home brewed beer

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  1. Jayrod1318

    Jayrod1318 Poster

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    At one time I was into it like crazy, made a ton of GREAT beers. Had some corny kegs and a beer fridge. After awhile I got tired of messing around with the kegs, a big hassle.

    I ended up selling my keg equipment and just bottle now, its easier to share, ages better (for big beers) and takes up less room.


    One thing that not readily apparent is you NEED to be able to do a full boil. Most all cook tops in a kitchen will not boil 5.5 gallons of liquid. Get a turkey Fryer setup with a big enough stock pot. Even the cheapo aluminum ones will do.

    I don't brew much anymore, in fact I have not brewed a batch in 2 years. This thread makes me want to dust off the equipment!:freaky
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  2. hyperboarder

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    You are the first person I've heard go back to bottling from kegging, what was it that you didn't like? I just rebuilt 3 kegs last night which is about as in depth as I go with them, nothing too bad.

    OP (or anyone that brews), check out www.homebrewfinds.com for good deals on equipment, ingredients, etc.
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  3. random1781

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    Yeah, homebrewing is a slippery slope. It can be as simple or as complex as you want...or from a different perspective, as cheap or expensive as you want! Someone suggested How to Brew by John Palmer - that's essential. The first edition is free, but the book is invaluable. Also, homebrewtalk is the brewing equivalent of this site. I finally found a way to combine my two hobbies...or obsessions...perspective again!

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  4. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Used to brew at home - did not have a very good setup and location so my dad and I did a number of batches then stopped - too much trouble in a 5 gallon batch.

    Later, I went to a place that was a 'brew your own' brewhouse where they stocked all materials had recipies and steam kettles with hardware to do it in 15 gallon batches - I used to crank out a batch every other week or so there - he sold weed too, so it was a great business for a while. Then I got too busy even for that.

    It can be fun to do, no arguement, and there's plenty of satisfaction.

    I don't think you really save much - in old days you could make beers you could not buy - today that is gone.

    FWIW, Ales are the easiest to deal with and least finicky with respect to fermentation temperatures and such. Fortunately for me, I love Ale.
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  5. Cpt. Ron

    Cpt. Ron Advrider #128

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    Here's another.....

    My modified chest freezer died and I never replaced it. It was difficult for me to share the brew in kegs unless everyone came over here. Sure, it looked cool in the garage, but taps and hoses do require maintenance. I also have a keg-to-bottle setup, but even that was kind of a pain. And then on top of that my boys are becoming teenagers, so I didn't feel it necessary to have such easy access to my beer when friends come over. Bottles are a lot easy to account for....:deal

    Not to say the kegs CAN'T travel......

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  6. hyperboarder

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    Disagree. Do you know of anyone making a taco pumpkin braggot? Neither do it. I haven't made one. But I don't know of anyone else making one either.
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