Anyone still homebrew?

I just bottled a six malt amber and am working on my own amber ale using some rye grains.
I do.

I have a wheat that I am going to be bottling in the next couple of days. I was actually just thinking about what to buy next.
I have a vanilla porter in primary right now(boiled on thursday) and I have an amber that’s bottle conditioning.

I’m gonna get a kolsch going in about a week for a lawnmower beer, followed by a citrusweizen, and another go-round of american red.

I have a vanilla porter in primary right now(boiled on thursday) and I have an amber that’s bottle conditioning.

I’m gonna get a kolsch going in about a week for a lawnmower beer, followed by a citrusweizen, and another go-round of american red.

Nice!
I have a honey porter that I finished and bottled 3 weeks ago, but now it looks like I didn’t wait long enough since the caps are starting to bulge I just hope they don’t start exploding so I put them in the fridge.

How long did you let it ferment?

I would definately start using a Hydrometer if you arent already.
I just finished another lawnmower batch (in keg) and transferred a pale to secondary. w00t.
Just got back from the homebrew store. Making a slightly modified American Red and a Wheat-blonde with a kolsch yeast that should be interesting at the very least.
I’ve still got about 20 gallons of mead aging in their carboy. I might have to bottle some so I can make some wine or more mead.
I just bottled a Wheat and am getting ready to start a Austrialian Pale Ale.

Wow that is a lot of mead.

I am going to start working on a blood orange hefe based on a recipe from Dog Fish Head. It sounds tasty.

Make sure whatever you are fermenting in stays nice and cold. Lagers need colder temps.

Well its not all straight mead. I just cannot remember all the different names it gets when you add things to it. I do them in 5 gallon batches. I have a great vanilla bean/cinnamon going, a blueberry, a strawberry, and then a dry and sweet straight up batch. I’ve also been aging them for a few years. As soon as I get some more carboys though I’ve got a few more pounds of honey to make some more.
What is involved in making a steam style of beer, i remember reading some where that it used loger yeast and let it firment at ale temps. if some one knows please let me know.

I think I have a book or two with some info but here is a recipe kit that is suppose to be a clone of Anchor’s Steam Beer.

Transferred my vanilla porter to secondary (finally) and put 2.5 bourbon soaked vanilla beans in after it. Should be tasty in about 2 weeks.

I’m doing the boil on my strange Wheat-blonde w/ kolsch yeast tonight.

Transferred my vanilla porter to secondary (finally) and put 2.5 bourbon soaked vanilla beans in after it. Should be tasty in about 2 weeks.

I’m doing the boil on my strange Wheat-blonde w/ kolsch yeast tonight.

Nice.

I am waiting on my latest Amber Ale to finish up. Should be a good one.
I’m trying to drink some of the beer that currently fills every inch of my 9cu-ft chest freezer so I can homebrew again. Gonna keg this time around. Thinking about making a lager too.

Yeah, ive been through HBT’s recipe database.
I’m working on an American Red recipe right now, but my next brew will likely be an APA. I’m pumped.
I just got a Scottish 60 Ale in the mail from Northern Brewer yesterday. I will be starting that this weekend after I bottle my Austrialian Pale Ale.
Brewing the hefe tomorrow. I couldn’t find any blood oranges local so im just using normal ones.
I just bottled my Australian Pale Ale last night, it smells good and I am looking forward to trying it.
Kolsch just finished brewing (literally) and im about to do a lawnmower again.

It’s hot as hell. I hate brewing when its hot.
I ordered a propane burner for outside a few days ago. $30 from amazon, so I’m waiting for that to come before I start my APA. My mom’s neighbor apparently has a full sized keg (15.5 gallons) that he wants to give me, so I’m going to have a free keggle once I cut the top off, so I can do full boils.

Oh, and I’m making a kegerator in the next 2 weeks. 2 Corny kegs, so I can stop storing so many bottles.

Oh, and I boiled my Wheat Blonde 2 weeks ago yesterday, and the krausen STILL hasn’t fallen yet. It’s intense. I’m thinking of leaving it in primary til I have time to do the boil on the apa.

I ordered a propane burner for outside a few days ago. $30 from amazon, so I’m waiting for that to come before I start my APA. My mom’s neighbor apparently has a full sized keg (15.5 gallons) that he wants to give me, so I’m going to have a free keggle once I cut the top off, so I can do full boils.

