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(Some brewing Guy)   Fire up the kettle and break out your wort chiller. Tomorrow is National Learn to Homebrew Day   (homebrewersassociation.org) divider line 115
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2012-11-03 02:53:00 AM  
Well if brewing honey mead counts I will finish off the last of my first ever attempt at mead tomorrow after work and just look longingly at the gallon that is no where near ready yet. It's still bubbling very nicely though. need to try brewing beer some day.
 
2012-11-03 09:41:02 AM  

An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: Honest Bender: Seems there are a lot of homebrew farkers around. Maybe one of you can answer my question:

I've often heard that it's illegal to brew moonshine but I know plenty of people brew their own beer. What gives? Does it become illegal to brew alcohol over a certain proof? Is it a state by state thing? Please help! I'm far FAR too lazy to copy paste this post into Google and click the first link.

/Thanks in advance.

You dont "brew" moonshine. You distill it. The reason they have it illegal is you can possibly make it posionus either using lead solder or pipes, using methanol fermenting ingredients.

It can be dangerous- stills can generat some pressure. Add a leak and an open flame- they can explode.

What it comes down to is avoiding taxes on one of the most highly taxed items you can buy

moonshine is Grain fermented- Distilled- drank cut or uncut. Thats it.


My local homebrew supply sells a mini still. Reading from the box, it says it's so you can distill your own water, but I'm sure it could be used for small shine batches. Probably a liter or two at a time.

poorjon: Since people are interested, here's the cider. My recipes are all for 5 gallon batches, so if you want to do it smaller you'll have to adapt.


That's it. Home brew shop Thursday morning, Farmers market by noon, and I should have a batch started that evening. That sounds delicious. I wouldn't have thought to throw in some of my cinnamon, even though that makes perfectly good sense.
 
kth
2012-11-03 09:47:30 AM  
We won't be able to brew this week, maybe next.

Actually, I'm simply the assistant. The husband is the primary brewer. I'm torn. On the one hand, I'd like him to make me a Rye, but on the other our IPA is really really good, and I'd like to have more of it.

Plus, I'd have to come up with a new name/poem for a Rye.

Because we're nerds, we have names/labels/bad poetry on the labels.

Hip Hop Hooray is our IPA
Lippy Hippy Lager is our Lager
 
2012-11-03 10:01:49 AM  
I won't be brewing since I'm out of town. But as soon as I get home I'm renting a van so I can go and get my new 20 gallon system. Is that relevant? No. But it's awesome and I'm telling everybody.
 
2012-11-03 10:19:37 AM  

kth: Hip Hop Hooray is our IPA


That is brilliant. I want to make my root beer extra foamy, I hear yucca root does the trick, and call it Soggy Bottom Root Beer.
 
2012-11-03 12:20:54 PM  

meat0918: I was planning on it, but then I was told I have to fly to Syracuse, NY for work on Monday, and it's kinda an open ended ticket. I don't want to start a beer without being home to keep an eye on it.. At least they have some decent microbrews in the area.


The regional brews are pretty awesome too - Brown's made a pretty good pumpkin ale this year. There are worse places to be stuck than Syracuse.

/now I want Dinosaur BBQ...
 
2012-11-03 12:27:12 PM  

kth: We won't be able to brew this week, maybe next.

Actually, I'm simply the assistant. The husband is the primary brewer. I'm torn. On the one hand, I'd like him to make me a Rye, but on the other our IPA is really really good, and I'd like to have more of it.

Plus, I'd have to come up with a new name/poem for a Rye.

Because we're nerds, we have names/labels/bad poetry on the labels.

Hip Hop Hooray is our IPA
Lippy Hippy Lager is our Lager


Why not combine them?
I'm bottling a rye ipa today or tomorrow depending on the weather.
 
2012-11-03 01:23:51 PM  
yes, I am at home with a brew...
 
2012-11-03 01:41:42 PM  
Went by my local homebrew place. Was going to do a wheat but saw they had a recipe for one of my favorite beers.
justbeer.files.wordpress.com

So I'll be brewing one of these up.
 
2012-11-03 03:55:18 PM  
I guess I am going to brew today.
 
2012-11-03 04:13:36 PM  

GreenAdder: Modguy: violentsalvation: GreenAdder: That's great.
Really.
Only problem is, why would I spend all my time making beer when Bud Light and Corona are already perfect?
Leave beer-making to the big boys, people.
Leave it to people with centuries of brewing experience.

