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Old 07-27-2011, 09:09 PM
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Protest...not anymore, I was born there and lived there on and off until about 21, then moved to the US.

Thanks for the insight so far guys, sounds like there is quite a lot of interest.
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Well, it's been a couple weeks I think since I last posted in here and since then I've done 3 seperate brews.

I ended up buying a pretty comprehensive kit from Beer Making Kits, Wine Making Kits and Supplies which was kind of overwhelming when I first got it. Looking back I probably could have bought a much cheaper kit that didnt have all the bells and whistles.

My first batch was a 5 gallon porter. Everything went fine through the boil process and things seemed fine once in the fermenting bucket. The next day though, with the entire setup in my kitchen, the air lock kept getting clogged and the lid was bulging big time. Since this was sitll my first try, I got a little worried and dumped the batch....I know, lame, but I didnt want 5 gallons of beer all over the kitchen.

Anyway, I read some more and decided to make my own blow off tubes for my fermenting bins instead of the air lock. This is when I realized that you can probably start brewing pretty cheaply. The kits are nice, but you could easily piece together a basic kit for probably half of what I spent, or less.

Next batch was 2 gallon American IPA, which has been fermenting just over a week now, bottling to begin on Sunday.

Tonight's batch was a Russian Imperial Stout, into the carboy it went and down to the garage for a couple weeks.

Anyway, here are a couple pics of my fermenters, modified with blow off tubes.







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Austin Home Brew.. best place for all beer supplies.
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Hi,

Everyone loves beer. Brewed this yesterday. No idea what it is, so I called it Gary.

Gary (Munich Dunkel)

Original Gravity (OG): 1.048 (°P): 11.9
Final Gravity (FG): 1.012 (°P): 3.1
Alcohol (ABV): 4.72 %
Colour (SRM): 16.4 (EBC): 32.3
Bitterness (IBU): 22.6 (Average)

74.07% Munich I
13.58% Munich II
6.17% Vienna
3.09% Carafa II malt
3.09% Wheat Malt

0.6 g/L Challenger (6.1% Alpha) @ 60 Minutes (Boil)
0.6 g/L Challenger (6.1% Alpha) @ 45 Minutes (Boil)
0.6 g/L Saaz (2.9% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil)
0.6 g/L Saaz (2.9% Alpha) @ 1 Minutes (Boil)

Single step Infusion at 67°C for 60 Minutes. Boil for 60 Minutes

Fermented at 18°C with Safale US-04

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Nik
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Hi,

My friend opened his brewery over this weekend, I thought I share some snaps of the brew house with you. It's not exactly home brew, but it is awesome.

I said I'd get some snaps of the brew house for you guys.

CIP tanks


600L brew house


Auger head (so ****in' jealous of this bitch right here)


Concealed grain mill room


Grain mill to auger (UNGGHHH)


Ferment vessels, fully skinned and controlled.


Coolroom for brights;


Holding tanks for transfers;



Basically. I am jealous. I want one.

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Nik
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Hi,

Also, laid down a bourbon mash;











It's ticking away ferociously on the American Whiskey yeast I threw at her.

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Nik
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We will start our wines in the next few weeks I will post as we go as well.
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Hi,

So glad my vintage is over! How big are you... not looking for international staff over vintage are you?

Cheers,
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So glad my vintage is over! How big are you... not looking for international staff over vintage are you?

Cheers,
Nik
We just make local fruit wines such as honey mead, strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry. Usually crank out about 140 bottles or so. Great fun if you ask me! I wish we could make more just don't have the room to.
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