* Doubles as an awesome hop infuser (Randalizer) for your dispensing system
* 1/2″ NPT connections are easy to adapt to – a perfect match for our popular QuickConnector fittings (1/2″, 3/8″ barb and 1/4″ flare)
* Dimensions: 10″ H, 6.5″ wide (fittings to fittings)
* Hop capacity: 4oz (whole hops only)
* Pressure rating: 40 PSI max
* Connections: 1/2″ NPT (male)

It costs about $120.