Beer, and who makes it?

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    I've been thinking about making my own beer.

    Anyone else on here aspire to the same?

    Share your tales and pictures so I can wet my lips and fantasize.
     
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    My hubs got a beer making kit for father's day and he's made two batches so far. Pretty good and he's learning as he goes . . . second batch was better than the first. Nothing fancy equipment-wise -- I think the real stuff is in the $300 or so ballpark -- but that may change in the future. Got the kit at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's a good way to try it out without investing a chunk 'o change. I think his next batch will involve honey.
     
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    I make mead but some things are the same. First and foremost always make sure your equipment is CLEAN! Follow the instructions closely until you get a better idea of what to do. And keep meticulous notes. It sometimes takes a while before a batch is ready and if it's really good, or really bad, you'll want to remember what you did.
     
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    Oh yeah, his first batch he was anxious to taste so he didn't wait long enough. It was fairly bitter at first but as time passed it mellowed out and the color darkened. And you can't use dish soap to clean anything because it leaves a film or something behind. Oxyclean-free is recommended but until you actually go out and buy that, you can leave all the empty bottles just sitting by the sink to annoy those who find that annoying. lol

    My son got a root beer making kit for Christmas. That only takes a couple of days before it's ready. If you have kids or nieces/nephews and are looking for a gift it's a fun project to do. We're still waiting on the root beer to finish . . . probably tomorrow or Sunday it'll be ready.
     
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    There are commercial cleaners that do the job very well. In a pinch, regular bleach diluted at 1 cup per gallon of water works too. Make sure you rinse really well, though. Are you using a glass carboy?
     
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    I've been making beer for a few years now. Got my recipe down pat now. I have my own brew exactly how I like it. It is an ale, strong amber/dark, not very bitter, and low in carbonation.

    Yum.
     
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    I use one of the commercial cleaners, I can't remember the name off-hand, I order it on line. I also use a glass carboy wich is what I mainly need the cleaner for. Tends to get crusty at the top of that thing.
     
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    I helped craft a best seller for a micro brewery........ and i HATE beer.
     
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    Demon!

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    Off with her head!
     
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    Beer is nasty kids stuff. :lol:
     

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