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Old 01-22-2009, 12:35 PM   #31
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Very nice! I would love to give it a go some day. How about a documentation of the process as you go? I would be very interested in following along.
Thanks! I took a few more pictures today, jsut since it was my first brew in the basement with my new setup, but, not the whole process. I'll be racking this beer in a week or so, and, I'll be brewing again. I'll document it start to finish and add it to this thread!
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:35 PM   #32
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Will trade beer for Revit gear!
Damn it! I could've gotten maybe a bottle outta you.
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:43 PM   #33
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I make mostly english styles, and, american pale ales. Other than that, it's belgians.

I love a good imperial stout too on occasion, and, I'll be making one in a couple weeks, once I get stocked up again. This basement took longer than I expected Generally, stouts aren't any more difficult than any other ale. Actually, the darker a beer, the easier they are to brew since the roasted malts hide any flaws from technique or whatever. A Good Pilsner is the most difficult beer to nail.

Now, that said, an Imperial Stout is really difficult to get right. High alcohol brewing has it's own rules to follow, but, with an imperial stout, you need the balance of sweetness and alcohol. Too sweet, and, it's cloying. Too dry and it loses alot of rich character we love. I've never made one, but, I've decided I'm going to get one down this winter for next year. FWIW, I love Victory Storm King and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. Awesome stuff!
+1 on the victory really hard to get hold of in NH though. Haven't tried Oskar Blues though ... have to add it to the list
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:59 PM   #34
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Very nice set up! I have done some small batches before, and I am looking to get back into it sometime in the next 6 months or so. I woull eventually like to end up with a system like yours... Eventually. Right now I simply don't have the space... Or money!
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:09 PM   #35
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Putting the finishing touches on finally moving my brewing to the basement. I can't explain how psyched I am!

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Old 01-22-2009, 01:38 PM   #36
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If you're under 40, I'd love to have you on Rhode Island Ave. All my neighbors are old farts
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:58 PM   #37
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:33 PM   #38
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So what are you naming the stuff?

Federal Hill ale, clam ale or buddy burn balls Brew...
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:58 AM   #39
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Nice set-up!
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:05 AM   #40
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SWEEET!! Nice work!
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:14 AM   #41
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I'm guessing that little thing of Vaseline is for when the beer wench Does show up?





My old man tried doing the brewing bit a few times. You could call what he made beer....if you felt charitable.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:36 PM   #42
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I've considered trying homebrewing. It seems like me having that much beer around woiuld end up being a bad thing in th elong run though.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:39 PM   #43
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I've considered trying homebrewing. It seems like me having that much beer around woiuld end up being a bad thing in th elong run though.
I homebrewed for some years. Once I got to all-grain brewing, found the cost of beer was exceedingly cheap, and my beers were very good.

Made I think 74 batches, some 5 and 6 gallon, mostly 8 to 10 gallon batches.

Boy did I drink a lot of beer.
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:44 PM   #44
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I homebrewed for some years. Once I got to all-grain brewing, found the cost of beer was exceedingly cheap, and my beers were very good.

Made I think 74 batches, some 5 and 6 gallon, mostly 8 to 10 gallon batches.

Boy did I drink a lot of beer.
My roommates and I played around with extract kits in college. Some were some were The downside was we hadta drink a shit-ton of Milwaukee's Best longnecks to get the re-useable bottles!

Now? I have a buddy in Carlsbad with a setup similar to the OP's that got me again. He had LOTS of friends when the beer was ready! Not so much when it was brewing time.

What are y'all using to dispense the beer?

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Old 01-23-2009, 01:42 PM   #45
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I used to use mainly Corona bottles, because they have wider necks and I like seeing my beer in there. (stored away from light)

When people found out they could get a six pack of my home brew by trading in a few six packs of empty Corona bottles, I was quickly overrun with good empties.

But bottling 10 gallons into 12 ounce bottles is tiresome, and I moved on to 22 ounce bottles, mainly from the Bitterroot Brewery here in town. Same deal: get me a few empties and you get a couple full ones.

I have a huge stack of empty bottles at home.

Was about to move into kegging, started a side business selling parts on the net, didn't have time to brew anymore and that was that. Got a whole brew set up I haven't used in years.
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