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Old 10-03-2006, 06:11 PM
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A buddy of mine and I are headed to the local Home Brewing Store. Just wondering if anyone out there has gotten into this fiasco before. Good-Bad-Indifferent? Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:24 PM
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Rule 1. Enjoy the free samples at your LHBS.

I got into it a few years ago. Like anything, you get in for just a little bit of cash, get interested in it, and start upgrading your equipment. Before you know it, you'll be converting deep freezes to kegerators and uttering words like mashtun. It's all good fun though.
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I've been brewing for about 10 years. It can be lots of fun as long as you don't get too stressed out about it.

Cleanliness is very important.

Start with a recipe kit from the local supplier.

Start with simple equipment and move up from there if you enjoy it.

Don't stress...have a beer!
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Can you also save some cash? May be an investment around here. Post some pics of the equipment, production and cost per whatever measure you wish. I do not need another hobby but this one may pay for itself!
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Can you also save some cash? May be an investment around here. Post some pics of the equipment, production and cost per whatever measure you wish. I do not need another hobby but this one may pay for itself!
Your basic equipment kit will run $70 for a basic kit, and around $100 for a deeeelux kit. You'll also need to buy bottles, but they're pretty cheap.



Go to this site to check out prices and other stuff...

The Beverage People

Ingredient kits for 5 gallons of beer will run $25-35. I think 5 Gallons makes about 50 bottles of beer.

So, let's see...your first batch will run you about...$70+30+10= (takes off shoes to count toes) $110 for the 4+ cases of beer, or just over $25/case.

Your next batch of beer will only cost you $30 (ingredients) which is about $6/case...

Did I miss anything ETS?

I hate...HATE...bottling, so I bought a keg system. I went to the local junk yard and found a 5 gallon soda keg, bought a used CO2 cylinder and regulator from the beer place, and have a setup like this:



It's easier to clean, fill, empty, everything...
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That does look cool. How long does it take to brew? Can I wash the millions of bottles I have now?
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That does look cool. How long does it take to brew? Can I wash the millions of bottles I have now?
Oh, and I forgot that you need a big pot to brew in. If you can brew over a propane burner outside that's even better. If you've ever had a boilover on your stove you'll know why

It takes me one evening to do the whole brewing ordeal and get it into the fermenter. Fermentation depends on the beer your making and conditions, but it takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks...sometimes more.

I guess you could use the bottles you have now, but I guarnatee that once you take the time to clean, fill, and cap those gazzillion bottles just ONCE, you'll be off to buy some 24 oz. bottles or a keg system...
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But I thought you drink Gin????
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Who me? Beer and beer only unless I am stupid enough to drink something Stevo137 hands me!
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Who me? Beer and beer only unless I am stupid enough to drink something Stevo137 hands me!
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My mistake...

Back OT...beer is pretty easy. The waiting is what kills you. You get the boil done and sit on your arse for three weeks waiting for the fermenting to finish.

I'm working on getting all the nuts and bolts together for distilling some of my beer next...

So far, this is what I'm workin' on...
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