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 Post subject: brewing beer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:31 am 
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I am thinking about brewing some Scottish Ale. I located a recipe for Belhaven 80 and another for a Scottish dark ale. I know there were some on the list years ago that were brewing. My first question is about how much $ am I looking at to get started?


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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:58 pm 
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I know nothing about brewing beer but this did remind me of an old Justin Wilson cookbook I have. Remember him from the old PBS cookshow. The old cajun guy. "I garone-tee"

Anyway here is a simpler version of brew than you are looking for but maybe someone will be interested in it.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:11 pm 
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That sounds easy, thanks. I yhink I will try it. And I do remember Justin Wilson.


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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:18 pm 
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Best way to begin is to use a kit.
$35-$50 for the kit of fixins, plus the pots and jugs and bottles you'll need.
Must be VERY clean! ...or funky, skanky things will grow!

Difficult to make ales this time of year. They require cooler temps, for a longer time.

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Start with a pilsner.

...IIRC, you are in or near a large city...
They gotta have a brew supply place near enough for you to visit.
See what they have to say.

Yah, get a 2nd opinion!
:-)
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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
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"Must be VERY clean! ...or funky, skanky things will grow!"

LOL


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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:52 pm 
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I am in Houston so there are a number of supply stores. I don't mind dedicating a room to keep cooler for a fermentation room. Many years ago I developed a taste for dark beers and heavy ales as a kid in the Corps and would like to duplicate a few of them. My first project id Belhaven. I figure eventually I will get it right.


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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:25 pm 
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janetta007 wrote:
"Must be VERY clean! ...or funky, skanky things will grow!"

LOL



OK, J, you can laugh if you want to... :-)
..there's light beer, dark beer, good beer, and some like what run off Luther's boot.
But you don't want to give someone a bottle of beer that will make 'em sick!

Helped a friend build a brewery, years back.
Kinda dips into the profit when the seal on a keg hasn't set properly and there's a bit of mold on the bung.
Gotta dump it.
Just not worth the chance!

When he sold the brewery he was looking through the escrow papers and discovered 85 kegs of beer were NOT included on the inventory list... and we had a month or so more of winter to empty those kegs... Wahoo!
We'd just sit out there in his lower pasture next to the stack and smoke, drink beer, shoot at targets, fall down, sleep... lol
It took a while!

Shihan... well, long as you are prepared to chill a cellar, you'll be in good shape.
Best to take to the guys at the brew store, though.
Good deal if you have a choice of them!
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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:00 pm 
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rustycase wrote:
janetta007 wrote:
"Must be VERY clean! ...or funky, skanky things will grow!"

LOL



OK, J, you can laugh if you want to... :-)
..there's light beer, dark beer, good beer, and some like what run off Luther's boot.

Shihan... well, long as you are prepared to chill a cellar, you'll be in good shape.
Best to take to the guys at the brew store, though.
Good deal if you have a choice of them!
rc


Everything I have read or watched about brewing espouses a sterile environment. There are more than a few suggestions on how to do it. I will pick one and follow it to the letter.
It won't be a chilled cellar but tell me what you think about this. About thirty years ago I ran across a Trap man (builds secret rooms) while working on a home in California. He built secret compartments and rooms. My favorite was a large carved elephant with a release dowel between the back legs. When pushed the trunk would swing open an there was a small safe for the owner's jewelry and valuables. I have to say up front that I never saw a finished product or was privileged to know where the room was. Anyway I am thinking about making a secret room to house my brewing so that it is out of the way and no one can mess with the bottles while it is fermenting.
Here is what I will probably do: http://www.instructables.com/id/Secret-door-bookcase/


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:42 am 
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A fireplace, like in Castle Brunwald ???


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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
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I wished but a fireplace in Houston would be a dead giveaway :D. The only reason I can do the bookcase is I already have a third of the materials and it is affordable. I really like the novelty of it.


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Wow Shishan, that may be the coolest thing ive ever seen! :D


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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
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Baylor wrote:
Wow Shishan, that may be the coolest thing ive ever seen! :D

I thought the same thing. I saw it and decided I have to use it.


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Here's another one. Not as cool but easier. http://www.instructables.com/id/Secret- ... /?ALLSTEPS


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 Post subject: Re: brewing beer
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Shihan wrote:
I am thinking about brewing some Scottish Ale. I located a recipe for Belhaven 80 and another for a Scottish dark ale. I know there were some on the list years ago that were brewing. My first question is about how much $ am I looking at to get started?

I made beer for a many a year. The cost was the same if not less to run My still. I just run it now and buy the beer. 100 bucks can get You a good start. Bottles (snap top) cartigans (2) Hops, Barly and Malt if You wish Sugar, yeast and time. And a good recpie. Good luck


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