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Old 08-07-2010, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default Homebrew in the UK

I'm a homebrewer from the Pacific Northwest, but this fall I'm moving to Liverpool for a year of college. Is there anyone on here from the UK/anyone who is familiar with the homebrew culture over there? First of all, is it legal; are there any restrictions? Is it as prevalent as it is here? Will the cost be comparable to what I'm used to? Can anyone fill me in?



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Old 08-07-2010, 01:00 PM   #2
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jims beer kit DOT com

GREAT resources there and a good bunch of blokes



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Old 08-07-2010, 04:56 PM   #3
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It's legal there moreso than here. You can brew an unlimited amount and give it to agricultural workers working on your estate as part of their pay.

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Old 08-07-2010, 05:43 PM   #4
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And you get Maris Otter as your standard pale malt. What's not to love?

Also the people below have always been good sources of materials if you need

http://www.barleybottom.com/
http://www.thethriftyshopper.co.uk/
http://www.hopandgrape.co.uk/

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Old 08-07-2010, 09:17 PM   #5
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You can be made "Lord of the manor" in the case of amateur brewing. In cases of special achievment such as "life time of brewing" one could be made "Lord of all that he observes" which is a bit like getting "the keys of the city". My friend got this and met the queen, which is doesn't happen very often these days. There is still an old law that anyone carrying on the business of brewery can take any Tuesday off work as paid leave for the purposes of "brewing for King and country". This is enshrined in the laws of the land which you may have heard of; "never hath so many drinkers oweth so much to those who brew", and this is celebrated on our July 4th instead of independence day.

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Old 08-07-2010, 10:45 PM   #6
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Hopandgrape are fantastic. Good service. GREAT service tbh.

Some other chaps as well such as the malt miller who is super cheap but quite new on the scene. I use h&g for preference but I'm going to give tmm a try next batch.

Brewing equipment is a bit more basic over here. EVERYTHING is much more expensive. A large number of brewers use plastic puckets as boilers, many of them have made them themselves using kettles.

Wine is very popular in the UK too. I'd suggest winesathome dot co dot uk for that as it is populated with official type judges.

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Can anyone fill me in?
NEVER stand in a pub in Liverpool, and ask if anyone can fill you in. You are inviting a knuckle sandwich.
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NEVER stand in a pub in Liverpool, and if anyone can fill you in. You are inviting a knuckle sandwich.
On the plus side, they'll be smiling when they do knock your teeth out and they'll probably help you find hem
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On the plus side, they'll be smiling when they do knock your teeth out and they'll probably help you find hem
Yup!! A healthy mix of humorous and violent. That's Liverpudlians for ya!
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I think homebrew and beer wise we are a little less experimental than you will be used to, and equipment seems nowhere near as advanced as what you have on this forum.

Not as much variety in terms of malts/hops/yeast, but that is rapidly changing, as is the price of such things.



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