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What Time Is It FReepers?
Free Republic | 6/1/2012 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 06/01/2012 3:28:50 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Its Beer Thirty!

At The First Monthly Homebrewing Thread

That time of day at which drinking a beer becomes necessary and required to proceed with life as we know it in modern society. I am enjoying a homebrewed Nut Brown Ale as I post this thread. It is a very tasty brew that has a nice caramel and slightly nutty flavor, nicely carbonated with a tan head. At 8.3% it can definitely sneak up you! Yesterday I bottled a Porter and I have a Honey Ale in my primary that is fermenting nicely. A Copper Ale is scheduled for brewing next week. Yes, I do like my Beer! I enjoy the brewing process. I love the smell wafting up from the steeping grains then the sweet aroma from the boiling wort and most of all seeing a steady bubbling out of the fermentation airlock. I also really enjoy tasting and drinking the resulting product!

Knews_hound was the originator of the ping list. He sent out a FreepMail in April explaining that he rarely visits FR anymore and he needed someone to take over the list or the Homebrewing Ping list would disappear here on FR. He sent me a FReepmail a week or so ago and turned the ping list over to me. He also said that he would not be posting replies anymore.

This is my first Monthly Homebrewing Thread. It is my intention to keep the Homebrewing ping list alive and growing by posting a hombrewing thread at least once a month focusing on Homebrewing and also occasional pings to other Beer, Wine and Spirit related threads posted on FR.

I consider myself a novice Homebrewer. I have been brewing for just a little more than a year using Malt Extract kits. I don’t have the equipment or the expertise to do an All Grain Brew, yet.

So far my favorite homebrews have been the Ambers, Reds, Browns and Stouts that I have brewed. I do like the Stouts! I have also brewed a couple of Belgian Abby Ales they turned out to be good but they sure took a long time maturing before I could really enjoy them. For me the time waiting for the beer to ferment, mature and condition is the only down side to homebrewing. Enjoying and sharing them is the Big Reward!

If you have never homebrewed there is some good news! Anyone can make a pretty decent beer right from the start. It just takes some basic equipment to get started.

For those FReepers who want to get started brewing up some tasty fresh homemade beer, the Malt Extract Ale Kits are the easiest and best way to get started. All the ingredients you need are included in these kits. Make sure the kit you buy has yeast included, if not you will need to buy some yeast. Most of these kits will make around 5 gallons of beer and run from around $20 to $45+. The novice brewer should start out brewing Ale. The Ales ferment around room temperature and are ready to drink faster than lagers. The Pilsners and Lagers can take some time to mature and extra equipment is needed to keep these styles of beers at steady cool to cold temperatures while they ferment and mature.

You will need some basic equipment, which you probably do not have around the house. Homebrewing supply stores can be found on the web that sell the basic equipment kits you may need. They range from about $65 for a very basic kit and all the way up to about $350+ for all-inclusive Kits.

· You will also need a brewing kettle/pot (sometimes included in the more expensive kits); best results are obtained with one that will hold at least six gallons. But a stockpot holding 3-4 gallons will do to start. Stainless steel is preferred but a large heavy-duty aluminum or porcelain coated canning pot will do and they are much cheaper. Check out Wal-Mart. They do have large Stainless, aluminum and porcelain coated canning pots. If you can afford Stainless do it. But for most of us home brewing is a hobby so stay within your budget. My first couple of homebrews were boiled using a porcelain coated canning pot on my stove. I now use a propane burner that I bought at Lowe’s. I also now have a 5 gallon stainless steel brew kettle.

· Don’t forget bottles – you will need about 50 – 54 12 oz bottles for a typical 5 gallon batch. The supply web sites sell new bottles but the best way to get your bottles is to buy the current beer you are drinking in bottles and save them. Bottles with twist off or screw off tops will not work!

· SANITIZE! SANITIZE! Sanitization of your equipment is crucial to your successful homebrewing effort. This step cannot be over emphasized. Every piece of equipment that comes in contact with your wort/beer after the boil needs to be thoroughly SANITIZED! I like a product called Star San it is an acid based no rinse sanitizer. It will foam up but don’t fear the foam! One ounce of Star San will make 5 gallons of sanitizer. It is odorless, flavorless, and requires only one to two minutes of contact time. I also like to use a commercial cleaner called PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash, widely used in some commercial breweries) it is not a sanitizer but will clean your equipment after a brew session. Soak your used equipment and beer bottles in it. After a good soak in PBW those pesky labels will just slide off those beer bottles you have been saving. I am sold on this stuff as a cleaner. In a few hours of soaking it will clean some very stubborn stuff off your equipment. After using PBW rinse equipment and bottles well and then sanitize with a sanitizer.

