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Homebrewing?

Post by Garmar on Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:45 am

Just curious how many members have brewed their own beer or wine. If
you have or are currently, how do you do it? In small batches like a
Mr. Beer keg or large ones that could fuel a college frat party.

Or just the odd container with a balloon on top.

I haven't for a while now, but when I did, it was in a Mr Beer 2 gallon
keg and bottled in swing top Grolsh bottles. I brewed many
kinds--always from grain, never from a can--hate wheat beer but loved
pale ales.

So, how about you guys?

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Post by Red_Venus on Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:11 pm

We made our own chokecherry wine one year. It was pretty good. I'm not familiar with the beer brewing process, but with wine, you boil the fruit, grind it up, add sugar and wine yeast (they package it according to the color, i.e. red wine, white wine, ect..) Then we let it set (in a cool, level temp area) for about two weeks. You stir it every other day or so. Then we bottled it.

On a side, we opened the last bottle about three years later and it was so strong...it was almost a hallucinogen. YIKES!

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Post by Garmar on Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:33 pm

I've never brewed wine, but it sounds like the process is similar. Beer is a bit more complicated than what you described, but still very easy with the right equipment.

The biggest issue is making sure your bottles and containers for boiling grain, etc are completely disinfected. The slightest bit of bacteria will off-flavor the end result.

I always started out by cleaning with detergent and boiling hot water. Then I would bleach and rinse. Then I used a sanitizer called One-Step. Just in case the rinse water had any contaminates.

Yeah, I'm a Type-A.

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Post by Red_Venus on Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:03 pm

That's cool, Gar. I wouldn't mind getting into the whole brewing thing a lot more. We ust have limited space where we live right now, so we haven't attempted to do much since the wine.
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Post by Garmar on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:23 am

It does take up an amazing amount of space!

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