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Greg W
01-11-2008, 02:01:23
Anyone else on here brew your own beer? I know about Oerdin and his scrumpy exploits, but that's about it.

I bought a kit about 3 weeks ago now, and have just tasted the first results last night. And it both tastes better and is far, far cheaper than buying beer from shops.

About to lay down my second brew, going for a lager this time. The first brew was an ale (Coopers Pale Ale - because the kit was a coopers kit).

So, I guess that when I finally come over to England, I'll have to bring Tizzy some of my beers, rather than wine. :D

:tizzy: :nervous:

:beer: :beer: :beer:

Oerdin
01-11-2008, 03:00:19
I used to brew beer back in college because it was cheaper then buying it. I haven't tried a new batch in almost 8 years though.

Greg W
01-11-2008, 06:06:10
Oh, am I thinking of Laz? :cute:

Or is my memory just so much worse than what I thought it was? :clueless:

Oerdin
01-11-2008, 07:27:55
I was talking about beer. I did make some scumpy but it didn't turn out as well as I liked and about a month ago I throw it all out.

Greg W
01-11-2008, 07:53:45
Ah, good, I haven't completely lost it then. Mostly, just not completely. :beer:

alsieboo
01-11-2008, 14:31:33
Still time :p

Greg W
01-11-2008, 15:33:05
Oh, I'll get there eventually, and it'll happen to you one day too, you... young whipper snapper, you. :p

The Shaker
01-11-2008, 17:12:28
I've got the kit, just need to find the time to mash it all up.
And put it somewhere safe.

Greg W
02-11-2008, 02:12:30
It is actually very little effort, I found. The hardest part is cleaning the bottles. Well, and boiling the water and finding somewhere to store 20 odd litres of boiled water, if you go that way.

But laying down the batch is quite a simple process.

Oerdin
02-11-2008, 03:09:23
Put a bit of bleach in some water and scrub out the bottles with a bottle brush. That will disinfect the bottles and the bleach quickly breaks down leaving no identifiable taste.

Greg W
02-11-2008, 03:45:08
Oh yeah, I got a special bottle cleaning product especially for bottles. It's not massively time consuming, it's just far more consuming than the rest of the process. ;)

Greg W
02-11-2008, 03:47:05
Having said that, my first batch was done in the plastic bottles that came with the kit. And thus, putting caps on them was easy. My 2nd batch will be in glass bottles, with proper bottle caps, so I may very well find that a time consuming process, capping them. :D

Lazarus and the Gimp
02-11-2008, 16:59:09
Originally posted by Greg W
Oh, am I thinking of Laz? :cute:



And were you tugging it?

Greg W
03-11-2008, 01:26:54
Always, baby. :love:

Tizzy
03-11-2008, 09:11:06
Originally posted by Greg W

So, I guess that when I finally come over to England, I'll have to bring Tizzy some of my beers, rather than wine. :D


That would be a ridiculous idea.

Funko
03-11-2008, 09:18:21
Yeah, bring Tizzy beer. I'll drink the beer whilst she kicks your arse. Will be great fun.

Greg W
03-11-2008, 12:30:15
:lol:

MDA
03-11-2008, 14:06:26
Keggerlord!

http://www.counterglow.com/article.php?id=homebrewing1

Greg W
03-11-2008, 14:13:10
Jeese, now that's the traditional way. Kits are soooo much easier!

MDA
03-11-2008, 14:18:34
contains this excellent post on laziness by Venom:

Nice article Kegger. It was almost enough to make me get off my fat ass and do it myself. Luckily my massive laziness returned and saved me from any effort.

Caligastia
04-11-2008, 03:08:58
Originally posted by Greg W
Anyone else on here brew your own beer? I know about Oerdin and his scrumpy exploits, but that's about it.

I bought a kit about 3 weeks ago now, and have just tasted the first results last night. And it both tastes better and is far, far cheaper than buying beer from shops.

About to lay down my second brew, going for a lager this time. The first brew was an ale (Coopers Pale Ale - because the kit was a coopers kit).

So, I guess that when I finally come over to England, I'll have to bring Tizzy some of my beers, rather than wine. :D

:tizzy: :nervous:

:beer: :beer: :beer:

I've brewed for a couple of years. The canned kits are okay, but I highly recommend finding a place that supplies fresh extract, hop pellets and some crushed grains with their recipe kits. You'll taste the difference, believe me. If that's not available, then you should at least try adding hop pellets to the boil. Yeah, the extract is "hopped", but fresh hop pellets will taste much better. Also, don't go too crazy on the bottle cleaning. Every time you pour yourself a beer, rinse out the empty bottle a couple of times under the hot tap and set it upside down to dry. When it's time to bottle, all you need to do is swish some sanitizer around in each one. This is how I've always done it and I've never had an infected batch.

When you say you're going to try a lager, do you mean a true lager with lager yeast, or just a can of extract that says "lager" on it? ;) A true lager is made with a different kind of yeast that requires cool temps, and takes quite a lot longer to brew than an ale.

Caligastia
04-11-2008, 03:13:16
Originally posted by Oerdin
Put a bit of bleach in some water and scrub out the bottles with a bottle brush. That will disinfect the bottles and the bleach quickly breaks down leaving no identifiable taste.

Better to get some no-rinse sanitizer. Bleach can contribute to off tastes if you're not careful, but the sanitizer actually helps the yeast along.

Asher
04-11-2008, 03:15:38
Originally posted by Oerdin
I used to brew beer back in college because it was cheaper then buying it. I haven't tried a new batch in almost 8 years though.

Holy fuck, cheapest person ever.

Caligastia
04-11-2008, 03:22:09
Originally posted by Greg W
Jeese, now that's the traditional way. Kits are soooo much easier!

That link describes the same kits that I use. It may look like a lot, but it's just about as easy as what I'm guessing you're currently doing, and tastes much better. All grain brewing is when it really gets tough.

MDA
04-11-2008, 12:03:01
Holy fuck, cheapest person ever.


back in college

Well, yeah. Still, you'd have a hard time convincing me brewing your own is cheaper than Natural Light was back when I was in college.

You'd have a much easier time convincing me Natrual Light wasn't beer.

Caligastia
03-12-2008, 03:09:45
Respond Greg W you aussie wanker!

Oerdin
03-12-2008, 06:13:52
Originally posted by MDA


Well, yeah. Still, you'd have a hard time convincing me brewing your own is cheaper than Natural Light was back when I was in college.

You'd have a much easier time convincing me Natrual Light wasn't beer. [/B]

Cheaper then quality beer anyway.

Greg W
03-12-2008, 14:53:44
Sorry, haven't had much time to go reading up about brewing recently. Even bought a book that I am yet to read. Will get around to it one day. Honest. :cute:

On the plus side, the first brew was awesome. Found it very hard to go back to "normal" beer after drinking it. :(

Oerdin
05-12-2008, 14:37:54
These days I've been getting my scrumpy from a can.

http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/8954/710lua9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

MDA
05-12-2008, 18:59:50
"premium" and "scrumpy" on the same can?

Oerdin
05-12-2008, 19:09:26
Strange I know.