0/10

I'd give it a 1/10, because it made me laugh.

It takes on a new meaning if you just look at the first letter of each line.


I favorited you for a reason: all your posts are great!
 
kth
2012-11-03 05:53:04 PM  

nw_inferno: kth: We won't be able to brew this week, maybe next.

Actually, I'm simply the assistant. The husband is the primary brewer. I'm torn. On the one hand, I'd like him to make me a Rye, but on the other our IPA is really really good, and I'd like to have more of it.

Plus, I'd have to come up with a new name/poem for a Rye.

Because we're nerds, we have names/labels/bad poetry on the labels.

Hip Hop Hooray is our IPA
Lippy Hippy Lager is our Lager

Why not combine them?
I'm bottling a rye ipa today or tomorrow depending on the weather.



Mmmm... I like both of those things.

We are clearing out the brew room today, and assessing our current stock. We moved this summer and haven't had a chance to unpack everything (crazy jobs, couple of injuries, ill parents), so we're finally getting our asses in gear. Our new house has a room without a daylight window, so it isn't usable for much. We're making it into the beer/cheese room.
 
2012-11-03 06:07:38 PM  

Amberwind: My husband loves to listen to homebrewing podcasts, but we only just moved into a house where we have space for brewing a couple weeks ago. Perhaps I'll kick him into starting something in the kitschy Mr. Beer kit I got him as a joke a couple years ago until we're unpacked enough to set up for proper brewing.

/I hate beer.


I started out on a mr. beer kit.. now I brew for a living.

good luck with your home brews everyone! It's beer week in town for me, and I'll be entertaining all the mucky mucks and working festivals and what not. big winter seasonal release weekend..
this years Barley wine, triple, quad winter white ( Belgium wit,or, triple litet ) chocolate porter ( for desert.) wee heavy, wiezen bock.

vertical flights of barley wine, triple and quad going back three years...
not to mention all the cask firkins and pins.

got to see the Red Elvis's and get snookered on the company dime last night!

and maryland farkers, as of last week we are officially in the greater Baltimore metro area
 
2012-11-03 06:21:16 PM  

poorjon: MylesHeartVodak: this guy realized that modern craft brews would not exist without the macrobrew industry.

We have been brewing since the dawn of civilization (some argue that brewing is what lead us to civilization) yet we have only enjoyed a beverage which we would recognize as beer since sometime in the 1800's. This is due almost entirely to the mega-huge breweries. I'm not trying to downplay their contributions to the understanding of of scientific principles underpinning malting, barley and hops genetics and agroscience, water chemistry (the pH scale was invented in the Carlsberg brewing labs), mashing, boiling, fermentation, conditioning, sanitation, yeast propagating and genetics, packaging, and far more. They have given us all of these advances, but they still don't give us very good beer.


you left out the part about Pasteurization... Pasteur was working for the brewing industry when he came up with the process.

every micro brewery owes it to themselves to look up to, an try as best to emulate the practices of the macro's, we have a lot to learn from them..

they can make great beers on giant scales, but that is not the business model. sure, AB makes a mediocre product, but they make a lot of it, hectoliters scale, consistently, every time.all around the WORLD QA with the them is second to none. and Budweiser doesn't win awards in the festivals because it is used as the calibration beer for the American lager style. in that regard, it is beyond awards and medals.
if big bud wanted me, I would be hard pressed to turn them down, they only hire the best of the best, and pay them accordingly.

sure, the brew towers in a typical bud plant looks like an air traffic control tower, but when you are dealing with that amount of material you NEED a great deal of automation.
 
2012-11-05 03:34:24 PM  
I don't like the notion that all light lagers are crap, based on Bud/Miller/Coors. I brew and drink light (all malt) German style lagers all the time. They actually taste good, and are sessionable. The whole "light beer sucks" mentality usually comes from a beginner trying to sound like they are a connoiseur.

Anyway, bottled half a batch of American Pale this past weekend, kegging the other 5.5 gallons tonight. Also making yeast starters for a German Traditional Bock brew scheduled this weekend. Just finished off my Munich Helles, so a Pilsner might be the next lager after the Bock. Robust porter is the next ale...thinking maybe a bourbon porter?


glad to see Cerebral Knievel in here *waves*
 
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