DIY false bottom, fruity notes in my kölsch, deodorizing brew day smells, & insulating beer lines in a tower installation – Ep. 239


Great to have you back, homebrewer!

We’re so excited for you to join us for yet another fun-filled episode of our Homebrew Happy Hour podcast… the podcast where we answer all of your home brewing questions and discuss anything related to craft beer!


If you appreciate the things we do here at Homebrew Happy Hour, consider joining our Trub Club! Not only will you be supporting our efforts, but you’ll also receive exclusive perks such as HUGE discounts on and, welcome packs with our merch, discounts to, and lots more! Click the link and join today  —

On Today’s Show:

We take a question from a listener who is ready to start allgrain brewing and wants to know which false bottom to get OR if they should just make their own. We recommended this one (it’s usually low in stock and gets sold as soon as we stock them!):
Then, we discuss a question submitted that asked why fruity notes might appear in a kolsch but not until weeks after kegging it. Having some subtle fruity notes in your kolsch is super normal but James had some ideas on how to minimize it if that’s not a desired flavor you’re going for. The kolsch kit mentioned in this question is:
Then, we get a funny question from a guy who loves to brew but his girlfriend can’t stand the smell. While we can’t relate to that, we did our best to offer some good (and some truly awful) advice for our friend.
We wrapped up this week’s show with a question about keeping beer lines as cool as possible, specifically in a tower installation scenario. Todd had some solid advice and also mentioned utilizing this:

We want to hear from you!

If you have a question that you’d like us to discuss on a future episode, please click on the “Submit a Question” link at the top of our website or you can now call in your questions via our questions hotline @ 325-305-6107 and leave your message after the beep. This is a friendly reminder that, if we choose your question for a future episode, we give you a $25 gift card to that episode’s sponsor!

Let us know what you think and enjoy the show!





On today’s episode, we had a blast taking your questions and also talking shop about our sweet new Brautag HERMS Premium Brewing System. The website for the Brautag is live ( and our retail partners all are offering a special introductory bonus which includes:

$500 off the MSRP, making it $4495.95
Free 15 gallon recipe kit of your choice
3 packs of Imperial Yeast with your recipe kit
Free 1-year membership to
Free premium refractometer with a hard case
Free premium pH meter and testing strips
Free 16oz bottle of San Step sanitizer
Free 1lb bag of Brew Clean powdered cleaner
Free metal tintacker bar sign for the Brautag
Free Brautag baseball cap


Thank you to our show’s sponsor, Imperial Yeast, for supporting us and the homebrewing community. Learn more about why we LOVE Imperial Yeast by checking out their entire line, available at


Become a Patron!  Reminder that these episodes are ultimately made possible because of YOUR support. Consider becoming a member of our TRUB CLUB via our Patreon page and receive perks such as merch, exclusive group access and content, recipes, and some tiers even get monthly recipe kits mailed to you!

Are you a member of the American Homebrewers Association yet?  — CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO