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Old 01-18-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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Just a question.

I was thinking about going to a workshop this weekend, and thought I might give it a try. I thought I might ask others here first if they had a good or bad experience, or if it was just a waste of time/money.

So, do you / have you homebrewed? Any advice?
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Bro... just head to the local liquor store, will save money and time + you will get beer you actully like the taste of.
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Homebrewing is a lot of fun, but it's very, very challenging. I haven't done it in probably 3 years, but I'm about to put my apron back on this next month and stur up a batch of IPA.

There's nothing quite as satisfying as finishing an awesome brew of your own that you've tended for weeks on end... But likewise, there's nothing quite as soul crushing as having a batch turn sour on you due to infection.
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I thought this was about software.

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Just don't try to make your friends drink it..... trust me on this.
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Old 01-18-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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Very simple....nothing better than cracking your own homebrew! Find a local home brew store...usually very helpful, Check out the "Good Eats" Episode on homebrewing

If You follow instructions and clean everything very well you will have success and if your interested start collecting pop off bottles now save you money later...
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No, but I cook and I am funny, that is what makes me so attractive to women.
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I do...it's not very hard...it really isn't.

I've done probably 12-13 batches, and only had one go bad (unfortunately, it was my last one). Typically, my beer is really, really good.

I do extract batches only. For me. time commitment is generally 3 hours to brew, and 3 hours for bottling (including cleanup for both steps). It takes me at least 2 weeks to ferment, a week for carbonation, and a few weeks for conditioning. I generally plan for 7 weeks, brew to drinking.

Cost: for me, it's between $30-$40, which makes about 2 cases. That's cheaper than you can buy it, but not really cheap enough to justify doing it just to cut costs. I do it because I like to learn about what makes different styles of beer different and it's just cool to be able to make your own supply.
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i make my own wine, ghetto style, but its still wine. i have 3 gallons cooking up right now, i will post a pic of it later. fermenting in 1 gallon jugs right now!
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i make my own wine, ghetto style, but its still wine. i have 3 gallons cooking up right now, i will post a pic of it later. fermenting in 1 gallon jugs right now!
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I do....2 points to remember. 1. Clean the hell out of the kit (buy a glass one and not that crap plastic one). 2. Get your yeast from a local micro brew....it's worth the extra few bucks.
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My brother and I just did are first test batch this weekend, with a starter kit. If that works out then we will see about getting more involved and brewing more of our own stuff.
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Anyone who likes beer and wants to gain an appreciation for the complex tastes of microbrews should homebrew. You could drink microbrew every day, and it won't be until you finally brew up a batch of your own will you get a real appreciation for some of the subtilties of flavor in a good beer.

The down side of that is that you will realize that some of the beers you previously liked are actually bum piss with a pretty label on it (I'm looking at you Fat Tire).
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Anyone who likes beer and wants to gain an appreciation for the complex tastes of microbrews should homebrew. You could drink microbrew every day, and it won't be until you finally brew up a batch of your own will you get a real appreciation for some of the subtilties of flavor in a good beer.

The down side of that is that you will realize that some of the beers you previously liked are actually bum piss with a pretty label on it (I'm looking at you Fat Tire).
or your batch comes out tasting like band aids.....(bad yeast)...luckily the head brewer from Starr Brewery helped me a lot.
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or your batch comes out tasting like band aids.....(bad yeast)...luckily the head brewer from Starr Brewery helped me a lot.
I had a hefeweisen that was awesome for the first two weeks before an infection set in. It felt like someone stole my awesome hot girlfirend and left me with their credit card bill to Hawaii.
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true. you should see this stuff, totally ghetto.
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The other funny thing is when I go home to a farmtown in Idaho, and they're all drinking Coors, Bud Light, and PBR. I feel like a douchebag snob when I'm drinking a Hefeweisen.

"Dude, what's that, drink a real beer!"

*hands me a Coors*

"Uh, no thanks. I am."

"Whatever brosef! Check out poindexter over here and his fancy beer!"
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a guy on my hockey team does. He has gotten really good at it over the years.


He makes this vodka that is retardedly strong. I am no heavyweight, nor lightweight but dayum. This stuff, a couple shots and you are friggin toast. The cool thing is it goes down soooooo smooth. He experiments with all these flavors, and this one, his best one imo so far, tastes like liquid cherry. Cant even taste the vodka. Incredible.


He gets by or around the law or whatever because he says he uses it to run his lawnmower or something.....? not exactly sure, nor do I care, all I know is it was good, strong as hell and totally free! 3 of my favorite things.
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a guy on my hockey team does. He has gotten really good at it over the years.


He makes this vodka that is retardedly strong. I am no heavyweight, nor lightweight but dayum. This stuff, a couple shots and you are friggin toast. The cool thing is it goes down soooooo smooth. He experiments with all these flavors, and this one, his best one imo so far, tastes like liquid cherry. Cant even taste the vodka. Incredible.


He gets by or around the law or whatever because he says he uses it to run his lawnmower or something.....? not exactly sure, nor do I care, all I know is it was good, strong as hell and totally free! 3 of my favorite things.

It's all fun until someone goes blind!
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I had a hefeweisen that was awesome for the first two weeks before an infection set in. It felt like someone stole my awesome hot girlfirend and left me with their credit card bill to Hawaii.
I made an IPA that would put Stone Brewery's Ruination to shame and the same thing happened. I did drink one of the infected beers (half way) to see what it would do. A quick sit on the toilet made me realize the error of my ways.
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I made an IPA that would put Stone Brewery's Ruination to shame and the same thing happened. I did drink one of the infected beers (half way) to see what it would do. A quick sit on the toilet made me realize the error of my ways.
They're just fine until the infection sets in. I drank the finest Hefe I'd ever drank for two weeks, but once the infection started to show up, it was complete crap. I was so disgusted.

It took it out of me for a few years. I'm starting to get the bug again, and IPA is in my sights.
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