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Brew your own beer?

Old 03-04-08, 09:27 PM
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Brew your own beer?

Have you ever brewed your own beer/wine? Home or commercially, doesn't matter.

Before you delete this thread for being OT, notice the results. I'm guessing that commuting and home brewing overlap a bit.

I've never met a commuter (in real life) who hasn't brewed his own beer at least once
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Old 03-04-08, 10:11 PM
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I'm considering it, but I have too many damn hobbies as it is.
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I've never brewed my own, but I have had some excellent home-brewed beer. It seemed to be quite a popular pasttime in Athens, OH when I lived there a few years ago.
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I had a friend in college who brewed his own beer with his own garden hops, did the wort and whole bit...I would help him out with each batch. I tended to be the gofer, but had lots of fun.

I have one of those Mr. Beer kits right now, with a Wheat a brewin' as we speak! It was an xmas gift, tons of fun, and has produced good batches so far.

My new neighbor is a full fledged brewer, so I suspect I'll be delving into it even deeper now
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Old 03-05-08, 12:35 AM
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I brewed up some nasty ale back in university. It was thick and gross, but only cost $10 for 100 bottles. If I ever do it again, I'll get a premium kit.
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alcohol is overrated.

given all the idiocy it causes, and the hangovers, and the violence... it's a scourge on the earth if you ask me. i drink now & then, but still, you gotta admit..

why do we allow parking spots in front of bars anyway? that's just asking for drunk driving (and we're sure getting what we asked for too).

i guess at least you home-brewers will just pass out & puke in the privacy of your own home - have at it.
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Old 03-05-08, 06:03 AM
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been doing it for the past twelve years.
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I'd like to start later this spring. Gotta start buying supplies and equipment soon.
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I have several friends who do. Some of it has been excellent, but some terrible. They seem to have a lot of fun brewing their own. I just help them drink it.
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Originally Posted by Jeffbeerman2 View Post
Have you ever brewed your own beer/wine? Home or commercially, doesn't matter...

Yes, no kits, all grain. Unfortunately I haven't brewed in quite some time. I need to get on it.

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Old 03-05-08, 07:41 AM
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Been brewing for about 15 years. Try to do at least 3 batches a year. Right now I have a Russian Imperial Stout sitting in mini kegs waiting to be tapped. Should be ready by next week.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
I'm considering it, but I have too many damn hobbies as it is.
Same here.
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Old 03-05-08, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
I'm considering it, but I have too many damn hobbies as it is.
+1 Here. I keep blowing all my free cash on the bike...
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Wine yes.
Beer no.

This will probably be the first year in many that I don't brew my own wine. The drought killed all my grape vines.
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I've been brewing beer with my roommate for about 2.5 years now. We try to do a batch a month, and for a year now they've been our own recipes. So far we haven't gotten into kegging ($ and room in the frig) or whole grain (no space), but we hope to at some point.

So far the beers are mostly good, but every now and then we get a dud. Temperature control during fermentation is key.
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I want to try, but am ridiculously lazy. I feel like the boyfriend would overtake my efforts with crazy flavored things. I am not really a beer drinker, anyway (Miller High Life, ftw!).
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Is it an expensive hobby to get into, btw?

/knows completely nothing about brewing
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Old 03-05-08, 09:33 AM
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In the past made wine & beer.

The wine was terrible when we tried a bottle forgot about it, 6 months later decided to try another bottle.

That ended up being an batch of wine, we just needed time.

Beer and mixed results, it has always been drinkable some better than others.

Real easy to make and does not cost much for the equipment.
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Just started drinking the lager I brewed the weekend before Thanksgiving. Czech-style dark lager. Needs a bit more roasted malt flavor. Oh well. Otherwise, very drinkable.

Been brewing since the late 80s. I don't do all-grain. I'm too lazy.
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Originally Posted by dudewtfhillary View Post
Is it an expensive hobby to get into, btw?
It's possible to spend a lot, but it's really not necessary. A five gallon pot, a fermenter (a food-grade plastic bucket works), and some odd bits and pieces of tubing, etc., plus bottles, caps, and a capper are really all you need to start at a very basic level. Fifty bucks will pretty much get you there.
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I'm thinking of starting homebrew myself, but go slow, as I want to make stuff *worth* drinking by people, and I have room for it in my priorities, which I don't right now.
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
alcohol is overrated.

given all the idiocy it causes, and the hangovers, and the violence... it's a scourge on the earth if you ask me. i drink now & then, but still, you gotta admit..

why do we allow parking spots in front of bars anyway? that's just asking for drunk driving (and we're sure getting what we asked for too).

i guess at least you home-brewers will just pass out & puke in the privacy of your own home - have at it.
Wow, harsh.

Being that I recently quit drinking, I thought that I'm supposed to be the aggro, over-the-top anti-alcohol zealot.

Well, I'm not. Homebrewers, for the most part, aren't a bunch of rowdy bar-fightin' drunks. Heck, most of the ones from the brewing clubs I was in are a bunch of organic hop and barley farming hippies. Homebrewing as a hobby isn't about drinking a truckload of beer and getting hammered, it's about the process of brewing, and experimentation with your batches. "What happens if I change the boil times? What happens if I add more of this kind of hops, or a different strain of yeast?" If you just want to pound back brews until you spew, then get a 30 of MGD and go for it. If you really want to appreciate beer for the flavour, then have a craft or homebrewed beer.

I brewed for about 10 years, and I used to make some crazy beers:
Coffee stout
Super beer with 21.75% a.b.v. (aged horribly and the last few bottles went down the sink!)
Moroccan spiced wheat ale
Cherry porter
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Homebrewing as a hobby isn't about drinking a truckload of beer and getting hammered, it's about the process of brewing, and experimentation with your batches.
Yeah, that's one of the reasons I want to try it. I'm studying Biology, and brewing seems like a big biology and chemistry experiment where you get to drink your final product.
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Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
Yeah, that's one of the reasons I want to try it. I'm studying Biology, and brewing seems like a big biology and chemistry experiment where you get to drink your final product.
I got into it shortly after I started running constant draw microbial fermentors at the lab I was working in. Brewing is part science and part art. The "art" part depends on how much you want to put into it. You can use a pre-hopped kit,
You can use malt extracts but boil your own hops,
You can mash/sparge your own grains
You can grow your own grains and hops

I knew some serious brewer alchemy-wizards back in Ohio who grew their own grains and hops, specific for different batches of beer.
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I've been brewing for over ten years, I have a nice all grain set up. In my old house I had a kegerator with two home brews on tap. I need to finish the basement of the new house so I can build a new bar.
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