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I got some idle time (6 weeks) coming up and am looking for something to do and am thinking about home brewing some beers. It's something I've always wanted to get into, but never had the time to research anything on it. Do any of you out there home brew beer? If so, I need some suggestions on where to start with equipment, ingredients, and anything else I might need to get started. Any and all tips are welcome. I'll be glad to share my first several batches with anyone brave enough to try them! Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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Didi my first batch this summer. Guy with username Costal Outfitters can give you some tips, as he helped me. But it will be ready in about 6 weeks so I would get the wert started asap. I made wert in July, bottled end of July and sampled first week of August. Got a kit from Midwest brew supplies but Defalcos has the same stuff and a better brew kit selection. Beer gets better the longer it sits. Time consuming and not much cheaper than store bought but fun to mess with if nothing to do. KEEP EVERYTHING VERY CLEAN is the most important tip.
 

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I got my Dad a setup for Christmas........he's on his 4th keg now.

You can keg it with alot less headache. He went to the local Coke distibutor and talked one of the workers out of 2 soda kegs (like corner stores use). He bought new "O" rings and was off to the races.


He seems to enjoys it. His first batch was a little stong.......11% alcohol.

He poked a hole in his garage fridge, and whoala a kegerator. Poker night hasn't been the same since.
 

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Hhhhhmmmmm, yeah, I dabble a bit :wink: , Whatcha need to know?
 

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i've been doing it for a couple years now. i love the taste of it.....ever flavor i've made. i got all my advice and supplies from a local guy here in victoria. now is a good time to start......the beer is heavier that most all common u.s. beers and isn't what i like after a hard day of work in the hot sun. it is however, awsome to sit and drink on a cold day or after you've cooled off a bit. my best advice to you is try to find a local shop with a friendly owner to help you get started. you may be able to find kits on the internet cheaper but if the store owner is willing to help you..........its worth a whole lot more than you'll save.
 

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Been an advid homebrewer for 5 years now and I must confess, I can brew some of the finest tasting and high gravity suds you could ever sample.

BTW, barely wines rule!

S.M. :)
 

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4 years of Homebrewing - once you start, you have a hard time drinking anything else. In Houston, I am not sure how many brew supply stores there are, but the oldest and a really grest place is DeFalcos (www.defalcos.com)

I have a 3 tap system in my garage fridge. Kegging is SO much easier.
Costs a little bit more, but well worth the money vs. bottleing.

Go to Defalcos - they will have everything that you need.
 

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I'm sorry, but I cannot accept this comment on face value - proof is needed!:cheers:

Shallow Minded said:
Been an advid homebrewer for 5 years now and I must confess, I can brew some of the finest tasting and high gravity suds you could ever sample.

BTW, barely wines rule!

S.M. :)
 

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Shallow Minded said:
Been an advid homebrewer for 5 years now and I must confess, I can brew some of the finest tasting and high gravity suds you could ever sample.

BTW, barely wines rule!

S.M. :)
I agree with E_F, this boast is useless without samples!!!:biggrin:
 

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Perhaps we should each brew up a batch and then everyone bring a keg for a taste off. I just emptied a keg of Strong English Ale which was incredible.

I'll start brewing up a batch of my favorite barely wine this weekend and it should be ready in about 5 to 6 weeks that is if I can find hops needed. This hops shortage and the price of grain is starting to interfear with my taste buds. Heck, that Strong Scottish Ale cost me $73 bucks to brew, use to be $45.00.

NOTE: A warning for the faint hearted. Barely Wines are high gravity big beers usually with an ABV of 9% or above. If you drink any of the big 3 you won't like it. These beers actually have something that the big 3 don't, FLAVOR!

Cheers,
S.M. :cheers:
 

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everyone needs to have at least one oatmeal stout and an IPA.... India Pale Ale in their recipes tried.
 
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