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Home Brew 2010 Edition

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There have been one or two older threads from a few years back but fuck it thought I would start fresh.

 

Started a batch of my own special flavour (/nosuspect) Dark Ale today after being out of the game for over a year and im looking to start up a couple of more in the following weeks/months, basically the plan is to get the shit on a cycle so ive got good beer available 24/7.

 

Anybody else brew their own beer or even get into making their own alcohol ? Used to know a guy that distilled his own bourbon and would sell bottles of it for $15 ... was the smoothest 37% bourbon I have ever had.

 

Pictures to come when im not at work/not being slack.

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I always wanted to home brew, guess i was always to lazy to go buy a kit. May get into it now once i get back to portland.

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Yeah getting into spirits would be great but not too sure about the cost n finding equipment.

 

Local beer that used to be $32 a carton here is now going for almost $50 now when not on special so its getting to the point where I just wanna say fuck em all and stay self sufficient with my alky supply.

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I home brew. So far this year a cream stout and a scotch IPA. If anyone bottle conditions, do you prefer DME or corn sugar?

 

...didn't think my first post would be non-graf related...

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Yeah after primary fermentation I move to bottles and usually add Dextrose (amount depending on the brew) and condition from anywhere to 3-4 weeks+ depending on how desperate I get to drink em :p

 

Never used DME myself tho

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A buddy of mine made some nice brew and threw me a couple bottles, one of which I'm enjoying right now. Really hoppy, IPA-esque.

 

I'm inspired to make my own now.

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I haven't had any beer grenades since moving to DME, but the consistency of the carbonation is fucked. Sometimes perfect, sometimes really shitty.

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The muscadine from my first batch..

 

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threw a stupid label on em and wrapped one up to keep forever.

 

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the juice from last years grapes that were frozen in the freezer...

 

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fermenting..

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Its settled and Ive racked it already I just havent gotten around to bottling it...

 

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And a Gin/muscadine infusion I did out of boredom...I cant wait for this year now that Im living near some vines I can use. Muscadine makes a good wine if made right...and IM also just having fun with the free grapes...

 

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:edit: sorry didnt realize the pics were so big :-/

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I went halvs in a 50L pale ale batch a few months ago,it turned out alright i think there was too much sedement in it, it's really suprising how quick 50l of beer can be consumed between my house mates.

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Never done it but sounds pretty interesting.

How much does your typical 'kit' or w/e cost, and all the other materials/supplies need to homebrew?

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I homebrew too. Brewed 5 batches already this year. currently have a hop knot clone in the bottles, hopefully good. should be chilling around 85-90 ibu's

 

For brewers or heads trying to get into brewing, go to homebrewtalk.com and lurk their forums... they have a ridiculous wealth of info to get you started.

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