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Old 07-10-2011, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yes another d-series member traveling down the time-honored path of converting grain, sugar and yeast to beer.

My first crack at this. I picked up a bunch of stuff from a lady on Craigslist who was getting out of it which was perfect for me getting in to it.

My buddy Woody and I took a run up to Raleigh to pick up some soooplies. Good little ride. He's ironing out a couple kinks in his '97 FXD that's been sitting for a couple years - needs a new petcock assembly as it leaks. Well we got our supplies and aside from some asshair in a red Cutlass (crappy new body style) that decided to pass me in my lane and then slam on the brakes in front of me, we had a good little 160-mile round trip ride.

I was going to meet up with K2evin, but he couldn't drag his dead ass out of bed to come get a couple camshafts.

But what did we go up there for?

What kind of soooooplies?

The good kind. This is my first attempt at brewing and I'm doing a hefe weissen because I love that beer and its a pretty easy brew. I'm using 6.6 pounds of wheat liquid malt extract, 1 .oz of Tettnanger hops (full boil) and Wyeast 3056 Bavarian wheat blend.

Steepin some wheat...




Carboy cleaned, sanitized and ready with 2.5 gallons of pure water.




I <3 brewing.




Beginning the wort. Yes, I'm extract brewing right now to make sure I can create beer before trying all grain.




Happy, hungry yeast.




And we have lift off!!




35 minutes to go on the boil and then cool it, aerate it, dump it into the fermenter carboy, pitch the yeast and wait!

I'm going to use a turkey fryer burner next time as my stove just isn't keeping the boil going hot enough. Its a gentle roll but I think it needs to be a little hotter.
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cooled, aerated and yeast is pitched so now it's fermentin' time!!

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how much does a small set up cost? my g/f and i want to try this
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My advice is to get it used from someone who's 'parting out'. Basic kit for starting out isn't terribly expensive. I picked up a whole bunch of stuff for $180, but it included 2.5 cases of fliptop bottles, a bottling bucket, 2 glass carboys, brewpot, racking cane, bottling cane, thermometer, hydrometer, a couple aerators, cleaning brushes, a capper, a book, some grain bags and some other stuff.

I priced it all out and it would have been about $450 for everything I have.

You can get a basic kit from Mr. Beer or ebrew.com for $60 to $100. I don't recommend the Mr. Beer kit as it doesn't brew much beer and really doesn't come with anything.

The kit I have was $190 new, plus another $70 for the brewpot, plus bottles, spoon, and so on.

If you already have a 5-gallon pot with a lid its not so bad, but it all start to add up. Your typical batch will cost around $30 for ingredients to brew 5 gallons of beer.



My fermenter is happily bubbling away this morning!
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A typical beer kit, a kit with all the ingredients you need to make it, will cost you between $25-45

Be careful it is almost as addictive as boost.
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Be careful it is almost as addictive as boost.
You can say that shit twice, lol.


Second batch is in the fermenter.

Getting in the spirit of things. I wish that glass was full of Keiler Weissbier like it advertises but I can't get it here in the states.







And I think I saw CripTofer rocking this little setup. Quite nice especially since my temperature probe had never been out of the plastic so just needed a quick clean and soak in the Star San.





And its happily burbling away next to my first batch. This one is a dunkelweizen and I used a dry yeast this time instead of the liquid smack pack on the hefe. At first I was worried since the Wyeast liquid went to work immediately. The dry yeast (after rehydration) didn't do bubkiss for at least 3 hours and then I gave up and went to bed. However this morning its pushing gas through the aerator more vigorously than the liquid so my concerns were for nothing.

Now the waiting game and time to drink some more beer to up my bottle stock!
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<<<curious to see what this is gonna taste like
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Are you actually going to drink some then Josh? I just moved the hefe into secondary the day before yesterday and will move the dunkel into secondary tomorrow.
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yea i'll try it after you try it lol
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