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Anyone here brew their own beer?

I'm on my third batch right now. We started with a few Amber Ales and now are working on an IPA.

We are REALLY enjoying brewing a lot and would one day like to start our own micro brewery for the region.

Just wanted to see if anyone else on here brews


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I have a kit but haven't used it for years. I'd like to try it again though.

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We are doing 5 gallon brews at a time right now. it makes around 50 12-oz beers. We made our own labels for the beer as well.

I think we are going to start kegging the beer though, as it takes forever to clean the bottles etc...


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I've done several batches of wine in the past, and even 'shine (thanks to a friends Dad who grew up in the Carolinas), but never beer. The last wine I did went a little sideways during fermentation and ended up in the neighborhood of 90 proof. Tasted like cherry Kool Aid going down, but hit you like a shot Everclear when it got there.


   
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Neal, are you doing all grain or extract at the moment?



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Neal, are you doing all grain or extract at the moment?
We started with extract brewing, and just bottled our third brew last night. 7.1% ABV on this IPA.

Our next batch we are going to try our hand at all-grain, as that is the direction we would like to go with our brewing.

As soon as we have the money, we are going to jump to kegging as well, as cleaning and prepping all of these bottles is quickly becoming tiresome... haha!

Have you done all-grain brewing, how much more difficult is it? Is it worth the extra work vs. extract?


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We started with extract brewing, and just bottled our third brew last night. 7.1% ABV on this IPA.

Our next batch we are going to try our hand at all-grain, as that is the direction we would like to go with our brewing.

As soon as we have the money, we are going to jump to kegging as well, as cleaning and prepping all of these bottles is quickly becoming tiresome... haha!

Have you done all-grain brewing, how much more difficult is it? Is it worth the extra work vs. extract?
Unfortunately, I'm only doing extract at the moment, mainly due to a lack of space. We just haven't got enough room to store a mash and sparge tun on top of all the other equipment we already have.

With regards to difficulty, I suppose it's a touch more difficult, but it's mostly just more time consuming in the long run. The advantage is, though, that you're able to get much more control/customizability over the flavor and character of the brew than you are with the limited selection of extracts.

I'd love to keg as well, but... yeah... space and money. heh.



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Jordan, where do you get your supplies from? Local or online? Midwest Supplies has been great thus far with quality control etc.


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Jordan, where do you get your supplies from? Local or online? Midwest Supplies has been great thus far with quality control etc.
Thus far, locally. Depending on what I need, I might order from Northern Brewer as well, as they have a good selection at decent prices. For equipment, I've been trying to repurpose/build my own wherever possible, since legit equipment can be overpriced. Built my own wort chiller for about half what they cost, and since our crappy stove couldn't give a good rolling boil, I built a heat stick that helps out massively.



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Thus far, locally. Depending on what I need, I might order from Northern Brewer as well, as they have a good selection at decent prices. For equipment, I've been trying to repurpose/build my own wherever possible, since legit equipment can be overpriced. Built my own wort chiller for about half what they cost, and since our crappy stove couldn't give a good rolling boil, I built a heat stick that helps out massively.
Yeah, building/engineering your own stuff is wayyyyy cheaper, no doubt.

Northern Brewer has good stuff as well. I've got a friend with 3 sanke kegs converter into a brew system that I'm trying to get him to let go of since he doesn't brew anymore. That would be sweet.


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