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#1 2011-02-06 17:19:52

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Any home brewers?

I searched brewer, brewers, homebrew, homebrewer, and homebrewers and didn't find anything, so if there's already a thread on this, fuck whoever finds it smile.  Anyway...

My hobbies tend to come and go like the seasons, but I think this is actually one that could stick around, mostly because of the sheer mass of variability and information out there and my affinity for most beers.  I started with a Mr. Beer kit and 6 refills, but I'm guessing that will give way to a bigger endeavor in the near term.  I've bottled a pale and have a Canadian ale brewing right now.  11.5 weeks and I'll probably have all of these bottled and/or drunk.  Bought a capper, caps, and more bottles today, so it's only a matter of time before I get a few carboys and go bananas.

To the point, any advice?  I'm gonna take it slow when I run out of these easy mixes, but I'm looking forward to more complex and tasty recipes.  I've become an IPA fan over the last year, so that should be fun.  Also looking forward to throwing some fruity wheat beers together for the summer (love me some Kona Wailua Wheat).  Any good recipes?  And to the local guys, I'm open to hosting some tastings if you repay me with brewing supplies big_smile.

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#2 2011-02-06 23:38:18

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Re: Any home brewers?

Talk to SilentlyAmazing, I know he does it.


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#3 2011-02-07 01:28:38

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Re: Any home brewers?

I want to get into home brewing too. I remember after i had first joined this site i checked out your blog, and i know like ben said alan is doing the same thing. A homebrew store just opened up in the town i work in. I deliver there and want to pick up my own stuff.  up kudos on doing it yourself and once i get my kit hopefully we can share some interesting recipes.

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#4 2011-02-07 08:29:42

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Re: Any home brewers?

You and I are the same person...

I've been trying to keep a blog about it, but I need to update it.  I did the same thing, but faster.  Her parents bought me the Mr. Beer kit for Christmas, and I went crazy.  I brewed the pale the next day, but a co-worker had an entire kit he was looking to unload, so I picked that up.  I kind of feel bad that they bought me Mr. Beer, and I've already moved on, but maybe I'll let her dad try it out.  I've only brewed one extract kit so far, and it was MUCH more involved than the Mr. Beer kit.  It's a Kolsch, and I have it in secondary fermentation, and I'm planning an Irish car-bomb stout for the weekend after Valentine's day.

Join www.homebrewtalk.com.  It's a decent forum  with a lot of recipes (both originals, and clones of popular beers), how-tos, a lot of decent people, and a classifieds section.  Plus you get discounts at some websites if you're a member.  I'm AlanS over there.


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#5 2011-02-07 08:34:37

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Re: Any home brewers?

Ha, I totally forgot about that blog.  I guess I have something better to use it for now.  I was pretty surprised at how cheap it was to get started, especially with the Mr. Beer kit.  $40 for the Premium (comes with one set of ingredients and bottles) kit and $30 each for 3 packs of refills.  $16/2 gallons including the initial investment.  The kit has obvious limitations (the fermentation chamber is too simple and too small for normal batches) but it's a great start.  Looks like subsequent 5 gallon batches are in the $20-$40 range through my local shop, but they tend to vary much more in ingredients and style.  Should be enough to keep me busy (and likely chubby) for a while.

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#6 2011-02-07 08:44:23

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Re: Any home brewers?

Yeah, my first 5 gallon batch was $35.  It was pretty involved though, and it was classified as an "easy" recipe.  I had to steep the specialty grains at 150-165*F for 20 minutes, bring it to a boil (2.5 gallons of water takes a damn long time to boil too), add the extract, then hops, then more extract, then more hops.  All told, it was on the stove for probably 2 hours including heating and steeping times...


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#7 2011-02-07 08:46:03

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Re: Any home brewers?

Nazicock has a huge homebrewing thread too.  Although, it's in OT, so you get that, and they're on page 150 something, so for noobies to jump in at this point, they kind of turn their noses up.  I've read some of it, and it's got some good stuff in there.


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#8 2011-02-07 09:37:18

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Re: Any home brewers?

My husband and I homebrew, but not as regularly as we would like. Though we are contemplating going to an all grain set up soonish. Currently brewing extracts about once every other month or so for about two years. We have yet to have a failure although some have been better than others. Latest favorite thing EZ-Cap 16 oz bottles. Makes bottling so much better. Also the party pig is fun for outings. http://www.partypig.com/

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#9 2011-02-07 09:51:58

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Re: Any home brewers?

I've heard making the extracts is a chore, so I'm going to ease into that.  Our local shop is great, stopped by there yesterday and was amazed at their selection.  I foresee large portions of money going there in the future.

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#10 2011-02-07 10:39:23

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Re: Any home brewers?

Gt a kit last Christmas...I just need to get off my ass, steralize it, and get to it!!

My friend Jimmy in Raleigh has been at it two years and even won a silver medal at the Raleigh local brew competition.

It's a really rewarding hobby!

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#11 2011-02-11 12:49:38

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Re: Any home brewers?

Stupid Amazon sold 5 gallon glass carboys for ~$25 each.  I bought two.  Now it looks like I'll have to start researching.

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#12 2011-02-11 13:08:38

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Re: Any home brewers?

banana but after what sounded like a cap gun going off in my closet the other week, I think I'm going to invest in a 6.5gal carboy for primary fermentation.  There's just not enough headspace in a 5 gal. carboy for a 5 gal batch.  As far as research goes, just join homebrewtalk, and read The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Papazian.

