Eden Brewers! Do you home brew?

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Eden Brewers! Do you home brew?

Lucky21 Lucky21
So I just started home brewing and I am wondering how many other people out there do it. Maybe if there is enough people, out there, we can start an Eden Brewers group.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Yes, I home brew!
EvilHomer , Lucky21 , Rod Ronald , Jul!a , leanright69
5  (16%)
My partner home brews.
I had an ex that home brewed.
DreamWolf
1  (3%)
What is home brewing?
Badass
1  (3%)
No.
PeaceToTheMiddleEast , OhMy! , spunkmonkey , jmex83 , Gunsmoke , Allstars316 , LAndJ , Incendiaire , Tangles , Peggi , marrythenight , SJ88 , Lizzy , Geogeo , jokerzwild , Falsepast , padmeamidala , sktb0007 , Jordan B , dv8
20  (62%)
Other... (please explain)
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) , MistressDandelion , WhoopieDoo , asphyxia , married with children
5  (16%)
Total votes: 32
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EvilHomer EvilHomer
Yup, I've got a Scotch Ale, Rye Ale, Blueberry Cider, and Pomegranate Cider kegged. I've got a Double Dead Guy aging in an oak keg, a larger aging on yeast cake, a pear cider and a honey wheat fermenting.
03/28/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
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Originally posted by EvilHomer
Yup, I've got a Scotch Ale, Rye Ale, Blueberry Cider, and Pomegranate Cider kegged. I've got a Double Dead Guy aging in an oak keg, a larger aging on yeast cake, a pear cider and a honey wheat fermenting.
Very cool! I have made cider in the past and bottled it all and it was a total pain so I am thinking about kegging now... would love to hear your $.02 on it.
03/28/2012
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
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Originally posted by Lucky21
So I just started home brewing and I am wondering how many other people out there do it. Maybe if there is enough people, out there, we can start an Eden Brewers group.
I want to, but I haven't gotten into it yet. I'm a beer fanatic and it's hard to get my hands on things that I want, like vanilla stouts. It seems like it would be so satisfying to have my own beer just how I like it.

Obviously I'm a stout kinda girl, but I also fancy IPAs and some ciders.

Is anyone on Untappd? I'm DawnDebauchery on there.
03/28/2012
Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
I own an orchard so I brew all kinds of diffrent brews. Make a wicked hard cider when fall hits. Lace it with peach and it's lights out fantastic!
03/28/2012
EvilHomer EvilHomer
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Originally posted by Lucky21
Very cool! I have made cider in the past and bottled it all and it was a total pain so I am thinking about kegging now... would love to hear your $.02 on it.
I got into brewing with a couple co-workers who were all grain brewing so I skipped the extract phase and went to all grain. Bottling was a PITA, but my co-workers went to kegging by the end of my 3rd batch. I instantly made plans to go to kegging. Sure you have to occasionally run cleaning agents through the lines and tower to clean the system, but it is miles easier than bottling.

Example: I have a really dirty keg that just dropped, here it what I do.

1) Remove from basement kegerator and take to bathroom
2) Rinse
3) Fill with PBW
4) Let sit for a TV show
5) Take back to kegerator
6) Run PBW through tap
7) Take back to bathroom and dump
8) Rinse
9) Fill with San-Star (no rinse)
10) Watch a TV show
11) Take back to basement and run San-Star through tap
12) Take to bathroom and dump
13) Run sanitized hose from fermenter (I use bottling buckets) to bottom of keg
14) Open valve
15) Fill keg
16) Close Valve
17) Seal Keg
18) Place Keg in kegerator
19) attach CO2
20) Attach tap

It seems like alot of steps until, but you know bottling you ~53 bottles is all the label peeling, soaking in a bathtub of bleach, rinsing, running through the dishwasher on sanitize, fill each one and cap. . . royal PITA. Honestly the hardest part of kegging is walking up and down the basement stairs so many times. Also truthfully I usually only do a keg rinse and san-star unless there is stuff that needs to be clean and I only clean the taps every few kegs.

Kegging allows you to dial up the pressure and carbonate faster, or roll the keg to dissolve CO2 into solution faster, or like I do (since I have 3 other taps) simply let it sit at serving pressure for 1-2 weeks.

As far as keg costs go you've got the kegs (I got mine for ~25 a pop years ago), hoses (cents per foot), a regulator (~45), a CO2 tank (I honestly forget the price), and a CO2 fill (it has been about 2 years since I filled mine, expect about 25 kegs out of a well sealed system or 125 gallons of beer), and taps (can go from party taps at a few bucks to $600 Perlick towers).

