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    Ok so since I joined here about a year ago searching for info on coffee gear upgrades. Ive been the happy owner of a Silvia and Mazzer mini ever since.

    Also got hooked on home roasting which I never thought would happen, but am very glad it did.

    I love coffee, but I also love beer and a friend recently set himself up with some home brewing equipment. He makes a pretty good drop.

    It got my interest up to have a crack too, so today I came home with all this junk  



    Im gunna get stuck into it tomorra. Ill be interested to see how many batches it takes me to get it right  ;D

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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Good one Gronk
    Very similar setup to mine by the looks but i have the immersible heater element.
    I havent done a brew in over a year though and still have about 60 stubbies left. For me the only issue with beer is i put too much weight on so had to stop and havent got back into it and may not as i dont drink enough to warrant making so many brews per year. Storage is the issue as the beer generally keeps well and can improve over time depending on the type of brew done.
    Good luck with it all as its satisfying drinking that first beer from the first batch.

    Mal

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    • #3
      Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

      Gday Mal. Yeah I dont wanna stack on any weight either so I usually only drink a stubbie or 2 every day. Im not into big drinking sessions.

      The goo that came with the kit is the lager which should be an ok drop, but the next batch will be the full on sparkling ale http://www.coopers.com.au/store/viewProduct.php?catid=19&subcatid=30&productID=125

      Recipe http://www.coopers.com.au/homebrew/makeBeer.php?cid=5&bid=119

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      • #4
        Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

        lol awesome

        next thing you know the mash turn and wort chiller will be being bought.
        you will be growing hops and cracking grain
        buying a keg system
        maybe building a still.......

        its like looking for a god shot in coffee, a never ending journey

        i never could get beer to taste really good, nice but not great.
        Loved my alco ginger beer in summer, then somehow moved on to copper pipes and potato peel  

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        • #5
          Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

          Originally posted by 2F232A27272E420 link=1248782135/3#3 date=1248784337
          next thing you know the mash turn and wort chiller will be being bought.
          you will be growing hops and cracking grain
          buying a keg system
          maybe building a still.......

          its like looking for a god shot in coffee, a never ending journey
          ;D Dont say that. I think with the beer brewing, coffee roasting, cycling, motorcycling and guitar playing Ill have enough hobbies to keep me busy and my wallet empty

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          • #6
            Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

            Originally posted by 777B727F7F761A0 link=1248782135/3#3 date=1248784337
            i never could get beer to taste really good, nice but not great.
            Really?
            I have done some wicked brews and without doubt the best have been Coopers and Cascade. Did a great Coopers pale ale and a Cascade Chocolate Mahogany Porter
            The ones I have left in my stash are 2nd rate so perhaps i may just throw them out and start again. I have been drinking the Pure Blond low carb beer of late so may try and find an equivalent in the home brew.

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            • #7
              Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

              Hey i am not saying i cant be done, in fact i reckon the method that Gronk is going to do is the nice simple way. My mates moved to the "from scratch" beer brewing methods and at the time i did not have a good area to do it in (laundry) so i drank theirs

              Someone then showed me their still and i thought "hey i could do that". I was always a scotch bourbon drinker so i went down that path.

              i am looking forward to doing some brews as i am getting a shed / studio in T-22 days . My 5 year aged on oak stash is starting to run low.......

              Leeham

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              • #8
                Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                I thought distilling alcohol was illegal in Australia?

                Or are you guys simply distilling water for use?

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                • #9
                  Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                  Originally posted by 6A6063686F75786D646F010 link=1248782135/7#7 date=1248825148
                  I thought distilling alcohol was illegal in Australia?
                  It is. But so is speeding and J walking...  

                  Well my brew is up and running. Fingers crossed its at least drinkable

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                  • #10
                    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                    Originally posted by 6E7B6667623F3B090 link=1248782135/8#8 date=1248855671
                    Well my brew is up and running. Fingers crossed its at least drinkable
                    I am sure it will be.
                    Treat it like you do your coffee, have one after the first 4 weeks to taste then wait a while and if you can keep some for 12months and see how they drink.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                      lots of info at this site about homebrew:

                      www.aussiehomebrewer.com.au

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                      • #12
                        Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                        Originally posted by 032B2F3C2B3D374E0 link=1248782135/10#10 date=1249212169
                        lots of info at this site about homebrew:

                        www.aussiehomebrewer.com.au
                        haha yeah that was the first site I checked before I started brewing.

                        Tons of good info!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                          lol, first post on a coffee website is about beer! ;D

                          http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html It is a must read! And yes, it is a very addicting hobby. And if you think "upgraditis" is bad in this hobby...

                          And it is a lot like beans, the fresher the ingredients the better the beer. So visit your LHBS (Local Home Brew Shop).

                          Cheers,
                          Ryan

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                          • #14
                            Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                            My man got an idea from another mate who was brewing his own to add honey to his brews instead of sugar. I think Ive still got a few of those honey brews and theyre excellent.

                            I think a great tip, like what bolb said, is to keep at least two bottles from your brew and vintage them for as long as you can to see what flavours come out over time.

                            Home brewing is the one thing I miss but I dont miss the drama, mess and bottle collection! ;D

                            Is distilling illegal? I mean, at least in this state (NSW) you can purchase stills and the ingredients to make spirits. Theyre sold alongside the beer brewing equipment in my local hardware store!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

                              Originally posted by 3D2D21213A2F11292F224E0 link=1248782135/13#13 date=1250164109
                              Is distilling illegal?
                              Umm, I think so. But I know a few blokes who use stills. Some of it tastes pretty good too!

                              My first brew is bottled and sitting in crates quietly maturing. I hate the wait.
                              The second brew will be ready to bottle on sat or sun. Ill then have the equivalent of 120 stubbies.

                              Ill start another brew in a week or two when I can scrounge together some more bottles.

                              I think that should be enough to keep me going for a few weeks ;D

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