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    Do we have any Beersnobs?

    Ive just bottled my first ever brew and wondered if any CS members were into homebrewing as well?

    I couldnt work out which section to post in, but Froth and Bubbles seemed as close as I was going to get to beer  

  • #2
    Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

    Works for me ;D,

    Mal.

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    • #3
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      I suppose the Brewing Equipment section could work too  

      Mal, didnt there used to be an Off Topic section?

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      • #4
        Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

        Yes mate, there was at one time. I think Andy removed it because of lack of use and therefore less maintenance to worry about.

        I spose if push came to shove, you could post it up in General Coffee Related as the topic range in there is pretty diversified ,

        Mal.

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        • #5
          Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

          i brew Mr Framey... (as does new CS member T.D.) 8-)
          what would you like to know..?

          i love my beer more than my coff......
          (no cant say it, its even) ;D

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          • #6
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            Howdy KoNG

            It seems just like coffee, there are lots of tips that can make your brew better. I was told about racking for the first time the other day and it sounds like a good idea. Glass vs. Plastic. Types of bottle, colour, seal etc

            Ive got my recently bottled beer in a big box with a desk lamp on for extra warmth. I am worried that the light will hurt the beer? Most of the bottles are amber but Ive got 8 stubbies that are green, and Ive heard green bottles dont filter light well enough?

            I guess I was just hoping to avoid the rookie mistakes and learn the easy way rather than the hard way  

            My first brew is a kit that was an upgrade from the one that came with the brewing kit. It is supposed to be similar to a Hoegaarden wheat beer. I will try to leave it for as long as possible... :-X

            My next brew will be a Golden Ale. As I will probably drink it sooner than the Hoegaarden, I might try the plastic bottles.

            Any and all tips or info appreciated.

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            • #7
              Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

              I homebrew too - less regularly these days, but I do 2 or 3 batches a year. Ive never used plastic bottles, but Ive used both brown and green glass bottles and noticed no difference in the quality of the brews (if you can get your hands on Grolsch swingtops, grab them!) For long term storage, Ive found the non-twist top bottles best (ie bottles that need a bottle opener to be opened). The good thing about homebrew is that you can put it away like wine and it develops complexity. And like coffee roasting, the variations and alterations to recipes (like bean blends) are infinite...

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              • #8
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                Im also into homebrewing. Upto about my 12th brew now. Its great fun, and Im learning more than I ever thought possible. Im at the partial mash stage at the moment, and hope to move to All Grains soon (as soon as I have collected all the equipment I need!!)

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                • #9
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                  Used to brew but ran out of room, Other Hobbies, Ever tried storing 20 dozen Bottles, Might have to Build that SHed on the side of the House..
                  A couple of Mates Distill and I have made a Batch or two of Spirits for personal consumption..
                  Did try to make a Kahlua once with some Ground Beans and Sugar Syrup, Might try it again one day if I can find a suitable Press to extract the Alcohol from the Ground sponges (Beans). I got fairly good Coffee Flavour but the Beans Sucked up the fluid..
                  Tepin

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                  • #10
                    Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

                    Framey, Ive been brewing for quite a few years and doing "All Grain" for a year probably now. I brew every other weekend, as its just as addictive as roasting and trying to pull the god shot
                    i use champagne bottles for my beer, which is green but atleast twice as thick as your average beer bottle these days. Skunking for light can be a problem, but unless you plan to keep your beer for over 6 months it shouldnt be a major issue, maybe you could just wrap a towel around your crate before subjecting it to the heat lamp. i live in sydney and there is no need to heat them for storage as such, it will obviously take a bit longer to carbonate after priming, but thats not a huge issue unless you are in a rush to drink the batch.
                    racking is a great way of conditioning your beer and getting it off the primary yeast cake.. so go ahead and give it a try, just be sure to eliminate any splashing which will cause oxidation of your wort (beer).

                    Hoegaarden is a class beer, i real fave! but very hard to acheive... especially with a kit. you should get a good wheat beer out of it, probably in the american style (like redback), but without a mash and the right belgian wit yeast.. you will struggle. But hey, thats part of the journey... you will be doing AG before you know it, trying to get that perfect beer.!

                    Good luck and enjoy...

                    by the way
                    the perfect place to go to learn everything you need to know is a forum just like this one. it has a lot of traffic so any question you may ask will normally have a great answer within minutes and there is years of information to be read with the search function.
                    Hop to it... (sorry couldnt help myself)

                    www.aussiehomebrewer.com

                    Slainte
                    KoNG

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                    • #11
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                      Homebrewing is my other halfs hobby. In fact I think he has a couple in the "laboratory" at the moment bubbling away.

                      Hes trying to perfect his Pilsner and after reading up on the internet has decided that perfection will come with how good the water is. Seems you cant beat that German spring water!!

                      A friend of ours does an excellent Honey Ale, brewing with honey of course rather than just the sugar. Best Beer Ever!!

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                      • #12
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                        I mainly brew mead. It does take quite a while to get to the point where youre putting out something decent. For the first 6-8 months it is completely undrinkable. Now two years down the track it is very nice. Sadly, I dont have the storage space, so I was just making cider for a while, which has a short lead time, and consumption time.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

                          Hi,
                          Did anyone ever try Alcoholic lemonade? I experimented a few years ago and managed to produce a, just palatable, result with lactose as the sweetener. If anyone has a recipe they would be willing to share ……. :
                          I think that I still have a few bottles under the house, might go and see if it’s improved any.
                          Billi

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                          • #14
                            Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

                            Originally posted by scoota gal link=1148998618/0#10 date=1149140045
                            Hes trying to perfect his Pilsner and after reading up on the internet has decided that perfection will come with how good the water is. Seems you cant beat that German spring water!!
                            Scoota girl, i dont know where you live, but as you suggested its the water that makes a big difference in brewing the perfect pils, as it is in most beers. Its actually the water of the Czech republic or Pilzen to be exact.. which is as soft as it gets, very low mineral count on all fronts. Luckily Sydneys water is also quite soft and needs very limited altering. So get the other half to grab some sydney water when he can, hell be well on the way. 8-)

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                            • #15
                              Re: Beersnobs - Homebrewing

                              Damn, I just noticed this topic! :

                              Yeah, as KoNG said, I also brew beer. Beer is really my obsession (its only early days for coffee though!). I have been brewing pretty much constantly for 8 years.

                              Like KoNG, I brew all grain beers - so basically right from the raw ingredients (malted grain, hops and water). I would liken all grain to the point where you roast your own beans, and refuse to use anything but freshly ground coffee. Its all about freshness.

                              At the moment I brew 20-40L batches at home. Small enough for variety, but big enough that I dont even consider buying beer from a bottle shop anymore.

                              I am currently building a big system (150L) up at my parents place in the country. Should be running in the next month or so. The idea is to take a few mates up there and brew up a big batch of beer, have a great time while we do it, and then head home with 25L of unfermented beer each!

                              Definitely plenty of similarities between the two crafts.

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