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    1. Member 5_Cent's Avatar
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      04-22-2009 02:42 AM #51
      Quote, originally posted by SmithersSP »
      Not at all. Don't let my setup intimidate you. I always say, "If you can make soup, you can make beer." I've also been known to say, "if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."
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      Cheers!

      lmao, love the dodgeball reference, one of my all time favs!
      Thanks for the book reference as well, I was looking at that the other day. Going to pick on up to read once this semester is over and I have time to dedicate.

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      04-22-2009 11:13 AM #52
      it is actually really easy to do once you can wrap your noggin around what you are doing. just keep everything sanitized, that is the biggest thing. the kits I started out with were really easy to use and had simple directions. I recommend having an experienced brewer with you the first time just so he/she can show you techniques and add insight to the process.

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      04-22-2009 11:28 AM #53
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      I recommend having an experienced brewer with you the first time just so he/she can show you techniques and add insight to the process.

      THIS.
      It really helps take the uneasiness out of the first session.
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      04-22-2009 01:55 PM #54
      Hey SmithersSP are you going to be selling/making a summer brew???
      Slam it on 100 spoke daytons!

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      04-22-2009 04:54 PM #55
      My Raspberry Wheat is what I consider to be my summer beer. That and my Belgian Whit... I don't sell my beer as that would be highly illegal. I plan on bringing a 3gal keg to SoWo. I'm always trying to convince Chapter 11 people to stop by my house after northside meets to try my beer but every is always lame and goes home at 8...
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      04-23-2009 08:46 AM #56
      Kind of funny story. I'm closing on my new house tomorrow and during the process of selling our old house, I had to have a city inspection. Everything was fine until the guy walked downstairs, then came back up about 5 minutes later with a very concerned look on his face.
      Me: "What's up?"
      the inspector: "Um....We've got a major violation to deal with."
      Me: "Yeah, I was worried about that friggin plumbing stack. Think I should replace it?"
      the inspector: "No...No that's fine. Um...Well, you are either making a lot of methaphetamine down there or you have one hell of a distilling operation going on. You don't seem like a meth head, but you need to understand that distillation is a federal offense and...."
      I started to crack up. "Wait, You're right, I'm not a meth head and there's nothing illegal about brewing beer."
      I gave him a quick brewery tour and offered him a beer...which he politely declined because it was 8:30am. I guess I'm lucky he didn't just leave and call the police or BATF.

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      04-23-2009 10:56 AM #57
      ^^

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      04-23-2009 01:39 PM #58
      Your city inspector is a tool bag...
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      04-24-2009 11:21 PM #59
      I just saw something on Spike, they had in between commercials some brewer dude from Lake House Brewing. He said he used bleach to clean everything, or at least the bottles, I forget. Is this what you guys use?

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      04-24-2009 11:33 PM #60
      Quote, originally posted by SmithersSP »
      Your city inspector is a tool bag...

      Only had to deal with hom once though.
      Today was the big day, we closed and moved to our new house. I didn't realize how much shjt I had until I had to move it. My wife was not amused. 350lbs of grain, a freezer full of hops, yeast stocks on slants and tubes, 13+ cornies, 7 sankes (kettles, hlts, uncuts), lagering fridge, kegerator, 7-8 carboys, 6 gallons of mead, pumps, 2 big immersion chillers and cfc, 3 burners, 10 gal mashtun, microscope and lab stuff, 10 or so buckets, 3 15 gal fermenters, 4 rubbermaid totes of fittings, chemicals, tubing, etc etc etc......
      Unfortunately, I've got a lot of non-brewing domestic projects before the brewing projects come together completely. so I'll be using the same system I pictured above to brew a nice big robust porter for the Brewers Heritage Festival here in St. Louis next month and a long lagered dopplebock for the Soulard Octoberfest in september. I'll post some pics when I can pull things together.

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      04-25-2009 07:56 PM #61
      Quote, originally posted by 5_Cent »
      I just saw something on Spike, they had in between commercials some brewer dude from Lake House Brewing. He said he used bleach to clean everything, or at least the bottles, I forget. Is this what you guys use?

      you can but, you have to dilute it and then rinse. then rinse agan. after that you rinse again. then you rinse after that. when your done with that - rinse it again. rinse and repeat, etc.
      I use this.

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      04-26-2009 10:14 PM #62
      I use pbw and barkeepers friend to clean, and starsan and sometimes iodophor to sanitize. I used to use bleach with no problems, but the potential for band-aid beer kind of sketched me out.


      Modified by blksabbath at 7:15 PM 4-26-2009

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      04-27-2009 06:47 AM #63
      I used to use iodophor as it is Stainless steel friendly and doesn't require rinsing. Now I use StarSan by 5-Star chemical. Even easier to use than iodophor.
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    14. 04-27-2009 12:56 PM #64
      I like starsan but the foam makes me angry.
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      04-28-2009 10:11 AM #65
      They have a no-foam version as well.

