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Old 10 March 2009, 17:26
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looking at doing home brewing...

anyone got experience w/ making their own beer?
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Old 10 March 2009, 17:30
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I'm betting brewmonkey does.....
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I'm betting brewmonkey does.....
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Old 10 March 2009, 18:04
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anyone got experience w/ making their own beer?
Guns...possible divorce...now alcohol...you are seriously fucked up
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Hells bells, when's the last time Brew's even been on the boards? Seems years....



EDIT: I'm out there in the AARDVARK PATCH, gents... BM was online yesterday....

I'm in a serious need of a shot of SA, please :D
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Yes. I did it in college. Back then, I spent about $20 on ingredients to make two cases, about the same cost as a production beer. Recently, I bought supplies; they cost me $45 for two cases. The only thing I ever screwed up was the amount of sugar I added when it was time to bottle. Too much sugar means too much head; too little sugar makes flat beer. If you can boil water and follow directions, you should be able to make beer.

The extract recipes are easy.

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Old 10 March 2009, 19:15
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anyone got experience w/ making their own beer?

No, but remember I'm just down the turnpike if you need an honest taster.

Just throwing it out there.
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Old 10 March 2009, 19:17
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I brew quite a bit. It all depends on how far you want to take it on equipment to buy. I would recomend going ahead and trying to get a draft setup. Bottling is a pain in the ass and takes forever. Let me know what your interested in doing and I can possibly shed some light.
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Old 10 March 2009, 19:24
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Been brewing for almost a year. Picked up the habit in the Pacific Northwest. Seems like everyone brews up there...
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wowzers,

Did you go through the "Rat school of guud spellink" course? lol
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Old 10 March 2009, 19:49
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No, but remember I'm just down the turnpike if you need an honest taster.

Just throwing it out there.
Indeed, I will be glad to share some of it once i get started. I nabbed up some nice Copper brewing kettles from a neighbor, he gave me a couple of fermentation bottles and such... this will be an interesting endeavor.
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Old 10 March 2009, 21:20
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I have three carboys and a bottle capper you can have. Brewing is just too much trouble.
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Old 10 March 2009, 21:47
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Do it!
It will be the best beer you have ever tasted. (Just like your own home cooking.)

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I brew quite a bit. It all depends on how far you want to take it on equipment to buy. I would recomend going ahead and trying to get a draft setup. Bottling is a pain in the ass and takes forever. Let me know what your interested in doing and I can possibly shed some light.
Yeah, bottling can make boot polishing look like nice clean fun.
If there is a place near you that serves a Sunday Champagne Brunch (like a hotel/restaurant, O-club, whatever) ask a bar back or busboy if you can have a couple cases of empty champagne bottles. Clean them out and rinse thoroughly with a mild ammonia (or bleach) solution.
Champagne bottles generally accept a standard capper, and they hold twice as much as a beer bottle. So you do half as much work bottling.
A champagne bottle of homebrew makes a nice gift, too.
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Old 10 March 2009, 22:16
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I found a deal a while back with a used keg, tank, regulator, and hoses and fittings for around 120. It was too good to pass up. Other wise I would still be slaving with the bottles.

A note on equipment. If you do get hooked and ever intend to move towards all grain brewing, it is better to have forked over a little extra on your initial equipment, than to have to re-buy everything. Example you will need a boiling pot that can handle more than your five gallon batch for all grain. That's where I'm at.
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Old 11 March 2009, 01:47
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Yes. I did it in college. Back then, I spent about $20 on ingredients to make two cases, about the same cost as a production beer. Recently, I bought supplies; they cost me $45 for two cases. The only thing I ever screwed up was the amount of sugar I added when it was time to bottle. Too much sugar means too much head; too little sugar makes flat beer. If you can boil water and follow directions, you should be able to make beer.

The extract recipes are easy.

Hopes this helps.
Uh, is there such a thing........

Oh, never mind. Wrong thread.
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Old 11 March 2009, 11:35
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I also brew. If you have any specific questions later on down the road, feel free to PM me.

I second the advice about a draft and keg system. Fill one large bottle instead of many small ones.

If you do bottle, go with 22oz. "Bombers", or as Amarillo pointed out, champagne bottles. Just make sure your capper fits them. (Some wing-cappers don't, but a bench capper will).

Welcome to the obsession...
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Old 11 March 2009, 20:20
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Water

To brew a great batch...it's absolutely essential (IMHO) to use the right water.

Don't use tap water! A five gallon bottle of Poland Spring or similar water is needed.

And...it depends on the type of beer you plan to brew. For instance, if you are brewing an English style ale, it's a good idea to mimic (mineral content, percentage, etc.) the type of water that has made that style famous.

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