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Re: Beer at home, easy or difficult?
billb wrote:
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There are other sources, but fermentation at too high a temp is the main
cause.

    --------->Denny

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Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is.

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I bought a homebrew kit for something like $50.00.  Using just what came
with the kit, I got five gallons of decent brew -- better than the
commercial stuff, but rather 'winey' because I used white sugar.  That
comes out to ten bucks a gallon, or something like $22.00 a case.  It's
not as cheap as bud, but it's cheaper than a lot of the higher quality
brews.

After that, it's about twelve bucks a batch of five or six gallons, or
more like twenty or twenty-five if you like to make all malt brews (no
sugar).

Just to cut the discouragement factor, I would recommend starting with
prehopped extract and the like.  Purists may sneer at it, but it beats
the megabrewed beers by a long shot.  Whether or not you like it as much
as the microbrewed fare is a matter of taste.

The point is that it's inexpensive, very simple to make, and produces
very good results.


The next step up is to use malt extract and hop it yourself.  That
requires a little more equipment.  Besides the fermenter, airlock,
siphon hose, and some kind of bottle capper, you need a big pot to boil
the wort in.

The next step is to use malted grain and mash it yourself.  That takes
more equipment and time.  Whether it tastes better than beer made from
extract is the subject of much discussion.  I won't even go there.  ;-)


In summary, if you start with a kit and make beer from pre-hopped
extract, you'll have some good beer at a price that beats all but the
cheapest swill.  Once you have tried that, you can decide how far you
want to get into the art of brewing.


Ray




Re: Beer at home, easy or difficult?
Deb wrote:
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Depending on the type of beer you want to make, it can be very easy to
produce very good beer.  If the beer you want toproduce is a lager,
though, it's more difficult and takes more equipment and time.  Cost
effective?  Maybe, but do it for a hobby, not the economics.

    -------------->Denny
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Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is.

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I've been doing it for a year, and I learn more and more every day. I have a
feeling I can do this for 20 years and still not know everything.

Brewing beer can be very simple or very complicated, I'm still doing it the
easy way with concentrated kits, and I progress to the more complicated
methods at my own pace. My first batch was a 23 litre kit where all I had to
do was pour it into my fermenter, sprinkle the yeast, and wait.

It sounds easy, but there is work involved, as there is in any hobby.

Cost effective? Here in Canada it is. Aside from startup costs, at about $20
a kit that makes about 66 bottles (2 3/4 cases of 24), compared to $30 for a
case of 24 domestic, it is definitely cost effective. If you use glass
bottles, the bottle caps will have to be bought.

I hope you enjoy it should you choose to pursue it.

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$18 a dozen here in New Brunswick Canada.  Very cost effective.


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I can't speak for beer, but I found by accident that perfectly
drinkable alcohol can be made VERY cheaply.

get a 2 liter bottle of grape juice at Wal-Mart or similar, and drink
about a third and leave it with the top not too tight for about a 3-4
days.  then tighten the top and give it a shake.  you will see the
bottle expand with a pop and the contents get very foamy.  you will
also smell alcohol in the bottle.  from this you are now on your way
to freedom from alcohol taxes.  have fun.

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billb



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Werry Werry hard.

Honestly if you can make tea you can make beer.

__Stephen



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