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    I wanna make beer?

    OK, I like beer. A lot! Like progressing to reloading I suppose the next step is to do it yourself with beer.
    If I wanted to make my own beer what do I need?
    I was inspired by @Shelly s thread but maybe a touch OTT for a newbie with no experience. The buy a can from the supermarket brew kit looks more like Sodastream for grown ups and I was thinking something a bit middle of the road. @Wildman did a "boil in bag" thread that got me interested but lost and sounded like an good option for added creativity.
    I guess I will need a barrel for brewing and a pot to boil stuff in and I'm sure there are a bunch of other gadgets I will require.
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    Essential for the home brewer a "large open drain! "
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    I wanna make beer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Munsey View Post
    Essential for the home brewer a "large open drain! "
    Sounds like I have the services of @R93? Should suffice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwijames View Post
    Sounds like I have the services of @R93? Should suffice!
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    KJ you Gibo and I could be the perfect arrangement. You wanna make beer, we wanna drink it.
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    If you want to borrow some gear and want some advise give me a shout. You may find its to much trouble after you buy a load of gear borrowing some and having a go first may be a good idea. The shop in Hastings called Bin In sells a fair bit of brewing stuff. And there are a few good online stores that sell grains and other ingredients at good prices. Let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    KJ you Gibo and I could be the perfect arrangement. You wanna make beer, we wanna drink it.
    I wish you were around when I had a go at brewing one of the only two batches I ever made, would have turned you into a dribbling mess it was an irish ale that I brewed I fucked up on the recipe and added too much of the sugary stuff, one bottle would make ya head spin and your body numb and it tasted bloody foul I fed it to the piss head neighbour while living in rotorua then sold up my brewing gear lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter308 View Post
    I wish you were around when I had a go at brewing one of the only two batches I ever made, would have turned you into a dribbling mess it was an irish ale that I brewed I fucked up on the recipe and added too much of the sugary stuff, one bottle would make ya head spin and your body numb and it tasted bloody foul I fed it to the piss head neighbour while living in rotorua then sold up my brewing gear lol.
    Sounds like you hit on the recipe for Waikato...it has all those attributes especially the "dribbling mess".. @Rushy would probably be keen for that recipe.
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    Good one Spook enjoyed that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwijames View Post
    OK, I like beer.............If I wanted to make my own beer what do I need?............... The buy a can from the supermarket brew kit looks more like Sodastream for grown ups and I was thinking something a bit middle of the road.............
    You are spot on with your assessment of beer kits in cans from the supermarket.A clear example of you get what you pay for.
    HOWEVER, do not dismiss all beer kits as dingo widdle.
    I suggest you start with better quality kit and once you have confidence and the basic skills, move on to more challenging brews. I have been using higher quality cans for some 10 years and have never seen the need to move on to more challenging "from start" mashes.
    Here is a link to an excellent supplier in Penrose, Auckland ( I use them) and they provide a mail order service along with loyalty points. Their advice pages are excellent and the product range of beer kits is superb. I use Muntons and Black rock, but they do have better products, however, consider getting "The Knowledge' before moving on to expensive kits which you "may" stuff up.


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    Once ready for a challenge, they have all the ingredients and gear you will need, BUT I still brew mine in a 60 litre blue plastic drum I picked up from a food manufacturer. Ignore the snotty perfectionists, you can make excellent beer and wine in plastic.
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    OH Sorry, PS............Do not bottle it in plastic bottles as they go flat in months whereas capped glass will last for several years. Best place to get glass is the swappa crates outlets as they generally are willing to sell their returned swappa bottles and crates.

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    Making Beer at home is easy as.

    Making drinkable beer at home is harder.

    Making Good Quality Drinkable beer at home is bloody hard.

    I brewed Beer for many years and while I could produce very drinkable beer I never did crack the good quality drinkable beer category.

    Binn Inn in Gloucester St Taradale and Jellybean Brewing Supplies in Dalton St Napier will have everything you need including lots of advise.

    There is also a local brewing club where you could get some helpful hints and tips.
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    I've been brewing Cider over the last six months .... took four attempts until I got the thumbs up from the Pommie guys at work, although they would still prefer the cider to be cloudy with bits of apple floating in it.

    Brewing sprits might be next on my list.

    Borrowing the gear to start with is a bloody good idea as you could shell out hundreds $$$ and end up with some very ordinary Beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi Sapper View Post
    OH Sorry, PS............Do not bottle it in plastic bottles as they go flat in months whereas capped glass will last for several years. Best place to get glass is the swappa crates outlets as they generally are willing to sell their returned swappa bottles and crates.
    The only beer that lasts for years is the undrinkable crap....that's why it was kept that long.
    Which is worse, ignorance or apathy...I don't know and don't care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook View Post
    The only beer that lasts for years is the undrinkable crap....that's why it was kept that long.
    Your on to it Spook.

 

 

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