New Brewery!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by levain, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    I'm not sure how that'll bitter, but if you want your beer to have a baby powder aroma you're on the right track.
  2. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    Bitter? Nah. She's as sweet as a 1.112 wort! :wink:
  3. Beez

    Beez Given to fly

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    Just made a batch of IPA last Sunday with hops I grew in the backyard. I realized something. I like drinking my beer. I like telling people I brew beer (only when appropriate to bring up) and I even like giving people beer. However, I don't really enjoy the beer making process.
  4. Apocalypse Cow

    Apocalypse Cow SHEEP LIE!!!!!

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    LOL... some just wouldn't get it. :rofl




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  5. z@ch

    z@ch Turn it up to eleven

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    That's one of the reasons I switched to making mostly cider.
  6. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Honestly the process can get a bit tedious but I tend to love the end result. Also it's really fun continuously improving my setup with no obvious end in sight, keeps the enginerd in me happy.
  7. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    That's not an issue for me. The process is as enjoyable and therapeutic as the beverage itself. My only issue is cleaning carboys. That's a PITA, and usually gets put off until I can smell them upstairs from the basement. :puke1
  8. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Seen these yet?

    http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/...g-equipment/big-mouth-bubbler-6-5-gallon.html

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    I was looking hard at Speidel's, but don't care for plastic. I think I'll pick up a couple of these, looks like they'll just squeeze into my fermentation chamber.
  9. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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  10. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I broke ONE, now I use stainless. Getting ready to brew. Need to fill my 7 cornys for summer.

    David
  11. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I'd like to see an influential company like NB promote something other than glass. Inevitably, someone will come along talking about how they want to see their beer fermenting.
  12. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    Yea I seen them big mouth bubblers. I'm kicking around the idea, they're pretty new.

    Who makes stainless steel fermenters? Other than the outrageously priced conicals of course.
  13. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I use a Sabco fermenter, but when I was doing 5 gal. batches I used a 10gal. corny. They're rare, but not too rare. Keep your eyes open. IMHO, it doesn't get any better for 5-8gal. batches.

    $44 for the glass thing that will break vs. $175 for lifetime use. twice the size. Pressurize. Carbonate in it. drop it down the stairs. Bang it against the ground while your cleaning. Fill it with PBW and push it through fittings for cleaning. Put a little water in it. Snap the in/out fittings on and put it on a burner with a little water. Boil the water and steam sanitize. You'll see the steam come through the in/out. Don't know anything about this company, but that's a no brainer to me, but I have a really bad attitude about carboys. Seen too many break over the years sending brewers to the ER. All these years of homebrewing and all the big boys can give us is more glass. It's a shame. I'd choose a plastic bucket over a carboy any day of the week.

    EDIT: Just looked at the above link. I wouldn't recommend those. Seems they don't warranty the build and may not be suitable. Still, a 10gal corny is the way to go if you can find one. Mine is a Spartenburg. Even the plastic carboys are better than glass.

    Sorry. Off the soap box. I've said my piece.
  14. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I have one of these and one cheaper version for 225.00. Lifetime is the word. Simple, no secondary needed, just dump the yeast from the bottom, test the beer from the test port. OR do as one of my girlfriends son did, just drink it from the test tap. :)

    http://conical-fermenter.com/5-6-gallon/

    My cheaper one has a thermometer IN the fermenter which shows the temp of the beer. It works but is a pain to clean, so I just use a stick on thermometer anyhow. No glass to bereak, no secondary.

    I used to open ferment in a converted 1/2 keg. I could not move it alone, so I went to two smaller units. These are sealed. I put the wort in HOT so the fermenter is sanitized guaranteed. I then cool it with a chiller that was boiled in the wort. Simple like me :)

    David
  15. Jason F.

    Jason F. Will Ride for Beer...

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  16. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    I have not had a problem with plastic buckets for primary, and better bottles for secondary. I don't lager (yet) or secondary for more than a couple months. I would most likely just use glass for that, or just put it in a corny with a shot of CO2 on top.

    Does anyone secondary in a corny?


    By the way, a scoop of oxiclean and fill the fermenter with water. Come back after a few hrs (overnight maybe), and everything comes out without a brush. Unless its really sat a long time... I just use a paper towel in my buckets, and shake my better bottles.

    Sent from my fat thumbs on a small touch screen.
  17. hyperboarder

    hyperboarder Potato Farmer

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    Yep, many a friend has broken one. I've been brewing for years without breaking any (knock on wood).

    That said I'd still love to use Stainless, but alas, after talking the wife into a deep excursion into 4 figures for my electric setup, I'm not pushing it anytime soon. I think I'll be doing the deep woods caverns eventually.
  18. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    I broke a carboy but got lucky and didn't get hurt.
    One time though, I broke a drinking glass while washing it and it cut me bad. That got me thinking that maybe the horror stories aren't all made up.

    I've been using buckets to ferment in for a long time. Never a contamination (jinx!) yet. And yeah, I'd like to be able to watch fermentation but it ain't that big a deal. If I had a stainless fermenter I couldn't see it either.
  19. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    on the topic of conicals, we purchased a Brewhemoth and have been very happy with it.
  20. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    I made 2 batches of cider.

    One 6 gallons fresh flashed apple juice 10 lbs sugar Champagne yeast

    One 5 gallons of fresh apple juice, 6 lbs cane sugar and beer yeast.

    Batch #1 pretty good, hot and dry.

    Batch #2 SWEET and GOOD. I be having a glass right now. Mmmmm

    Thank You

    David