During a previous brew day, I had a big problem.
My problem was simple: I was spending a ton of time cleaning. Yes yes, I know cleaning is a big part of homebrewing. However, in the interest of making brewing more enjoyable, I looked back through my notes to see where I spent much of my time. The answer was consistent: cleaning the stove. So I decided, let’s fix this.
A little history for you: My brew day consists of all grain BIAB (brew in a bag). I brew in my kitchen. I kept having the same issue: way too much wort would spill from my bag while I was draining it on my stovetop. After boiling, the spilled wort baked into the countertop which added hours to my brew day to clean it up with a magic sponge (which ARE flippin’ magic, by the way).
Instead of spending an hour cleaning it up, I wanted to find a way to be more efficient so that I don’t spill the wort in the first place. However, this was extremely difficult as I needed to lift the bag which can be very heavy and allow it to drain. I don’t have a colander big enough to fit 15+ lbs of grain along with the water weight associated with it.
While picking up my recipe for a Kolsch that I was excited to make, I saw these Blichmann Brewing Gloves. After picking up my ingredients, I gave the gloves a whirl.
Holy shit these things are awesome. Not only did they protect me from the scorching heat of the grain as I squeeze it to get the sweet, sweet wort but it also allowed me to hold up the bag long enough for the wort to drain. This resulted in having less wort spill onto my stovetop while I was transferring my grain bag from my big ass kettle to the bucket. Less wort on my stove means less there is to bake into the ceramic, and thus, less cleaning. Win in my book.
I typically link these on Amazon to support my brewing addiction, however the only ones on Amazon are some rip off that is sold at $55. Definitely don’t buy those. You should be able to pick them up from a homebrewing store for around $10-12. Here’s a link to them so you can see them here (this link is not an affiliate link, I earn no commissions on this. Just the goodness of my lil heart).