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#13 2011-02-11 13:14:23

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Re: Any home brewers?

iamchris wrote:

Stupid Amazon sold 5 gallon glass carboys for ~$25 each.  I bought two.  Now it looks like I'll have to start researching.

You fucker, I wanted one of those.  You should reroute one to me.

Edit, checked on a whim and they had one in stock.  Woohoo!

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#14 2011-02-14 20:44:33

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Re: Any home brewers?

Here's what I have to look forward to this weekend:

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#15 2011-02-15 08:23:21

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Re: Any home brewers?

Just brewed a Noble Pils Clone this weekend, couple of my buddies and I step up shop in my garage and had 3 turkey fryers boiling away.


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#16 2011-02-15 08:42:01

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Re: Any home brewers?

My first goes into the fridge tonight and my second is getting bottled.  Carboy gets here today too smile.

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#17 2011-02-15 09:53:27

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Re: Any home brewers?

hyperboarder wrote:

My first goes into the fridge tonight and my second is getting bottled.  Carboy gets here today too smile.

Did you do the Amazon special?


Also, can someone please recommend me a good place to get started reading?  I am starting from square one.
Equipment recommendations would also be appreciated.  I'm not looking to start with a Mr. Beer kit and keep upgrading, but rather get stuff squared away to make 10 gallon batches.  I'm also very open to DIY equipment, especially if it saves a bunch of money (such as immersion coolers).

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#18 2011-02-15 12:40:30

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Re: Any home brewers?

iamchris wrote:

hyperboarder wrote:

My first goes into the fridge tonight and my second is getting bottled.  Carboy gets here today too smile.

Did you do the Amazon special?


Also, can someone please recommend me a good place to get started reading?  I am starting from square one.
Equipment recommendations would also be appreciated.  I'm not looking to start with a Mr. Beer kit and keep upgrading, but rather get stuff squared away to make 10 gallon batches.  I'm also very open to DIY equipment, especially if it saves a bunch of money (such as immersion coolers).

I did, got one for me and one for a coworker.  Bought this book last week: http://www.amazon.com/How-Brew-Everythi … amp;sr=8-1

If you're technically minded, it's awesome.  He goes really in depth on all aspects of the brewing, but also has a quick crash course in the beginning.  I hear it's better than The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, which is the standard. 

I have the Mr. Beer kit and I'm glad I got it, it's a nice intro and when I "graduate" from it, it'll be nice to have a small batch fermentation chamber.  It's also only like $30 on Amazon.  In terms of other equipment, I'd grab a siphon, bottling bucket, carboy lid and airlock, good sanitizer, bottles, a capper, caps, a hydrometer, good utensils, maybe a thermometer, and ingredients.  I'm probably forgetting something but I think that's most of it.  The Palmer book has some good starter recipes, most of the ingredients aren't hard to find, especially if you have a local home brew shop.

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#19 2011-02-15 13:55:58

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Re: Any home brewers?

I think I am going to pick up a Mr. Beer kit.  I am thinking the middle one that has bottles, but only one set of ingridients.  I figure for $35 I can give it a try and if I love it after a few batches I can start upgrading and use the Mr. Beer to get my buddies hooked  biggrin


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#20 2011-02-15 14:01:48

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#21 2011-02-15 14:11:14

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A DIY immersion chiller is the way to go.  I tried to cool my last batch with ice in a sink, and it took the better part of 45 minutes to get the beer down to 84 degrees...  You should ideally try to get the beer from boiling to 70 within 5-10 minutes.

Also, are you trying to get right into all-grain setups, or are you going to at least start with extract or partial mash recipes?

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#22 2011-02-15 16:21:31

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Re: Any home brewers?

iamchris wrote:

hyperboarder wrote:

My first goes into the fridge tonight and my second is getting bottled.  Carboy gets here today too smile.

Did you do the Amazon special?


Also, can someone please recommend me a good place to get started reading?  I am starting from square one.
Equipment recommendations would also be appreciated.  I'm not looking to start with a Mr. Beer kit and keep upgrading, but rather get stuff squared away to make 10 gallon batches.  I'm also very open to DIY equipment, especially if it saves a bunch of money (such as immersion coolers).

Here is a good simple book for people getting started.  Plus the first edition is free to read online.  Just click where it says "enter."  http://www.howtobrew.com/


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#23 2011-02-15 18:53:31

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Re: Any home brewers?

SilentlyAmazing wrote:

A DIY immersion chiller is the way to go.  I tried to cool my last batch with ice in a sink, and it took the better part of 45 minutes to get the beer down to 84 degrees...  You should ideally try to get the beer from boiling to 70 within 5-10 minutes.

Also, are you trying to get right into all-grain setups, or are you going to at least start with extract or partial mash recipes?

Got any plans for one?  Any idea on the cost?

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#24 2011-02-15 21:20:14

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hyperboarder wrote:

SilentlyAmazing wrote:

A DIY immersion chiller is the way to go.  I tried to cool my last batch with ice in a sink, and it took the better part of 45 minutes to get the beer down to 84 degrees...  You should ideally try to get the beer from boiling to 70 within 5-10 minutes.

Also, are you trying to get right into all-grain setups, or are you going to at least start with extract or partial mash recipes?

Got any plans for one?  Any idea on the cost?

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#25 2011-02-15 21:49:37

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