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Any homebrewers?

#1 Post by offensivename » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:24 pm

Anyone else out there brew beer? I've got a 10 gallon electric all-grain system in my ex-garage, current gun and beer room. Also a Picobrew Zymatic for 2.5 gallon batches. Currently I'm fermenting an American Lager and a Porter for the National Homebrew Competition.

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#2 Post by HuckleberryFun » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:48 pm

Nope. I’m one of the few people in Portland not home brewing nor in a band nor being creative-artisanal with my “art”.
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#3 Post by lurker » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:21 pm

offensivename wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:24 pm
in my ex-garage, current gun and beer room.
and some people say guns and alcohol don't mix. :clap:
covfefe!

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#4 Post by YankeeTarheel » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:40 pm

I'd like to help. Do you need someone to confirm it's delicious? :drunklep: :beer2:
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#5 Post by methodmissing » Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:36 pm

I experimented with it once then gave it up when I was unwilling to transition to a 5-Gallon brew size. These days I play with yeast by trying to bake wild sourdough. It isn’t going well.

It’s super satisfying to go through the process though. Just takes a lot of time and a bit of equipment. And an obsessive cleanliness.

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#6 Post by Maccabee » Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:50 pm

I did for several years (even won a blue ribbon at the state fair!) but stopped a few years ago because we had a kid and I was getting fat. Lol. I miss it though and might pick it up again.

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#7 Post by SubRosa » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:44 pm

Here you had me going, thinking this was about homebrewing ham gear. :no:

Good anyway, I love beer. :drunklep:

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#8 Post by zzrguy » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:03 am

Haven't brewed in a few years but have distilled a few gallons for personal use.

Have been looking at brewing a summer batch lately.

Good luck on your competition.
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#9 Post by HuckleberryFun » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:27 am

SubRosa wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:44 pm
Here you had me going, thinking this was about homebrewing ham gear. :no:

Good anyway, I love beer. :drunklep:

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Haha! That was my very first thought when I read “homebrew”.
That it turned out to be about beer somewhat assuaged my disappointment.
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#10 Post by YankeeTarheel » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:28 am

offensivename wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:24 pm
Anyone else out there brew beer? I've got a 10 gallon electric all-grain system in my ex-garage, current gun and beer room. Also a Picobrew Zymatic for 2.5 gallon batches. Currently I'm fermenting an American Lager and a Porter for the National Homebrew Competition.
"Ex-garage"? How do you divorce a garage? :lol: :coffee:
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#11 Post by offensivename » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:10 am

YankeeTarheel wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:28 am
"Ex-garage"? How do you divorce a garage? :lol: :coffee:
You make the already near impossible turn to get a car into your garage physically impossible by extending the garage.

Also you install a cold room to ferment beer and a nice floor and a bar.

I never liked the garage anyway.

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#12 Post by YankeeTarheel » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:33 pm

offensivename wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:10 am
YankeeTarheel wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:28 am
"Ex-garage"? How do you divorce a garage? :lol: :coffee:
You make the already near impossible turn to get a car into your garage physically impossible by extending the garage.

Also you install a cold room to ferment beer and a nice floor and a bar.

I never liked the garage anyway.
That's not a divorce, that's a conversion! Hey! We're all about being picky about terminology here!

(but can I still get a chance to sample it if I'm in your neck of the woods? :bananadance: )
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#13 Post by Bisbee » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:42 pm

YankeeTarheel wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:28 am
offensivename wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:24 pm
Anyone else out there brew beer? I've got a 10 gallon electric all-grain system in my ex-garage, current gun and beer room. Also a Picobrew Zymatic for 2.5 gallon batches. Currently I'm fermenting an American Lager and a Porter for the National Homebrew Competition.
"Ex-garage"? How do you divorce a garage? :lol: :coffee:
Easy: you divorce the wife, she gets the house with garage. You get the doghouse. And maybe the dog.
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#14 Post by YankeeTarheel » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:59 pm

Bisbee wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:42 pm
YankeeTarheel wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:28 am
offensivename wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:24 pm
Anyone else out there brew beer? I've got a 10 gallon electric all-grain system in my ex-garage, current gun and beer room. Also a Picobrew Zymatic for 2.5 gallon batches. Currently I'm fermenting an American Lager and a Porter for the National Homebrew Competition.
"Ex-garage"? How do you divorce a garage? :lol: :coffee:
Easy: you divorce the wife, she gets the house with garage. You get the doghouse. And maybe the dog.
Ouch! Sounds dreadful! No wonder one would want to brew 10 gallons of beer at a time--but you won't have a garage to brew it in! :blink: :blush:
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#15 Post by AndyH » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:06 pm

The bugs in my kitchen are making kombucha.

My first AF roommate brewed beer in his closet. Everything I owned smelled like beer for a couple of years after I moved out. :lol:
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#16 Post by Buck13 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:07 pm

I used to brew a fair amount, but I found that people who measure beer in gallons also tend to drink beer in gallons. I didn't have enough friends to take up the slack.

For a while I worked on a recipe for "children's beer," which was not for actual children. The idea was to make something beer-like that had only around 1% alcohol so one could quaff one or two units (where a unit is a glass that holds half a liter) without actually getting drunk. The project was fairly successful, in that *I* liked the product enough to repeat the recipe a couple of times after I found a method that was better than the first try. No one else's opinion was of interest to me.

To save work, I bottled this stuff in 2 liter bottles saved from fizzy water, so no bottle washing or capping! Careless packaging for careless drinking.
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#17 Post by SeanMoney » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:03 pm

I tried, but you have to be super clean. That knocked me out. Every style I tried tasted the same. Got some good buzzes though.

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#18 Post by MaxWyatt » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:07 pm

I used to brew ten gallon all grain batches "back in the day" when I had plenty of help brewing and drinking the results. Now I'm married with children and don't have time or room to brew. I sold the gear years ago to finance a motorcycle purchase. Good move. I lost weight once I didn't have several corny kegs of ale in my garage. go figure. :lol: If I was to do it again, I'd build a system geared toward lagers. Pilsners, in particular are what float my boat now. Of course that would probably require several trips to Plzen to do some research. :beer2:
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