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    C-PepNSalt is offline Pro-Bowler
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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    "ryanmurphy" wrote:
    Thanks man... I appreciate it... Sorry if I post whore a little on this, but you guys really hit on a passion of mine. Here is some advice for ya CPepNSalt:

    1) Do your first batch EXACTALLY as the directions say to.

    2) Im not sure what kind of kit you have, but if its a Mr Beer, use it a couple of times and move on. I have never personally used it, but some friends have, and it is kind of limiting.

    3) If you decide that this is something that you enjoy, invest in some equiptment. You can get some really good stuff for around $300. (including ingredients)

    Things you HAVE to have to get serious...

    1) Cleanser... Everything must be 100% clean and free of bacteria. This is the biggest mistake people make.

    2) A plastic 5 gallon bucket for primary fermentation.

    3) A glass carbouy for secondary fermentation

    4) A hydrometer to measure specific gravity (this will give you your alcohol %)

    5) Glass bottles and a bottle capper. (Dont waste your time with plastic or screw-offs. They allow bacteria in).

    6) Always use liquid yeast, not powdered

    Like i said, do your first batch exactly like the directions say. (I assume your kit came with ingredients for your 1st batch). Then find a homebrew supply store either locally or on-line, and order a couple recipe kits, and follow their directions. Then order the recipe kits and modify the directions a little bit. Once you know what gives this flavor, and what does this, and what does that is when the real fun begins. Then go to the supply store and just buy ingredients for your own brand. (Give me 2lbs of this grain, and 1lb of that barley, and these hopps, etc)

    Last... Dont be discouraged if a batch doesnt turn out. Its not as easy as mix this, this, and this and you have beer. There is skill involved, and like anything else, it only comes with practice. Again, feel free to PM me if you need any info, ideas, or advise. ===>Ryan
    Hey thanks for the tips!

    I'm going to take pictures of all the equipment I have, and put up a link. Please take a look, and let me know what else i'm missing...other than ingredients, i'm heading up to Northern Brewery in St. Paul today to pick up the kit to start brewing.
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    C-PepNSalt is offline Pro-Bowler
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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    Please take a look, let me know what's missing. Other than the 2.5 or larger stainless steel pot.
    Thanks!

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    ryanmurphy is offline Pro-Bowler
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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    Your good to go man... That looks similar to the kit I started out with. Most recipies make 5 gallons, so make sure you have enough bottles. A lot of people just use old beer bottles (I think someone mentioned Corona) which can be fun to empty, but you can buy empties pretty cheap. Did you find the Sam Adams recipe you were looking for?

    Again... Here is a great website: http://www.grapeandgranary.com/home.htm
    This is where I buy a lot of supplies. I like to get ingredients a a local store so I can see/smell before i buy. There are some really good free recipes on here too. Good recipes to experiment with and add your own touch. Have a blast, and let me know how it turns out... ===>Ryan

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    C-PepNSalt is offline Pro-Bowler
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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    "ryanmurphy" wrote:
    Your good to go man... That looks similar to the kit I started out with. Most recipies make 5 gallons, so make sure you have enough bottles. A lot of people just use old beer bottles (I think someone mentioned Corona) which can be fun to empty, but you can buy empties pretty cheap. Did you find the Sam Adams recipe you were looking for?

    Again... Here is a great website: http://www.grapeandgranary.com/home.htm
    This is where I buy a lot of supplies. I like to get ingredients a a local store so I can see/smell before i buy. There are some really good free recipes on here too. Good recipes to experiment with and add your own touch. Have a blast, and let me know how it turns out... ===>Ryan
    Ok great. I just got a 16 qt pot, and i found American Amber Ale, the guy working at the Northern Brewery said that's pretty close to Sam Adam's Boston Ale, we'll have to wait and see!

    And i'm buying corona tonight to drink w/ friends to help make empty bottles!
    "Johnson, we will keep on beating them until morale improves."

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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    When the bar opens look at my title...... :lol: I command a nice salary lol

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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    done w/ the first week of fermenting, it smells Good! Just transfered it to the glass 5 gallon jug, there is a lot of little particles layering the bottom, don't think i want to drink that!
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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    "C-PepNSalt" wrote:
    done w/ the first week of fermenting, it smells Good! Just transfered it to the glass 5 gallon jug, there is a lot of little particles layering the bottom, don't think i want to drink that!
    You get some of that in a bottle and you'll have a headache like you've never had before.

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    Re: Does anyone brew their own beer?

    "Prophet" wrote:
    "C-PepNSalt" wrote:
    done w/ the first week of fermenting, it smells Good! Just transfered it to the glass 5 gallon jug, there is a lot of little particles layering the bottom, don't think i want to drink that!
    You get some of that in a bottle and you'll have a headache like you've never had before.
    Its almost impossible to bottle without getting a little crud in the mix. Dont worry about it. BTY, you can repitch that stuff and use it as the yeast for your next batch. I have never tried that though. Seems like a pain in the ass, and yeast is pretty cheap... What is your specific gravity at? What was it at before you started fermenting?

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