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Old 12-29-2008, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default 1 Year Anniversary of opening my first Homebrew...how was your year 2?

Used the biggest pot in the house, a cambell soup extract kit (pale ale), and used some pails for fermentation.

1 Year Later, I have:

4 Glass Carboys
4 Tap Kegerator
12 Kegs
40+ Gallons of homebrew to be consumed
Complete All-Grain Brew Setup


What a year it's been :P

So my question, for others who started the hobby off like a rocket -- how was year 2?

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Old 12-29-2008, 02:55 AM   #2
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i cant say much about year two, what i can say is that i am on week 2 of my first brew and think that when year 2 shows up i may be in a similar boat as you.

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i cant say much about year two, what i can say is that i am on week 2 of my first brew and think that when year 2 shows up i may be in a similar boat as you.
Good luck! Hope you have either A) No SWMBO or B) a SWMBO who loves beer!
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Good luck! Hope you have either A) No SWMBO or B) a SWMBO who loves beer!
a swmbo who likes beer, but she is practically a chemist so once i move on from extract im sure she will be right there helping out!
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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a swmbo who likes beer, but she is practically a chemist so once i move on from extract im sure she will be right there helping out!
That'd be sweet. If your SWMBO gets involved, your destined for greatness
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:12 PM   #6
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Wow! Now that you mentioned it, I just checked my records and it was exactly one year ago today for me too. Congrats to you. Your set up after one year is much more impressive than mine. But I am set up to go all grain and have tried my hand at it three times. The last two were lost to infections (made two batches of crappy vinegar. Actually just did my fourth AG last night.

How many find you justs keep buying equipment as time goes, no matter how much time passes? LOL

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Wow! Now that you mentioned it, I just checked my records and it was exactly one year ago today for me too. Congrats to you. Your set up after one year is much more impressive than mine. But I am set up to go all grain and have tried my hand at it three times. The last two were lost to infections (made two batches of crappy vinegar. Actually just did my fourth AG last night.

How many find you justs keep buying equipment as time goes, no matter how much time passes? LOL
Have you figured out what was giving you infections?
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:10 PM   #8
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Ahh I started in January or so of last year. And now I have:

6 kegs
Small Chest Freezer (with temp controller)
20# tank (no regulator yet... it will be my last piece)
AG equipment for 10G batches
BarleyCrusher Mill
2 bags of base malt
7 fermenters (3 buckets, 3 3Gal carboys, 1 5G carboy)

I never realized just how much I amassed in just about a year... obsession really is the right word.

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In 2 months I have:
Chest Freezer + 2 tap tower
5lb C02 + Dual Regulator
2 commercial taps
1 Corny
3 5gal Carboys (2 glass + 1 better bottle)
2 Primaries
1 bottling bucket I'll never bottle with (it holds supplies etc)
20 gallons of beer through the system and 10 more in primaries / secondaries

I feel like I'm hooked?

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Old 12-29-2008, 03:09 PM   #10
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Just hit my 1 Year nniversary. Got my basic kit from SWMBO last christmas. Didn't brew until Jan.
So as of now, I am AG with a Keggle boil pot/HLT, and Cooler Mashtun.
Also have a 3 Tap Keezer with Love Control. Still only have 1 Ale Pail, 1 5G Glass Carboy, and 1 6.5 Gallon Glass Carboy.
I tend to be an equipment Whore when it comes to Hobbies. Only cranked out 40 Gallons of Beer and 10 Gallons of Apfewein this year. But this year it's all about beer making. Stepping up to 10 Gallon Batches. No sense in only getting 5 gallons out of a brew day when 10 gallons comes from the same work. Ordering my ingredients for my first 10 gallon batch today. Marris Otter and Galena SMaSH.
What a year it's been.

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