Homebrewing

RATTFINK Nov 22, 2011

  1. RATTFINK

    RATTFINK XN OG Admin. Founding Member

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    Any home brewers out there?? I bought my Pops everything he needed for homebrewing for fathers day one year after I talked to a hops farmer.

    Our first brew was a stout that came out like a Guinness. Wish I took pix of the progress.

    Please post up and share the brews you've made, recently making, recipes, supply products, etc.


    For those wanting to give homebrewing a shot, I strongly recommend the following...

    The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

    http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Homebrewing-Third-Harperresource-Book/dp/0060531053
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    The Brewmasters Bible

    http://www.amazon.com/Brewmasters-Bible-Gold-Standard-Brewers/dp/0060952164


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  2. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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    The bible. Great book.
     
  3. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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    Hutch, you keep a brew journal
     
  4. RATTFINK

    RATTFINK XN OG Admin. Founding Member

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    Not really. I (we) need to though.

    Couldn't brew this summer with the record temps; but I'm hoping to start with my Pops sometime soon. I like the father son thing when it comes to brewing so it also depends on when he's ready to rock.

    I believe the next brew we want to try is a bitter lager, like a Shiner Bock.
     
  5. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    I dont brew but I do drink homebrew! My buddy who cant drink to save his life does brew and likes to have me come up and drink his beer.
     
  6. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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    Damn, just made me realise mine is at the rents house.

    Def something to get into habbit of doing. Your kids going to pull it out one day and want to brew your old recipies. Cant wait for that.
     
  7. Timrich

    Timrich Super Duper Moderator Founding Member

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    This is something I've been wanting to try. I may have to get a kit and try it out.
     
  8. chuckamazuk

    chuckamazuk First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    I've always wanted to try too. The money that could go towards that purchase always gets sucked into the X's projects. :D
     
  9. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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  10. RATTFINK

    RATTFINK XN OG Admin. Founding Member

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    Get the books first. They will list everything you need to get started.

    The keys to a brewing, is to sanitize EVERYTHING and to be patient. If you can do those two things, everything else will fall into place.
     
  11. Ricel

    Ricel Wheeling Founding Member

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    Truth! Moving to all grain next summer, cant wait. Collecting kegs for a flat 3 (single tier) system
     
  12. Alpine Spirit

    Alpine Spirit First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Normally I do 10 Gallons every other month... but this summer just had way too much going on. Hoping to get a batch going in December.
     
  13. Diadaga

    Diadaga Suspension Lift Founding Member

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    I'm looking at starting once I get back. Having said that assuming I don't mess it up there may be some free beer come nXm.
     
  14. KBC

    KBC Bought an X

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    My first 2 all grain batches are ready. I was doing kits and one partial mash but the smell made it so I wasn't allowed to do it in the house. I made a 3 tier gravity stand and now I can't decide what to brew next. I'm thinking a Saison or some type of wheat beer to be ready for summer.
     
  15. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    wait, there are home brewers here too? Is there anything we don't do?

    I can start back up brewing in a month, pretty stoked about it.
     
  16. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    This is something I've always wanted to try. But never had the motivation to get everything together
     
  17. obi_krash

    obi_krash Suspension Lift

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    It's just another very addicting and expensive hobby. Some people are good at it, others should just stick to drinking the results.
    I can let you know sometime when I have a brew day after I move in, check it out.

    Usually make it into a day thing - drink beer, brew beer, cook out, drink more beer, talk about Xterras while drinking/brewing beer, etc
     
  18. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Sounds like a good time to me.
     
  19. KBC

    KBC Bought an X

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    It can be expensive or cheap depending on how serious you get about it. You can get some pretty great results doing things cheap and sticking to a minimum amount of equipment and doing extract stuff. I have about $500-$600 in my 3 tier gravity stand including 2 converted kegs and the cooler mash tun, a couple propane burners and all the fittings and the wort chiller.

    In Canada beer is a lot more expensive so making your own saves a lot of money compared to how much you save in the USA. I can make 5 gallons for $25-$40 depending on ingredients and to buy the same amount of the cheap stuff would cost at least $120. When you end up being a beer snob the price is obviously a lot higher.

    I figure that i need to make about 6 more 5 gallon batches with my current set up and just the savings will have paid for everything. Never mind the fun involved and the crazy amounts of good beer you end up with.
     
  20. StupidFish

    StupidFish Need Bigger Tires

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    Old thread but just thought id throw this out there. Anyone interested in recepie sharing? Ive developed a wicked tea and lemon saison. Beer brewing is fantastic. More rewarding than most anything.
     

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