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Title: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 04:08:23 PM
Okay...I've decided to properly get into home brewing.  But, because I'm cheap and poor, I'm going to buy everything piece by piece.

I'm going off of these sites:

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2009/02/27/a-walkthrough-and-cost-breakdown-of-brewing-your-own-beer/

http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Brew_Your_Own_Beer_In_7_Simple_Steps

And, when next I get a free Saturday (ha, ha), I'm going to go stick my head into the big brewery warehouse supply place in furthest Columbia and talk to someone.  Maybe start grabbing some equipment.

Any of you guys have experience or know someone who does?  It seems fairly simple, once you actually have all the shit you need.  Cook it up, put it into the carboy, then let it ferment for a few weeks.  Then drink five gallons of beer in one setting because you have OCD.  Easy!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Nubbins on April 10, 2009, 05:13:31 PM
I've always wanted to do this.  I have several friends from college who got into doing this too.  I don't think the equipment investment is all that expensive.  I think it's fairly easy to fuck up the process and make screwy beer though.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 05:19:49 PM
Yeah, been pricing it out today online with the big place in Columbia I plan to go to.  Looks like $100 will get me the best equipment (and I can cut corners and go cheaper), and the ingredients are very cheap.  Like $35 to make five gallons... Which is far cheaper than actually buying beer.

I'm not going to be gay about the beer, though.  No raspberry chocolate almond honey wheat Octoberfest.  I'm going to stick with straight-up beer.  So I bet that'll cut down on the screwy beer factor.

Regardless, I fully expect to royally fuck up the first few batches.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Nubbins on April 10, 2009, 05:44:14 PM
You could start the Screwy Beer Microbrewery.  Bathtub beer for the common man!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 05:46:16 PM
Mmm...bathtub beer.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Cassander on April 10, 2009, 05:47:53 PM
i've always thought about doing this as well.  i'll let you make all your mistakes and learn from them!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 05:51:31 PM
Well, the only Saturday I see clear is the morning of the 16th in May, so it'll be a while before I get moving on this.  Then, if I just buy what my monthly budget allows, it'll be July before I get to brewing!  Then August before I poison friends with toxic waste.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Cassander on April 10, 2009, 06:10:45 PM
so i just read that 7 steps thing and looked at some recipes.  interesting.  i'd like to make stouts.  or barleywine.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 06:15:44 PM
I'm being drawn towards a good porter...
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Cassander on April 10, 2009, 08:39:38 PM
aha! just watched Breaking Bad ep5.  Did Hank rekindle your fire?  Hopefully unlike him you won't be metaphorically bottling up your emotions.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 08:52:26 PM
aha! just watched Breaking Bad ep5.  Did Hank rekindle your fire?  Hopefully unlike him you won't be metaphorically bottling up your emotions.

Good eye.  Yes, his "man-cave" is what got me thinking about it again.

Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: monkey! on April 12, 2009, 11:43:28 PM
Fuck making your own beer, dude.

Make your own cheep brandy from red wine!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 13, 2009, 07:06:36 AM
You've been in France too long.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: monkey! on April 14, 2009, 02:29:00 PM
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Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 14, 2009, 03:55:56 PM
That looks tasty . . .
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: monkey! on April 14, 2009, 06:28:09 PM
Cognac and soda with lime.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 14, 2009, 06:41:21 PM
Monkey, you have to take me drinking in Paris, sipping cognac all the day long.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on April 14, 2009, 06:43:20 PM
We can do that in Silver Spring.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: monkey! on April 14, 2009, 06:43:46 PM
Monkey, you have to take me drinking in Paris, sipping cognac all the day long.

Jesus... let me win the lottery first.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 14, 2009, 06:56:44 PM
But it would be in Paris . . . with monkey.

<3
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: monkey! on April 14, 2009, 07:07:47 PM
What time is it, Mr. Wolf?

Brandy & Ginger Ale time!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: RottingCorpse on April 14, 2009, 07:12:39 PM
That sounds like a day to me.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: monkey! on April 14, 2009, 07:16:53 PM
That sounds like a day to me.

2 days to me.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on September 02, 2009, 01:10:57 PM
Damn... In a smaller place now, so I haven't been very active.  But then this came up on Google reader:

http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/beer/brewing-beer-at-home-basic-homebrewing-equipment-beer-sessions-093150

So simple!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on September 02, 2009, 01:26:39 PM
Ah, loving this:

http://www.mdhb.com/mdhb_guidetobrewing.php

That's the closest place to me to get supplies, as well.  Maybe I'll pop up there Labor Day and get some basics, and a simple, unexciting starter-kit.  Start out with a plain old helles or something...
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Nubbins on September 02, 2009, 01:42:49 PM
NOT MANY CAN SAY THEY'VE OVERTHROWN THE BUDWEISER. I CAN. I SAY IT AND I SAY IT LOUD.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: monkey! on September 07, 2009, 10:43:01 PM
Budweiser sucks ass.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on January 03, 2010, 12:46:51 PM
Next Saturday is our planned trip for home brew supplies.  We'll see if that actually happens...

