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Old 01-02-2007, 06:30 PM   #1
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Who here brews their own beers?

What kind of equipment do you guys have?

What beers are your favorite?

Where do you buy your ingredients and equipment?

I just got a starter kit for xmas, and should be starting my first batch by the end of the week, First batch is going to be Honey Stout
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I think Bill does.

I was looking in to doing some homebrewing myself in the future.
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Get the Mr. Beer kegs. One case of beer each.

Buy their premium mixes. Don't use the plastic PET bottles.

Get non-twistoff bottles (buy them full, drink them, then sterilize them) and real caps and a capper.

Bottle prime them with the carbonation drops from www.williamsbrewing.com instead of table sugar or corn sugar. I have much better results this way. One drop per 12 oz, 2 per 22-24 oz. I prefer 24oz bottles. Half the capping, twice the happiness.

I also use liquid yeast grown specifically for the type of beer I brew (each batch) then save some from each batch for each consecutive batch. I buy the liquid yeast from a local brewer'* supply, but Mr. Beer also has it now.

You really just need to start with a basic kit and see where it leads you. That'* what I did. I'm a bit more refined now, but not nearly to the point where it takes me hours to brew.

I had 11 cases of homebrew at WCBF, and they were all a big hit. My alcohol content is carefully crafted to be a little on the high side, too.
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I had a Mrbeer, but i have moved on to bigger and better things

http://morebeer.com/product.html?product_id=15910

I hope to buy a piece of equipment every couple months when i order more beer ingredients. A wort chiller and a kegging system would be awesome to have around
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(buy them full, drink them, then sterilize them) :

very important step
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Give it TIME to fully ferment. Don't short-change yourself on it. You'll be tempted to try it early, so don't give in. Bottle priming the same way. Let it sit for 6-8 weeks in the bottle.

The Mr. Beer kegs are nice because they block some natural light and they're easy to move around. Other than that, Toasty has a nice setup there too. I just don't have anywhere to store a keg.

I can give you more detailed fermenting and priming times from my logs. I keep track of all my batches in a book.
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i surprised this is all we have gotten for responses here, i would have thought that there would be more homebrewers here
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Everyone should do this. Oregon is the micro-brew capital of the world. I love the Oregon Premium beers, and the wcbf'ers have come to appreciate them too. But I can brew my own GREAT beer for less than the cost of cheap generic beer. There'* alot of satisfaction in that.

I'd like to see more people try it too. My department at work is only 6 people, but 3 of us brew.
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I can't wait that long
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IF i could make my own Irish Cream.....

he he...

Anyone have a site for that ?
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