Oh, and I’m making a kegerator in the next 2 weeks. 2 Corny kegs, so I can stop storing so many bottles.

Oh, and I boiled my Wheat Blonde 2 weeks ago yesterday, and the krausen STILL hasn’t fallen yet. It’s intense. I’m thinking of leaving it in primary til I have time to do the boil on the apa.

Making the jump to kegging will be the greatest thing you’ve ever done.

Are you doing a 4912 kegerator or a keezer?

And stop whoring the free lifetime membership thread with your pictures.
I want that.
lol, I ran out of photos, I’ll take lots more this weekend for that thread.

I’m doing the 4912. It’s going to be a dual faucet. On wednesday I almost ordered it from fry’s online, but after discussing it with my bf, we decided to wait til friday(today) to order it, because we’ll be driving by on our way to and from a shooting competition. I looked at it yesterday morning and it had jumped $50 in price overnight! Turns out that Sanyo discontinued the 4912, so it can’t be gotten at bestbuy. Luckily Costco offers free shipping and a slightly higher price.

I’m getting a dual tap tower + CO2 +a perlick faucets + all the other stuff from kegconnection, and Brewtopia’s selling me a few of the kegs he picked up for his brewery, so once he gets those over from the peninsula, I should be ready to roll! I just have to get the stuff from kegconnection ordered.

I have a propane burner showing up on tuesday (for full boils) and the Sanyo showing up wednesday. I’m sure my apartment manager lady is going to think we’re crazy. This week we had 500 10mm bullets shipped to us also.

I’m SO pumped to start kegging. After my "wtf is this" bottling mishap I’m certainly ready to be done with all that hoopla and storing it.

lol, I ran out of photos, I’ll take lots more this weekend for that thread.

I’m doing the 4912. It’s going to be a dual faucet. On wednesday I almost ordered it from fry’s online, but after discussing it with my bf, we decided to wait til friday(today) to order it, because we’ll be driving by on our way to and from a shooting competition. I looked at it yesterday morning and it had jumped $50 in price overnight! Turns out that Sanyo discontinued the 4912, so it can’t be gotten at bestbuy. Luckily Costco offers free shipping and a slightly higher price.

I’m getting a dual tap tower + CO2 +a perlick faucets + all the other stuff from kegconnection, and Brewtopia’s selling me a few of the kegs he picked up for his brewery, so once he gets those over from the peninsula, I should be ready to roll! I just have to get the stuff from kegconnection ordered.

I have a propane burner showing up on tuesday (for full boils) and the Sanyo showing up wednesday. I’m sure my apartment manager lady is going to think we’re crazy. This week we had 500 10mm bullets shipped to us also.

I’m SO pumped to start kegging. After my "wtf is this" bottling mishap I’m certainly ready to be done with all that hoopla and storing it.

Its so much easier. The only bitch is not having bottles around when you need them. ie a homebrew competition or if you want to give a friend a few beers. The beer gun is good, but still.

I did the 4912 and it was easy as hell. I got mine from Best Buy the week before they were discontinued.
Yeah, I think I might get some carb drops (whichever ones don’t have malt extract in them) and keep them on hand in case I ever have more than a flat 5 gallons of beer to go in the kegs. That’ll make bottling a few easy, and then there’s the simple counterpressure filler. After spending over an hour bottling a batch of porter that I’ve been putting off til last night, I’m MORE than ready to start kegging. It’s like racking to the bottling bucket, then sealing it and being done.
Where could I find a list of things I would need to get started on something like this?

Homebrewing or Kegging?

I ended up overpaying for my kit, but it had literally everything I needed and I haven’t bought more supplies(except ingredients) until recently (5+ batches) when I decided to move up to kegging and full boils. If you like to "watch" things and stay informed on the progress of your stuff, you’d be better off getting a carboy as a primary fermentation vessel, because you can watch the convection currents, the trub building, and the krausen doing it’s thing, instead of just watching a bucket bubbling. There are 2 choices to go with as far as "carboy" style fermentation/clearing vessels. Many people use "better bottles" which are food-grade plastic jugs, similar to water cooler bottles. These are lighter and don’t break if you drop them. They also can develop scratches inside if you use a carboy brush to scrub off dried on protein and dead yeast, which makes keeping them effectively sanitized very difficult, they also show "wear" by scratching and whatnot on the outside. They’re also fairly oxygen permeable, so aren’t suitable for long-term bulk aging such as a mead or barleywine would need.

