do you brew your own beer?

married with children married with children
Do any of you brew your own beer? I would like to get into brewing my own. I still have alot to read up on before I go out and buy equipment. If anyone has any advice, I would love to hear it.
07/25/2011
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Jul!a Jul!a
I haven't tried brewing beer yet, but I have made wine. I'd find the forums that people go to to talk about making beer at home and ask them
07/25/2011
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
My boyfriend and I just got into homebrewing. I highly recommend Northernbrewer.com for equipment and ingredient kits. They have really good customer support if you're not quite sure what set-up to get.
07/25/2011
MaryExy MaryExy
My parents never did... I know our neighbor used to, though. I don't remember how anything except that he used brown bottles and bottle caps that had american flags on them.
07/25/2011
Ansley Ansley
I hear that it can be a lot of fun but I think it's something I wouldn't have the patience for, I'm also really not all that into beer. I just tried a different beer for the first time in almost ten years last night. I don't know what it was but it tasted like fruity pebbles, which was just strange. LOL
07/25/2011
Redboxbaby Redboxbaby
My husband does. He has brewed award winners. We keg it, we don't bother with bottling. Williams Brewing is a great company if you are in need of supplies. Keeping your equipment sterilized is SO important. My husband swears by ProMash software.
07/25/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
YES! I have just gotten into it myself, though I have been making my own hard cider for a couple of years now. I feel blessed that I live in the same city (cities) as Northern Brewer as well as Midwest Brewing Supplies. Both are fantastic stores and have really awesome helpful staff. Can't go wrong with either.
07/25/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Not beer, no, but mead. Don't ask me why we picked mead, though.
07/26/2011
eggiweg eggiweg
I have!
Start slow for sure, do something like one of those kits in a can that contains liquid malt and everything else you need. It's easy to get discouraged by failures, so it's nice to do something that's likely to work in the beginning.
If you have a local homebrew supply store those people are usually a great resource.
Also the plastic bucket fermenters are great, so much cheaper than the glass carboys and much easier to clean (albeit much less "cool", lol)
And write down everything you do! Even if you're just following the instructions that came with a kit. It's nice to be able to go back and try to figure out what went wrong if something doesn't come out right, and even nicer to be able to replicate a success.
Good luck!
07/26/2011
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
I haven't personally, but I've known quite a few people who did and they enjoyed the process. It took them a few batches before all came out exactly how they wanted it to. I also dated a guy who brewed mead... mmmmmm!
07/26/2011
married with children married with children
I am from around portland, the micro brew capitol of the country. So I know I can find some good companies to supply equipment. I will read up some more, but it is something I would love to get into.
07/26/2011
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