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I just got a kit to start making my own beer. Does anyone have any tips before I start. I'll be making my first batch tomorrow. Hopefully all goes well and in a few weeks I'll let you guys know how it worked out. Oh yeah, the best part of making beer is drinking all the beer that came in the bottles I need emptied for my beer!

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I regularly visit a sandwich shop owned by a guy they call "Beer Nazi" Much like Seinfelds "Soup Nazi". He is a former brewmaster for Budweiser.

He told me what can make all the diffrence in a brew is the water. That is why a Bud bottled in Los Angeles brewery can taste different from a Bud bottled in oh Denver... He used to sell homebrew kits.

I think he would tell you to look for your supplies in the Celebrator
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I just got a kit to start making my own beer. Does anyone have any tips before I start. I'll be making my first batch tomorrow. Hopefully all goes well and in a few weeks I'll let you guys know how it worked out. Oh yeah, the best part of making beer is drinking all the beer that came in the bottles I need emptied for my beer!
1. Make sure everything the beer comes into contact with has been sterilised.
2. Keep the fermentation temperature constant at around 20 deg C (depending on the yeast. Most yeasts supplied with kits like this temp).
3. Try to avoid lifting fermenters full of beer.
4. If you want to improve your brewing join a brew club.
5. Buy "New Brewing Lager Beer" by Greg Noonan for advanced brewing info.
There are other good books by Charlie Papazian and Dave Miller.
The USA seems to have a very good homebrew industry. Check out morebeer.com.

6. Take up marathon running if you want to keep some sort of waistline.

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I hope you REALLY enjoy cleaning and boiling because that's pretty much what beer making is. I did it for about 6 batches. I made some good stuff too once I figured out that I couldn't brew during the 110 degree summers of Sacramento. However, I decided that the tiny amount of money I saved was not nearly offset by the amount of effort it took to brew it. Plus, the microbrews around here make some seriously good stuff so it's not really worth making any in my opinion.

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MedTech, first of all, buy and read and re-read these two books:

1) The Home Brewer's Companion: The Essential Handbook, Charlie Papazian. His mantra is: "Sit back, relax, have a home brew!"

2) The Complete Handbook of Home Brewing: Dave Miller.

The first book is essential! Once you read these you will say "screw the kits!". Do it from scratch (almost), much more satisfying that way.

Let us know how it went!

edit: some of my friends don't call me "Beer Man Johnny" for nothing!

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MedTech, first of all, buy and read and re-read these two books:

1) The Home Brewer's Companion: The Essential Handbook, Charlie Papazian. His mantra is: "Sit back, relax, have a home brew!"

2) The Complete Handbook of Home Brewing: Dave Miller.

The first book is essential! Once you read these you will say "screw the kits!". Do it from scratch (almost), much more satisfying that way.

Let us know how it went!

edit: some of my friends don't call me "Beer Man Johnny" for nothing!

LOL I guess lil brewer Bacchus makes micro-brew.
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edit: some of my friends don't call me "Beer Man Johnny" for nothing!
Ok, so do they, or don't they?

Although, if they do, I'd assume it's because your dimensions are so similar to a beer bottle.


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Ok, so do they, or don't they?

Although, if they do, I'd assume it's because your dimensions are so similar to a beer bottle.


OK, a little grammatical phockup!

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OK, a little grammatical phockup!

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Ohh, good one Mo - "point" taken...

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Oh only has one "h" last time I checked.

Jesus, you really ARE slipping in your old, short age.
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I hope you REALLY enjoy cleaning and boiling because that's pretty much what beer making is. I did it for about 6 batches. I made some good stuff too once I figured out that I couldn't brew during the 110 degree summers of Sacramento. However, I decided that the tiny amount of money I saved was not nearly offset by the amount of effort it took to brew it. Plus, the microbrews around here make some seriously good stuff so it's not really worth making any in my opinion.
Wiping your ass must be a real chore if boiling some water and cleaning a few buckets is hard work?? I'm really not doing it to save money. I'm going to be putting it into 5gal kegs because I already have a kegerator. No bottle cleaning for me!

I also want to make some hard cider, that stuff is good too!!

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Hehe... washing and sterilizing 50 bottles without a dish washer plus 4-5 pots and pans, boiling your wort for a couple hours. If I had a kegerator then I think it might be worth it but in order to bottle it, no thanks. It was fun and different at first but now I'd rather just spend 2 minutes picking out something at the super market.

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Just a quick update. I've brewed 7 batches of beer now. I'm getting pretty good and can make 5 gallons in about 1 1/2 hours. The stuff is real good too. Right now In the fermenters I have a x-mas ale, a blueberry wheat, and a honey IPA. I've also setup my own bar with 6 taps. Here's a few pics of my setup right now. I just bought a house and will be moving in in a few weeks. I'm going to setup a whole brew room in the basement so I'll be sure to keep you updated! I'm moving onto All grain this friday with the help of a friend!

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Alright MedTech! Grasshopper, you have come a long way since your initial post! It's a very gratifying hobby, is it not? Are you mashing your own granin from the start now? Good job!!

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