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Spent the afternoon NOT watching the NFL making beer from a kit my son gave me for Christmas.

It’s a real pain in the *****. Now I know why they invented bottled beer. Lots of pots needed for the mash/sparg/boil, etc...overall I was about three hours from start to fermentation. Now I will wait two weeks to bottle and then another two weeks in the bottles before finding out whether I’ve made beer or swill.

It was interesting to do once, but I certainly did not find a new hobby!

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One gallon batches are a pain and it only makes 11 bottles for the effort.
I routinely make 5-10 gallon batches.

Have 5 gallons of a Belgian Wit (similar in taste to Blue Moon) in the keg now and am about to make another 5 or 10 gallons of a Fresh Strawberry infused Wit. Yum Yum.
 

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It's hard work. But it has to be a labor of love. Some of the best beers I ever had were made in my garage.

And some that were so bad I had to pour them out!

But it's a fun hobby!
 

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When my Son was in college at Texas State, him and a room mate started making beer in their apartment. They got their supplies from Austin brewing Co., those boys got to where they were making some very good beer.

I don't think my Son has made any beer since then, but I remember them saying that once you started a batch, you had to stay with it until you were finished.
 

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I couldn't imagine going through everything for just 1 gallon. I brew in the 5 gallon sizes and keg them. Bottling is a pain in the arse! I really enjoy making it, but it takes time. Now I've got 2 freezers in the garage with temperature controls so that I can lager in the warmer months. I'm about to brew another grapefruit IPA in this next batch.

Hope yours turns out!

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Update one week in..



Not nearly as much CO2 bubbling as I expected. We’ll know in about 3 weeks I suppose.

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I tried my hand at making some brew with a similar kit a few years ago. Beer turned out pretty good but I decided it was too much work for me, and not really worth it. If I were to do it it would need to be 5 gallon batches to get enough brew to make it worth my while. Just another reminder I probably drink too much beer.
 
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