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I thought there was a homebrew thread here somewhere, but I couldn't find it.

Anyhow, just wondering if there were any other homebrewers on this forum as I am currently waiting for a batch to cool. I love brewing in the snow!



I've been brewing for about three years, but have only gotten serious about it in the last year or so. I do all-grain brewing exclusively, after starting with a couple of extract brews.

Winter if definitely the best time of year to brew, especially for a rider. The roads are covered in snow right now, so why not brew! I do most of my brewing in the fall and winter, since I love lagers, and they need to ferment/condition in cool temps, which is only possible for me in the winter, since I don't have a place to keep them cool enough during the other seasons. I've got 30 gallons in fermenters and 10 gallons in bottles at the moment.

Anyone else here brewing?
 

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I don't brew myself but I'm very familiar with the process. I helped my dad brew a batch when I visited the family down in Atlanta. He's new to homebrewing though so it was some experimentation for both of us.

I'd definitely like to get into it one day but right now I have absolutely no space to store the equipment.
 

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I've brewed beer once, and short meads (brewed like an ale) twice. I've been making wines for about 30 years, though. I'm looking forward to starting a few cases of peach wine this coming summer.

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I've been brewing around 5 years now, but still only doing extract/partial mashes. I'm slowly working on the equipment to make the all grain switch.

This past year I grew my own cascade hops, and this coming spring I'll be planting a few more varieties.

My wife makes wine, and I've started dabbling in ciders/meads but I make those in 1 gallon batches.
 

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Not a huge beer drinker. I'm a big Cider guy though. For the very small amount I drink, it wouldn't be worth it for me. Plus, I've got a beer store like across the street from my house practically that's got 1000 different kinds of beer, and 39 beers on tap.
 

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I've brewed before. Had a nice setup. Four taps in a garage frig, and several 5 gallon kegs always ready to go. Almost no bottles. Really, too much beer for my needs. I love the process of home brewing, but I lack the time or patience now with so many hugely amazing beers on the market to hunt down. When I started brewing, there were very few great craft beers available on the shelf, and the nearest micro brewery or brew pub was several hours away. Not the case anymore.
I applaud your efforts, Max! Nice brew house you have there. Love brewing in the winter. Saves time chilling the wort.
 

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Nice setup! Kegging is going to be my next step. I hate bottling!


Here's a picture of my setup:

 

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(First)IPA and (Sedcond)Choco Stout are in the basement ready to go. I'll start a red in 2 weeks when i get home. I am thinking about kegging as well
 

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Funny you posted in here today. Well, after three years of brewing, I finally took the dive into kegging today... Sorta.

I was in talking to my local homebrew shop owner today and got talking about kegging. It's something that I knew I wanted to do for quite awhile, but today I had a bug up my ass to just do it. I left my LHBS and took a look on Craigslist. I found a free working refrigerator. I stopped by and picked it up and went back to my LHBS.

I got a three tap system with dual regulator (one for filling a keg, plus the line out to the three tap system), a 15lb filled CO2 tank, and four kegs. Everything is new except the kegs and CO2 tank. One problem is that he was out of kegs! Oh well, I guess I can wait... I usually shop around, but his price seemed reasonable, I like the guy, and I can sometimes be a bit impulsive! I paid ahead of time for the kegs, and he said I'm first in line when they come in (withing a week or two).

Anyhow, everything is set up, with the exception of a bunch of stickers to put on the fridge and the kegs and beer, of course!





 

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I've thought about it but... I'm the kind of guy that will drink as many beers as there are in the fridge...

What really sucks is that there are no good craft beers here, it's all macro brewery crap.
 

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Giant CO2 tank you got there
It's a 15lb tank. It only cost an additional $20 to go with a 15lb over the 5lb tank. That should pay for itself after only a few CO2 refills.

I've thought about it but... I'm the kind of guy that will drink as many beers as there are in the fridge...

What really sucks is that there are no good craft beers here, it's all macro brewery crap.
Sounds like one gallon brewing might be perfect for you!
 

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I've got my first lager bubbling away in my crawlspace (52 degrees), hopefully it turns into a nice lawnmower beer :)
Very nice! I may do one more lager this season if I hurry. I don't have a cold fermenter, so I rely on the winter cold to keep lagers at their lagering temperature.

Cream ale is my go-to lawnmower beer. It only takes a month to go from grain to glass, it's light-bodied, and fairly low alcohol... Everything I need in a good lawnmower beer! :eek:nfloor
 

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Making a ruination clone tonight actually. Gotta run to the store and pick up yeast and test out my new stir plate I built. :D

I brew extract only for now. Looking to do partial or BIAB but that requires a much b***** SS pot. I'm completely thrilled doing what I do now, so no real rush.



My last IPA. Simple ass schedule and DH of simcoe/amarillo, 7 of DME, 1 of 20l. The dogs love it when I brew too since they get homemade cookies from the spent grains.
 

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I make peanut butter treats for my dog with spent grains, he loves them!

I need to build/buy a stirplate.
 
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