Home Brewing Beer
ok LGK, any brewmasters out there?
Obejuan told me that Creeping Death was quite the brewmaster on here.
I've never brewed beer but I really want to try it. Any recommendations? I'd like to keep the financial investment to a minimum right now as I'm just starting out. Any low-cost kits out there?
this may not help you out, but ...
many moons ago I got some beer in a bag kit for Christmas and right away started on it. all I had to do was boil some pots of water, poured the water and the ingredients into the top of the bag and let it sit/hang in the closet (ideal room tempurature) for weeks. the bag had a spigot at the bottom for easy pouring, so that turned out pretty good.
as of now I have yet to find it anywhere. I think the kit that I got was from England (as I learned while searching online).
since then, due to not so ideal space for brewing my own stuff, I have not back into the hobby.
good luck and happy brewin!
I have brewed beer quite a few times. I did it when I worked at BJs, I have done it at a place called BrewBakers in HB, and done it may times with a buddy of mine.
There are different levels of homebrew you can get into. For the first-timer, you should watch Alton Brown's Good Eats show on it. It is pretty spot on with what you have to do to make a batch.
You can pick up a beginner home brew kit for pretty cheap. What you have to be is very meticulous about cleaning. If you let any bacteria in your beer (that isn't supposed to be there) you'll be making malt vinegar instead.
After you graduate from the home kit, you can start making specialty tools that help with the brewing. My buddy built a heat exchanger out of an old jockey box (Worked like a charm). He built a larger brew kettle with the ability to sparge the mash (get more wonderful malt out of the grain) and made some other stuff that helped him brew some really good stuff. He has taken his brewing to the point where it becomes illegal.
If you home brew more than ABC laws dictate, you can be cited and fined.
If you get really into it, you can blow $5,000 on a great system that does almost all of the work in one shot.
To make good home brew you need to have the following qualities:
1) OCD about cleaning- you will need this to keep your gear bacteria free to make the wonderful brew
2) Mad Scientist- you will need this to make better, stronger and more flavorful beers. You will always need to create something new
3) Stenographer- you will need this to remember every step in the process in case you want to make the same beer twice
If you are up for the challenge, give it a shot. Its a lot of fun. Check out the internet for recipies before you start brewing. If you don't you will lose a step and make something else.
I slightly offended that he didn't mention me in that same breath.
Originally Posted by nayagamj
I'll have to give him a ration of **** for that.
Nothing beats Henry'sRazberry Ale!
There is a kit out there by MR. BEER it has everything you need for a first time do it yourself brew. its easy the beer it makes is only ok though, but for a first time try its fun.
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looks like i certainly have some research to do. i've heard that mr. beer kits suck, but part of me is so tempted to try one of them because they're so inexpensive.
Northern Brewer is a great supply site that sends out catalogs every so often. They're chock full of good stuff that will help educate you on the process.
Their site is very nice, too.
Northern Brewer Home Brewing
EDIT: THIS is the direct link to request their free catalog.
Also, there is a good video podcast that I like called Basic Brewing. You can get to it via iTunes from this link right HERE