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Old 12-25-2010, 03:51 PM  
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Home brewing

Anyone do it? Any good suggestions for a starter kit? It looks like it's about the same cost you would pay for decent beer from the store is this accurate?
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:44 PM   #76
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Yes, I knocked out a couple of batches of blueberry. Very, very good.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #77
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I've been doing a little reading on howtobrew.com. I have a decent idea of what I need to get started. But I'm trying to figure out something. The kits I'm looking at have one with a carboy and one without. The one with the carboy (has a few other things, as well) is about 30% more expensive. What is the benefit of a carboy?
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:47 PM   #78
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oh trust me, i am an expert in the home brews. i make a cup like you wont believe. just ask me mate
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:02 AM   #79
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I've been doing a little reading on howtobrew.com. I have a decent idea of what I need to get started. But I'm trying to figure out something. The kits I'm looking at have one with a carboy and one without. The one with the carboy (has a few other things, as well) is about 30% more expensive. What is the benefit of a carboy?
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:05 AM   #80
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Yes, I knocked out a couple of batches of blueberry. Very, very good.
That sounds real good. Could you post your recipe, and any tips if you get time?
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:07 AM   #81
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The glass carboy will last forever with repeated scrubbing and cleansing.
The other kit must be using some kind of plastic bucket for a fermenter, right? Thatís fine short term but the plastic will scratch with repeated cleaning and scratches can hide wild yeasts and bacteria that can spoil your beer.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:11 AM   #82
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Brew with a MR Beer and you will never want to brew again.
Theyíre not quite that bad. I started with a small Mr. Beer kit and made some acceptable tasting beers with it but IMO youíre not going to make beer that you will proudly hand a friend to taste until you grow beyond what Mr. Beer will do.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:37 AM   #83
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I've been doing a little reading on howtobrew.com. I have a decent idea of what I need to get started. But I'm trying to figure out something. The kits I'm looking at have one with a carboy and one without. The one with the carboy (has a few other things, as well) is about 30% more expensive. What is the benefit of a carboy?
I assume then that the ones without a carboy just have a single fermenting bucket?

The carboy is for the secondary fermentation stage. You will siphon off the primary into the carboy, leaving all the crap (dead yeast, etc. called trub) that has settled to the bottom behind. There will still be live yeast, suspended in the wort to continue the fermentation process. Basically it helps you produce a clearer, less hazy beer and helps prevent some off flavors being introduced by sitting on the trub too long.

I would recommend getting the kit with the carboy.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:46 AM   #84
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The glass carboy will last forever with repeated scrubbing and cleansing.
The other kit must be using some kind of plastic bucket for a fermenter, right? Thatís fine short term but the plastic will scratch with repeated cleaning and scratches can hide wild yeasts and bacteria that can spoil your beer.
I'm just curious of why would the plastic bucket scratch. Wouldn't you clean it with a dish rag and then sanitize it by rinsing with bleach mixture or sanitizing solution? At what point would it get scratched?
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Is a P.E.T. carboy okay? Or would you guys recommend glass carboy?
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:19 PM   #87
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I'm just curious of why would the plastic bucket scratch. Wouldn't you clean it with a dish rag and then sanitize it by rinsing with bleach mixture or sanitizing solution? At what point would it get scratched?
Plastic is soft, even using a soft rag and being careful you will still eventually scuff the surface.
Glass is much harder, you can use an actual carboy brush to clean it.
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Is a P.E.T. carboy okay? Or would you guys recommend glass carboy?
Glass.
You could get tricky and plunk down the coin for a conical fermenter.
Iíve wanted one of these since I first saw them, just donít brew enough to justify the cost.

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Is a P.E.T. carboy okay? Or would you guys recommend glass carboy?
I have a plastic one. It's fine. Do you plan on brewing a shit ton or like once every couple months.

One thing to either make or invest 40-50 bucks in is a wort chiller. The difference is taking an hour or so to cool the beer down vs. like 5 minutes. (you need to get your boiling beer down to 70 degrees ASAP)
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