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The Grainfather

It’s been a while since I last updated my blog…. Sadly, almost a year. Hopefully I will keep a better public record of my beer activities from here on out. I’ve upgrading my brewing equipment and moved on to all-grain brewing. I have been extract brewing for almost 7 years now and decided it’s time to step up my brewing game. As we all know, ultimately, every home-brewer wants to move to all-grain brewing if they do not start there.

So you know the story…. I went out and bought a few old half-kegs, cut the tops off, bought  hundreds of dollars in valves and steelhead pumps, built a frame for it all complete with burners….. If only there was an easier way! – Well there is. I actually never did any  of that. For less (read zero) work and about the same amount of money I sprang for a fairly new offering from our Aussie friends. I present to you the all-in-one brewing system; The Grainfather:

The Grainfather

The Grainfather

I actually got a great deal on it. I can not find it for less than $900 shipped online. My good friends down at Dogwood Growlers in Woodstock hooked me up with a Grainfather for a great price! If you are interesting in switching from extract to all-grain, from my research, this is the way to go. I’ll be brewing my first batch of beer on the Grainfather Friday and will update the blog with my experience!


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Dogwood Growlers! – New Growler Shop in Woodstock GA

32 oz Dogwood Growler

A 32 oz Growler from Dogwood Growlers

A new growler shop opened just down the road from me. I must admit, a small part of me is quite jealous. I have been dreaming about jumping on the craft brew bandwagon and either starting a micro brewery, or opening a growler shop myself. Regardless, I could not be happier to have a place to go to grab a fresh, craft brew.

The 32 oz growler of Finch’s Secret Stache Stout (above) cost me about 6 bucks. Prior to purchase, you can sample the taps for about 1$ each to make sure you like what you get. They also have specials.

The staff has been great. I have usually interacted with the owner Ernesto, but even when I haven’t, it is easy to tell he knows how to run a business. He is open to suggestions, easy to talk to, and is very personable. I have only visited 3 times since they have opened, and they already remember my name.

If you live in the Woodstock, Georgia area and like craft beer make sure to stop by Dogwood Growlers and get some beer from Ernesto. He runs a really great, local, family owned business with awesome, local craft beer.

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