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Who brews?
« on: December 04, 2019, 06:29:00 PM »
So how many of us brew?

I’m an occasional brewer. I average a beer a year for the past 14 years.

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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 07:23:19 PM »
I used to make a few batches a year but haven't picked up my brewpot in almost nine years. :( I was just thinking about what I should do. Pick it up again or sell.
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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2019, 08:21:11 PM »
Bought some yeast last weekend to try to provide incentive to actually brew.  We shall see.  Probably been over a year.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2019, 10:27:00 PM »
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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2019, 11:36:45 PM »
I’ve helped out various friends over the years, more recently just wet hop stuff since I grow them.

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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019, 09:31:24 AM »
brewing pretty regularly, probably 2x/month on average. very active with our local homebrewing club, and and also the wider brewing/homebrewing community in the region. in addition to the bjcp competitions, we do a lot of club competitions which keeps us actively brewing.

haven't brewed in about 6 weeks or so as my buddy and I are in the process of upgrading our facilities and equipment, but i've managed to judge at several competitions in the area. we just finished leveling and putting down epoxy on the floor, so probably getting back to it in the next week or so

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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2019, 11:30:37 AM »
I've brewed once since I started working for a brewery.  Probably time to sell my brewing setup.

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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2019, 11:39:24 AM »
I've brewed once since I started working for a brewery.  Probably time to sell my brewing setup.
So they let you brew on the pilot system? :excited:

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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2019, 11:43:05 AM »
I've brewed once since I started working for a brewery.  Probably time to sell my brewing setup.
So they let you brew on the pilot system? :excited:

Well, they did. :shrug:

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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2019, 11:48:51 AM »
I've brewed once since I started working for a brewery.  Probably time to sell my brewing setup.
So they let you brew on the pilot system? :excited:

Well, they did. :shrug:
Only once? Maybe you could pitch Pineapple Exhaust for the brewing portfolio... :coffee:

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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2019, 11:54:57 AM »
I've brewed once since I started working for a brewery.  Probably time to sell my brewing setup.
So they let you brew on the pilot system? :excited:

Well, they did. :shrug:
Only once? Maybe you could pitch Pineapple Exhaust for the brewing portfolio... :coffee:

So this one time, at Bracfest...

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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2019, 12:03:25 PM »
I've brewed once since I started working for a brewery.  Probably time to sell my brewing setup.
So they let you brew on the pilot system? :excited:

Well, they did. :shrug:
Only once? Maybe you could pitch Pineapple Exhaust for the brewing portfolio... :coffee:

So this one time, at Bracfest...
:lol: :lol: :unsure:

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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2019, 02:37:29 PM »
Is the OG pineapple exhaust all gone?
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2019, 02:40:02 PM »
Is the OG pineapple exhaust all gone?

No

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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2019, 03:24:35 PM »
Gilly> this is totally murdering my unicorn blood boner

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« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2020, 10:14:57 AM »
I brew and have been '16.

Close to 80 batches under my belt.

I've brewed many styles and am proud to say not one American IPA.  Not a fan.

Currently on tap - Czech Dark Lager with Imperial Urkel yeast.

Imperial yeasts are, by far, my favorite.
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« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2020, 03:31:15 PM »
I miss making beer. :kickcan:


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« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2020, 03:50:25 PM »
I miss making beer. :kickcan:
Same. I think it's been about 12 years. :cry:
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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2020, 10:41:44 AM »
August will be 17 years for me... until this pandemic the only time I ever really bought beer was so I could take cans into the woods with me.

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« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2020, 12:59:50 PM »
Memorial Day was 10 years since I brewed my first batch. Been pretty sporadic but have done 5 or 6 batches in the past few months. Bought one of these recently to hopefully make brewday go a bit quicker and easier so I brew more. First time went pretty smoothly.
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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2020, 01:39:06 PM »
Going to have 2 weeks off the end of July, might have to brew something finally.
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2020, 01:42:18 PM »
Memorial Day was 10 years since I brewed my first batch. Been pretty sporadic but have done 5 or 6 batches in the past few months. Bought one of these recently to hopefully make brewday go a bit quicker and easier so I brew more. First time went pretty smoothly.
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What size?
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Re: Who brews?
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2020, 01:46:33 PM »
Looks like an old school coffee pot from church.

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« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2020, 04:00:48 PM »
Memorial Day was 10 years since I brewed my first batch. Been pretty sporadic but have done 5 or 6 batches in the past few months. Bought one of these recently to hopefully make brewday go a bit quicker and easier so I brew more. First time went pretty smoothly.
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What size?