On the 16th, a friend of VP's is having me over for a brewing/drinking day. See his set-up, do the work under his instruction.

But we're not going to wait to learn by example... I'd like to get my first batch going next weekend.

Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Cassander on January 03, 2010, 05:48:14 PM
i can't wait to drink it and go blind!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on January 03, 2010, 07:30:51 PM
Just blind in one eye.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on July 07, 2010, 11:45:31 AM
Ooh...a new idea.  Grow my own hops!

http://www.brew-dudes.com/homegrown-hops-update

I'll have to convince somebody to let me do it.  Or maybe I can start a hops farm at the Audubon? I'll look into that...

A project for next spring!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on December 22, 2010, 12:55:25 PM
Okay, I'm waiting on $100 for minor webwork on Jan 1st.  When I get that, I'm going to start home brewing. At long last!

I've been on the fence, but just ran across this article in my Reader:

http://www.blogaboutbeer.com/4-reasons-to-start-home-brewing-in-the-new-year
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There is a possibility this post may change your life for the better in the coming New Year. If you have never brewed your own beer before then consider some of the reasons I make in this post it might just make you pursue one of the most satisfying pastimes you can begin.
The Best Beer You Can Get

There’s no doubt in my mind that a carefully constructed home brew that you have created yourself is just as good, if not better than any you can buy. The reasons for this are more than the technicalities of taste and flavour. Just like whenever you make or craft something yourself there is much more satisfaction cracking the cap off a beer you have brewed yourself.

I will paint a picture for you if I may. You have sourced the best ingredients you can find, you have taken your time and set aside a few hours to lovingly steep your grains and boil your hops, waited a few weeks for fermentation and now for a few weeks your home brew has been sitting in the cupboard maturing. Now the time has come to open the first one, the sense of anticipation has been building so you crack the cap on one and savour your beer like no other commercial beer you’ve tasted.
Brew What You Want

This is a major positive for brewing your own beer. You don’t have to settle for what is available in the stores because you can think I want a (let me make a point here) Choc Mint Stout, yeah that’s right you want a smooth chocolaty, minty stout one day and start making it the following day.

Although I have seen some wild and wacky beers made, many of these are one offs or seasonal so by being able to produce your own, you can have them at any time.
Save Some Money

This is probably one of the biggest reasons a lot of people say why they start home brewing and that’s because it’s true. The raw ingredients to make beer are a tiny fraction of what the cost of the final product is. This is the primary reason why I and many other home brewers I know began brewing.

That does not mean for one second that it cannot be a drain on your finances if you want it too. I’m sure that if you have ever pursued any hobby you know that you always want the next best thingymabob or the other widgetyflip. Just bear in mind the start up cost of equipment required to make your own beer is offset after 1 or 2 batches. After this period you are then saving money on every brew.
Be Sociable

Home brewing can be one of the most social enterprises you can start. First off when you start telling your friends you have just made 5 gallons of beer you will notice they start taking a sudden interest and maybe arrange a get together. There is no doubt that giving your friends a beer you have crafted yourself will impress them to no end.

Along with this, if you are inclined there are all sorts of brewing competitions you can get involved in. This brings you together with other people who all share your desire to create great beer and a whole sense of competition and camaraderie that will mean you meet new friends and maybe more importantly, improve your home brewing.

So maybe if you are trying to think of a New Years Resolution, consider starting a new hobby.
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on December 30, 2010, 10:34:55 AM
Invoice submitted for $100!

Now...to begin... After searching all over and comparing dozens of sets, and exploring buying all the parts separately, I've settled on this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Maestro-Homebrew-Beer-Equipment-Kit/dp/B002BU5IF4

The nearest homebrew store is up in Columbia, so I'll have to drive up there if I want any add-ons or whatever... That's no problem. The big money is getting all the initial pieces together.

I also need a five gallon stock pot... The cheapest I can find is 40 bucks. Anyone got one lying around in their garage or something?

Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: Reginald McGraw on December 31, 2010, 11:32:08 AM
Where is the homebrew store in Columbia?!?
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on December 31, 2010, 01:32:45 PM
Where is the homebrew store in Columbia?!?

http://www.mdhb.com/
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on January 02, 2011, 12:02:34 PM
Payment received! Home brew kit and five gallon stock pot ordered! 

Now... Wait a week or so before I'm able to burn down my apartment building, spill six gallons of fermenting beer in my bedroom, and poison myself with the results!
Title: Re: Home Brewing
Post by: nacho on January 03, 2011, 12:54:38 PM
It's the science of home brewing that I find daunting... Like yeast and all that.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter6-5.html

And, of course, the big problem on the horizon is that I can't control the heat in my apartment and it's always a steady 80 degrees... Which isn't too beer-friendly.

Edit: A much better link on yeast.