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Old 10-06-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Does anyone here do home brewing? I have in the past made a batches of home made wine, five gallons at a time, but have decided to brew some beer along with wine this year. I expect to start 10 gallons of wine along with 5-10 gallons of beer this weekend.

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Old 10-06-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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some dude my old lady works with does, man it is good stuff. he brews all kinds of different flavors and such. i dont drink at home, or i could see it becoming another of my hellaciously expensive hobbies.

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Old 10-06-2011, 03:22 PM   #3
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some dude my old lady works with does, man it is good stuff. he brews all kinds of different flavors and such. i dont drink at home, or i could see it becoming another of my hellaciously expensive hobbies.

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You should see if he can make something like that grape shit we drank up.
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You should see if he can make something like that grape shit we drank up.
I've got some "grape shit" you can swallow.



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I've never tried home brewing. But I remember several threads about it back in Canada.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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do spirits.... what real men drink
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:27 PM   #6
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I think I am going to go the usual grape recipe on one batch, and try a hard apple cider on the other batch.

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Old 10-06-2011, 05:05 PM   #7
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I have a still and old bathtub in the backyard.
What do you need?
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:49 AM   #8
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i use to home brew my own beer. i might start doing it again soon. nice thing is after one is done you can start on another and by the time you drink all the beer from the first the next ones done.lol. my brew made around 50 bottles of beer. good shit too.
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i use to home brew my own beer. i might start doing it again soon. nice thing is after one is done you can start on another and by the time you drink all the beer from the first the next ones done.lol. my brew made around 50 bottles of beer. good shit too.
I have two and a half gallons of beer going now. I will be bottling it Monday if all goes well.

I think I am going to get brave and use some hard hitting champagne yeast, and go for the 18% alcohol limit on it. Decided against the apfelwein, I am going to do another red grape wine and try a banana-oat brew. No guts no glory.

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Banana-oat beer is out of the question, I didn't even think of the slimey, bubble retaining nature of those two, and fermenting equals thousands of tiny bubbles per minute. Possible Mt. Vesuvius situation.

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Hooray for yeast, sugar, fruit concentrate, milk jug, and balloon. Lol
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:27 AM   #12
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My brother brews and has won all kinds of awards and even holds a few patents on microbreweries. He is cool as shit and if you have any questions at all he is always more than happy to share knowledge.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.or...ers-brutus-ten

http://www.alenuts.com/Alenuts/Alenuts.html
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:10 PM   #13
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Hooray for yeast, sugar, fruit concentrate, milk jug, and balloon. Lol
Holy shit, I ain't making 'pruno'.

More like Lalvin EC-1118 yeast, sugar, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, fresh fruit, 5 gallon glass carboy, and an airlock. I am going to make a single gallon of jalapeno pepper wine though...

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Since we are reviving old threads lately I figured I'd help out instead of starting a new one.

I've been involved with a large local brewery for years and have many friends that home brew and a few that talked about doing it but never have. So on Saturday I stopped by Texas Brewing (owned by someone from the old board btw) and picked up their deluxe kit. It comes with pretty much everything you'd need to make beer. Assuming you have water and propane tanks that is. The smaller kits are even cheaper so if you already have a large enough pot to boil in and the means to heat it up you can do it really cheap.

So long story short I have a full brewery at my home now complete with a temperature controlled freezer for fermenting. My first beer has been fermenting for 48 hours now and I'm already planning my next two. The current one is Stubby's Outlaw Red IPA, next up is his Coffee Bean Stout that I'll probably do on Thanksgiving and sometime in the next week I plan on starting on a Graf that'll be a from scratch recipe instead of out of a box. It's basically just a hard cider mixed with some kind of dark malted beer with a little bit of hops.
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This is something I should get into. My neighbor has been itching to do it.
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I miss stevo. I think he must have died.
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I miss stevo. I think he must have died.
I myself and Mike(did a little research a while back he when dropped off for a long period of time)

All of the activity on the other boards that he belonged to all stopped around the same time. Over the years I think I heard him mention he was a diabetic and a big guy. If I am wrong, then my my apologies. He went from being fairly active to no activity, so something is a miss.
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This is something I should get into. My neighbor has been itching to do it.
It's really not that hard to do. Controlling the water temperature when steeping my grains was the worst part for me but only because the burner I have is ridiculously over powered. I plan on using my immersion circulator for that on the next batch. That and I'm kegging mine, bottling makes it a little more complicated.
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So for an update I'm working on my 5th batch right now and it's probably got another week in secondary before I keg it.

It's a pretty cool hobby honestly and you can get everything you need to start for well under $200. Especially if you already have a decent gas burner of some sort. Then it's easy to build from there. You could also spend $2k for a Picobrew system that does everything for you or half that for a Grainfather. Those both are awesome but don't leave a lot of room for growth.
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:01 PM   #20
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I don't drink beer anymore but was interested in trying it out when I did. Just one of the many things I never got around to.

My dad has been been doing it for maybe 15 or 20 years, but was taught by his cousin who, even at the time, was actually selling his to local taverns and bars around him (Puget Sound area). He's gotten really good and brews from scratch. He even grows his own hops every year on his deck. He has a really cool old fridge turned kegerator on his deck too. Don;t have a very good pic though:



And.. My son has been working at a restaurant brewery for a couple years, first as a server, now a bartender, and more recently, 2 days a week he's working on the brewery side and his goal is to become a brewmaster, etc.. Apparently he has a lead on a full time gig at a microbrewery he's pursuing now.
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