How to Build a 3-Tier Brewing System


So you’re thinking to step up your brewing game. You’ve been brewing in your kitchen doing extract batches for anywhere between 1 week and 4 years, and you want to take it to the next level. All. Grain. Brewing. You can say that you’re doing it to get more control over your recipes, but let’s be honest, you’re just jealous of your all grain friends and you’re embarrassed when you have this conversation: “Damn this is pretty good, is this extract or all grain? Oh…extract…ok. Well it’s still decent I guess.”

Once you remortgage your house and get all the needed equipment, you need a way to utilize what is called the “3-Tier Brewing Process”. Essentially, you need a way to let gravity do the work if you want to avoid using pumps.

I’ve been brewing for a while now. To start I was just putting my lauter tun up on a box on the counter, my mash tun on an end table next to the counter, and the brew kettle on the floor. This is a pretty common setup, but it just feels amateur. I upgraded and built a system out of metal shelving that I bought at a BJ’s (boom), but I had to give that system up. Let’s just say that I now understand why people preach “Never go into business with a partner”. I just moved and my new apartment has a basement with plenty of room for a brew set up, so it’s time to rebuild, this time out of wood, and this time it’ll be documented.

Here is a step by step process to build a 3-tier brewing system.

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New Category at TeamChug: Homebrewing


“Does this Homebrews32 kid even brew beer? We’ve never seen any damn proof!” – Every TeamChug reader ever.

My answer? Hell. Yes. I. Do. And it’s about time I start a Homebrew category on, because why the hell not?! Is all of the information I’ll show ya all over the internet? Most likely, how do you think I learned it? What’s different about how I’ll display it, though, is I’ll do it with some damn flare and try my best not to bore the shit out of you like every other post about homebrewing that’s ever been written. There will be equipment tips, building tips, batch recipes, and of course, chugs.

All of that being said, welcome to the new section of our site, Homebrewing!


12 Beers of Christmas – Merry Christmas!


First things first, Merry Christmas!

As you know, we’ve been crazy busy getting ready for the big day. It was a time of trudging through malls, frustratingly wrapping up odd-shaped gifts, and ripping back 12 holiday brews for you!

We hope that these chugs have kept you entertained while you were dealing with all of the typical holiday struggles like cutting down you own Christmas tree, finding a Chinese food place open because the blood hounds got to your turkey, fixing your radio that somehow got shattered by the ice from the neighbor’s roof, warding off home intruders with common household items, squashing the beef between both sets of your in-laws, and finding your way through the candy cane forest on your way to the Lincoln Tunnel.

When the stresses of the holidays are getting to you, take a walk to your fridge, crack open a cold one, and rip it back to the beat of our 12 Beers of Christmas! Enjoy!

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The 12 Beers of Christmas – Day 12: Southern Tier 2XMAS


On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Lakewood, NY
ABV: 8.0%

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The 12 Beers of Christmas – Day 10: Ommegang Adoration Ale


On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Adoration Ale
Ommegang Brewing Co.
Cooperstown, NY
ABV: 10.0%

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The 12 Beers of Christmas – Day 8: Weyerbacher Winter Ale


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Winter Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Easton, PA
ABV: 5.6%

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