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Brew your own beer?

Old 03-05-08, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeffbeerman2 View Post
I've never met a commuter (in real life) who hasn't brewed his own beer at least once
LOL! Why does this not surprise me? Bicycles and beer have always seemed connected for some reason... maybe it's the letter B?

I haven't brewed my own since the mid 90s. Back then I lived in a rental house with a basement just perfect for brewing. After that came many years of living in a tiny apartment. I know it's no excuse... I had friends living in even small apartments who brewed their own.

Now I live in the Pacific Northwest (mmmm... Cascade hops)... a place where beer and bicycles both get their due respect and love.

From what I've observed bicycling and good beer seem to thrive together. Most places I have been where one is popular, so is the other.

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Old 03-05-08, 08:00 PM
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Hey all I have brewed since '85 with a layoff for the last 8 years. I just returned to brewing last fall...with a vengence. Lots of fun. In fact I am drinking an oatmeal stout I brewed 2 months ago. Excellent hobby. I'll address a few of the posts:
cost: 100.00 to start but if you catch the fever the skies the limit. Actual cost of the beer can be between 20.00-8.00 case. It depends if you brew all grain(cheaper, harder, time consuming) or extract(more expensive, easier, less time), or something in between. I do all of them. You can easily make a nice IPA for 15/case.
Science comparison: You can't believe how many scientist brew(me). It is a science experiment that has a great ending. It is a living organism that you help cultivate. You can grow your own hops(very easy), and cultivate your yeast. All you need is the malted barley
difficulty: The key to great homebrewing is sanitation and great ingredients. The rest is just cooking it.
Why do it: Cost of beer is getting higher and higher. The hop market is all F*@! up. Ethanol production is turning farmers into corn growers, barley be damned. Learn now. It is very satisfying to pull a draft for your buds after a long bike ride.
Here's a link to a really great forum about homebrew. I am on there often, same name as here. Charlie
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/index.php
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Old 03-06-08, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by balto charlie View Post
The hop market is all F*@! up. Ethanol production is turning farmers into corn growers, barley be damned.[/url]
I was wondering if that was the reason i could only purchase limited amounts of hops recently. I figured it was either disease or farmers switching to growing corn.

I have to replant my hops this year, they got a blight and all died off mid-year last year. Back to square one.
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Old 03-06-08, 10:31 AM
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I just started brewing again after a long layoff with mixed results so far. Still a bit of a noob experience-wise but I do enjoy it. Brewed an Octoberfest Ale last fall that came out ok but not great. Most recently brewed a stout that I like quite a bit.
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Old 03-06-08, 11:49 AM
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Here in Houston, Defalco's is one of the better home brew supply shops. It's just a couple of blocks from the Brays Bayou M.U.P. and from Planetary Cycles (the guys behind Cycle Genius). Is it really just coincidence?
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Old 03-06-08, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Tex_Arcana View Post
Here in Houston, Defalco's is one of the better home brew supply shops. It's just a couple of blocks from the Brays Bayou M.U.P. and from Planetary Cycles (the guys behind Cycle Genius). Is it really just coincidence?
Defalco's is definitely one of the good ones. It's one of those places that you make excuses to go to, just so you can hang out, talk beer, and sample a bit of what they've got on hand.
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Old 03-06-08, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by nick burns View Post
I was wondering if that was the reason i could only purchase limited amounts of hops recently. I figured it was either disease or farmers switching to growing corn.

I have to replant my hops this year, they got a blight and all died off mid-year last year. Back to square one.
The hop problem stems from many different reasons. There was a huge fire in one of the hop warehouses in the NW, hop prices were really in low in 05-06 so many farmers change to other crops, really hoppy beers are popular, hail damage in a couple growing region....created the perfect storm. Many hops varieties are impossible to find and prices have quadrupled since last year. You better order your rhizomes soon as there is also a run on on them for backyard gardeners.
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Old 03-06-08, 01:31 PM
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I used to. It was a lot of work and time for a lot of beer that was equivalent to beer I got in stores.
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I haven't yet, but I WILL some day... when I have the resources. I don't think the folks in my apartment building would appreciate it if the laundry room smelled like fermenting beer.
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Old 03-07-08, 08:40 AM
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Pretentious soap-box comments:

I'm hoping the skyrocketing hops prices will stop this ridiculous over-hopped IPA fad that has plagued the microbrewery industry for the last several years.

"The hoppiest ale" is a bit like saying "the saltiest food." Yuck.
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Old 03-07-08, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by vtjim View Post
Pretentious soap-box comments:

I'm hoping the skyrocketing hops prices will stop this ridiculous over-hopped IPA fad that has plagued the microbrewery industry for the last several years.

"The hoppiest ale" is a bit like saying "the saltiest food." Yuck.
Interesting. I'm not an IPA fan either, but I know those that are...ARE. Honestly my palet can't stand so hoppy a beer.
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Old 03-07-08, 10:57 AM
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I'm just to lazy I guess....I always keep some stout or a nice ale in the fridge...for $1.50 a pop it's to easy to buy....I'd like to try to brew some day...seems like fun.
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Old 03-07-08, 11:12 AM
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okay....I'm sitting at home with a sick child today...and this poll has peaked my interest...do the "Mr Beer" kits actually produce a good beer???....I really like Guinness and Murphy's stout...and I also enjoy good ales...could I make good beer on my own using the brew kit and the "brew packs"???...if there are better kits available let me know...thanks!
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Old 03-07-08, 01:16 PM
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Avoid the Mr. Beer kits. Just go to the your local homebrew shop and spend a few dollars for carboy, air lock and capper. Have them set you up with one of their Extract kits and use your largest pot at home to brew. Just with that you should be able to make a tasty ale with a small investment. Be careful though, home brewing gets addicting...
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Old 03-08-08, 12:21 PM
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I was a pretty avid brewer for 3-4 years when I had a house that provided an ideal setup. Having moved, I've not brewed since. I never brewed strictly with grains, but did use them as a adjunct for flavor and color. I guess my favorite was a 'red' ale. I always made about 4 cases of stout for the fall quarter of the year.
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