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I tried a kit and had terrible luck a few years back. It also included a mix
for root beer which did turn out well.
My beer was so horrible that nobody would drink it, me included. This is
saying quite a bit as my friends and I have drank Old Milwaukke, Buckhorn,
Schaeffers, etc.
It doesnt seem that home brew is any cheaper especially after you factor in
the cost of  throwing out failures.
It also seems like a heck of a lot of work.



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On Sat, 26 Mar 2005 17:56:10 GMT, "Steven  Wagner"

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You are premature to condemn the whole hobby because your first
attempt didn't please you.  Can't even make root beer?  Hard to
believe.

It will save you money if your taste runs to real beer.  None of us
are trying to produce Bud at home - no point in it.  Give some input
on your equipment and procedures and results and chances are someone
will be able to tell you what you did wrong.

My first brew was pretty rough.  I sanitized with bleach and used a
plastic bucket for fermentation and bottled it directly from there . .
. it tasted like phenolic varnish smells.  I've had 300+  batches of
great to outstanding beer since then.

You're just going to have to stick to it long enough to learn how to
do it.  If you think Old Milwaukee, or Schaeffer is beer, don't waste
your time or money.


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Once you "nail" that first great batch you will keep coming back for
more.Hang in there!
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I guess to answer the question of why bother...

Its just something to do.. and something i enjoy. my girlfriend also enjoys
making hers as well .. ciders and ginger beer
so it is a bit of a family hobby.

With my bad batches my mates still drink them with me.. of course they also
feel sorry for me on those so they will buy a case of beer from down the
shop...at their expense...

I dont actually drink my bad batches on my own.

 I share a few of my good ones now and then but i often bring out my bad
batches... ( have a look at the scenario, if i bring out a bad batch and
they buy a case of beer from the shop in sympathy I am saving alot of money
here!!) sneeky i know.


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Also to follow up my bad batches arnt totally bad..
conscidering it only costs $7 Aus for a beer kit at the local shop with
yeast as home brand it isnt too bad if you want to make something really
really cheap.
It is really nice to have around an open fire. adds to that rustic feel.



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Outside of the fact that you can brew good beer cheaper than you can
buy it, the whole feeling of having worked to get that pint is a great
feeling.

The home made aspect adds that extra special taste and appreciation
that you will never get from a store/bar bought pint!


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What are the home brand kits like?  Are they significantly better/worse
than the coopers stuff?  I saw them there and couldn't bring myself to
skimp on the $3, but if they're of reasonable quality I might have a
look.

peter

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I got one just for the heck of it. Certainly drinkabe. But a far cry from
the all grain I have been getting into lately. But they are pretty good
value for a massive party night. Not exactly something you'd sit down with a
nice meal and complement your food. Good for having the boys around for
Friday night footy.

--
Josh Button
To see how the Penrith Gaels Cricket Club is going...
http://penrithgaelscc.4t.com


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very similar ingrediants. The brew tastes kinda malty.. depending what you
add to it.give it a go.. cant hurt.


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Hi,
I got bored with cheap kits like coopers so I jazz them up with grain mash.
To be honest i was a bit put off doing this as too hard until i made a rug
for my bucket, but for a few dollars i think it adds a whole new texture and
taste to the beer.

Also looking at the other thread about bottles, I have stopped sterilizing
my bottles as too hard work.  I just rinse aafter use and then when i go to
bottle, I rinse again with hot water.
Never had a batch go bad so far and I think that leftover taste from the
sterilizing agent is more likely to stuff you beer than bugs.
I got onto this from my Uncle that used to bottle in a dirt floor shed and
never used anyform of sterilizer. he had the best beer ever

cheers



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i like u
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hopefully in a manly kind of way :-)


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If you like the home brand kits. And they are good for big nights, try
making some better beers. I have now gotten into all grain and am loving the
beers I can create. It's great to formulate your own recipe, predict what it
should taste like, and then after conditioning, getting the same beer as you
had planned.

--
Josh Button
To see how the Penrith Gaels Cricket Club is going...
http://penrithgaelscc.4t.com

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I am currently doing an ESB Belgium Smoked Ale, a coopers IPA and my
girlfriend is doing a apple cider. I have another 2 vats I am thinking of
cleaning out and setting those up sometime to do ginger beer. I think the
second one I will just use for filtering my beer.

The biggest pain is finding bottles. But once you have enough of them its
all good.


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Yeah, I got kegs a few years ago and they are going well. Haven't used them
for a little bit of time cos we moved house. But I will make a batch for
them soon enough. But like you said, once you have enough bottles,
everything works out pretty well.
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Josh Button
To see how the Penrith Gaels Cricket Club is going...
http://penrithgaelscc.4t.com
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On Sun, 17 Apr 2005 09:24:57 +1000, "Chris *Sydney, Australia*"

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I use stubbies.
 - cling wrap in am after rinsing twice in very hot water & drained
inverted overnight. [ saves sterilising ]
 - re-use screw caps until they show signs of rust.
 - 'aussie bottler' s are great - get them at the home brew barns.
 - also bulk prime to avoid sugar in each bottle.

I'd love to get into kegging but the $s matter at the moment

Ian C


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Drink at home then go out and ogle. sorted

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Keith Beall

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Steven Wagner wrote:
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Some of us enjoy the process and don't look at it like work.  Some of us
don't do it just to make cheap beer.  Some of us make great beer, too.

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

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Hey,

  It is cheaper for sorts of beer brewed, but mainly it's fresher.
And besides, JC brewed his own.
-gcitagh

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free beer always tastes best.
if you are drinking it.
if you are getting freebees to get you to buy the cheap product, then
consider you get what you pay for.
don't sweat it most of us have bought expired brew kits, and wondered why we
not put into insane asylums while we smiled and drank it.
cheap is cheap.
we settle for cheap floor wax.
if it goes into my body, should i think cheap is good?
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