My first one was a cheap little box bbq like this
You could have the grill as in the photo, or vertically with a wall of charcoal trapped behind it and then a chicken on a skewer that rotated in front of it.
Something like this
and a £5 battery powered rotating skewer like this dude
I only use charcoal. But my dad retired to Cyprus a while ago and uses the BBQ nearly everyday, so he has become a gas man.
It makes sense, really.
I only get a few chances to BBQ. So building a fire and the mess at time involved are no issue.
I used a 60% nitrogen and 40% co2 for a while and the difference was very noticeable. Especially in my darker beers.
Thick tight creamy head. A long cascade of tiny bubbles that took a while to settle and a nice creamy texture. And obviously less carbonation.
Splitting a brew and doing one keg...
My friend has just drunk his first punt from one of these.
He's the sort who likes gadgets. For a few weeks. Then it's landfill
He said it was actually ok tasting. Even his ever annoyed wife agreed it was drinkable.
He'd never done any brewing before. So I suppose it could be a gateway drug...
I was talking to a couple of old boys about brewing recently. They were banging on about their cost saving tips.
One said they reuse their spent dry hopping hops in the next boil. Which sounds a bit mad to me.
And the other said they get about 10 uses out of their sanitiser mix. I'm not...
The little taps that attach to the post are great. But I quickly realised I'd prefer a proper pub tap fastened to a wood board for more pub like serving.
I found a 2nd hand pub tap was cheaper and more satisfying to use.
Thanks for the detail. Very much appreciated.
Mine have been chooching along nicely at about 35c. And will get 95% done in 3 to 5 days. With the vast majority happening in the first 48 hours. But after that it's very slow (relatively) to the end.
I'll try your tips and see if I can do better...