Well after much uncertainty I have finally made it back to the Pacific Northwest and there is much beer and it is good! My brewing stuff is currently boxed up for now but I’m always looking at all that is happening with brewing and in particular, small batch brewing. It is exciting to see there is a continued focus on small batch brewing and some new things out there us. One company, Synek, is a producer of craft beer dispensers that allow you to keep craft beer, that you picked up in a growler, fresh and ready to dispense from their countertop chiller. It is a pretty robust and quality piece of equipment that uses Perlick faucets and paintball CO2 tanks with a real pressure regulator. It will hold two 64oz standard growlers (one on tap and one chilling) or one of their one gallon cartridges. I personally love the fact they created an adapter for the standard growlers because that is the industry standard.
They have been around for sometime but now they are diving into the home brewing side. They have tips on how to use their Synek dispenser for home brewed beer and that is a nice way to have your home brew on tap without the space commitment required by a kegerator. Little spot on your countertop and fresh draft beer (brewed by you or from your favorite brewery) available on tap. And you get some room back in your fridge for food…guess food is a necessity and a lot of it goes with beer. One note is that I’m going to be trying PET plastic 64oz growlers (available from several online sources) for bottle conditioning in as I feel they are safer than glass. Many people bottle successfully in glass growlers but I’m still a little leary. Stay tuned for my first hand experience with those.
Now this isn’t a advertisement for Synek, I have their dispenser and I think it has merit for the small space/batch brewer and it is a quality piece of equipment, they are going one step further. Home brewing ingredient kits for one gallon batches. These will be available in December sometime and additional variations added as they are available. Several of the first recipes will be recipes I believe they have crafted and here is the exciting part…some that are real craft brewery recipes! They are partnering with craft breweries to bring some of their recipes to homebrewers. They will also have how-to videos, tips and tricks posted and they even have a nice one gallon hardware kit that actually has everything you need. Check them out here Synek
As soon as their one gallon recipe kits are shipping I will be giving one a try to get something brewing around here and report back after it’s ready to drink. Watch for that post soon.
Have any of you found a different way to dispense your home brew than the traditional bottling or corny kegs? Leave a comment below.