It’s 7.5 gallons. Says it can mash up to 15 Or 16 lbs of grain.
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« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2021, 12:16:54 AM »
Brewed a (No) Nut (November) Brown Ale yesterday. Should be ready to bottle in two weeks
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« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2021, 04:38:56 PM »
I used to brew years ago, and still go over to a neighbor's a couple times a year to brew something with him (although now he moved a mile or so away so it's not nearly as convenient to go fill a growler.)

I judge, so I'm still in the homebrew club coasting on my palate and past glory. Got some hops and yeast at the Xmas party last weekend, so kicking around some ideas to brew with the neighbor early in January.  Looking at a hoppy hefeweizen - standard hefe malt/yeast, but with late/dry hopping using Styrian Wolf (Profile descriptions include candied orange, mango, melon, coconut, lemongrass, passionfruit, fruit punch)

I'm thinking those hop flavors would combine nicely with the banana/clove/lemon from the hefe yeast.
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« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2021, 05:41:24 PM »
Sounds good :thumbup:

Dovetail makes a Hopfenweizen that's pretty good. I think the key is less bittering hops which tend to clash with the hefe yeast esters. A little bit is ok though.

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« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2022, 01:23:40 PM »
Sounds good :thumbup:

Dovetail makes a Hopfenweizen that's pretty good. I think the key is less bittering hops which tend to clash with the hefe yeast esters. A little bit is ok though.
Yeah we'll keep the bitterness low - maybe a touch more than Hefeweizen but not much.
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« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2022, 01:42:09 PM »
Does anyone want to buy some homebrew equipment? I haven't touched mine in almost 12 years.
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« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2022, 10:51:47 AM »
Question for the homebrewers out there... just read this excerpt on a local brewery's brewing/fermenting process and wondering what sounds strange to you. TIA :popcorn:

" The vats and fermenter are right in the front window of the pub. If my notes are correct, the batches are 75 gallons minimum and maximum is 310 gallons, or 20 kegs max. Mike normally brews one day a week, and the initial fermentation is only about four days.

What's unique here is that after four days in the fermenter, all of his beers go into kegs for “cask conditioning”. A special hybrid (between lager and ale) yeast from Australia makes this process possible.

The other twist in his process is using part grain and part malt, from a high-end specialty malter down south. A task few brewers have to deal with, Mike must release pressure daily from his fermenting kegs, but the result is fully and naturally carbonated beer. "

To me it's the "hybrid lager/ale yeast" and 4 days fermenting time in kegs. :blink: This place is arguably the worst brewery in the state, and has been open for 20 years now. Their beers nearly all taste like infected extract brews.

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« Reply #33 on: May 17, 2022, 11:04:39 AM »
Question for the homebrewers out there... just read this excerpt on a local brewery's brewing/fermenting process and wondering what sounds strange to you. TIA :popcorn:

" The vats and fermenter are right in the front window of the pub. If my notes are correct, the batches are 75 gallons minimum and maximum is 310 gallons, or 20 kegs max. Mike normally brews one day a week, and the initial fermentation is only about four days.

What's unique here is that after four days in the fermenter, all of his beers go into kegs for “cask conditioning”. A special hybrid (between lager and ale) yeast from Australia makes this process possible.

The other twist in his process is using part grain and part malt, from a high-end specialty malter down south. A task few brewers have to deal with, Mike must release pressure daily from his fermenting kegs, but the result is fully and naturally carbonated beer. "

To me it's the "hybrid lager/ale yeast" and 4 days fermenting time in kegs. :blink: This place is arguably the worst brewery in the state, and has been open for 20 years now. Their beers nearly all taste like infected extract brews.

Sounds like a hack to get around needing proper fermenter capacity, and it's clearly not working out.

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« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2022, 11:49:33 AM »
Question for the homebrewers out there... just read this excerpt on a local brewery's brewing/fermenting process and wondering what sounds strange to you. TIA :popcorn:

" The vats and fermenter are right in the front window of the pub. If my notes are correct, the batches are 75 gallons minimum and maximum is 310 gallons, or 20 kegs max. Mike normally brews one day a week, and the initial fermentation is only about four days.

What's unique here is that after four days in the fermenter, all of his beers go into kegs for “cask conditioning”. A special hybrid (between lager and ale) yeast from Australia makes this process possible.

The other twist in his process is using part grain and part malt, from a high-end specialty malter down south. A task few brewers have to deal with, Mike must release pressure daily from his fermenting kegs, but the result is fully and naturally carbonated beer. "

To me it's the "hybrid lager/ale yeast" and 4 days fermenting time in kegs. :blink: This place is arguably the worst brewery in the state, and has been open for 20 years now. Their beers nearly all taste like infected extract brews.

Sounds like a hack to get around needing proper fermenter capacity, and it's clearly not working out.

It's weird that there are kettles and no fermenters in a brewery. The part about "releasing pressure daily from his fermenting kegs" seems very tedious, and how do you control any overflow from the keg valve?