A couple of web sites I have used for equipment and supplies are More Beer and Midwest Supplies There are many others – use your search engine. I have no affiliation with either of these companies. They are just a couple I have used and had great service and no problems. If you have a favorite site you order from please let us know. Northern Brewer is another homebrew supplier but I have not used them.

The MoreBeer web site offers free shipping on most of their items, which is great for ordering all the basic equipment and ingredients. Free shipping applies if you purchase a qualifying $ amount. I have not ordered beer ingredient kits from them.

I use Midwest Supplies to order my ingredient kits (no free shipping here). I use them because they list all the ingredients in their brew kits, which can be very helpful. They also have brewer’s reviews of the kits. There is a lot of good info posted by the brewers/reviewers including if they made any additions or adjustments to the kits. Midwest also offers a 5% discount to active duty military and veterans 24/7/365. They recently upped the discount to 10% for a one-week period prior to and including Memorial Day.

If you want to read up on the homebrewing process a good place to start is to check out John Palmer’s “How To Brew”. This book is free and available on line at How To Brew a good place to start is with the Glossary of Terms used in brewing. The Equipment chapter is another great place to start.

Knews_hound has a web page that is a basic step-by-step introduction (w/pictures) to brewing beer using a Malt Extract Kit. Visit it here Homebrewing 1A

Lets get brewing! Share your experience and expertise or just ask a question. I may not have an answer to all questions but I am sure another more experienced Freeper will.


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KEYWORDS: ale; beer; homebrewing; monthly; nutbrownale; oenology; wine
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Crack one open and join in the discussion.
1 posted on 06/01/2012 3:29:12 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Ping to the Homebrewing list.


2 posted on 06/01/2012 3:30:50 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

This sounds like something I might like to learn before SHTF.

Please add me to the pinglist please.


3 posted on 06/01/2012 3:36:22 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate pragmatists!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Beer-30 was about an hour ago
4 posted on 06/01/2012 3:36:39 PM PDT by South40
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To: Red_Devil 232

Looks like the little guys could be unleashed in Michigan with the sale of alcohol at farmer’s markets.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2890350/posts


5 posted on 06/01/2012 3:37:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Randy Larsen

You have been added.


6 posted on 06/01/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: cripplecreek

I saw that thread earlier. I would have pingd the list to it but I was planing on posting this Beer Thirty Thread at the appropriate time.


7 posted on 06/01/2012 3:43:12 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
HOWDY DOODY TIME!!!!

Oh... Well, I am drinking a homebrew.

/johnny

8 posted on 06/01/2012 3:44:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red_Devil 232; coolbreeze

howdy Red!!! could you please add my husband to the ping list? coolbreeze

Thanks, my FRiend!


9 posted on 06/01/2012 3:44:57 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Let’s make moonshine.


10 posted on 06/01/2012 3:47:50 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Red_Devil 232

I’m taking a vacation from beer until I drop 15 lbs for a race I am running this month. Somehow I gained a little weight last month and it is coming off no matter what. Actually, I know exactly how I gained it. I started having three beers EVERY night instead of just on friday night.


11 posted on 06/01/2012 3:48:27 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Gabz

Hey Gabz coolbreeze has been added.


12 posted on 06/01/2012 3:48:27 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Gabz

WOW!

Gabz, your husband struck gold when he married you!


13 posted on 06/01/2012 3:49:24 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate pragmatists!)
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To: Gabz; coolbreeze

WOW!

Gabz, your husband struck gold when he married you!


14 posted on 06/01/2012 3:50:00 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate pragmatists!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

What kind of brew is it?


15 posted on 06/01/2012 3:50:22 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Please add me to the list. Thanks!


16 posted on 06/01/2012 3:53:00 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: Red_Devil 232
Cidery, but it is what it is. Supposed to have been a lager. It is well carbonated. And hoppy. I've had it around since Feb, and just cracked it open.

I won't waste it.

/johnny

17 posted on 06/01/2012 3:53:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mamelukesabre

You have more control that me - three beers a night - that is! I will have to do the same with this Nut Brown Ale! But it is so good - I don’t know.


18 posted on 06/01/2012 3:53:24 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: South40

Wow 30, Really?


19 posted on 06/01/2012 3:55:42 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Damn; makes me wish I hadn’t quit drinking...


20 posted on 06/01/2012 3:56:37 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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