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BYC Homebrewers?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by m.kitchengirl, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    My father is giving me a pretty deluxe set up.
    I have done 5 batches of all-grain mash brew with my pretty unsophisticated rig, and had some great success. Now I will have all the best gear & I think it will help - especially the sparge & cooling process.

    I am excited to try a lager, keeping it cold should be pretty easy in Maine this time of year.

    I will have enough carboys to have 3 stages of brew happening at all times.

    My father went to school to be a master brewer, even studying in England & Ireland after he finished his degree here. This equipment kept him & his bluegrass friends in beer year round, and made for some pretty long "tasting sessions" and bottling parties.
    I am excited because I am going to be able to continue the tradition of brewing beer for my bluegrass picking friends. He has even agreed to give me copies of all of his tried & true recipes for Saison, Porter, Russian Imperial Stout, lager, alt, barley wine, etc, etc. Pretty exciting since his Boston brewer buddies, many of them well known, have said that he is the best brewer in Boston, and have been after his recipes for years.
    It is also not like my Dad to share this kind of stuff, maybe he is growing up.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Sounds great. I'd love to brew my own. I want to try to replicate a beer brewed in Germany that was so good. I have a great place to grow hops and I think that's where I'm going to start.
    Good luck.
  3. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    I have a brewer's emergency hotline I can call if I run into trouble.

    Brewing is SO much easier than it seems.
    I read and read, and grew up around it, and am a chef so I understand many of the fundamentals - though not all the crazy math & chemistry those guys all do... holy cow... - but I was SO nervous when I did my first batch.
    I just kept reminding myself to relax.
    It takes all day, and is better with a buddy (all that liquid is tough to maneuver on one's own) , but it is not the perilous endeavor I felt like it was the first time I went out on my own.
    The hard part is bottling. But, if you are conscious about sanitation throughout, then things are usually fine.

    My first brew I had a huge metal carboy on a riser in my bedroom closet (most women have 900 pair of shoes, dresses... I have 15 gallons of beer & a portable P.A.) and heard the most amazing BOOM! I ran to my room to find that fermentation had begun & knocked the barrel clear off the risers, out of the closet & onto my bedroom floor.
    I ferment on the floor now.

    The holidays are coming, ask Santa for a homebrew kit. It is the cheapest hobby I have ever gotten into. I bought my first set up, the ingredients for 50 gallons of beer, and an assortment of inspirational tastings, all for just under $100 at a store in N.H.
    I have seen good deals on eBay, too.
  4. Tadkins472

    Tadkins472 Chirping

    You have No Idea how happy i am that i found a Homebrew thread on here!

    I have been brewing for the better half of 4 years and love every minute of it. Grow my own hops and do all grain batches. I would assume this would go really well with raising chicks I assume they could eat the spent grain and they would probably love its sweetness.

    Have about 12 homebrews under my belt so if anyone has any questions I can probably help.
  5. Kdt1961

    Kdt1961 In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2013
    Murrayville, Georgia
    I also do all grain home brews. 100% of the spent grains go to the chickens, and they pick them clean. Whenever I start an outside brew, the chickens keep a watchful eye, knowing that they are going to get fed when it is all over. I grew Centennial and Fuggles hops for a while, but they eventually died off. Haven't bought a commercially made beer in a long time.
  6. Tadkins472

    Tadkins472 Chirping

    Nice I have am growing Cascade and Nugget. I have always want to grow a small patch of six row barley but never did it.

    I am trying to start up another homebrew forum where we dicuss and share receipes see link below.


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