Anyone ever home brew beer, or make moonshine?

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    I'm doing both right now for the first time. Beer will be bottled tomorrow, and the moonshine "mash", which is just water, corn meal, sugar, and yeast, is fermenting now and will be distilled probably monday night.
     
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    I want to try to home brew, but there's always something else that I need to spend my money on for the family. And I want to get a quality kit which is more expensive. So I haven't bought one yet.
     
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    you kick up to tony?
     
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    The temp of the mash in the boiler is critical to making moonshine. Above the boiling point of alcohol but under the boiling point of water.
     
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    I do not always drink beer

    But when I do, I drink my own.

    A pale ale that smacks of something you find in Canada. I also brew a semi-dark german weizenbier.

    Gonna hafta brew up some more now. Getting thirsty.
     
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    I saw the Mr. Beer kit sitting on the shelf at Kmart one day and I had always thought about wanting to do it so I just said fuck it and bought it. It was like $52. It's the premier kit that comes with everything you need to make about 2 gallons, bottles and all. And it's all reusable so from there on you just have to buy ingredient refill kits of whatever other flavors you want to make.

    You should do it, because if you buy beer regularly anyway this kit will pay for itself immediately. You can get ingredient kits that clone your favorite commercial beers too. There's a refill kit for my favorite beer Yuengling for about $35 that makes 5 gallons. That ends up being about half the cost compared to retail.

    The kicker is that it's about a 2 week process, so with 2 gallons per brew you gotta make a little less than a case worth of beer last for 2 weeks. I'm thinking about taking one of those water cooler bottles and doing my next brew in there and just upping the ingredients to make twice as much at a time. I don't drink all that much, but I'll definitely go through more than 21 beers over 2 weeks, that's only a little over a beer per day.
     
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    I home brew beer.

    I have to start a new batch next weekend. Still haven't decided what it'll be yet
     
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    I know there's probably some experienced home brewers in here thinking Mr. Beer sucks, but I'm just starting out and learning with this. Knowing me I'll probably end up getting creative and picking up a bunch of different items that aren't actually for beer brewing but would be perfect items to use for the process.

    If anyone wants to share the best places they get their ingredients from, that would be great.
     
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    Here's the one I want to get:

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Brew-gallon-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000XJOHWK/ref=tag_stp_s2f_edpp_beer_kit"]http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Brew-gallon-Stainless-Steel/dp/B000XJOHWK/ref=tag_stp_s2f_edpp_beer_kit[/ame]
     

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