    16. 04-28-2009 12:57 PM #66
      SAY WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I'm all over that.
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      04-29-2009 09:06 AM #67
      Here you go:
      http://morebeer.com/view_produ...32_oz
      I haven't used it though because I have no issues with the foam.

    18. 04-29-2009 09:26 AM #68
      Quote, originally posted by ribguy »
      Steer clear of mr. beer, brew it right with the proper equip.

      We started out on a Mr. Beer. It was a pretty coolsetup for what it was but it never seemed to make enough beer. So beginning of this year we upgraded to a 5 Gallon setup from our local home brew store.
      My dad and I do this as a father son project when we're bored of or out of car projects.
      We try to have one batch fermenting and one batch aging in bottles.
      My dad suffers from recipe A.D.D. While I'd probably be happy making this English brown ale (Think Newcastle) recipe we found exclusively.
      I believe we have a Dark Mexican beer in bottles right now and a blueberry beer fermenting in the carboy.
      I'm going to see if I can convince him we need to do that english brown again this next batch! IMO it was the best one we've done so far. Simple, not too bitter or hoppy... a really good base for experimenting with other flavors.
      Anyone else do their cooking on the stove and use Grain bags for the grains and hops to prevent having to strain out all the muck? We tried it last round but the bag touched the bottom and got burned to the bottom and ripped open!! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]
      Trying to figure out a way to hold the bag up in the pot without standing over it for the whole cooking process!

    19. 04-29-2009 09:31 AM #69
      Quote, originally posted by blksabbath »
      "wow man, how long have you been brewing?"
      7 years...plus a few random times in college and stuff.
      Get the print version of John Palmers How to Brew. Here's the online version: http://www.howtobrew.com/sitemap.html
      Next time you go into a homebrew shop, ask if there's a club in your area. The best way to learn is to brew with others and see how it's all done.
      Modified by blksabbath at 6:01 AM 4-10-2009

      Agreed, we have a local place called the brew hut. they have a little bar in the backs o you can go back and have a home brew beer and walk around the store and shop for ingredients while you sip a tasty homebrew!
      Lots of people come in with their creations in kegs or bottles to let people taste or to have the owner try out and give advice! it's really cool!
      Our brewing bible!
      http://www.amazon.ca/Home-Brew...72876
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      04-29-2009 11:34 AM #70
      Quote, originally posted by citat3962 »
      Anyone else do their cooking on the stove and use Grain bags for the grains and hops to prevent having to strain out all the muck? We tried it last round but the bag touched the bottom and got burned to the bottom and ripped open!! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG]
      Trying to figure out a way to hold the bag up in the pot without standing over it for the whole cooking process!

      I do sometimes, what type of pot are you using? I use a turkey fryer kettle and just wrap the end of the grain bag around one of the handles when I am not agitating.

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      05-04-2009 02:55 PM #71
      one of these good to start with?
      http://cgi.ebay.com/Home-Brew-...sting

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      05-04-2009 03:13 PM #72
      Here's my recommended starter system.
      -Propane Turkey Fryer.
      -Propane Tank
      -Copper immersion chiller (make one yourself to save $)
      -Glass Carboy (you can use HPDE bucket to save $)
      -Bottling Bucket
      -Misc equipment such as nylon hop bag, hydrometer, thermometer, etc
      This method allows you to boil the full 5 gallons of beer and cool it using the chiller. Ferment that, then bottle using the bottling bucket.
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      05-04-2009 07:55 PM #73
      Just popped open a batch of IPA. Hoppy goodness in a bottle. The bottom picture is the labels I'm making . One of my best friends, a fellow homebrewer who passed away last month. All the beer I make is in memory of him since he introduced me to it.



      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]


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      05-04-2009 10:55 PM #74
      Quote, originally posted by 5_Cent »
      one of these good to start with?
      http://cgi.ebay.com/Home-Brew-...sting

      that's more or less the kit I started with. I do pretty well with it. you do want to look into a wort chiller somethihng along the lines of this. you can make one but, copper is definitely not cheap right now but, I "acquired" 50 ft of tubing for free so you just decide which way to go. also, like Smithers said, get a propane kettle kit. ( I have a turkey fryer kit and it works great)


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      05-04-2009 11:23 PM #75
      cool thanks, I'll hunt around and see what I can find as far as copper tubing goes and compare prices. The kit seems like a decent starter for the price. Turkey propane kit I shall pic up in a couple weeks when I move into my new house. Want to start getting some experience, I would really like to have some skills and turn out something really nice for my wedding guests in 2011 the fiance thought it was a great idea.

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