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    Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    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 *:D



    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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    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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    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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    I had a laugh 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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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    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 :D

    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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    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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    Quote 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 :D

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    Quote 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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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    lots of info at this site about homebrew:

    www.aussiehomebrewer.com.au

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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Quote 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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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    I had a laugh, 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,
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    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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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Quote 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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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by 21313D3D26330D35333E520 link=1248782135/13#13 date=1250164109
    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! *
    You can legally purchase the equipment but the distillation of spirits is illegal. Presumably, you might just want to distill tap water! Yeah, right ;)

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    My dads heaps into the home brewing. I think if he had any advice for those just starting out hed probably say keep some Stones Green Ginger at hand - if he cooks up a batch that aint quite right he can suffer through it by making it into "dirty ginger beer" I had a laugh.
    Hes also into the flavourings - had tried a raspberry tea (stuff a whole bunch of teabags in) and the liquorice. Couldnt taste the raspberry one, but he liked the liquorice.
    Hes a but of a crazy bushman and hes been at it for years, so he tends to do this a bit differently.

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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by 3933303B3C262B3E373C520 link=1248782135/7#7 date=1248825148
    I thought distilling alcohol was illegal in Australia?

    Or are you guys simply distilling water for use? ;)
    Yep it is but there is a loop hole for the equipment.

    You are allowed to buy equipment for distilling 5 Litres or less. This is/was for the distallation of oils for perfume etc, not for drinking alcohol.

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    distilling is considered a grey area in IMO, the law "allows" a 5l still to be sold, mostly under the guise of essential oils etc.

    On the most part if you follow the simple brewing / distilling rules and learn about what your doing JUST LIKE COFFEE !! you can produce a safe and nice product. There are a few health issues around mentholated spirits and distilling that are simple to over come once understood. And of course not discounting alcoholism :(

    its cowboys that start trying to sell stuff and avoid duty tax that is the issue just like brewing home beer not allowed to sell or even give it to people.

    there have been very few people of recent years that have been "convicted" of home distilling that just are home users.

    if your interested in having a go whatever you do do not buy one of those cheap stills off ebay that are made in china "waterless air cooled" they are rubbish and produce swill that i would not recommend you drink.

    this is the best forum / website for distilling i reckon
    http://homedistiller.org/

    i have been home distilling for years

    Leeham

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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Got talking to a very serious home brewer a party recently,
    Didnt know it but they use PIDs too...................we bored the c**p out of everyone once we got onto that topic.

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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by 3438313C3C35590 link=1248782135/18#18 date=1250205658
    i have been home distilling for years
    Essential Oils of course.... ::) :P

    Mal.

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    Re: Gunna have a crack at home brew

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C6B7B6C7D7A6B7C0E0 link=1248782135/19#19 date=1250208933
    they use PIDs too
    My brew buddy has this system: http://www.brew-magic.com/bmindex.html and I started building this one: http://morebeer.com/search/103471
    Then I moved here and put it in storage!

    I think making beer is very similar to espresso in that you can control and tweak the process to make what you like. *Only you get to enjoy the espresso a lot sooner! (like 4 weeks!)



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