My buddy made his system out of a mini-fridge that he got for free and replaced the thermostat, 2 kegs, a CO2 tank and 2 party taps, you opened the door and grabbed a party tap to use. I converted a chest freezer, with a 4 tap tower, ect and spent much more on it.

Truth be told I probably have $3k in the hobby, including my old propane rig and my new all electric pump driven all grain rig.

In closing, a kegging system is worth every penny. Just make sure your partner gets something shiny to distract them from your new "investment"
03/28/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
Quote:
Originally posted by Rod Ronald
I own an orchard so I brew all kinds of diffrent brews. Make a wicked hard cider when fall hits. Lace it with peach and it's lights out fantastic!
Oh really? My fiancée found out last year that she has a pretty bad allergic reaction to beer so she has switche to cider, and lots of problems went away. Any chance we might be able to sample some of your wares?
03/28/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
Quote:
Originally posted by EvilHomer
I got into brewing with a couple co-workers who were all grain brewing so I skipped the extract phase and went to all grain. Bottling was a PITA, but my co-workers went to kegging by the end of my 3rd batch. I instantly made plans to go to kegging. ...
Not worried about her, she is totally cool with it after we bottled 25 gallons of cider in growlers and 1 liter bottles. Seems totally worth it, it's just a lot of $$$ up front.
03/28/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
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Originally posted by Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
I want to, but I haven't gotten into it yet. I'm a beer fanatic and it's hard to get my hands on things that I want, like vanilla stouts. It seems like it would be so satisfying to have my own beer just how I like it.

Obviously ...
You should totally try it! I got a brewing kit off Craigslist for cheap and finally took the plunge. I love stouts too! BarleyWines, strong beers, IPA's, etc. Basically anything besides the crappy swill beers.

Didn't even know about Untappd. Just signed up and friended you.
03/28/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
My first love's family did...
03/28/2012
spunkmonkey spunkmonkey
I don't drink.
03/28/2012
jmex83 jmex83
Quote:
Originally posted by Lucky21
So I just started home brewing and I am wondering how many other people out there do it. Maybe if there is enough people, out there, we can start an Eden Brewers group.
i don't, but it sounds like it would be fun!
03/28/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I have neither the time or patience to be home brewer. Here in San Diego there are dozens of killer micro-brews to choose from - so I couldn't be happier
03/29/2012
Badass Badass
Brewing beer you mean?
Never tried it, but I would.
03/29/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
I have helped a few times. But not on my own. Not much of a beer drinker.
03/29/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
It's illegal here... But I'd like to try my old family reciepe of Dandelion wine. But I can't.
03/29/2012
WhoopieDoo WhoopieDoo
My dad home brews and I've helped a few times. Does that count?
03/29/2012
Gary Gary
I have never done beer, but I have made wine in the past. From all that I have read, beer is a lot more involved to make, so my hats off to you all!
03/29/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
Rachel in customer service is an awesome home brewer. I can attest!
03/29/2012
LAndJ LAndJ
I don't particularly like beer or even wine all that much.
03/29/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
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Originally posted by Gary
I have never done beer, but I have made wine in the past. From all that I have read, beer is a lot more involved to make, so my hats off to you all!
Well, to anyone that thinks it's really all the hard, it's not, just maybe a little more time intensive. I thought it was going to be really tough, but it really hasn't been so far.
03/29/2012
Incendiaire Incendiaire
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Originally posted by Gary
I have never done beer, but I have made wine in the past. From all that I have read, beer is a lot more involved to make, so my hats off to you all!
I'm not a fan of beer, but I'd be interested in trying to make my own wine.
03/29/2012
asphyxia asphyxia
My husband got a whole set-up to make mead, but we haven't gotten around to actually doing it yet!
03/29/2012
Tangles Tangles
My parents have tried home-brewing. I don't believe it worked out for them.
03/29/2012
married with children married with children
I would love to, but just dont have the time or space for it. I have alot of friends who do it for fun, and their stuff has turned out good. I also know someone who is starting their own brewery, because they enjoyed it so much.
03/31/2012
Deeder Deeder
I'd love to get into home brewing, though mainly for my beer lovin' hubby. (I enjoy it occasionally, but beer isn't really my thing.)
03/31/2012
Lizzy Lizzy
No time to brew.
04/03/2012
Geogeo Geogeo
I'd be interested in trying, but I don't...
04/03/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I make wine, but I do want to try making beer at some point. I'm hoping to get another batch a brewing soon, but I need to get through the other two batches that I have that gave me about 25-30 bottles apiece.
04/03/2012
jokerzwild jokerzwild
No for me, but my uncle and a few friends have done it and I'm always impressed on the quality
04/03/2012
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