Glass carboys are heavier, cost more to ship, are breakable (ever spill 5 gallons of water all over the floor? Imagine 5 gallons of very sticky water!), but they also "last" better, you can scrub them all you want and not worry about scratching them, IMO, they look better, and if you’re careful with them at all, they’re really very easy to handle.

Here’s what mine came with, and I use all of the stuff, so look into getting everything
Detailed Description
The Deluxe Homebrewing Starter Kit Includes:

6 Gallon Glass Carboy Fermenter complete with Stopper, Airlock, Carrying Handle, and Stick-on Thermometer.
5 Gallon Glass Carboy Fermenter complete with Stopper, Airlock, Carrying Handle, and Stick-on Thermometer.
Siphoning System featuring the "Auto-Siphon"
Funnel
Bottling System with Bottle Filling Wand
2 Cases of 22oz Beer Bottles
Bottle Capper and Bottle Caps
20 Quart Stainless Steel Brewing Pot
Boil Proof Brewing Spoon
Floating Glass Thermometer
Hydrometer and Testing Jar
Carboy and Bottle Cleaning Brushes
Cleaning Kit containing PBW Cleaner and Star San Sanitizer
"How To Brew" Text
Your Choice of any Coopers Pre-Hopped Beer Kits to get started!
where did you get that kit?

Also, how would you rate your homebrews compared to standard bottled beer, and/or microbrew bars?

Do you think your beer tastes better than most nationally distributed beers, or is this mostly for the fun and pride of brewing your own?

I’ve never had any homebrew stuff so I am curious as to how it compares.

I really love beer, and I am constantly trying to find new stuff to try out and learn about. I’ve been thinking of doing this for some time now, but didn’t really know where to start.
I picked it up locally, but the shop I got it from has a site. Like I said, I overpaid, and the price listed on their site is more than I ended up paying in store.

My homebrew is at least as good as commercial craft beers. The main reason that I do it is for the fun and pride, but I also like to cook, and this sort of goes along with that. There’s a ton of interesting science involved in it that I totally dig also. I had a batch not turn out very good, but it isn’t the end of the world, it has a strong coriander flavor, so I use it for cooking. Besides, I’m only out about $25 in ingredients, and I learned a lesson – Don’t leave coriander in the fermenter. One advantage of homebrew is the huge amount of recipes out there, and so many different styles. "I wonder what a vanilla porter would taste like…" well, make it! I did. I’ve found that for the cost of a 6-pack at specialty beer stores, you can make 2 cases of whatever style beer you like. I just got a 1 gallon glass jug (super cheap wine) to try an "apfelwein" recipe which is essentially apple juice, corn sugar, and dry white wine yeast. I don’t know of anywhere to get this locally, so this is my only chance to try it.

When it comes down to it, you can pick up a hobby which is relaxing, requires some level of drinking to perfect, and has you drinking craft quality beer regularly, instead of breaking yourself buying bottle after bottle of specialty beer and having no understanding of the components and processes, and nothing tangible to show for it.
Did you hear about carboys? The company that makes them in Mexico went out of business. No more 6.5 gallon glass carboys for a while, if ever.

I might see if I can have a welder I know make me a large steel fermenter. I am guessing the issue with it will be keeping it air tight so I need to do some research.

Did you hear about carboys? The company that makes them in Mexico went out of business. No more 6.5 gallon glass carboys for a while, if ever.

I might see if I can have a welder I know make me a large steel fermenter. I am guessing the issue with it will be keeping it air tight so I need to do some research.

Why not just get a pony or corny keg to ferment in? Or you could use the ever popular Ale Pail. I have a 6.5 gallon glass carboy, and I’m sure many can be found on craigslist if you keep your eyes open for them.

Did you hear about carboys? The company that makes them in Mexico went out of business. No more 6.5 gallon glass carboys for a while, if ever.

I might see if I can have a welder I know make me a large steel fermenter. I am guessing the issue with it will be keeping it air tight so I need to do some research.

I hadnt heard that. So, there is only one place that makes those carboys? Sounds like a business opportunity!

Thanks for the heads up, I had been thinking about picking up another 1 or 2.

Did you hear about carboys? The company that makes them in Mexico went out of business. No more 6.5 gallon glass carboys for a while, if ever.

I might see if I can have a welder I know make me a large steel fermenter. I am guessing the issue with it will be keeping it air tight so I need to do some research.

