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Home brewing...Has anyone here attempted to make your own beer?
My wife got me a small kit that allows me to make beer 2.5 gallon at a time. Being I really don't drink much it seemed like the way to go (smaller fermenter)
I've since started doing a ton of research into beer making. The kit I got sells liquid malt extracts that work great but I've never been one that can just follow a recipe so I have looked to branch out. There's tons of places that sell malted grains and about anything else you can possibly want. I'm also looking at maybe growing my own hops after I learn a little more about the different types and how they work in beer.

My first brew come out of the fermenter tonight and is in bottles to carbonate then condition. It will be a while before I know if it's any good or not. The stuff that come out of the fermenter appears to be pretty good though.

So...Who else has tried it?

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Home brewing...Has anyone here attempted to make your own beer?
My wife got me a small kit that allows me to make beer 2.5 gallon at a time. Being I really don't drink much it seemed like the way to go (smaller fermenter)
I've since started doing a ton of research into beer making. The kit I got sells liquid malt extracts that work great but I've never been one that can just follow a recipe so I have looked to branch out. There's tons of places that sell malted grains and about anything else you can possibly want. I'm also looking at maybe growing my own hops after I learn a little more about the different types and how they work in beer.

My first brew come out of the fermenter tonight and is in bottles to carbonate then condition. It will be a while before I know if it's any good or not. The stuff that come out of the fermenter appears to be pretty good though.

So...Who else has tried it?
I don't home brew, but I work in a brewery, so if you have any questions I can definitely get you some answers.

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Actually I do have one or two. I'm reading all over the net from small people like me to microbreweries and it seems the ferment temp and time are all over the place. Now I"m pretty sure that optimal fermenting temp and time would have to change from type of brew to another. What I'm making mostly (trying really..lol) are different ales and maybe a lager or two. The one I got in a bottle carbonating now is a med light lager. I was of the understanding that it would have to stay in the first fermenting stage for at least two weeks. My yeast stopped looking active on one week though. After looking around it seems that isn't all that uncommon so I thought I"d bottle at least some of it and see what happened. It fermented at a pretty steady temp of 70-72 F. I see a lot of people saying though that getting over 70f can produce off flavors and that I should have been between 60-68F. So I might have some funky beer Any info you might be abler to provide me for a good fermenting temp would be great.

I'm naturally fermenting so I wont be able to really see what's up for a couple weeks. I used cane sugar to prime the bottles. I head corn sugar works better and I do have some coming but my fermenting stopped about a week short so I was caught with my beer drawers down I guess there. It's supposed to just make a more loose head with the cane sugar so that's no big deal for me at this point. I'm still experimenting.

This first batch I used a liquid malt extract with a common ale yeast. So the boil phase was not as important and I didn't have to add hops to this recipe unless I really wanted to. But I thought for a novice sticking to the recipe as it was written to be the smarter rout to go. I was very careful to not pitch the yeast too worm though. I was at around78-80F when I pitched the yeast.

I'm worried that this first batch might not have done real well. Using a hydrometer I was able to calculate alcohol content around 3.8. That was pretty close to the target so that was a little calming. I mainly want to find out where the best temp range is to ferment.

My next run will be an all grain Montana Brown Ale So it will be pretty much entirely different and I think the learning curve will be a bit more sharp. I'll have to pay real close attention to the boil phase.

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Been wanting to for a long time. I have a friend that does it like clockwork. #1 rule is clean your equipment thoroughly!!! Any contaminants will ruin your hard work and.you'll have to start all over.

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My father brews. Avoid the cheap "Mr.beer" (iirc) kits. As stated sterilization is key. If a beer sucks, let it sit longer. Same with wine.

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My father brews. Avoid the cheap "Mr.beer" (iirc) kits. As stated sterilization is key. If a beer sucks, let it sit longer. Same with wine.

better judged by twelve than carried by six.

Lol. I got a Mr Beer kit for Christmas. I rarely drink beer so it was an unusual gift. The included Czech beer mix is now in bottles and has a few more days to ferment in front of the fireplace.
I'm going to take a stab at hard cider next or a darker beer.
I cleaned the equipment well with bleach and the oxygen no rinse powder the kit comes with so I think it should turn out well.
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My father brews. Avoid the cheap "Mr.beer" (iirc) kits. As stated sterilization is key. If a beer sucks, let it sit longer. Same with wine.

better judged by twelve than carried by six.
Actually The Mr Beer ingredients are made by Cooper Brewery in Australia now. They are one of the largest and older brewers in Aus. They (Mr Beer) have become much better from what I understand. I'm not using their LME though.

Very right about sanitation though. It's extremely important every step of the way. I'm using Star San for that.
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My wife said she is going to surprise me with this (at my suggestion).

http://morebeer.com/products/russian-rivers-pliny-elder-extract-beer-kit.html

I'm way too excited!!! Supposedly IPA is much more difficult to screw up.

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