They’re still making carboys in Italy, but now they have to retool for the 6.5’s

They said that 5 gallons are going up to 50-60 each and 6.5’s are expected to get up to 100.00 until shipments start rolling back in again.

This is the time to either go with a conical or switch to Better Bottles.

Since I brew so much, having (and paying for) 10 conicals just doesn’t make sense.
I’ll wind up buying one and going to better bottles.

They’re still making carboys in Italy, but now they have to retool for the 6.5’s

They said that 5 gallons are going up to 50-60 each and 6.5’s are expected to get up to 100.00 until shipments start rolling back in again.

This is the time to either go with a conical or switch to Better Bottles.

Since I brew so much, having (and paying for) 10 conicals just doesn’t make sense.
I’ll wind up buying one and going to better bottles.

I just checked and the two places I would normally buy from have them on back order. That sucks. I guess I will be looking into Better Bottles.

Austin Homebrew, Northern Brewer and Midwest all have them still, at close to the same price.

I didnt check them because I imagine shipping would raise the cost but it may be worth it giving the current situation.

All 3 places have good prices on shipping.
Hefe turned out great. Wonderful nose of banana, clover, and some orange sweetness (from the orange zest).

Taste was strong banana, clove, some wheat, and a light hint of orange.

Hefe turned out great. Wonderful nose of banana, clover, and some orange sweetness (from the orange zest).

Taste was strong banana, clove, some wheat, and a light hint of orange.

I just cracked my first beer of an Australian Pale Ale I did and it turned out to by my best beer yet. It is excellent. I may have to do another batch of it.

Nice!

I am going to do this one again for sure. Cheap, easy, but wonderful tasting.
I just got them in the last few days. 3 of them will be full in the next week. Then I’m going to work on stockpiling beers that need some time to age like ambers and maybe a Christmas beer.

Beats the hell outa bottling!

I just got them in the last few days. 3 of them will be full in the next week. Then I’m going to work on stockpiling beers that need some time to age like ambers and maybe a Christmas beer.

Beats the hell outa bottling!

I need to get my kegging equipment. I have 7 kegs and a small fridge now.

I just got them in the last few days. 3 of them will be full in the next week. Then I’m going to work on stockpiling beers that need some time to age like ambers and maybe a Christmas beer.

Beats the hell outa bottling!

Congrats!

What are you paying for them out by you?
I paid $25 for the two double handled ones locally from a guy I know who’s setting up a brewpub, and I got 4 single handled ones from the Chico Company in CA for $96 shipped. All got new seals and a nice long oxyclean soak.

25.00 is actually a pretty decent price.
I catch them on sale from Adventures in Homebrewing for 20.00 once or twice a year.

Watch the oxy soaking..
I soaked one of mine to clean it when I bought it and forgot about it. 3 days later it had pitted it a little bit on the inside. I’ve read others having the same problem on HBT.
Yeah. The oxyclean is basically just hydrogen peroxide. I only leave glass to soak for more than a few hours.

I’m making a blonde on the cheap today. It’s getting apricots later this week, but I may leave some out without them, and I want it to taste super clean, so I’m filtering all the water through my brita, and decided not to use bottled water to top off, so I’m filtering a bunch, then I’m going to boil it, cool it, put it in bottles, then chill it. I forsee this being a LONG process. lol

Yeah. The oxyclean is basically just hydrogen peroxide. I only leave glass to soak for more than a few hours.

I’m making a blonde on the cheap today. It’s getting apricots later this week, but I may leave some out without them, and I want it to taste super clean, so I’m filtering all the water through my brita, and decided not to use bottled water to top off, so I’m filtering a bunch, then I’m going to boil it, cool it, put it in bottles, then chill it. I forsee this being a LONG process. lol

It is, i’ve done the preboil before.

What I am trying now is using camden tablets. I use a very small amount to purify the water and it seems to work great. They are usually used in wine making but at low doses are great for purifying water.
Oh really? Like how many tablets per 3-4 gallons of water? I just got some to kill all the bugs in the apricots I’m putting in secondary with this blonde.

I’m using Oxyclean.

Oh really? Like how many tablets per 3-4 gallons of water? I just got some to kill all the bugs in the apricots I’m putting in secondary with this blonde.

I’m using Oxyclean.

1 tablet is good for 30 gallons.

but using 1 tablet for 5 gallons is suppose to be okay.

I used half a tablet for 5 gallons and it came out just fine.